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The Sportsman Weekend - - Caulfield Preview - WITH TONY THOMAS


Pre­pared to go with the value in 4. JUS­TICE GLORY. Given a break af­ter a slightly dis­ap­point­ing fifth to Watchme­spin here last month. Prob­a­bly set­tled a lit­tle closer than she needed to and the ef­fort told in the run home. Su­per im­pres­sive win­ning firstup at Sandown be­fore that and has a win over Leather’n’lace to her credit back in Fe­bru­ary. Will set­tle mid­field and bound be run­ning on strongly. Fright­ened of 10. SWORN EV­I­DENCE, who I think is well above av­er­age. Dashed clear late to eas­ily beat Pinot at Geelong last month and that horse has cer­tainly franked the form. Back in dis­tance last start didn’t help but found the line with gusto at Ararat. Kept fresh and she’ll be in the fin­ish.

3. COUN­TER­PLAY was three­wide most of the trip when a fight­ing sec­ond to In­vin­ci­ble Star here last week and bound to be in the fin­ish again. 6. OUR CROWN WIT­NESS de­mol­ished her ri­vals at Geelong last start but this is a bit harder. Still, she’ll make own luck in front and has to be in­cluded.


Go­ing to gam­ble on the un­tapped po­ten­tial of 5. OCTABELLO here. Didn’t get clear un­til the 300m mark and then made up many lengths to nab Black Sail on the line at Flem­ing­ton last month. That horse then franked

form with a solid sec­ond at Caulfield on Wed­nes­day and fourth placeget­ter Snitzepeg then came out and won at Flem­ing­ton. Clocked a fast 11.55s for the last 200m, bet­ter than Span­ner Head did in win­ning over same trip later that day. The set weights of this race suit him as he drops 4.5kg. Small­ish field will al­low him to set­tle mid­field and then un­leash in the straight. Big threat. 2. BEAU GESTE comes down from Syd­ney with Group form to his credit. Fought on well be­hind Viri­dine at Rand­wick af­ter be­ing wide most of the way in the small field. Looks ide­ally suited up to 1400m here. 3. ECLAIR SUN­SHINE has had lit­tle luck of late and this grade ap­peals. Just nabbed by Royal Sym­phony two runs back and then not dis­graced be­hind Perast here. Given three weeks off rates highly. 10. WOULDA THOUGHT SO is another in­ter­est­ing run­ner. Big win at Bal­larat last time when charg­ing home late. Could sur­prise


No sur­prises here. Most peo­ple will have Ni­eta (Race 10) as their an­chor bet in the quaddie. And for good rea­son. She wasn’t far off the very smart In Her Time at Rand­wick three weeks ago but she was third twice to Redzel be­fore that. Pretty good form for a race of this type. She’ll be short but bound to be run­ning home pow­er­fully.


Reckon book­ies will want to take on the Caulfield Cup favourite Jo­hannes Ver­meer (Race 8). Sure he was in this tougher grade. 8. LORD SUNDOWNER (jn top form) and 6. ALMIGHTY (on-pace run­ner) are other chances.


1. ONE MORE HONEY sim­ply has bet­ter cre­den­tials than her ri­vals. Drops back to G3 grade af­ter a fight­ing fourth Al­izee in the G1 Flight Stakes at Rand­wick. Three starts back she was beaten less than three lengths be­hind For­mal­ity. Right at her top af­ter three runs this time in, drawn per­fectly to get the gun run just off the pace and no qualms about her han­dling trip. 5. HIYAAM got all the favours along the fence to beat all but Bring Me Roses at Flem­ing­ton a fort­night ago but it was a per­for­mance full of merit. Bred to rel­ish the ex­tra trip here and will go close. Watch for 12. TEODORA run a big race. She was very green but won with plenty of au­thor­ity at Bendigo 10 days ago. Her last 100m when she re­ally let rip was highly im­pres­sive. This ob­vi­ously harder but worth in­clud­ing. 6. PINOT was heav­ily backed to win eas­ily at Flem­ing­ton last start. Drawn ter­ri­bly but very promis­ing and worth fol­low­ing.


1. TAN­GLED chased and chased and chased to only just miss catch­ing Ace High in the G1 Spring Cham­pion at Rand­wick a fort­night ago. Great ef­fort to fight on strongly in what was pretty much a sprint home. That run has him right at his top now and ide­ally suited the set weights scale. Will get a nice even run off this speed and charge home late. Big dan­ger. Im­pos­si­ble not to like the ef­fort of 4. MAIN STAGE to win at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago. In an im­pos­si­ble spot to the turn but then un­leashed an amaz­ing sprint to win run­ning away. Doesn’t have set­tle that far back and can en­vis­age him sit­ting just be­hind the speed from his in­side draw. Hard to stop. 7. TAV­I­S­TOCK ABBEY beat Main Stage at Flem­ing­ton last month in a gutsy dis­play and had the ben­e­fit of a re­cent Cran­bourne trial to sharpen him for this. 5. ATARAXIA comes down from Syd­ney af­ter a strong win at Rand­wick and should han­dle the ex­tra dis­tance here.


Go­ing to give 5. SPEC­TRO­SCOPE one more chance here. He was far from dis­graced last out­stand­ing chas­ing home Gailo Chop in the G1 Caulfield Stakes last week

a race where it was hard to make ground. But that only his first start here, he has to re­pro­duce within seven days, he’s only ever had one try at this dis­tance when sec­ond in a field of six in Ire­land, has never raced big field like this be­fore and will need an aw­ful amount of luck to get clear from his in­side draw. Pre­pared to take him on.


As men­tioned in the preview, Prop­erty (Race 7) has had ben­e­fit of a re­ally solid trial ef­fort at Cran­bourne on October 9. Had to con­tend with a track start when 5th to Clas­sic Uni­form at Rand­wick three weeks ago

not helped by the sit and sprint af­fair. Reckon he’s look­ing for the 2000m and was twice Group placed over this trip in France last year. Drawn to get all the favours in the run and will just need an ounce luck to show his best. 1. AS­SIGN is ready to his best af­ter two runs from a spell. Will ap­pre­ci­ate drop­ping back to this grade af­ter chas­ing home Winx last start. Will make his own luck up or near the speed and take run­ning down. 8. SAMOVARE was forced to lead last start no dis­grace see her wilt in the run home be­hind Bon­neval G12 Un­der­wood here three weeks ago. Still, she was only beaten 3 lens and this is in­fin­itely eas­ier. Only ques­tion mark is the bad bar­rier. 11. WHEAL LEISURE is fac­ing a class rise but looked good beat­ing Caulfield Cup hope Hard­ham last start. And the sta­ble is fly­ing at the mo­ment.


Reckon 10. ECKSTEIN is the value here in a tough race. Great ef­fort last start when a clos­ing sev­enth to Now Or Later in G2 grade at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago. Got shuf­fled back and lost mo­men­tum half way down the straight and then hit the line strongly when fi­nally clear and only beaten just over two lengths. Faced the males here but should be able to stay out of trou­ble from widish draw, set­tle back in the field and then charge home straight. Top con­tender.

6. GRAND ROSSO loves this track and dis­tance. Im­pres­sive beat­ing Choco­late Holic here then bat­tled on well be­hind Santa Ana Lane in the Sir Ru­pert Clarke here. Back grade and drawn to get the run of race.

2. BURN­ING FRONT is ready to hit his straps af­ter two runs from a break and he’s un­beaten in four tries at this track. Would have pre­ferred 1600m but will still give a shake. 4. TASHBEEH didn’t have much luck be­hind Pure Pride at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago but it was a glimpse of his best form and worth some thought in this com­pany.


I’ve got a lot of time for the tal­ented three-year-old 10. PROP­ERTY. He was only a cou­ple of lengths off Catchy twice as a twoyear-old, in­clud­ing the Blue Di­a­mond, and did beat Pariah here

rated as Soft 6 but still rounded off the trial in 46.47s for the 800m, pretty slick go­ing. It took Catchy to beat him at his only other first-up ef­fort and don’t for­get he holds a win over Pariah to his credit. Ready to run boldly to­mor­row.


All re­ports from Caulfield this week sug­gest the Henry Dwyer-trained Swamp­land (Race 9) is right at the top of her game. She has been kept fresh since a luck­less sec­ond to Sa­vanna Amour over this course and dis­tance last month. She worked solidly at Caulfield on Tuesday, show­ing she was in Fe­bru­ary. Very im­pres­sive win­ning his 800m Cran­bourne trial re­cently when, de­spite a soft 6 track rat­ing, he still broke 46.5s for the trip. There’s a stack of speed on to suit him and can see him un­wind­ing in the straight to win run­ning away. 9. SU­PER TOO is hard to re­sist. Broke the long­stand­ing Rand­wick 1000m track record be­fore again lead­ing through­out to win eas­ily at Moonee Val­ley three weeks ago. No doubt this is harder but her sus­tained speed has to be re­spected. 5. BADA­JOZ is in rare form and sim­ply too good here last start. Rich Charm ran fourth to him then came out and won well here on Wed­nes­day. Speed on will help him. 1. FAATINAH is an Oak­leigh Plate placeget­ter here who is drawn to get the run of the race.


Have looked at this race in­side out and up­side down — ev­ery which way but still keep com­ing back to 11. BON­NEVAL. She’s just so well weighted here given she is al­ready a three-time G1 win­ner. She only has to give Amelie’s Star 1.5kg and that horse has yet to even con­test a G1 race. Bril­liant win­ner of the Un­der­wood here beat­ing Hart­nell and sim­ply think she was a vic­tim of mud­dling tempo be­hind Gailo Chop here last week. I like the fact she’s drawn out a lit­tle as that al­low Ker­rin McEvoy to find a slot in mid­field and stay out of trou­ble. Su­pe­rior stayer who will take a power of beat­ing. The value run­ner is 9. IN­FER­ENCE. Loved the way he hit the line late be­hind Gailo Chop last week, clock­ing sec­ond fastest last 200m of the race. He will rel­ish the 2400m and another who looks at­trac­tively weighted. De­spite her lack of ex­pe­ri­ence in this sort of class, have to re­spect 16. AMELIE’S STAR. Was never go­ing to lose in an ef­fort­less win in the Bart Cum­mings at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago. Re­mem­ber Al­mandin was in the race and she eas­ily ac­counted for him. Un­beaten in two tries at this trip. 4. JON SNOW is in rip­ping form and ready for this dis­tance. Fought on well be­hind Gailo Chop last week. Drawn to again sit off the speed and he has great stamina. 7. VEN­TURA STORM is an Ital­ian G1 win­ner over this trip and he will be fin­ish­ing hard. Big 1. HU­MI­DOR fan but not con­vinced is a 2400m horse or that Caulfield his ready to run a big race in the stronger com­pany she faces to­mor­row,


Main Stage (Race 3) was im­pos­si­ble to miss when he un­leashed a mas­sive fin­ish­ing burst to win over 1800m at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago. He pro­duced the best sec­tional times for track. Like­wise 3. JO­HANNES VER­MEER, who I’m pre­pared to gam­ble against at this trip.


3. SILENT SEDI­TION is a class act has yet to miss a place in four sec­ond-up ap­pear­ances. Also yet to miss a place in four tries at this trip and five tries at this track. Liked the way she hit the line be­hind Keen Ar­ray down straight at Flem­ing­ton first-up. That will have her cherry ripe for this. Don’t be put off by the wide draw. She had bar­rier 18 when she was beaten a lip in G1 Cool­more Clas­sic at Rose­hill in the au­tumn. 8. NOW OR LATER was su­perb in win­ning

G2 Blazer Stakes at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago. Still well back in the ruck with 300m to go but, when she saw day­light, charged late to win run­ning away, clock­ing a slash­ing 11.2s for her last 200m. G1 placeget­ter in Ire­land and at her peak this. 1. FOXPLAY is the class act and did well be­hind Happy Clap­per in the G1 Ep­som at Rand­wick last start. Reckon this is her right trip and bound to in the fin­ish.

12. EURO AN­GEL again had no luck be­hind Now Or Later last start and one of th­ese days she’ll put it all to­gether. 2. GLOBAL GLAM­OUR (classy but bad bar­rier), 5, FRENCH EMO­TION (good run last start) and 13. SHILLELAGH (likes Caulfield) all chances.


One more chance for 1. FUHRYK who has eaten my money last cou­ple. Well doc­u­mented how luck­less she was when re­sum­ing and then again not much went right here be­hind Sa­vanna Amour. Given a month between runs, drawn to get the run of the race and suited at this weight scale. 3. NI­ETA will wel­come a drop in grade af­ter fin­ish­ing not the far off In Her Time at Rand­wick three weeks ago. Fin­ished third to Redzel twice pre­vi­ously, and that form stacks up pretty well for this grade. 8. CON­CEALER has al­ways dis­played plenty of abil­ity but has her is­sues along the way. Re­mem­ber she was in mar­ket when un­placed be­hind Ex­treme Choice and Fly­ing Ar­tie the Blue Di­a­mond last year. Goes well fresh. 4. LYUBA has three sec­onds from four tries at this course and dis­tance and will be run­ning on. ev­ery split dur­ing the race, in­clud­ing the fastest last 400m of 23.61s and 12.11s for his 200m. Steps up to the 2000m and strikes a smaller field to­mor­row. Will take plenty beat­ing.


Lots of things to like about the chances Silent Sedi­tion (Race 9). She has had four tries at 1400m for two wins and two thirds, five tries at Caulfield for a win and four plac­ings and four sec­ond-up ap­pear­ances for two wins and two plac­ings. All the bet­ter for her first-up run at Flem­ing­ton and bound to look the win­ner at some stage in the straight.

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