Appetiser Ahead Of Caulfield Cup

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Gai Waterhouse's Forever Loved winning recently at Flemington. Image courtesy of

With almost $5m in prize money on offer on Caulfield Cup day, including $3m for the Cup itself, Saturday is one of the highlights on the Melbourne Spring Racing calendar. And to get punters in the mood for the big day at Caulfield, there’s a little appetiser on Wednesday, featuring the Ladies Day Vase.

It’s a Group 3 for mares over 1600m and would normally play second fiddle to the Caulfield Thousand Guineas. But that event was transferred to Caulfield Guineas Day and brilliantly won by Amicus last Saturday.

Gai Waterhouse will provide one of the leading hopes in Forever Loved , which finished strongly winning the Blazer Stakes at Flemington last start. That was over 1400m and the added 200m is perfect for the daughter of High Chaparral which has won three of her 11 starts and placed in two others. One of her obvious dangers is Nigel Blackiston’s Suavito , which stayed in the stalls in the Blazer Stakes when heavily supported. 

Other hopes include Queensland five-year-old Lady Echelon  from the Natalia McCall yard and widely drawn Kiwi Viadana , who has won eight and been placed another five times from 18 goes at the mile.

Local trainer Peter Moody certainly has numbers on his side – Dig A Pony , Spirit Of Heaven  and Metaphorical  all sport his colours.

Across the border in South Australia, the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup over 1600m is the highlight. Prize money for this event is $80,000 and as usual the 2014 edition has drawn a handy field.

UK import Evangelist is the favourite in a wide open TattsBet market. Now in the Tony McEvoy barn, the five-year-old gelding is dropping back in distance after two disappointing efforts over 1800m. He did win first up over 1500m at Rosehill almost three months ago and has an overall record of 13: 4-1-4.

Handy mare Extra Virgin  has won three of four at the mile and finished second at her only start at ‘the Bridge’. It’s been 42 days since her last race track appearance, but Jake Stephens likes to space her runs.

The in-form Halayr Jet , Our Miss Bossy , Excites Zelady  and Moonlight Forest  add interest, and features heavily in today's Horse Racing Tips.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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