Fran­caletta has tough ri­vals in Breed­ers Stakes

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The Baker/ Fors­man sta­ble will have its eyes firmly on the A$ 1 mil­lion Caulfield Stakes in Mel­bourne to­day, but Fran­caletta in the $ 80,000 Rich Hill Taranaki Breed­ers Stakes at Haw­era is an im­por­tant en­gage­ment.

Fran­caletta is a tal­ented mare with the odd is­sues, which have been care­fully man­aged.

With hind­sight avail­able, she may not have stepped up to 1600m at Manawatu last start, even though there was good rea­son for it. The dis­tance on a very test­ing track was just be­yond her level of fit­ness and she fin­ished fifth, eas­ing back late.

Fran­caletta drops back to 1400m to­day and that will suit her per­fectly with two races be­hind her. Plenty of tal­ent to test the Cam­bridge mare, among them Un­derthe­moon­light, The Auld Floozie and Aide Mem­oire.

An­other smart race mare in Cote D’Or ( No7, R6) looks a good chance in the Mata­mata Cup. She has a re­mark­ably con­sis­tent record and although this is a bit of a step up, she looks well placed with just 53kg on her back. Eleonora ( No6), like many oth­ers, has been held back by the heavy tracks and is not quite as for­ward as the sta­ble would like, but class will take her a long way. Pa­corus ( No2) is best known as a stayer, but can run a de­cent race at 1600m while fresh.

Deals In Heels ( No2, R2) looks all class as she makes her way through the grades. The last cou­ple have pro­duced vic­tory and she is beau­ti­fully placed to make it three straight. No More Tears ( No3) is close to an­other win and the quinella here looks a de­cent risk.

Dif­fi­cult to win the sec­ond start af­ter a de­but maiden vic­tory, but Te Akau Shock ( No2, R3) was so stylish win­ning at Te Rapa he has to be given a real chance per­form­ing on his home track. The way this is run may not suit him quite as well as Te Rapa, but he had to come from last that day. He is one to fol­low.

Race 4 is very tough, so value is worth look­ing for. One value run­ner worth at­ten­tion is Real Fun ( No12), who had only three runs last prepa­ra­tion, but won the first of them and comes in fresh again here.

Quan­tum ( No1, R5) was well beaten last start, but his pre­vi­ous form had been ex­cel­lent. Pay to for­get that run and you can ex­pect some­thing bet­ter this time.

Aotearower ( No3, R7) has fin­ished out of the money in her last two runs, but they were not bad ef­forts. She has beaten bet­ter fields on her day and she will be very com­pet­i­tive. Crafty Jess ( No4) was stylish win­ning at Manawatu last start and looks ca­pa­ble of pro­gress­ing up the grades.

The last, Race 8, is very even but an each way chance i s Kool Con­nec­tion ( No6). Two back he was beaten by a very heavy Eller­slie track and apart from that he has been fairly con­sis­tent.

The A$ 10m Ever­est will live up to its hype at Rand­wick to­day, but as a punt­ing propo­si­tion it is some­thing of a night­mare. So much de­pends on how the race will be run and the only cer­tainty is that Chau­tauqua will be back last at some stage of the first 300m. Out­side of that al­most all of the re­main­der of the field will be look­ing for a favourable for­ward po­si­tion.

Dif­fi­cult to see any­thing but a hard pace as what­ever leads looks to pro­tect that spot, but the dan­ger of go­ing crazy up front is set­ting it up for the re­mark­able late sprint Chau­tauqua can pro­duce.

The pre­dicted show­ers around Syd­ney will suit Chau­tauqua and cou­pled with a fast pace it puts him in the race. The early favourite She Will Reign could be vul­ner­a­ble and, oddly, her in­side No 2 bar­rier may not be her friend. She is a young filly, just turn­ing three and has to race much older, tough­ened, hard sprint­ers. If she jumps and puts her­self in the race she will get her chance, but if sev­eral horses cross her and she gets boxed away she is very un­likely to sur­vive a bump­ing con­test.

There is no chance of this be­ing run as a gen­tle con­test. On that score any­thing locked away be­hind horses early in the home straight will some­how need to get into the clear — you don’t go to the line in a A$ 10m race un­der a hard hold.

The safest guess will be it will take a tough horse that can take a bump­ing and still run home in solid sec­tion­als. Redzel, to be rid­den by Ker­rin McEvoy, is that type of horse. Redzel each way could be the safest bet in a very un­safe bet­ting com­pe­ti­tion.

In Her Time ( No12, R7) just missed a spot in the Ever­est. She will be dif­fi­cult to beat in the con­so­la­tion, Race 7, the Syd­ney Stakes. She was good enough to sit parked three wide with­out cover in the Strad­broke in Queens­land dur­ing the win­ter and kick on to be beaten a long neck. She and Corey Brown look the best bet on the pro­gramme.

Don’t be sur­prised if Corey Brown gets New Zealand’s Cho­cante home in the St Leger at Rand­wick. His was a great third last start and this i s frac­tion­ally eas­ier.

Bon­neval is a de­served favourite for the A$ 1m Caulfield Stakes. Although she has a wide draw, rider Damian Lane has a head much more as­tute than his years would in­di­cate. The 12 horses in the world’s rich­est race on turf have all passed in­spec­tion on the eve of the A$ 10 mil­lion race. All horses yes­ter­day passed fit to take their places in The Ever­est and the rou­tine anal­y­sis of sam­ples has de­tected no ab­nor­mal­i­ties. Chris John­son and Let Her Rip got on fa­mously when they first teamed up and it could be a sim­i­lar sce­nario when they are re­united this week­end at Haw­era. The cham­pion jockey com­bined with the Cam­bridge mare to tri­umph in the Gr. 3 Ro­torua Stakes ( 1400m) in May and to­day they will de­fend their un­beaten sta­tus in the Taranaki Breed­ers’ Stakes ( 1400m). “We’re happy to have Chris back on and she has come back well from Aus­tralia,” trainer Shaune Ritchie said. NZ- bred filly Aloisia gives Aaron Pur­cell a chance at Caulfield of a Group One vic­tory in his new role. He took charge last week of sus­pended trainer Ciaron Ma­her’s sta­ble and to­day Pur­cell will run the daugh­ter of Azamour in the Thou­sand Guineas. Ginger­nuts will head back to Hawke’s Bay for the resched­uled Li­va­mol Clas­sic next Sun­day. Te Akau prin­ci­pal David El­lis has con­firmed the son of If­fraaj will run at Hast­ings be­fore he heads to Mel­bourne.

Pic­ture / Darryl Sherer

Su­per New Zealand mare Bon­neval is a de­served favourite for the A$ 1m Caulfield Stakes to­day.

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