He’ll make your Day

The Sportsman Weekend - - CAULFIELD PREVIEW -

RACE 1

9. DELU­SIONS couldn’t have been more im­pres­sive in win­ning on de­but at Swan Hill. Tracked the lead­ers into the straight and then pounced to win run­ning away with some­thing in hand. Clocked the fastest last 400m and last 200m of the en­tire day. Bred to ap­pre­ci­ate ex­tra 200m now. This is a lot harder but she looks above av­er­age and can mea­sure up. 1.

KHULAASA showed a re­turn to form at Flem­ing­ton last start when nar­rowly beaten by Wild Planet and Ranier. Did en­joy the per­fect run off the speed and got out at right time. Back against her own sex here set weights scale helps. 3.

EAWASE is ready to strike her best af­ter two runs back and not dis­graced be­hind Smart Melody here last month. 2. ZIZZIS will wel­come the ex­tra dis­tance here.

RACE 2

4. RANIER picks him­self but he has come up very short for a horse yet to win a race. He was the one with the plethora of flash­ing lights over him when beaten a head by Wild Planet at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago. Couldn’t get clear gal­lop­ing room un­til last 200m and then flew home to just fail af­ter be­ing well backed. Drawn per­fectly to get the run of the race and only needs even luck to test these.

1. WILD PLANET was great in win­ning that race. He three-wide with­out cover for most of the trip, looked beaten at the top straight but still fought on to win well. He does meet Ranier 2.5kg worse here but is a very tough per­former. 6. RINGERDINGDING looked good win­ning at Bendigo in slick time, clock­ing fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m split of the en­tire meet­ing. Got a bit

abil­ity as was only beaten length be­hind Sand­bar in Listed grade at Rose­hill in Au­gust. 11.

BRICK­TOP is a roughie with a chance here. Not dis­graced be­hind Am­phitrite at Flem­ing­ton and that horse has franked the form with a stakes win at Flem­ing­ton.

RACE 3

Think 2. QUILISTA is the value here. Forced to lead up straight last start when close up in the blan­ket fin­ish won by I Am Ex­cited. Drops back to the 1000m here and from her good draw, won’t have to lead. If she can get a sit on the hot speed, reckon she fin­ish hard over the top of them. Fin­gers crossed.

6. ED­UARDO is the log­i­cal dan­ger, es­pe­cially as he meets Quilista 3kg bet­ter for beat­ing her home in that same race. He too will sit off the speed and ex­pect him to be right in the fin­ish again. 5. SU­PER TOO has needed rac­ing but is very fast when right and could take catch­ing. 3. BONS AWAY goes well here is at his top now.

RACE 4

3. CREATIV­ITY looks way over the odds for mine. At her best at this track and also likes

dis­tance. Last time she was over course trip, she beaten nar­rowly by La Bella Diosa and she drew the out­side gate that day. Not con­cerned by her wide draw here as it al­lows to slide across to a po­si­tion just off the speed and she’ll be hard stop in the run home. Should have fin­ished closer be­hind Win­ter Bride here a month ago and kept fresh. 4. GREY SHADOW is the horse to beat. Is un­beaten at this course and dis­tance. Im­pres­sive win­ning here three weeks ago. Drawn to get the soft run up on the pace. 5. SOOTH­ING found line okay be­hind Grey Shadow and all the bet­ter for her first look at Caulfield.

1. JORDA got home right be­hind Grey Shadow and looks ready to fire. Wraps are big for

8. FROM WITHIN but she faces a dra­matic rise in class here.

RACE 5

6. VERRY ELLEEGANT is a for­mer Kiwi filly who made Aussie de­but and im­pressed with the way she hit the line be­hind Am­phitrite in Ed­ward Man­i­fold at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago. Didn’t have the best of luck in try­ing to get clear gal­lop­ing room in the straight and then mo­tored home when clear. Shapes as though ex­tra 400m will suit her and drawn to get the gun run. Look for

3. ARISTIA to run a big race. Had ab­so­lutely no luck be­hind Am­phitrite and should have fin­ished a lot closer. Still a maiden but has been look­ing for this dis­tance. 7. RUBIRA also had lit­tle luck in that Am­phitrite race but found the line well. In a strong sta­ble and all the bet­ter for that run. 2. GREYSFUL

GLAM­OUR was never go­ing to lose at Flem­ing­ton last month and given a soft trial in Syd­ney since. On-pacer who will take run­ning down again.

RACE 6

There was such a lot to like about the way 3. EX­TRA BRUT hit line to win at Flem­ing­ton a fort­night ago. Got well back in the run, made his as­sault com­ing to the turn and then charged home to run down Siko­rsky with plenty of gusto. Won here be­fore that and looks even bet­ter placed up to 2000m. Stick with him. 1. THINKIN’

BIG started favourite in the G1 Spring Cham­pion Stakes and fought on well be­hind Maid Of Heaven. Don’t think track con­di­tions suited him that day and bet­ter on the firmer sur­face here. Will go very close. 10.

SIKO­RSKY sat speed and prob­a­bly hit the front too soon be­fore be­ing swamped by Ex­tra Brut last time. Rac­ing well and will make his own luck on pace again. 6. DEALMAKER has form around The Au­tumn Sun and was okay in the Spring Cham­pion last start. He’ll make his pres­ence felt.

RACE 7

7. BEST OF DAYS turned in a crack­ing ef­fort be­hind Fur­rion here three weeks ago. Got back in the field along the rails and then got clear gal­lop­ing room at top of straight be­fore charg­ing late to just miss grab­bing Fur­rion. Seems to get bet­ter with ev­ery Aussie run and this trip looks ideal for him. 3.

TRAP FOR FOOLS was far from dis­graced be­hind Winx in the Turn­bull and will wel­come a re­turn to this grade. He’ll be on speed take catch­ing again. 6. SIX­TIES GROOVE will also rel­ish the step up in trip af­ter one run from a let-up. Is three from three at 2000m and has beaten Trap For Fools.

1. TALLY is ready to show his best likes this dis­tance.

RACE 8

I’ve spent the bet­ter part of this week watch­ing re­plays re­cent runs of 1. BEST SO­LU­TION and they con­firm that he is one se­ri­ous race­horse. He eas­ily beat Duretto (an­other Cup run­ner) three starts back, beat Sound Check Cup

in Group 1 grade two runs back and beat De­foe (who has beaten an­other Cup run­ner in Red Ver­don) at his last G1 start Ger­many. Can sit on pace or off it and I don’t think he is too badly treated at the weights ei­ther. Love fact his rider Pat Cos­grave has al­ready rid­den the track (won on Ben­batl last week). Sure the bar­rier is a con­cern but hop­ing he will be able to find a slot mid­field and then un­leash in the straight. 2. THE CLIFF­SOF­MO­HER im­pressed by run­ning on well be­hind Ben­batl last week. Goes very well sec­ond-up and did have two runs within a week at Royal As­cot this year. Drawn per­fectly and will be hard to hold out. 11. VEN­TURA STORM was very good be­hind Winx in the Turn­bull and is ready to fire. He’s has a wind op­er­a­tion and has come back stronger race­horse. Def­i­nitely best value run­ner. 9. RIVER

VER­DON fin­ished in front of The Cliff­sof­mo­her at Royal As­cot and is from the same yard that brought out Red Cadeaux here. Mer­its re­spect.

RACE 9

11. SA­VA­TIANO should have just about won the Blazer Stakes at Flem­ing­ton last start. Had no luck try­ing to get a run in the straight un­til 100m and still flew late grab sec­ond. In peak form and only has to get an ounce of luck from wide draw to test these.

6. BOOKER is ready to hit her straps now af­ter two runs this time in and did well be­hind Win­ter Bride here last start. She’ll go close. One at big odds who could sur­prise is 13. FREEHEARTED. Never got a crack at them at Caulfield last start but still ran through the line strongly. Drawn to get run of the race. 3. INVINCIBELLA is in great form and again suited at the weights scale.

RACE 10

Al­ways been a fan of 5.

PEACE­FUL STATE and this looks a good race for him. Did a great job when un­lucky be­hind Land Of Plenty first-up and that horse then won a G1. Trapped off the course and for­get his run in Ru­pert Clarke last start. This class suits go very close. 9. SIRCCONI could lead on his own and it that hap­pens, he can take run­ning down. 7.

TOM MEL­BOURNE faces his eas­i­est as­sign­ment for some time, while 8. MR SNEAKY is ready to show his best now.

Best Of Days. Pic Grant Guy

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