Caulfield Stakes (MR5)
– The scratching of Manighar from this race means that Ocean Park is likely to be a long odds on favourite and the manner of his win in the Underwood Stakes last time out would suggest that he will be very hard to beat. Four of the past six Caulfield Stakes winners have come through that event in recent years and it is the best guide for this, but several short priced favourites have been turned over in this race in the past few renewals. Miss Finland was beaten at $1.70 in 2007, while El Segundo could finish only third despite starting at $1.44 the previous year. The small field could play into the hands of Midas Touch, who would be a good chance if able to find his form from last spring, while Sincero will be well suited by a sit and sprint affair. Sabrage has shaped well at his two runs back from a spell and could run a big race at good odds.
Selections: Ocean Park, Midas Touch, Sincero, Sabrage
Toorak Handicap (MR6) **$100,000 First Four Jackpot**
- There is no doubting that More Joyous is a top class mare, but she faces a tough task in this race under the impost of 60kg. Only four top weights have won the race in the past forty years, although she was one of them when victorious carrying 58kg two years ago. She has won her past seven starts, recording easy winners at both runs this preparation and will be hard to beat. Mares have won three of the past five renewals and Yosei could continue that strong record. She ran a big race in the Epsom last weekend after missing the start and won the Group One Thousand Guineas over course and distance in 2012. She was just over a length behind More Joyous in the Doncaster earlier this year and meets her 2kg better off this time around. Solzhenitsyn ran well in the Sir Rupert Clarke (which has provided nine of the past 20 winners) and is drawn to run well, while Glass Harmonium and King Mufhasa are place chances.
Selections: Solzhenitsyn, More Joyous, Yosei, Glass Harmonium
Caulfield Guineas (MR7)
– Unbeaten superstar Pierro will be bidding to become just the fifth Golden Slipper to win the Caulfield Guineas when he lines up in the $1 Million race on Saturday. With eight wins, including three Group Ones, from as many starts he is obviously the one to beat. He has twice won over a mile and proved he can race the Melbourne way of going with a five length win in the Group Two Stutt Stakes last time out. Whobegotyou (2008) and Helenus (2002) won that contest before taking the Guineas but the Guineas Prelude has been the best guide for this. Eight of the last 10 Guineas winners came through that race, which was won impressively by Epaulette two weeks ago. He was beaten just a nose by Pierro in the Todman Stakes earlier in the year and is the obvious danger to the favourite. Awesome Bro and Ashokan have both been set for this event and are place chances, while the jury is still out with All Too Hard after three below par performances this preparation.
Selections: Pierro, Epaulette, Awesome Bro, Ashokan
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