Caulfield Stakes (MR6)
– Atlantic Jewel tasted defeat for the first time in her career when going down to It’s A Dundeel in the Underwood Stakes but should return to the winner’s circle in this contest. She wasn’t suited by having to make the running last time out but should get a nice trail into the race here. Stablemate Super Cool was only fair in the Turnbull Stakes last weekend but will be better suited by this smaller field where he should be able to get to the outside and charge home. Green Moon and Foreteller are both Group One winners and will be in the finish.
Selections: Atlantic Jewel , Super Cool , Green Moon , Foreteller
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Weekend Hussler Stakes (MR7)
– Paul Beshara enjoyed a big win with Happy Trails in the Turnbull Stakes last weekend and has another leading chance of scoring in Melbourne with Richie’s Vibe. He had won three from four in Adelaide prior to an unlucky second here last time out and is better suited at the weights and from an inside draw. Floria got a Group One placing over this trip during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and goes well fresh, while It Is Written and Eximius are capable of being in the finish.
Selections: Richie’s Vibe , Floria , Eximius , It Is Written
Herbert Power Stakes (MR8)
– Sea Moon lost the Bart Cummings on protest last Saturday under a big weight and has been burdened with 59.5kg for this event. He has a terrific record over this trip and should run well despite meeting Tanby and Moudre worse at the weights than he did seven days ago. Kesampour has drawn a good gate for the first time in Australia and doesn’t need to improve much on his first two runs here to be right in the finish. He can emerge as a genuine Caulfield Cup hope by winning this. Irish raider Simenon has good staying form in Europe but may find this too short, while Let’s Make Adeal has claims after three strong appearances this time in.
Selections: Kesampour , Sea Moon , Let’s Make Adeal , Simenon
Toorak Handicap (MR9)
– This is shaping up as a great betting race, where you can make a case for most of the field. The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has been a great guide for this event and five of the first seven from that contest meet again here, with Speediness probably the best winning chance. He motored home for 4th in the 1400m contest and will be better suited by the step up to a mile. His form ties in with that of Tony McEvoy’s Mouro, who pipped subsequent Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up over this trip in the Rowley Mile in May and has missed a place just once in 10 starts. Speediness beat Mouro by a nose in the Scone Cup earlier in the year but the latter can turn the table from a better draw. Last year’s winner Solzhenitsyn wasn’t beaten far when third in the Rupert Clarke and will again go close, while Trevieres and Blackie can run well at good odds.
Selections: Mouro , Speediness , Trevieres , Solzhenitsyn
Caulfield Guineas (MR10)
– Seven of the past ten Guineas winners have run in the Guineas Prelude and that event again looks like the key form race, with the first six all looking horns again. Runner-up El Roca has drawn ideally in gate two and will get a good run on the pace in a race that is unlikely to be run at break neck speed. Craig Newitt went a bit early on him last time out but the son of Fastnet Rock will be stronger at the finish with a more patient ride. Long John was finishing strongly over 1400m here a fortnight ago and warrants respect given he meets his rivals 2.5kg better off at the weights. Prelude winner Éclair Big Bang has done nothing wrong, winning three of his four starts, while Marwood will be in the mix if he can rediscover his best form.
Selections: Long John , El Roca , Éclair Big Bang , Marwood
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