Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Caulfield meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Heavy 8
Rail Position: Out 4m entire circuit
ROYAL CROWN chased home the smart Grand Promenade at Flemington two starts back then just peaked on run late last start. He looks ready to return to winners stall.
MASERARTIE BAY was beaten less than a length at Flemington two starts back then found heavy ground in Sydney last start and just battled. He can improve on firmer ground.
Liked the way CAKEWALK BABY worked home when placed at Flemington last start. She only needs to hold that form to be right in the mix in this.
AUF WEIDERSEHEN showed sharp turn-of-hoof and finished too well to win at Cranbourne last start. This a much tougher task but he may sneak a place at odds.
Tip: ROYAL CROWN
KING MAGNUS finished the race out strongly here last start and was too good for them last 100m. He deserved that win and no reason he cannot go on with it here.
GREAT AGAIN comes into this ready to find best form third-up from spell. Just did not finish race off on the heavy last start but is better than that and can figure in this.
VIRAL was not too bad here two starts back but just did not come on last start. Should be at peak fitness for this and if he can find best would be right in the mix.
THE INEVITABLE looked like he would be much better from the run when held ground here first-up. Won two of four second-up and expect he will be in this for a long way.
Tip: KING MAGNUS
REGULUS fought the race out tenaciously in a nice race at Flemington on debut and was not beaten all that far. Better from the race experience and this a winnable race.
CHERRYPICK bounded at start and settled well off them here on debut but she made good late ground into minor spot. Drawn perfectly and if she does everything right can win this.
PAMMY JOY relished the heavy at Echuca last start and powered away late to win. Finds a tougher task coming out of maiden class but would not leave her out.
REYNAIRE broke his maiden status at third start on the synthetic at Ballarat. Drawn touch wide but he can sneak into a minor spot.
LA MEXICANA is a smart filly resuming from a spell. She has a super first-up record (3:2-0-1) and if forward enough she will be right in the finish.
MISS ALBANIA is another smart mare starting her second prep. Won three of her five starts at first prep and placed in the other two. Drawn perfectly and she must be included in chances.
ABSOLUTE FLIRT was well supported when $3.50 into $2.90 here first-up and she did not let punters down with good strong win. Fitter and no reason she cannot win again.
PLAQUETTE chased home hard to win here two starts back then she should have been in finish when held-up last outing. Cannot leave her out.
Tip: LA MEXICANA
SCANTOON put together a couple of wins earlier this prep then he was not beaten all that far when placed here last start and from ideal barrier he can get away with this.
CHASSIS raced up on the speed and fought the race out tenaciously to win at Flemington last start. If she can hold that form se will be in finish.
SESSIONS ROAD is racing in super form having won both starts this time in and although finds a tougher affair cannot knock winning form.
WICKLOW TOWN was placed in nice race here two starts back then beaten less than 2 lengths last start. He can sneak into a minor spot.
MURRUMBIDGEE RIVER should have arguably won in midweek company last start. Jamie Kah will be looking to make sure he finds the right spot here and he can make amends.
TOKEN SPIRIT comes into this in winning form having won last couple in town with something in hand. Only needs to hold that form and he will go close.
ECO WARRIOR was placed behind Token Spirit two starts back then just did not finish race off well enough last start. Drawn to get perfect run and at odds may sneak into the exotics.
CRU CLASSE finished too well to win at Donald two starts back then did keep grinding away here last start. If she can sit touch closer she can give this a shake.
Tip: MURRUMBIDGEE RIVER
Going to have something each way on IMPERIAL HILTON in this field. Dominant win in Adelaide two starts back then he was not disgraced here last start. He can figure late.
HICKOK got up to win last stride two starts back then went to Flemington and was placed at odds behind a couple of smart ones. That form would be good enough for this.
THE BIG EASY relished the heavy ground and came with big finish to win at Rosehill last start. He will give them a start but if gaps open up he can finish all over these.
SACRED PALACE was an eye catcher winning at Bendigo two starts back then hit the line hard when placed this track last start. He finds similar company and cannot dismiss.
Tip: IMPERIAL HILTON
Not sure VIRIDINE was in the right part of the track here last start when just could not finish race off. Should be plenty of speed up front for him here and out to 1200m could be the winning move.
THE ASTROLOGIST has led throughout down the Flemington straight to win his last two starts. Will go forward again and he will take some catching.
RED CAN MAN raced little keenly up on the speed in the Sir John Monash but when let down he was just too strong. Meets similar field and the 1200m looks a better option for him.
ISAURIAN was doing his best work final stages when beaten under 2 lengths behind The Astrologist at Flemington. Strips fitter and this winnable race.
Going to give SUGARTOWN another chance coming off a close placing here last start. Drawn touch awkwardly but racing well and gets chance to return to winners stall.
Liked the way ZESTY BELLE got to the line when just missed in same race as Sugartown here first-up. She has won second-up and cannot leave out of winning chances.
BELSIELLE beat them both on her merit her last start and that made it two wins from her three starts this time in and no reason she will not be in the mix again.
WYLD SAVANNA could be the knockout at cricket score odds in this. She finally broke her maiden status last start with an emphatic win and on her home track here going to throw her in first four bets.