Rail Position: True, entire circuit
Track Condition: Good 4
A competitive race to start the day at headquarters. HIGH CHURCH shrugged off recent average form and looked terrific winning similar race and is trying to force his way into Cups consideration. Chance. JAAMEH looked super 2 runs back, then just plodded home this grade at Caulfield behind High Church. Might just be a Flemington horse so give another chance. HUSH WRITER was hard at it all way this grade 2040m last start on Aussie debut and weakened late. Slower mid race tempo may turn him on.
SETSUNA didn’t come up at all last campaign. But previous prep was a star this grade. Watch market but know that on her day she is talented. MULTAJA is good but was disappointing last start when 2nd this grade. Expect to go very close. SMART MELODY is a boom Sydney filly, unbeaten in 3 restricted grade races thus far. This is slightly harder than recent starts but must be considered.
How can you go past winning form? THEANSWERMYFRIEND is in career best form storming home to win 3 of past 3 all this grade. Looks very hard to beat again. FLOW is a Sydneysider who is improving every start. Hits the line very hard. And is in great form. Harder here but has claims. CLIFF’S EDGE had superstar written all over him 12 months back but form not so good of late. Is 2nd up here and loves this track so might improve sharply.
Tip: CLIFF’S EDGE
BRUTAL is tough and has a massive boom on him. Up in grade to toughest test to date but he’s won both his starts and looms large. FAROOQ is also on trial against best field to date but winning weaker race first up was impressive. Chance. A FIGHTING FURY’s form had been average before spell. Then resumed with 5 lens maiden win before strong burst late to win a BM 64. Harder here but gets home hard.
Some of these will find this hard because top weight HEY DOC looks very well placed. At his best, he wins this easily under this weight scale. Is 2nd up today after a useful 5th when resuming. Respect a great deal. RICH CHARM is just such an honest sprinter and will again by rattling home down centre of the track. Terrific 4th when resuming last start. KEMONO is a Japanese sprinter with talent. Needed the run when 7th last start at Aussie debut. Should improve.
Tip: HEY DOC
An open race but I AM A STAR who is 3rd up should be strong. If they ride her aggressively from this horror draw she should come across and lead and if clear as they turn will take catching. SHEEZDASHING doesn’t win many but is honest and finds the line hard. Is first up here and being fresh this trip is a benefit. PETITION is an under rated mare who was good when 4th this grade when resuming last start. Keep safe.
Tip: I AM A STAR
This should be a great race this year. Is HAPPY CLAPPER ready to produce his best? Looked in need of the run first up when 7th and should be much fitter. HUMIDOR is a Gr 1 winner this course and just grows a leg this track. Good win last start and is ready to repeat. KINGS WILL DREAM might be a pending superstar. Two runs this time up have been efforts by a stayer of immense quality. Is ready to win debut Gr 1 race while Kementari has already won at Gr 1 level and he is in great touch.
ENCRYPTION is all class. Had to sit wide and while carrying more weight than his rivals had to circle field this grade last start 2nd up. Finished 5th behind NATIVE SOLDIER who he meets again here. Both are stars and will be the pair most likely fighting this out. EF TROOP is all class, though, and is capable of leading and smashing these on his day. Drawn to be right there. If they press the button earlier…watch out.
Tip: EF TROOP
You wouldn’t go near SIR ISAAC NEWTON based on his last 8 starts but he is better than that and maybe, just maybe might finally be ready to run up to his best again. SELF SENSE is up in company but is very, very honest over the past 3 months. Has claims. CHEQUERED FLAG is a solid stayer who resumes here. Is very consistent and that should help him. Keep safe.