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Feature Racing Saturday 23 February 2019
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Caulfield Race 6 Caulfield Race 6 Futurity Stakes Group 1 1400m One of the most time honoured events on the Australian racing calendar, first run in 1898 and won by Resolute, the winners honour roll is a who’s who of the Australian Turf. Ajax won 3 times, Bernborough, Phar Lap, Todman, Gunsynd, Manikato 4 times, Rubiton, Vo Rogue, Schilaci twice, Reset, Fields Of Omagh are just some of the great winners. Brave Smash was victorious in 2018, and he returns to defend his crown in 2019, albeit with a different trainer. What a terrific race! We could have 6 picks and still miss the winner, luck in running from the 1400m will play a significant part in determining the winner. Alizee looks a different horse this time in and maybe James Cummings has found the key to her. She has come from last and blown two very strong fields away in Sydney at her two runs this time in, a repeat would see her win this race. Land Of Plenty has an awkward draw, however his two runs this time in have been outstanding and with any luck he will figure in the finish. DItto Le Romain also from a double figure barrier, he will be improved on his very good first up effort behind Alizee and he is a multiple Group 1 winner over this distance. Manuel was sensational in the C F Orr over this course and distance, doing all the work up front and still having the audacity to fight on strongly and hold on to win. He can only be improved for the run and if left alone in front looks hard to run down again. Magic Consul is a rising 10yo however his form is hard to fault. He won the Feehan last start at big odds so only a foolish punter would discount his winning chances here. Best Of Days loomed up to win the Orr however peaked on his run, he will be vastly improved for the outing and Williams sticks with him, a definite winning chance. Material Man also great in the Orr, beaten only a length and a half first up in Victoria and he too will be improved for that run. A win would not surprise. We would prefer to see both Brave Smash and Redkirk Warrior (the latter seems a Flemington horse) do something before we tip them, Hartnell and Ringerdingding would need to improve while Malaguerra has never won at Caulfield and looks better placed over 1200m. Really looking forward to this one. The winner should come from Alizee, Land Of Plenty, Manuel, Best Of Days, Le Romain with Material Man a good each way hope. 1 #11 Alizee 2 #8 Best Of Days 3 #7 Land Of Plenty 4 #6 Material Man Caulfield Race 7 Blue Diamond Stakes Group 1 1200m Lottery, no real confidence with selections so please do not allow us to sway you off something you fancy. If Loving Gaby runs and gets any luck from the draw, she should win, alas the draw is a real concern. 1 #10 Loving Gaby 2 #1 I Am Immortal 3 #7 Lyre 4 #2 Hawker Hurricane Caulfield Race 8 Oakleigh Plate Group 1 1100m First run in 1884 and won by Malua, this race can throw up an upset or two. Wakeful won this race, as did Dual Choice twice, Placid Ark, Schillaci, Fastnet Rock, Weekend Hussler and Starspangledbanner. Russian Revolution won in 2018, he is now at stud. Another really difficult affair. Don’t like tipping favourites in big fields however from barrier 5 Nature Strip looks as close to a good thing as there could be in a field of 110. We have always had a big opinion of From Within, she has a Group 1 in her but will require some luck from the barrier. Viddora is becoming a bit of an enigma, she will either win easily or run nearly last, your guess is as good as ours as to her winning chances, on her day she can win. Spright and Booker have chances and should be included in multiples however both have awkward draws while Ashlor has a good draw and he can figure in the finish with that advantage. Encryption is the intriguing runner with no weight on his back, Williams riding 1kg over, a win by him would not surprise. Usain Bowler can unleash a withering finishing burst, if he gets a run and any luck from the draw, his name on the winners honour roll would not surprise this punter. 1 #3 Nature Strip 2 #17 Encryption 3 #21 Usain Bowler 4 #7 Ashlor 5 #12 From Within
Best of luck and profitable punting to all!