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Caulfield Tips January 7 – best bets for Caulfield on Sunday

  • Best bets for Caulfield each meeting.
Caulfield racing

Caulfield Racecourse is one of Australia's premier horse racing tracks and is commonly known as "The Heath" by local racegoers. 

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The racecourse is located approximately eight kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs.

See our free weekly Caulfield selections below:

Caulfield Tips - January 7 

Race 1 - MAREE MADDEN-MELDER HANDICAP (1800m) 12:40pm

SHENANDOAH gets in 1kg under the minimum weight and looks set to peak at her fifth run following a 3rd placing behind Shoreham and Guizot over 1700m last start. This mare was ridden upside down in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) when fifth-up last campaign where she was caught wide and was sent forward midrace before batting on to finish 1.6 lengths from Kenedna. With 22 days between her last run, she’s had enough time to recover and should appreciate the step up in trip now. 

Race 2 - ANNETTE DAYMON HANDICAP (2000m) 1:15pm

The Lloyd Kennewell-trained ANGELUCCI scored a length win at Gawler before heading to Caulfield where he scored a very impressive two-length victory over 1700m. He carries 1kg less and goes up slightly in grade, but he maps to drop into the box seat and just needs to replicate his last start form to be winning again. 

Race 6 - MATTHEW DAVIES HANDICAP - 1600m - 03:40pm

Widgee Turf was my best of the day last start when he won impressively but I’m taking him on this Sunday with one that finished 4.7 lengths off him. PLOT THE COURSE was resuming from a 266-day break and was always going to be in need of the run. He settled midfield with 60kg and battled on well but clearly got tired late. He now meets Widgee Turf 3kg better at the weights as he steps up to the mile where he has three wins from six starts. He always improves second-up and that should be the case again off a long break, and he also beat Pilote D'essai at this track and trip when third-up last campaign. Could be getting on one run too early, but the big odds are very enticing. 

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December 26

Race 1 - ALLAN WICKS HANDICAP (1800m) 1:25pm

HUNAMOSA ticks a lot of boxes here and will be extremely hard to beat. Being an on pace type, he will be suited by the often leader-biased Caulfield track, while he also should be at his peak following four runs over 1200m, 1200m, 1450m and 1600m. He carried 58.5kg in BM70 grade last start and was headed at the 100m mark but fought on gamely as he finished 2nd to Parallel World.  He now drops to 53kg in BM78 company and will take some catching with the light weight. 


Massive odds for SADLER’S LAKE who I think can go really close in this. At his best, he finished four lengths from Winx in the Epsom Handicap and that’s pretty strong form for a race like this. He’s been transferred to Robert Smerdon and is coming off two ordinary runs and an exceptional barrier trial where he got out to a big lead and was restrained on the corner to let the others catch up. Has two wins when third-up from a spell and looks over the odds. Go each-way.


Sticking with WRITTEN IN STONE who has had no luck in his last two starts. He drops back to 1100m at his fourth run from a spell, and with fitness on his side, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s ridden more forward so they can take a bit of luck out of the equation. He did score a win over Club Tropicana over this distance, and the drop back in trip may be just what he needs to finish off strongly. 

December 16

Race 2 - MOOROOKYLE PARK HANDICAP (1200m) 1:35pm

I tipped WRITTEN IN STONE at big odds ($16) last time and he was a real hard luck story when beaten three lengths in a BM70 carrying 56kg. He was held up on the turn, blocked for a run three times in the straight and should have finished much closer. He comes into Saturday’s BM64 with 59kg after the claim and he should be even fitter at his third run. If he can settle behind the speed from barrier 6, he should be finishing strongly.


It’s hard to see anything beating VINLAND if he brings his form from last start where he settled back in the field, loomed at the top of the straight and kicked well clear before being eased down for an arrogant win. Left plenty in the tank last time and should be right at his peak fourth-up from a spell. He looks like the best of the day.

Race 5 - CLANBROOKE RACING HANDICAP (1700m) 3:20pm

The Darren Weir-trained MRS GARDENIA has finished in the first two in all five runs this campaign, but the fact she peaked sixth-up last campaign suggests she may have a bit more upside. She defied the pattern of the day last start to score impressively over Heavenly Descent and Fudged and I expect that form to hold up. 

October 21

Race 1 - RESIMAX GROUP PLATE (1400m) 12:15pm

COUNTERPLAY had no luck in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) when caught wide without cover throughout yet she still hit the line with the fastest last 200m sectional. Drawn wide again but with a bit more luck she can score. 

Race 4 - LADBROKES CLASSIC (2000m) 2:00pm

MAIN STAGE absolutely rocketed home to score in the UCI Stakes (1800m) and has drawn to get a soft run from barrier 1 in the small field. If he gets out in time, he can finish best to score from CLIFF’S EDGE again.

Race 6 - LADBROKES MOONGA STAKES (1400m) 3:10pm

BURING FRONT is undefeated in four runs at Caulfield and that must be respected. He improved significantly second-up and was working with Admire Deus before the Japanese-import went amiss. Will do no work early from the inside gate and can bounce back.

October 14

Race 2 - THOROUGHBRED CLUB STAKES (1200m) 12:55pm

Will Clarken’s filly, SPLIT LIP, didn’t seem to like Moonee Valley, and despite being under hard riding a long way from home, she still put in a massive run. Caulfield will suit her and Linda Meech can give her a soft run from barrier 3 before asking her for an effort in the straight. 

Race 3 - CAPE GRIM BEEF STEAKS (1200m) 1:30pm

The way LEGLESS VEUVE flashed home when first-up last time suggests she’s in for a good campaign. It looked like she hit a flat spot early in the straight before putting her mind on the job and rocketing to the line. If she gets clear air at the top of the straight, she should be too strong for these.


A few unknowns here with the internationals lining up, but I can’t go past GALLIC CHIEFTAIN who looks primed for this. He won at Moonee Valley over 2040m when second-up last campaign and then won the Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill. He was given an 11-week break and resumed with a warm up run over 1700m before really getting home hard last start when beaten 3.3 lengths by Jon Snow in the JRA Cup (2040m). He went back to last from the widest gate, and he clocked the quickest sectionals from the 2000m mark to the finish line. He’s looking for this trip and will be charging home for master trainer Darren Weir.

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What Bets To Place at Caulfield Races

There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.

Caulfield Race Track Description

A fair course that provides most runners an even chance when the rail is True position. When the rail is out shifted our 6 metres or more it favours on pace runners and leaders.

The track’s unique triangular shaped layout comprises of three straights and all turns have a 4% to 6% banking which places less strain on horse’s joints.

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