Shei­del can col­lect the Cash

The Sportsman Weekend - - Caulfield Preview - WITH TONY THOMAS


Tough race of first starters. 9. SACRED SWORD in­ter­ests me. Beau­ti­fully bred colt by Ex­ceed And Ex­cel from the Group 1 win­ner Episode and looked to have abil­ity in a re­cent Flem­ing­ton jumpout. Pre­pared gam­ble on him. 5. EN­CRYP­TION is also won­der­fully bred, by for­mer cham­pion Lonhro from the G1 Thou­sand Guineas win­ner Guelph. From the pow­er­ful Godol­phin yard and will be well schooled for this. 12. QALIFA beat last week’s win­ner No­mothaj in a trial at Wodonga last month and did it pretty eas­ily. Sure to be in the fir­ing line. Watch 2. BIND­ING FORCE to show up. Per­formed well in a re­cent Mor­phettville trial and from the very as­tute Stokes stable.


Pre­pared to give 8. LUQYAA the nod here. Loved the way she found the line late when third to Fox Swift at Flem­ing­ton, clock­ing sec­ond best last 200m of the race. That was her first run back and she’s been kept fresh since then. Drawn ter­ri­bly but there is only one bend to ne­go­ti­ate and she will set­tle back and run on. Worth the gam­ble. 3. JORDA has al­ways shown a stack of prom­ise. Prob­a­bly got bit lost down the straight when eighth to Fox Swift a month ago. Great ef­fort be­fore that beaten just over length be­hind Pariah at Rose­hill. Just needs to get a few favours from the inside draw to be right in fin­ish here. 10. COUNTERPLAY was poleaxed at the 200m when 8th to Bandipur in a blan­ket fin­ish here three weeks ago he was about to put him­self into the fin­ish. Pre­vi­ous Ade­laide form first class and he’s a hope here. 15. DIVINE MES­SEN­GER was never in dan­ger win­ning eas­ily down the straight at Flem­ing­ton last month. Slight query at the 1200m but will give this a shake.


Hard to go past 1. LEG­LESS VEUVE on the strength of a great ef­fort re­sum­ing here three weeks ago. Set­tled back in the field and had a blocked pas­sage in the straight be­fore charg­ing late for sec­ond Sa­vanna Amour in G3 grade. Won 2 of 4 sec­ond up and likes this course and dis­tance, with two wins and two sec­onds from five tries. Enough speed on to suit her she looks hard stop.

8. PEDRENA is a lightly-raced mare who has notched two wins from three first-up ap­pear­ances. Beat the very smart Samovare at Flem­ing­ton be­fore a spell and will go close. 2. MISS GUN­POW­DER has a great first-up record of three wins from five tries. First-up last cam­paign she won over this course and dis­tance beat­ing Boomwaa. Al­ready a Listed win­ner G3 placeget­ter well suited here.

7. OVER­STEP is ca­pa­ble of sneak­ing into the money firstup.


Reckon 5. ALOFT can find the front here, dic­tate his own terms and be very hard to get past in the run home. From his bar­rier, sus­pect he’ll slide across to get to the van­guard past the post first time. Doesn’t look like there is any­thing else pre­pared to serve it up to him so he should get some cheap sec­tion­als mid-race, ping off the home bend and prove too solid at the fin­ish. Given a month off since his great third to Al­mandin Flem­ing­ton. 8. GAL­LIC CHIEF­TAIN caught the eye when fin­ish­ing hard be­hind Jon Snow at Moonee Val­ley two weeks ago. Ready for the step up in dis­tance and can test these. 1. WALL OF FIRE is an im­ported stayer with strong form lines around horse such as Trip To Paris and Po­lar­i­sa­tion, who we have seen in Aus­tralia race with ef­fect. Can’t be left out. 3. FOUNDRY was im­pres­sive win­ning the G1 Met­ro­pol­i­tan at Rand­wick and is at the peak of his game.


Stick­ing with 5. DUKE OF BRUNSWICK. Loves this track and dis­tance where he has won twice landed three plac­ings from seven tries. Held up a vi­tal time in the straight be­fore get­ting out and hit­ting the line hard be­hind Sir­c­coni here three weeks ago. Clocked third best last 200m of the race with­out be­hind able to get up a full head of steam. Not con­cerned by the wider bar­rier here as it will al­low him to set­tle mid­field and avoid any trou­ble. Gets his chance. 8. AT­TEN­TION faces his eas­i­est as­sign­ment for some time and comes in on the limit weight. Sat on the speed, which was hot, en­ti­tled to weaken in the run home be­hind Santa Ana Lane in G1 class here a fort­night ago. Will make his own luck on speed again and this grade suits him. 10. ORE­GON’S DAY has to face the males this time but does seem to re­serve her best for this course. Also well suited on the limit. Watch for 13. MON­GO­LIAN WOLF, who is un­beaten firstup, to be storm­ing home late.


Have to stick with 2. AL­IZEE. Sim­ply su­perb in win­ning the G1 Flight Stakes at Rand­wick after she set­tled the tail of the field, eased to out­side on straight­en­ing, gath­ered them in quickly and raced away for an ef­fort­less win. Drawn to get the run of the race off the speed here and will pounce in

straight to win well again.

1. SHOALS is the only dan­ger in my book. Prob­a­bly got a lit­tle too far back then she re­ally wanted to last start and then reeled off the fastest last 200m of 11.6s when going down nar­rowly to Booker here two weeks ago. Will set­tled a bit closer this time in and looks the log­i­cal threat. 3. BOOKER is very hon­est will be in mix again. Watch for 7. MINTHA to be run­ning on late. Great ef­forts at her last two, looks suited the 1600m and has come claims.


I’m going to give 1. HART­NELL an­other chance here. Just too far back last time in what de­vel­oped as a sprint home but charged late and held his ground along­side Bon­neval in the Un­der­wood Stakes here. His last 400m was ac­tu­ally faster than Bon­neval. Look­ing for the 2000m, drawn to be closer to speed in mid­field this time and he’ll fully test these. Ob­vi­ously 11. BON­NEVAL is the dan­ger. Just keeps win­ning and rais­ing the car each time as well. Looked a lit­tle un­der pres­sure when pace went on at the 600m in the Un­der­wood but once she got into her rhythm, she looked win­ner at the top of the straight and duly obliged. 6. JON SNOW found his best to sit on speed out­gun a good field at Moonee Val­ley two weeks ago. Back to WFA here but in form. 10. THE TAJ MA­HAL is the in­ter­est­ing run­ner. Has G1 form in the USA and Ire­land at his last two starts.


I’m with 6. ROYAL SYM­PHONY. Vic­tim of cir­cum­stances when get­ting too far back in a mud­dling af­fair last start and asked to do much to make up a lot of ground. Still clocked the best last 600m and 400m of

race and sec­ond best last 200m. The ad­di­tion of winkers will keep his mind on the job. This has been his grand fi­nal all along and he’ll take a lot of beat­ing. The filly 16. CATCHY is the hard­est to beat. She’s beaten colts be­fore and reckon she’s primed for 1600m now after a game third to Booker last start. All class and will give these big scare. 11. KE­MEN­TARI also fin­ished his race off strongly be­hind Perast here a fort­night ago and also no doubts he’ll love the 1600m. 4. SIR­C­CONI will make his own luck on speed and ex­pect him to be in the fir­ing line.


I’ve been with 1. TOSEN STAR­DOM right through this cam­paign and I’m not about to drop off now. Su­perb ef­fort in the Ru­pert Clarke here a fort­night ago when he came from near last, cir­cled the field very wide on the turn and fin­ished off strongly for a close sixth to Santa Ana Lane, run­ning the sec­ond best last 200m of race. Reckon he’s been crying out for 1600m. Hasn’t drawn well but he’ll set­tle back and then un­leash in the straight. 10. MR SNEAKY is in crack­ing form and ideally suited with just a half kilo over the limit. Just nabbed late by Santa Ana Lane in the Ru­pert Clarke. On trial at trip but I’ve got no doubts he’ll han­dle it and likes this track. Pre­pared to for­give the last-start run of

8. COMIN’ THROUGH in the Ep­som at Rand­wick as he was trapped wide through­out and still fought on well. Drawn to get the gun run here. 9. EGG TART has been kept fresh since a first-up sec­ond to De­ploy and will be charg­ing home late.


9. SHEI­DEL set a sui­ci­dal pace up­front and only col­lared late when third to She Will Reign in the G1 Moir Stakes at the Val­ley a fort­night ago. Re­turns to her favourite track where she has won three of five, one of those a fast-run Oak­leigh Plate. Drawn awk­wardly but only has to ne­go­ti­ate the one bend. Very keen on her chances here. 11. SU­PER CASH is ex­cel­lent firstup, hav­ing won three from four. First-up last cam­paign she won over this course and dis­tance beat­ing I Am A Star Chau­tauqua. Has re­port­edly worked well for her re­sump­tion and will go close. 5. IL­LUS­TRI­OUS LAD is re­sum­ing but ca­pa­ble of sprint­ing well fresh and watch for 6. HELL­BENT to im­prove.


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