Caulfield Feature Race Preview February 23

Futurity Stakes (MR6) – All Too Hard won the Orr Stakes over this course and distance a fortnight ago and looks the most likely winner of this event as well, given he should be able to race relatively close to the pace from barrier four. King Mufhasa  will make the running as he did in the Orr and All Too Hard should have the pace to stay within reach of the Kiwi galloper before unleashing his powerful finishing burst in the straight. Although he is rated well below most of his rivals here, Shanghai Warrior looks well placed in this contest with several of the other horses engaged in the race first up and looking for further. One of those is Melbourne Cup hero Green Moon, who is having his first start since his famous win at Flemington last November. He is probably the best of the rest, although Glass Harmonium is also capable of pulling out a big run fresh.
Selections: All Too Hard , King Mufhasa , Shanghai Warrior , Green Moon  

Blue Diamond Stakes (MR7) – Unbeaten South Australian filly Miracles Of Life has never raced beyond 1050m but there is nothing to suggest that she will be inconvenienced by the 1200m journey of this race. The inside gate is no disadvantage and a repeat of her performance from the Blue Diamond Preview last month would be good enough to win. Gregers has had just one start but the form from her win at Moonee Valley has worked out well with the next four home that night finishing in the top four at Flemington last week. Darley fillies have been impressive this preparation but have drawn wide, while the best of the boys could be Fast ‘N’ Rocking, who will appreciate the 1200 trip and has improved considerably with each run.
Selections: Miracles Of Life , Gregers , Fast ‘N’ Rocking , Guelph  

Oakleigh Plate (MR8) **TattsBet $120,000 Trifecta Jackpot** - Perth sprinters have done incredibly well when they have travelled across the Nullabor – think Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast, Hay List etc – in recent times and Barakey has looked every bit as good as them in winning all 11 of his career starts to date. There is plenty of pace in this event however, and he may be forced to work very hard to get to the front as has been his customary racing pattern. With the speed on, the race could be set up for one of the backmarkers, with last year’s winner Woorim and Spirit Of Boom the best of them. Ortensia didn’t trial great and has to lump a big weight, but has the services of big race hoop Craig Williams, while impressive spring carnival winner Shamal Wind could run a big race with just 50.5kg on her back. Facile Tigre was third last year from a bad draw and could be the knockout runner this time around.
Selections: Spirit Of Boom , Barakey , Facile Tigre , Woorim

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