Caulfield Cup Day Racing Preview

Caulfield Sprint (MR7) – Platelet won two Group One contests in Adelaide earlier this year and has since established herself as one of the best sprinters in Australia. She beat a strong field at Flemington with something in hand last time out and will again go well despite having to give weight to the boys. Former Queensland sprinter Ready To Rip always produces a big run when fresh and is capable of being in the finish here first up from a spell. He has four wins and a second from six fresh runs and has two wins and a third from three runs at his home track. Chiaramonte is well drawn and should get a good run on the speed for the in-form Darley team, while Pago Rock is capable of running into a place if he can reproduce his strong effort from last week.
Selections: Platelet , Ready To Rip , Chiaramonte , Pago Rock

David Jones Cup (MR8) – Gris Caro has finished first and second from two Australian starts and looks well placed here again by underrated trainer Jake Stephens. He has missed a place just once from eight starts over 2000m and will be in the finish again here. Sydney form has proved superior to Melbourne form in several races already during the carnival and Honorius travels to Victoria with strong credentials. He has won two from four this prep and scored a strong win over feature race contender Masked Marvel in the Craven Plate over this trip last time out. Scream Machine and Bass Strait both get into this race on the minimum weight and will appreciate the step up in trip after running in Group One contests over a mile last time out.
Selections: Honorius , Gris Caro , Scream Machine , Bass Strait  

Tristarc Stakes (MR9) – A very strong field of mares has been assembled for this contest, headed by Tatts Tiara winner Red Tracer. She is well in at the weights, has drawn fairly and produced an enormous run to finish second behind Sharnee Rose at her first start this preparation. Peron is drawn to get the run of the race from barrier two and still looks to have plenty of upside, while last start winners Xanadu and Molto Bene both warrant respect. Xanadu won at the top level in New Zealand last time out while Molto Bene produced arguably the run of the day to come from last in a 1400m event at Flemington two weeks ago.
Selections: Red Tracer , Peron , Xanadu , Molto Bene

Caulfield Cup (MR10) – Chris Waller has a strong hand in this contest, with Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur and AJC Oaks scorer Royal Descent the best of his four runners. Both produced big runs in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington a fortnight ago that will have them ready to peak for this, although slight preference is for Hawkspur despite the fact he has drawn awkwardly. Fawkner is untried over this trip but gave every indication that he will stay 2400m with a strong third over 2000m when finishing ahead of Hawkspur and Royal Descent last time out. Jet Away ran a huge race following a setback in the Turnbull and will appreciate the step up in trip, while the Gai Waterhouse pair of Glencadam Gold and Julienas will race on the speed and give a good sight at big odds.
Selections: Hawkspur , Royal Descent , Fawkner , Jet Away

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