Caulfield Racing Preview - January 25

Blue Diamond Preview Fillies (MR3)

The young ladies of the turf grace Caulfield in the first of the Diamond lead-up and interestingly the top half of the field has exposed form, while the bottom half is all first starters. Given a clear run, Tony Vasil’s Fontein Ruby looks the best of those to have raced after a storming home for a close second to Empress O’Reilly on debut. Damien Oliver takes the reins. Golconda was fourth behind Magic Millions runner-up Oakleigh Girl, before a win at this track and distance. First-starter London Lolly will have the Team Hawkes polish, while Fastest Rock filly Lumosity is a smokey.

Selections: Fontein Ruby, Golconda, London Lolly, Lumosity

Blue Diamond Preview (C,G&E) (MR4)

In the boys division of the Diamond dress-rehearsal, there are no runners with winning form. It must be noted that Peter Snowden has shipped his Breeders’ Plate runner-up Mohave south. The son of Exceed And Excel finished a half-length behind Law in October and can go one better here. Peter Moody’s Ducal Castle also placed second on debut and has the inside gate, which is a definite advantage for the babies. First starters Grande Rosso and Berlutti are looking to kick-off their careers in style, but have to deal with wide barriers.

Selections: Mohave, Ducal Castle, Grande Rossi, Berlutti 

3YO Fillies Handicap (MR5)

Last start Flemington winner Whistle Baby looks the one to beat. Hit the line hard to get up late over 1000m and the extra 100m here appears ideal. Unbeaten Testa Rossa filly Orvieto comes to town after easy wins at Geelong and Kyneton when heavily backed at short odds. Punters are again expected to unload on the Mick Price/Glenn Boss combination. Peter Moody’s Spirits Dance is a definite chance. Romancing The Stone is also a hope, as long as it hasn’t gone off after seven runs this campaign.

Selections: Whistle Baby, Orvieto, Spirits Dance, Romancingthestone

John Dillon Stakes (MR6) *$75,000 TRIFECTA JACKPOT*

The Steven Arnold-ridden Limes can turn the tables on his last start conqueror Anlon in this 1400m contest. Peter Snowden’s 4-year-old was beaten a nose and meets Anlon 1.5kg better at the weights. While Limes can control the pace, just keep in mind the Commands gelding has won just three of 22, with 10 placings. With two runs under his belt, Chase The Rainbow is ready to show his best, while Reparations can run well second-up at decent odds.

Selections: Limes, Anlon, Chase The Rainbow, Reparations


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