Caulfield tips & full form for Saturday, March 31


VICTORIAN racing returns following the Good Friday break as Caulfield puts on a strong nine race card.

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Race 1 – Open Handicap (1100m)

Gytrash races for the first time outside Adelaide, and we think it has a strong chance to win on Saturday. The horse was stellar in its last start, winning by a length and a half. This appears to be the perfect race.

Race 1 tip: Gytrash to win ($8.50 at Sportsbet)

Race 2 – Open Handicap (1100m)

Our Gladiator is hunting a hat-trick and is well placed to get it. The horse has been progressing nicely this campaign, culminating in a last-start win at BM78 level in strong fashion. Our Gladiator is going to be hard to beat.

Race 2 tip: Our Gladiator to win ($6.50 at William Hill)

Race 3 – Benchmark 78 (1400m)

An awful gate is standing in the way of a fourth win from five starts for Catesby. The horse is racing for the first time in Victoria following a seven race career in Sydney and we think the Godolphin runner can do the business on the left turning track.

Race 3 tip: Catesby to win ($7.50 at Sportsbet)

Race 4 – Open Handicap (1100m)

Across its three career runs Doves Cry has been great, winning twice and placing second on the other occasion. The filly is one of the less experienced horses in the field but the promise is evident.

Race 4 tip: Doves Cry to win ($8.50 at Sportsbet)

Race 5 – Open Handicap (2000m)

A jump in distance will be the make or break issue for Indernile. The horse has won or placed in its last four runs among quality company, so the pedigree is there, it is just going to be an question of whether the three-year-old can handle the 2000m. We think it can.

Race 5 tip: Indernile to win ($11 at William Hill)

Race 6 – Benchmark 84 (1800m)

Top Of The Range should be chasing a hat-trick here but the horse couldn’t finish fast enough at Flemington on March 17. The horse rises slightly in distance, which should be beneficial here.

Race 6 tip: Top Of The Range to win ($3.60 at Neds)

Race 7 – Easter Cup (2000m)

Homesman is ready to peak third-up. The horse has placed at this point of the preparation in the past, and it looks like the raider has settled into Australian racing nicely. Homesman is the one to beat.

Race 7 tip: Homesman to win ($3.50 at Neds)

Race 8 – Victoria Handicap (1400m)

Theanswermyfriend is drawn perfectly to shoot out and take this out from the front. Last time out the front-runner had to battle a bit to get the lead and it showed late, but we think it gets their cheaply in this one. Back Theanswermyfriend win.

Race 8 tip: Theanswermyfriend to win ($4.20 at Neds)

Race 9 – Benchmark 84 (1200m)

Pick Me Up has never won first-up, but it has four placings from five attempts. The horse is drawn well to be in the mix and the lead in trial will help.

Race 9 tip: Pick Me Up to win ($10 at Neds)