Ri­vals won’t Catch star filly

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RACE 1

11. CASTELO in­ter­ests me firstup. Two star ts back he car ried the same weight as Group class gal­loper Bur ning Front when four th to him over 1600m here, beaten less than two lengths. I know if Burn­ing Front was in this race he’d be a pretty shor tpriced favourite as he has three G3 wins to his credit and wasn’t far away in the G1 Strad­broke in the win­ter. Is a first-up win­ner, three of his four wins have been at this trip and will be handy through­out. Worth the gam­ble at each-way odds. 5. STEEL FROST is a dif­fer­ent horse since ar riv­ing in Ade­laide where he has notched soft wins his last two. Hit the front at the 200m like he had just joined in when too good for Fox Hall Mor phettville last time. Does shoot up weight but down in g rade and drawn to get the nice run off the pace. At his best at this dis­tance too. 12. FOX

HALL star ted favourite be­hind Steel Frost when re­sum­ing and should strip a lot fit­ter. Also very ade pt at this trip. 18. BAT­TLE

CAMP and 19. THINK BABE are not with­out chances.

RACE 2

Go­ing for a bit of value here in

3. LYUBA. To­tal for­give run last star t as she was found to be lame. Her pre­vi­ous ef­fort was sound as she chased home Sul­li­van Bay in a leader-dom­i­nated race. Has fin­ished sec­ond four times from six tries at Caulfield and sec­ond three times from three tries at this course and dis­tance. Given a month off the last time that hap­pened she was beaten nar rowly by Ocean Em­bers in G3 g rade at Ho­bart. Drawn per­fectly to get the soft run and wor th a play here. 1. SNITTY

KITTY is re­sum­ing but per­for ms well fresh. She won first-up last cam­paign. Hasn’t raced since an im­pres­sive win in Listed g rade at Doomben when sit­ting on pace through­out. Gen­uine speed­ster who has drawn to get a nice run off the pace. Does have to car ry

full 60kg but class will her a long way. 2. SUL­LI­VAN

BAY has g reat record at this trip and also goes well the track. Won only star t course

dis­tance. Wasn’t beaten far in a hot for m race here last star t and also given a month’s freshen up. Go well. 5. QUILISTA showed a lot of pace to win firstup over this track and trip and beat home sub­se­quent win­ner Thean­swer myfriend. A lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing as an odds-on fancy at Mor phettville last star t but bet­ter than that and has strong claims ag ain.

RACE 3

1. HARDHAM re­ally only needs to re pro­duce his strong last-star t ef­for t to be win­ning ag ain here. Trav­elled beau­ti­fully in the run, eased out in the straight, hit front 200m and proved too strong for No zomi at F lem­ing­ton. Right at his peak now and the last time he hit 2000m he won G2 Alis­ter Clark Stakes en route to an ATC Aus­tralian Derby plac­ing. Set weights scale here re­ally helps him and will get the gun run again. Hard to see him los­ing. 3. PABLO’S EX­PRESS has won three of his last four star ts and led all the way to give noth­ing else a chance at Sandown last time. This is cer tainly harder but he makes his own luck on pace and will be prom­i­nent for a long way. 5. TAIKOMOCHI is also leader and has been given

month off since his bat­tling four th to Estikhraaj at Can­ter­bury. Has ex­tend to 2000m which is some query but sure to be in the fir­ing line for a long way. 2. LYCURGUS should have fin­ished a bit closer be­hind Ana­heim here last week­end and the ex­tra 200m will help him here.

RACE 4

8. COOL CHAP is ready to hit his best for m after two sound runs since re­sum­ing. Had be used up early from a wide draw to even­tu­ally find the rails off the speed at F lem­ing­ton last star t. Didn’t get a lot of clear g al­lop­ing room un­til late in the run­ning and then found it hard to pick up his mo­men­tum quickly when fourth to Hardham. Doesn’t win very of­ten and again drawn a lit­tle awk­wardly here but just needs an ounce of luck in find­ing a de­cent po­si­tion early on to test these. 1. GUARDINI is helped with the claim and drawn ide­ally to get soft run in mid­field. Very good when sec­ond to Hell Or High­wa­ter here and given a month be­tween runs. Third-up last cam­paign he won in G3 g rade at Rand­wick. Def­i­nite threat. 7.

AMOVATIO made up a stack of g round be­hind Hardham at F lem­ing­ton last star t. Proven weight car rier who has won this track in the past and will be stor ming home late ag ain. Don’t be sur prised to see 17. RED ALTO run a race here. Enor­mous run be­hind Hardham at F lem­ing­ton and suited at the weights.

RACE 5

Can’t re­ally go ag ainst 1.

CATCHY. I’ve got no doubts she’ll han­dle the 1400m here. She’s very adapt­able, set­tles well in her races and pro­duces the big sprint late. Great rac­ing pat­ter n for a trip like this. Sim­ply out­classed them at F lem­ing­ton a for tnight ago and drawn to get the run of the race off the pace. Should be win­ning. 2. SHOALS is per­haps a lit­tle un­der rated but kee ps get­ting the job done. Un­beaten in four star ts and just too good for them at Moonee Val­ley on re­sum­ing last t. Drawn a lit­tle awk­wardly but should cross into a for­ward po­si­tion and take run­ning down again. Reckon

3. LIME­STONE was go­ing to be in the fin­ish un­til she got knocked over in the race won by Catchy. Her rac­ing pat­ter n also sug­gests she’ll rel­ish this trip. 4.

ROOMOOZ (bet­ter than last run sug­gests) and 6. BOOKER (very con­sis­tent) are the other main hopes.

RACE 6

Im­pos­si­ble to tip ag ainst 3.

ROYAL SYM­PHONY. His last­star t win had be seen to be be­lieved. In a world of trou­ble all the way down the straight un­til he fi­nally saw day­light and then un­leashed to catch Eclair Sunshine on the line. Un­beaten colt who strips even fit­ter for this and ag ain ide­ally suited at the set weights. If there are any ne g atives it is that he has his first look at Caulfield and drawn badly. But I reckon the out­side draw will help him as he should avoid any in­ter­fer­ence. The one to beat ag ain. 1. IN­VADER is ready hit his straps after two runs from a spell. Held his g round in a fas­trun race be­hind Me­nari at Rose­hill and given three weeks off since. The last time he was this trip he won the G1 Sires Pro­duce at Rand­wick. Gets the beau­ti­ful run off pace here and sure to be in the fin­ish. 6. KEMENTARI is en­dowed with a lot of abil­ity. Pro­duced im­pres­sive fi­nal sec­tion­als when clos­ing off nicely in the race won by Me­nari at Rose­hill. He is a lot fit­ter now and looks like he’ll rel­ish the 1400m. Like­wise 9. ESPER­ANCE, who cer tainly wasn’t disg raced be­hind Catchy at F lem­ing­ton when mak­ing up good late g round.

RACE 7

1. HART­NELL is ready to re­tur n to his win­ning ways. Reckon he prob­a­bly raced a lit­tle too close

the lead off gen­uine pace and proved sit­ting duck for Hu­mi­dor in the Makybe Diva at F lem­ing­ton. Think Ker rin McEvoy will al­low him to find his own tempo and set­tle where he wants to be. Pace won’t be red hot, with Sin­gle Gaze prob­a­bly lead­ing, and that will al­low him to work into the race when he wants to

un­leash his famed fin­ish­ing burst in straight. Reckon he’s just a bit too good for these. 8.

BON­NEVAL is a class act and re­sumed with dom­i­nant win at Moonee Val­ley. This is def­i­nitely harder but she’s even bet­ter placed at the 1800m and all class. 2. BLACK HEART BART just loves Caulfield. This is prob­a­bly as far as he wants to go but his class will see him in the fin­ish ag ain. Ex­pect­ing 5. INFERENCE to run a bold race and 9. SAMO

VARE is in g reat for m.

RACE 8

4. TOSEN STARDOM gets his chance. Think his for m lines just read bet­ter than these. Re­mem­ber he was beaten a lip by Black Hear t Bar t in the G1 Fu­tu­rity over this course and dis­tance in the au­tumn chased home Palentino at F lem­ing­ton, beat­ing home Har­lem. This cam­paign he was only beaten four lengths by Har tnell first-up and then beaten two lengths by Ve ga Magic in the G1 Mem­sie here. Given a month off since then and in­ter­est­ing to see he’s wear­ing blink­ers for the first time. Does have to ne go­ti­ate a wide bar rier draw but there seems to be gen­uine speed here, so Blake Shinn should be able to get across and find a po­si­tion.

3. SCALES OF JUS­TICE was very er ratic be­fore run­ning a game sec­ond to Red­kirk War rior at F lem­ing­ton a for tnight ago. He’ll rel­ish the 1400m here and looks well above av­er­age. 1. IT’S

SOME­WHAT is a Don­caster Hcp win­ner who has won three times from seven first-up ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing last cam­paign. Warmed up for this with an easy trial at Cran­bour ne and will take toss­ing. 5. GRANDE ROSSO is very hon­est and goes well at this track and dis­tance.

RACE 9

Go­ing for the value in 12.

BADAJOZ. Very hon­est per­former who was im­pres­sive win­ning at Rose­hill last month, pro­duc­ing strong clos­ing sec­tional times. Goes up in g rade here but well suited on the limit weight and drawn to get gun run. Goes re­ally well fresh and has han­dled Caulfield in the past. 2. ABIL­ITY is def­i­nitely the one to beat. Given a de­cent break since his dom­i­nant win over Lankan Ru­pee at Sandown, his four th straight win. He also goes re­ally well fresh and has won three of six at this trip. Don’t be put off by the wide draw as there is only home tur n to ne go­ti­ate from 1100m star t. Ex­pect­ing 3. FAATINAH run a race here. He is three from four first-up and don’t for­get he was

g reat sec­ond to Shei­del in the Oak­leigh Plate over this course and dis­tance in the au­tumn. 1. HELLBENT (fit­ter and classy),

7. MAL­IBU STYLE (ready to

win) and 10. OCEAN EM­BERS (un­beaten first-up) have strong claims.

Catchy

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