Caulfield Racing Preview 1st September
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The Heath (MR5) – Golden Archer was winning the McNeil Stakes on this day 12 months ago and can revisit the winner’s stall in this contest, after his bid for back to back wins was thwarted by a wet track last time out. Peter Moody’s four year-old ran a good race to finish second in the Aurie’s Star on slow going that he obviously didn’t appreciate. Back on a firmer surface and well in at the weights, he looks a leading chance. Dee ‘N’ Gee has trialled well in Sydney and will give a good account of himself from an inside draw. He was very progressive during the autumn and could still have more to give. Platelet warrants respect having won her past three starts, while Freereturn and Rue Maple are place chances.
Selections: Golden Archer, Dee ‘N’ Gee, Rue Maple, Platelet
Memsie Stakes (MR6) – Western Australian galloper Luckygray wasn’t at his best on a heavy track in the P.B Lawrence Stakes here last month, but will be seen to much better effect on top of the ground in this race. Having to jump from a wide draw is no real concern as he gets back in his races anyway, but a lack of genuine pace could bring about his undoing. Michael Rodd can put Sincero wherever he wants from a good draw and he is certain to be in the mix at the finish. He has a good record fresh and is a group one winner over this trip. Although he flopped in Melbourne last year, he deserves another chance as his shortcomings in those races may have been a failure to run out the trip, rather than an inability to race the Melbourne way of going. Green Moon was a dominant winner of the Blamey Stakes at his one and only start during the autumn and is capable of running well, while Midas Touch and Rekindled Interest are the best of the rest.
Selections: Sincero, Green Moon, Luckygray, Rekindled Interest
Slickpix Stakes (MR7) – Despite having to contend with a wide draw, Tanby looks well placed to win the first race of his campaign here. Two good runs over unsuitable distances will have him primed for this contest, where he ticks all the boxes. He is unbeaten over the trip, has won on a seven day backup in the past and the race will be run to suit. Tasmanian galloper Banca Mo has won his past two and form of his most recent win was franked when The Cleaner won during the week. With eight wins from 14 starts he is obviously smart and deserves respect. Streets Away has been racing well but is better on bottomless tracks, while Avienus was good last time out. Great Player run well fresh from a spell and will run an honest race at a huge price.
Selections: Tanby, Banca Mo, Avienus, Great Player
Open Handicap (BR8) – Chase The Rainbow showed a great deal of promise in winning the Group 2 Stutt Stakes being going amiss last spring, and looks well placed and mark his return to the track with a win. If he is anywhere near his best, you would think he would be too good with Craig Williams aboard but there has to be a question mark of him with this being his first start for almost 11 months. Parthian has been racing well and is sure to be in the finish, while Dusty Star is another that looks well in. Balzeus and Offenders are both are both place chances.
Selections: Parthian, Dusty Star, Chase The Rainbow, Balzeus
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