A bumper nine-race card is programmed for Caulfield on Saturday afternoon for Blue Diamond Stakes Day. With three Group 1 events, the Blue Diamond Stakes, Futurity Stakes and Oakleigh Plate, there is set to be plenty of elite talent going around on Saturday on a meeting where every race is either a Group or Listed event.
The track is rated a Good 4, with the rail out 3m the entire circuit meaning we are set fair for a perfect day for backing winners with racing to commence from 12:40pm AEDT.
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Race 1: Zeditave Stakes (1200m)
We will be looking to build a bit of a bank early on, when the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Generation steps out in the Zeditave Stakes. Having returned with a dominant win in a similar field in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes on February 5, the Snitzel colt looks well-placed to bring up what will be a third successive win dating back to Cox Plate Day last year. From barrier three, we expect to see Jamie Kah to have the bay colt settled up on speed and potentially take up the running throughout. If he is anywhere near what we saw in the Manfred, then Generation looks one of the better bets on the card. The $2.30 on offer from Bet365 looks a steal.
The Tom Dabernig-trained Flying Mascot returns to Caulfield having been nosed out by Probabeel in the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes on February 12. Despite finishing second in both of his starts at Caulfield, Saturday looks to be the day the four-year-old Tavistock mare breaks her Caulfield duck. Having gained a gun run in transit, she simply could not hold out the now retired Probabeel last time out but looks primed for a big autumn campaign. From barrier four, Blaike McDougall will look to track the speed throughout and when asked for an effort then Flying Mascot should prove too good for this small seven-horse field.
Having been beaten under a length by Coastwatch in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes, we are giving the Peter Moody-trained Lucky Decision a strong chance in the Autumn Classic. Having track the speed throughout, the three-year-old Zacinto gelding simply could not run down the proven performer in Coastwatch but showed plenty to suggest he will be hard to beat here. With the likes of Castlereagh Kid, Chateau Nue and Van Roy all looking to take up the running, the race looks perfectly set up for Lucky Decision to peel off their backs and run straight past some vulnerable leaders.
Following a breathtaking win in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes on February 12, the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Argentia looks a class above some of these. Having given her rivals a massive start at the top of the home straight, the Frankel filly absolutely launched out of the ground and managed to pip Scorched Earth on the winning post. From barrier one, she will need an abundance of luck early on to get herself in the moving line, but if Mark Zahra can do that, then the race may be over inside the first 300m. Her turn of foot is Group 1 standard and we anticipate only bad luck will get Argentia beaten.
Having just been pipped in the shadows of the winning post in the TS Carlyon Cup on February 12, the Danny O’Brien-trained Callsign Mav looks the one to be with in the Peter Young Stakes. The three-time Group 1 winner in New Zealand oozes class and will look to be bounding along out in front and prove hard to run down. He has a race fitness edge on the likes of Delphi and is more suited to the 1800m than someone like Cascadian who is being aimed towards the All Star Mile. With two wins and a minor placing from four second-up runs, we know he will run well and considering he went around in last year’s Cox Plate he has the class to be taking out a race like this.
The Group 1 Futurity Stakes over 1400m is the first of three Group 1 events on Saturday worth $750,000. Having absolutely bolted in the C.F. Orr Stakes a fortnight ago, the Mike Moroney-trained Tofane is a $2.90 favourite with online betting sites to claim a fifth Group 1. I’m Thunderstruck and Mo’unga are the only two other runners in single figures, with $4 and $5 available respectively, with Sierra Sue a $10 chance in Saturday’s Futurity.
Check out our full preview for the Group 1 Futurity Stakes here.
The Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes for two-year-olds over 1200m is the marquee event for juveniles in the state and looks to be a wide open affair as always. Jacquinot ($5), Revolutionary Miss ($6), Lofty Strike ($7) and Sebonack ($7) are all at the top of the market. With 11 of the 16 runners deemed a $19 chance or better, it shows just how open this year’s race is.
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Race 8: Oakleigh Plate (1100m)
The 2022 Oakleigh Plate is set to be one of the fastest sprint races recorded in the year with plenty of pace expected throughout. The undefeated Marabi is a solid $2.70 favourite to claim her first Group 1, whilst Sydney sprinters Wild Ruler and Minhaaj look to be her obvious dangers. With the Oakleigh Plate being a launching pad for many a star sprinter over the years, who will etch their name alongside some of the superstars of the Australian horse racing scene?
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Race 9: Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m)
We will be looking to go home a winner when the Patrick Payne-trained Defibrillate going around a nice double-figure quote in the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude. Having taken out this race out last year with 56kg on his back, he will need to lug 60kg and Billy Egan if he is to repeat the dose. The seven-year-old son of Shocking has three wins from five starts at Caulfield and fresh off a six-length trial win he will coming to this first-up run with plenty of confidence. With regular jockey Billy Egan on board, Defibrillate should be the one flying down the outside late and ultimately proving too hard to hold out.