|Where||Caulfield Racecourse – 22 Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145|
|When||Saturday, April 16, 2022|
|First Race||12:20pm AEST|
Racing returns to Caulfield with a nine-race card scheduled on Easter Saturday, and HorseBetting’s Victorian form expert has picked out his best bets for the day. The track is rated a Good 4, the rail is out 3m for the entire circuit, and racing is set to get underway at 12:20pm AEST.
Race 1: Super Vobis 2YO Handicap (1200m)
Despite being a $6 chance with online bookmakers, we’re willing to side with Jamarra in the opening event from The Heath. The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained two-year-old consistently runs into a smart one or two, chasing home pre-race Blue Diamond Stakes fancies Jacquinot and Lofty Strike throughout this campaign. He was last seen finishing second at Sandown on March 30, having settled up on speed and looking like the winner with 200m to go. However, once again he found another better than him inside the final 50m, but Saturday looks to be his day to bring up a deserved win.
Race 2: BM78 Hcp (1100m)
Our best bet of the day comes up nice and early on Easter Saturday as Clemenceau from the Hawkes yard is set to resume off a three-week spell. The three-year-old gelding showed his class in the summer string together three wins from as many starts, which suggested he has above average ability under his belt. He draws barrier two for this assignment and under Jye McNeil we expect the plan of attack to be simple. Jump cleanly, hold the rail, dictate terms, kick on the corner and bring up a fourth successive win.
DUCHESS OF DORSET
Race 3: BM78 Handicap (2400m)
We will be looking to make our presence known early on Saturday with the bagmen, as we look to butter up once again with Robert Kickmott-trained Point Nepean. He bolted in under a relative hold when second-up at Bendigo on April 2 and despite that field hardly being the toughest race he will contest going forward, he looks to be a stayer on the rise. Post-race the stable were confident he would be the one to beat ion the Sydney Cup in 12 months’ time and with that level of confidence, it is hard to knock his chances on Saturday. We expect an action replay from his last start win, find the rail under Alana Kelly, get a cheap sectional or two down the back and kick clear on the home turn and further stamp his quality as an emerging stayer.
THROUGH IRISH EYES
Race 4: Galilee Series Final (2400m)
Despite racing in midweek company, we’re willing to give the Denis Pagan-trained Turn It Up Tommy a push at a double figure price. Having broken his maiden in impressive fashion at Kilmore on March 31, the Tivaci gelding has always shown signs that the further he steps out in distance, the better he will be. His maiden win came at 1887m and looked to have plenty left in the tank, so the 2400m on Saturday should suit him perfectly. He’ll see out the trip, whether he is up to this class just yet is another thing, but at $14 with online betting sites, we’re happy to find out.
Race 5: 3YO Fillies Handicap (1100m)
The three-year-old fillies sprint over 1100m is arguably one of the toughest races on the card and it is hard to split the top six in early betting markets. We’ve landed on the South Australian visitor Star Of Chaos who is set to resume off a near five-month spell. The Zoustar filly was the best of the beaten bunch when chasing home Espiona in the Listed Desirable Stakes on VRC Oaks Day. With the scratching of Winning Verse, Star Of Chaos will jump from barrier one and will most likely track the speed throughout. She showed during the spring, that she is armed with a nice turn of foot and if Star Of Chaos is anywhere near her best, we expect a forward showing when fresh.
Race 6: Fillies & Mares BM84 Handicap (1100m)
Opening the quaddie on Easter Saturday is a BM84 event over 1100m for the girls and we’re willing to side with the now Paul Koumis-trained Miss Albania. The five-year-old Magnus mare absolutely eats up the 1100m and is undefeated through two runs when second up from a spell. With three wins and two minor placings from fives goes at 1100m, we expect the star qualities Miss Albania poses to shine brightest on Saturday. Ignore her first up run when well held at Flemington as she only gets better as her campaigns go on. The $18 with Ladbrokes is a price we are finding too hard to ignore for a mare with proven class like she has.
JUMP THE BROOM
Race 7: Easter Cup (2000m)
The Group 3 Easter Cup over 2000m worth $200,000 is one of the feature events at Caulfield this weekend and we’re happy to side with last start Mornington Cup runner-up Pondus. He ran into the smart Crystal Pegasus on that day and comes up against a similar field he disposed of with relative ease in The Regal Power on All Star Mile Day. Michael Dee will look to have him settled midfield with cover and if he gets moving 600m out from home, then Pondus has the sustained sprint to put away a field like this and continue his good form to begin this campaign.
Race 8: Victoria Handicap (1400m)
The Group 3 Victoria Handicap marks the return of the emerging star Ayrton, however, we’re taking him on with Dan Morton’s Kissonallforcheeks. The Written Tycoon mare simply didn’t handle the Heavy track when not beating a runner home in the Doncaster Mile and is set to appreciate coming back to firmer going at The Heath. The four-year-old has seven wins and six minor placings from 15 runs on dry tracks, and has four wins from six goes at the 1400m, so we know she will handle what is in front of her on Saturday. This is harder than what she is ue to, but if she is anywhere near the form she showed when butting over two-lengths on her closest rival in the Shaftesbury Avenue on March 12, Kissonallforcheeks looks the one to beat in the Victoria Handicap.
Race 9: Super Vobis 3YO Handicap (1600m)
We round out Easter Saturday at The Heath with a capacity field of 16 three-year-olds on track to run in the South Australian Derby or Australasian Oaks at Morphettville. Douceur finished second in a VRC Oaks during the spring and then being a good thing beaten in the Alexandra Stakes at The Valley last time out, she clearly looks the one to beat in the last. Michael Dee will have the No Nay Never settled in the second-half of the field, but we expect to see Douceur thunder home down the centre of the track and ultimately prove too hard to hold out.
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