Duke well suited to task

The Sportsman Weekend - - Caulfield Preview - WITH TONY THOMAS


Pre pared to gam­ble on 3. ALOISIA. Very tal­ented filly who g ave noth­ing else a chance in win­ning at F lem­ing­ton at her Aus­tralian de­but be­fore a luck­less third to Cap­i­tal Gain in the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Doomben in June. Held up for a run at top of the straight but still charged home from well back to be beaten a neck. Think she’s well above av­er­age and drawn get a soft run. 6. SANADAAT over raced early af­ter putting her­self in the pic­ture on straight­en­ing, just ran out of gas in the run home. That was her first in over a month, bet­ter suited at the 1400m on this big­ger track. No sur prise to see 7. JOYFILL YOURS run well here. Is Group 1 placed in New Zealand and had speck­ing at longer odds when re­sum­ing much stronger g rade at Rand­wick be­hind For mal­ity. 2. PURE SCOT pro­duced reat clos­ing sec­tion­als when re­sum­ing be­hind Shoals at the Val­ley and will also wel­come ste p up in trip.


Will­ing to give 2. CLIFF’S EDGE an­other chance here. Think he can lead from the soft bar rier and his only two wins to date have been when he’s at head of the field. He eas­ily beat Eclair Sun­shine and Seb­fire when lead­ing at Mor­phettville two runs back and then drawn wide and had to set­tle back when down the track be­hind Royal Sym­phony last week when Eclair Sun­shine and Seb­fire filled the plac­ings. He’ll take catch­ing this time around. 1. ESHTIRAAK is class run­ner. Not far be­hind Dracarys and Gold Stan­dard on re­sum­ing at Rand­wick and those two horses are live chances in the Group 1 Golden Rose at Rose­hill to­mor row. Chased hard be­hind Mas­culino at the Val­ley but this big­ger track will help him. 6. SUNQUEST has been solid at his last two runs and will be run­ning on well ag ain, while 4. WATCHMESPIN was im­pres­sive over this course and dis­tance last star t.


4. ANAHEIM was very good when chas­ing home hard be­hind Ebe­diyin at the Val­ley a for tnight ago. Forced to make his run long way from home, tracked wide on the bend and still got home strongly to be beaten less than two lengths. Ste p up in trip and the big­ger track all to his ben­e­fit. 3. EBE­DIYIN had all

favours with a char med run but he still had to fin­ish the race off and did it gusto. He too will strip even fit­ter and is a horse of prom­ise. 11. SIN TO

WIN is ready to win. Looked in a bit trou­ble when hard rid­den on the tur n but still fought back to beat all Spun­lago at the Val­ley. He’ll love the ex­tra 200m here. 8. GOOD­WILL is an hon­est for mer im­por ted gal­loper fit­ter

his first run back and he’ll go well here. Kee ping an eye on 14.

SHER­LOCK HOLMES (only one run in two years but very smart) and 5. SPUN­LAGO is best of the rest.


4. I DID IT AGAIN does look very hard to beat here. Su­per im­pres­sive on de­but when held the fence be­hind Bandipur to the tur n, railed up strongly and raced clear to win eas­ily here back in July. Was the only horse to break 12s for last 200m of the race af­ter sit­ting on the speed. Five horses in the beaten brig ade have since gone to win, in­clud­ing last week’s win­ner Fox Swift. Tri­alled very well at Cran­bour ne ear­lier this month. Drawn a lit­tle awk­wardly but only has the one tur n to ne go­ti­ate here. 6.

SUPERHARD is un­beaten and liked the way he hit the line to win at Sandown last star t. Gave the sec­ond horse a de­cent star t

300m mark but reeled him to win well. Gets the run of the race here and will go close. There is one at odds who can im­prove in the shape of 11. ARC

TIC AN­GEL . This is the eas­i­est as­sign­ment she’s had to face in a long while. This trip is prob­a­bly as far as she wants. Will be lead­ing and can take run­ning down. 1. BANDIPUR (very hon­est) and 12.

COUNTERPLAY nice win in Ade­laide last star t) rate highly.


3. DUKE OF BRUNSWICK gets his chance here. This is his track and dis­tance, where he has won twice placed three times in six tries at the Caulfield 1400m. The last time he was here at this trip he won eas­ily and the pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion beaten nar rowly by Grande Rosso in Listed g rade and beat home Hu­mi­dor. Chased home hard be­hind Abil­ity in G3 at Sandown and then got too far out of his g round a for­give run the Val­ley be­hind Here To There. Given a month off, drawn well and takes plenty of beat­ing here. 2. SO SI BON pro­duced amaz­ing sec­tion­als when sec­ond to Voodoo Lad here two runs back and then was prob­a­bly rid­den a lit­tle too close when not fin­ish­ing off last week be­hind Red­kirk War rior. Al­ways ap­pealed as a 1400m horse and will be stor ming home. 1. HE OR SHE is the class suited af­ter claim. Is twice a sec­ond-up win­ner and goes all right at this track. 6.

RE­VOLV­ING DOOR will be on pace through­out and is fight­ing fit. Ex­pect im­prove­ment form 9. SIRCCONI .


Im­pos­si­ble to go past 3. BRAVE SMASH. He will be very short in bet­ting but win­ning. Prob­a­bly rid­den a lit­tle too close to the pace last star t but still proved too good for El Divino at the Val­ley. His pre­vi­ous t over this course and dis­tance was a fast-fin­ish­ing sec­ond to the boom sprinter Ve ga Magic. He does get up to 57kg here but still drawn to the nice run off the speed. Sim­ply looks bet­ter than th­ese. 1. KEEN AR­RAY is un­beaten at this course and dis­tance from three tries. The last time he was here at this trip he won in Listed g rade with 59.5kg, beat­ing the likes of Il­lus­tri­ous Lad and Clearly In­no­cent. His last two Val­ley runs have been first rate is a gen­uine dan­ger.

6. EL DIVINO (could be fi­nally get­ting back to his best) and 8.

ROYAL TU­DOR (a lit­tle un­der­es­ti­mated) will be prom­i­nent.


The bar rier has swayed me to 2.

TALLY in what is pos­si­bly the hard­est race of the day. With gun inside draw, can see Tally sit­ting off the pace con­serv­ing en­erg y and then un­leash­ing in the run home. Did well last star t when he fin­ished hard from well back for four th to Hell Or High­wa­ter over the 1700m here. Pro­duced the best last 200m sec­tional of the race and only missed sec­ond prize by a long neck. At his top now and this trip ideal. I’ve got no doubt

9. AMELIE’S STAR should have just about won at F lem­ing­ton last week­end. Was held up all the way down the straight to fin­ish less than three lengths off Hard­ham. Her clos­ing 200m split was the same recorded by Hu­mi­dor ear­lier in the day. Is right at her peak now and will go close. 10. ABBEY

MARIE was su­perb in chas­ing home Bon­neval at Moonee Val­ley last star t and is also right at her top now. At her very best on firm sur­faces. 6. STAM­PEDE (bril­liant win­ner on re­sum­ing), 3. BIG

DUKE (eye-catch­ing runs at last two) and 3. AR­TI­CUS (ready to im­prove) are also strong chances.


Have to give 5. FUHRYK an­other chance here. Re­sumed and was des­per­ately un­lucky when beaten only two lengths in sev­enth place be­hind Sa­vanna Amour here three weeks ago. Had all sor ts of trou­ble get­ting clear gal­lop­ing room for the ma­jor­ity of the straight. Don’t for­get she has a su­perb record at this trip with five wins from eight tries and also won her only other sec­ond-up ap­pear­ance. Al­ready a dual G3 win­ner, per­fectly suited at this weight scale and drawn to get all the favours. Hard to go past. 7. MISS ROCK should rel­ish the 1200m now. Don’t for­get the last time she was at this trip she was beaten less than a length by Ve ga Magic in the Good­wood at Mor­phettville. Beat Heatherly at the Val­ley on re­sum­ing and not disg raced at the same track be­hind Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion a for tnight ago. 3. SA­VANNA AMOUR was very im­pres­sive win­ning here three weeks ago and again well suited un­der the set weights. Bound to be hard to beat ag ain.

12. NOW OR LATER (re­sum­ing but has plenty of abil­ity) and 6.

RAVI (strong Syd­ney win­ner last star t) are other chances.


Like 7. MERRIEST here. Has won two of three sec­ond-up tries and in­vari­ably races well at this course. Had to track wide into the straight when beaten less than three lengths by Frag­o­nard at Moonee Val­ley a month ago. She won over 1100m here sec­ond-up last cam­paign. Meets Frag­o­nard in­fin­itely bet­ter at the weights af­ter the claim brings her un­der the limit here. Strong chance.

1. ROCKET COM­MAN­DER is helped with the claim and this is her eas­i­est as­sign­ment for a while. Solid in chas­ing home Wash­ing­ton Heights at Rand­wick last star t. The last time she was at this course and dis­tance ran a crack­ing fourth to Hooked in G3 g rade. 9. PRINCESS OF

QUEENS sat on the pace and fought on well be­hind Ore gon’s Day here. Looks ready for the 1400m. 6. FRAG­O­NARD (go­ing well) and 11. PE­TI­TION (an im­prover) are other hopes.

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