Caulfield Racing Preview - February 1

F&M BM 90 Handicap (MR5)

Third-up from a spell, Text’n Hurley looks suited at 1600m having won over the track and distance last campaign. Though beaten 3.3 lengths into third last start by Are There Any, Colin Little’s Hard Spun mare meets her main rival 2kg better at the weights and has drawn the inside barrier. Five All is ultra-consistent, winning or placing in eight of her nine career runs and Jye McNeil’s claim means she’ll carry just 51kg. To back-up Are There Any, trainer Peter Moody also saddles up La Venta with champion hoop Damien Oliver on board.

Selections: Text’n Hurley, Are There Any, Five All, La Venta


Manfred Stakes (MR6) 

There are classy sprinters galore in the Manfred Stakes – a Group 3 over 1200m for 3yos. Gai Waterhouse has shipped Bull Point south for a tilt at this $135,000 event first-up. The Fastnet Rock colt, to be ridden by Damien Oliver, has form behind the talented Eurozone and Group 1 star Zoustar at its only other campaign. The winner of two from six, Bull Point goes well fresh and a little rain would help. Prince Harada is coming off handy Group 1 runs – fifth 3.2 lengths behind Zoustar in the Gold Rose (Bull Point was third after early trouble) and sixth 6.8 lengths behind Long John in the Caulfield Guineas. Prior to those efforts, Tony Vasil’s colt had two wins and a second. The Haradasun colt may be looking for further than six-furlongs this campaign. Fast ’N’ Rocking did beat Prince Harada over this distance in August last year, but has saluted just once from 12 starts. Peter Moody’s Monkstone scored over the track and distance as a two-year-old and races early in campaigns.

Selections: Bull Point, Prince Harada, Fast ’N’ Rocking, Monkstone


W.J. Adams Stakes (MR7)

A host of nimble sprinters contest the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes over 1000m. Michael Moroney’s African Pulse is classy and loves racing first-up. In an 11 start career, the five-year-old entire has won five races – all over 1000m and all first-up. Last time in, the son of Johannesburg overcame 231-day lay-off to win an Open Handicap over this track and distance. With speed on, Damien Oliver can park African Pulse just off the pace from gate three at its first start in 287 days. Classy mare Shamal Wind has Spring Carnival form and only has to overcome the outside marble to be competitive. Robbie Laing’s three-year-old colt Lord Of The Sky has huge wraps, winning three of its four starts. The son of Danerich was ultra-impressive last start winning a BM 78 over the course and distance by 6.5 lengths, but this is a massive step-up in class. Peter Moody’s filly Kiss A Rose is in the same boat. The Sebring youngster has loads of potential and after racing in two and three year old events, takes on open sprinters.

Selections: African Pulse, Shamal Wind, Lord Of The Sky, Kiss A Rose


Mornington Cup Prelude (MR8)

This could easily wind-up a big day for Gai Waterhouse and Damien Oliver at Caulfield. They combine with improving stayer Laidback Larry. The son of O’Reilly has won its last four starts by a combined margin of more than 14 lengths. Heavily backed on each occasion, the four-year-old can take the step-up from restricted grade. It is either feast or famine for this bloke – he’s won five of nine, but outside that hasn’t run a drum. Chris Waller’s European import He’s Your Man is fitter after two placings over shorter trips at Flemington and looks ready to run a bold race. The son of Cape Cross had been competing in group races in England and France with form around grand stayers like Harris Tweed, Red Cadeaux and Lost In The Moment. Another up-and-coming stayer Prince Of Penzance is a threat after a big finish behind Eraset at Flemington two weeks ago, but meets He’s Your Man 3kg worse at the weights. For those looking for value, Cooldini can run a checky race at long odds second–up with staying genius Glen Boss in charge.

Selections: Laidback Larry, He’s Your Man, Prince Of Penzance, Cooldini


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