CAULFIELD racing returns post-Australia Day and punters have a stacked nine race card in which to punt away the post-public holiday hangover.
The meet is headlined by the Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m), but a number of Blue Diamond preview races loom here, so it promises to be a great day of racing.
Let’s take a look at our tips for the big day.
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Race 1 – Open Plate (2000m)
Night’s Watch is fresh coming into this race and we think the odds around it are an absolute steal. Forget the recent Werribee failure, this horse is a star in the making and will deliver at Caulfield.
Race 1 tip: Night’s Watch to win ($4.40 at Crownbet)
Race 2 – Blue Diamond C&G Preview (1000m)
After avoiding a trip across the Tasman Long Leaf comes into this event fresh as a daisy to make it three wins from as many starts. The horse is a genuine star of the future and with the experienced Damian Oliver in the saddle it should be given a professional ride.
Race 2 tip: Long Leaf to win ($3.40 at Neds)
Race 3 – Blue Diamond F Preview (1000m)
Pure Elation won its last trial leading into this race and has subsequently firmed in the market based solely off that. The Snowdon runner could be one to follow heading into the future.
Race 3 tip: Pure Elation to win ($3.50 at Ladbrokes)
Race 4 – Blue Diamond Gala Plate (1100m)
Smart Coupe is a star that we think is a star of the future. The filly returns after a three month break, and has two wins and two placings from four starts. There’s somewhat of a query of the horse’s form in metropolitan Melbourne, but we think that will be dispelled Saturday.
Race 4 tip: Smart Coupe to win ($2.30 at Sportsbet)
Race 5 – Benchmark 70 (1400m)
Expinsive comes into this with a number of factors in its favour. The horse returned well on December 29, rounding out the placings at Cranbourne. It has a 50 percent winning record from four starts, gets an inside draw and a rock-bottom weight draw.
Just get on.
Race 5 tip: Expinsive to win ($13 at William Hill)
Race 6 – Benchmark 84 (1400m)
Jester Halo is in red-hot form and looks well placed to notch up another win. In the last five runs the horse has failed to finish outside the top-three and has recorded back-to-back second placed finishes. Jester Halo gets a good gate and will be hard to hold out once again.
Race 6 tip: Jester Halo to win ($3.70 at William Hill)
Race 7 – Benchmark 78 (1400m)
Mr Money Bags has recorded two wins from its last three starts and presents as a great chance to do the business again in a smaller field. The horse has two wins from three attempts at this distance and looms as the best bet in a tricky affair.
Race 7 tip: Mr Money Bags to win ($6.50 at Crownbet)
Race 8 – John Dillon Stakes (1400m)
Forget Dollar For Dollar’s last-start third – which was far from poor regardless – this horse is a star that more often than not wins. Before that third the five-year-old had delivered four-straight wins, and we think it gets straight back into the winner’s circle in the feature.
Race 8 tip: Dollar For Dollar to win ($2.40 at Crownbet)
Race 9 – Ladbrokes Handicap (1700m)
Morton’s Fork has missed out in its last two races by less than a combined length and looks ready to take the next step on Saturday. The horse draws well here and will be hard to hold out.
Race 9 tip: Morton’s Fork to win ($3.80 at Crownbet)