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Caulfield Tips May 13 – 3 best bets for Caulfield on Saturday

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Caulfield Tips May 13


SPREADEAGLED looks primed for this and gets in with a postage stamp on his back. He led and was run down late when first-up, then following a 30-day break, he finished two lengths from Lake Como on a Heavy track. He’s better suited on a drier surface, and with those two runs under his belt, and just 51.5kg, he can try and lead from the wide gate and hold them off. Carried 55.5kg at his only other attempt at this grade and wasn’t beaten far, so he gets in really well at the weights.

Race 6 - CHANDLER MACLEOD HANDICAP (2000m) 2:55pm

Look for a massive run from NEVERLAND on Saturday. The stable tell me this mare is going extremely well and although she has to carry top weight (59.5kg), she hasn’t contested a race down in this class for a long time. She’ll be much improved for her first-up run and look for her storming home over the top of them. Each-way!

Race 7 - NOEL RUNDLE HANDICAP (2000m) 3:35pm

MONGOLIAN WOLF scored a big win in Sydney at his first run for the Weir stable, and he can go back-to-back against his own age group. He should get the run of the race from barrier 5, while he also looks better suited on a dry surface having scored two good wins in New Zealand on Good tracks.

Previous Caulfield Tips 

April 29

Race 4 - 1:55PM Changing Places Real Estate Handicap (1100 METRES)

MOONLITES CHOICE comes off a 4th behind Merriest when resuming a fortnight ago and meets that galloper 2.5kg better off at the weights. On that occasion he finished just under a length away and an added bonus is that he loves wet tracks. He has had two starts for two wins on rain-affected going and should take further improvement out of his previous result as he was first up. The Darren Weir-trained galloper should find a slot just worse than midfield and will be suited by a likely solid tempo up front, as there looks to be a stack of speed in the race through the likes of Snitty Kitty and Menambra. He will run well. 

Race 6 - 3:15PM Next Payments Handicap (1200 METRES)

ARTIE DEE TWO returned to form with a big win at his last start, charging home at Moonee Valley in the Super VOBIS 3-Y-O Plate (1200) and look for him to hold his form here. He defeated Ken's Dream by more than two lengths at the Valley and has since had a freshen up. The Darren Weir-trained galloper has had one start at Caulfield for a 7th placing but that was in a hot race at Group 3 level in which the subsequent Group 1 winner, Russian Revolution, prevailed. The son of Artie Schiller carries top weight of 58kg but with the 1.5kg claim from leading apprentice, Ben Allen, he should be hard to hold out. 

Race 9 - 5:05PM Treasury Wine Estates Handicap (1600 METRES)

CURRAGH lines up in the last event of the day at Caulfield and it looks a bit of a race in three between the former Kiwi, The Chairman and Fastnet Latina. On the likely wet track, the one to go for may be Curragh. The Trent Bussutin and Natalie Young-trained galloper has won three from four on rain affected going and while Fastnet Latina is an up and comer, he is unproven in this class and in the wet. Curragh has defeated The Chairman on two occasions in recent times and meets that horse three kilograms better at the weights, despite finishing ahead of that galloper at his most recent start. He is a previous third up winner and should go very close. 

April 22

Race 2 - THOMAS NORTH HANDICAP (1600m) 12:50pm

Willing to take on the favourite, Pay Up Bro, seeing he is unplaced in all three runs at Caulfield. Elite Tiger won his past two at his home track but is another that has failed to place at Caulfield in two starts. GRAND DREAMER has only been here once and ran well despite being at the end of his campaign and going for a spell after the run. His first-up effort was good in a strong race, and he can improve enough second-up to be winning this. 


With a few of the top hopes drawing out wide, O’MALLEY looks poised to strike first-up. He’s won two and placed one from three fresh runs and his recent barrier trial was encouraging. He was working home strongly behind the speedy Miss Vista over 800m and she franked the trial form with a good win last Saturday. 


TYCOON TARA has no luck when she began slowly and got caught very wide without cover in Sydney last start. Second-up last campaign she defeated Le Romain and that form is easily stronger than anything else contesting the race. From barrier 4, Dwayne Dunn can lead or take the box seat, and she looks like one of the best of the day.

April 15

Race 3 - BERT BRYANT HANDICAP (1100m) 12:55pm

It’s hard to go past the flashy-looking MISS VISTA from the good gate. She trialled brilliantly ahead of this, but what’s most important is, she settled in the trial instead of being a one-pace speed machine. She’ll land in the box seat and can launch late.

Race 6 - ROBERT TARANTO HANDICAP (2425m) 2:45pm

DE LITTLE ENGINE looks over the odds here despite dropping back in trip from a last start 6th placing in the Adelaide Cup (3200m). Fourth-up last campaign he was seven lengths from Jameka in the Caulfield Cup, and he comes into Saturday’s race fourth-up with superior fitness to last prep. If he’s stoked up early, he can power over the top of them.

Race 10 - BRAVO GREG MILES (1600m) 5:20pm

THE CHAIRMAN took leaps and bounds last campaign and has an explosive turn of foot when right. The fact Mick Price is kicking him off over 1600m in what is a tough event, suggest he may have been set for a big first-up run. I’m willing to take a punt on the guess he was. 

April 8

Race 2 - HYDERABAD R.C HANDICAP (1800m) 1:00pm

ROCKSTAR REBEL went from 2nd placing in a BM64 to a 3rd placing in the TV Stakes (1800m) when third-up last campaign. He did that off two runs over 1300m and 1400m, and with two runs over 1400m and 1600m this campaign, he looks better prepared to run a strong 1800m. He also carried 56kg in the TV Stakes but only has to carry 52.5kg in Saturday’s BM78. Looks well placed and should be running home strongly.

 Race 8 - JRA HANDICAP (2400m) 4:55pm

DE LITTLE ENGINE looks over the odds here despite dropping back in trip from a last start 6th placing in the Adelaide Cup (3200m). Fourth-up last campaign he was seven lengths from Jameka in the Caulfield Cup, and he comes into Saturday’s race fourth-up with superior fitness to last prep. If he’s stoked up early, he can power over the top of them.


TUSCAN SLING is another that looks well over the odds and can improve off a disappointing first-up run. Last campaign she finished 3rd over 955m at Moonee Valley in a time of 55.930 before claiming victory in the Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield over Reldas and Sirbible. First-up this time, she had no luck getting caught three deep without cover over 955m at Moonee Valley in a time of 55.290 where she finished nine lengths off the pace – which is really only four lengths inferior to her first-up run last time but I’d put that down to the taxing run. She now finds a much easier second-up assignment than last campaign. She’s won two and placed two from four at the track and hasn’t missed the placings second-up - $17 is overs each-way.

February 25


It’s interesting to note trainer Shawn Mathrick thinks ADIRONDACK is going better than ever, although he did disappoint last time. I think he didn’t handle the big weight (60kg), and the drop back to 54kg, albeit against tougher opposition, should see an improved effort. He’s backing up one week later so he must have come through the run in good order, and although this is a tough event, he’s a great each-way hope at big odds.

Race 6 - CROWN LAGER PETER YOUNG STAKES (1800m) 3:30pm

JAMEKA appears to be going as good if not better than ever, and with her main target only two weeks away, I’m expecting she’ll be near her peak for this one. She was four to five lengths from Black Heart Bart during the run in the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) when resuming and bridged the gap to less than two lengths on the line. That was a massive effort first-up and she should improve second-up over a more suitable trip. Tom Melbourne and Mourinho will make this a truly run event, and I expect Jameka to be finishing over the top of them in the straight.


This looms as a battle between Silent Sedition and THAMES COURT and I think the latter can score. Thames Court did it tough out three wide without cover last start while Silent Sedition sat back in the field and came with a barnstorming run in the straight. Both horses are suited stepping up in trip at their second-up runs, but the way the race maps, Thames Court has the advantage. She’s likely to be one out up on the speed, while I think Silent Sedition will be caught three wide unless she goes back to last. Miss Rose De Lago is a danger back in grade but her second-up record isn’t the best. Value lies with Thames Court.

February 11


The Chris Waller-trained HIPPARCHUS couldn’t have been more impressive last start. He was held up for the majority of the straight and still won with authority. This is a step up in class but he drops 5kg and is rock-hard-fit.

Race 2 - HYLAND RACE COLOURS AUTUMN STAKES - 1400m - 01:05pm

This is an open race but Attention has drawn wide and will need luck, Ruthven is tackling a tough 1400m event first-up and may feel the pinch in the final 100m, and Snitzon is likely to get back and need luck getting a run through the pack. That leaves PEACOCK at a very attractive price. He improves second-up and should get the perfect run behind the speed for Craig Williams. Did a bit wrong in the Australia Stakes and this is easier.

Race 6 - SCHWEPPES RUBITON STAKES - 1100m - 03:25pm

Wild Rain and El Divino should set a genuine tempo here and that will give the backmarkers a chance. If CHAUTAUQUA is back to anywhere near his best, he’ll eat this lot. A recent trial suggests he’s back, and the 1100m first-up is ideal.

February 4

Race 2 - ROBERT HUNTER HANDICAP (2000m) 1:05pm

Chris Waller has found the perfect race for HURSLEY at his third run this campaign. He’s shown a liking for this track and trip with two wins and two placings from four starts, and after taking massive improvement from his first run to his second this campaign, he’s well and truly on the up. He wasn’t suited at Moonee Valley second-up but was impressive working home strongly to finish less than two lengths from Big Duke. Craig Williams sticks with him and will be sure to give him every chance in the run.

Race 3 - MAL SECCULL HANDICAP (2400m) 1:40pm

ONCIDIUM RULER was given absolutely no chance last start but stuck on in what can only be described as a herculean effort – simply should have won. Bayliss off, Williams on – enough said. 


I hope I’m wrong with this one but I don’t think I am. Firstly, champion hoop Darren Gauci reunites with John Hawkes for a farewell to racing aboard Longeron. What a dominant combination they were in the 90s and early turn of the century – if you wouldn’t love to see the Gauch go out on a high, give yourself and uppercut. But racing isn’t all about fairytales and I think DUKE OF BRUNSWICK will prove victorious here. Last campaign he peaked third and fourth-up from a spell, and following a first-up 4th in the Christmas Stakes (1200m) and then a narrow defeat in the John Dillion Stakes (1400m) after a month between runs, he’s ready to improve out of sight now. Loves this track and trip and is the best of the day.

January 26

Race 1 - ANNE BILLINGS HANDICAP (2000m) 1:35pm

If anything, ROYAL APPLAUSE certainly deserves a win after four consecutive runner-up efforts, but we don’t tip or back horses based on who is most deserving. With that said, the daughter of Congrats has bumped into some really smart ones at her past two - Plein Ciel and Skullduggery – and she now drops back to mares grade. Although the step up to 2000m is unknown, she finished off strongly last time over 1700m, and her relaxed racing style should see her swooping late with Craig Williams timing the run to perfection.

Race 7 - JOHN DILLON STAKES (1400m) 5:20pm

DUKE OF BRUNSWICK hasn’t missed the top two placings in five second-up attempts and is sure to improve on his first-up run behind Lucky Liberty, Grand Rosso and Smart Dart. Grand Rosso and Smart Dart have both franked the form by winning since, and he also meets Grand Rosso 1kg better at the weights here. 

Race 8 - MYPUNTER.COM PLATE (1200m) 5:55pm

It may have been a long time since CHIVALRY won a race, but I was impressed with his first run for the Lindsay Park team and he is sure to improve second-up. He’ll be giving them a head start at the top of the straight but drops back in class and only carries 1kg more. A clear value pick at good each-way odds.

January 7

Race 1 - PETER SIGGINS PLATE - 1100m - 12:30pm

We could get some nice value here if we jump in early. Catchy will jump favourite following her narrow debut win and I will have something small on Poolside Hamilton for obvious reasons. However, PROPERTY really impressed me at the Caulfield jumpouts and he might be ready to run a cracking race. He was under a stranglehold behind some smart types and was well hidden. Looks very athletic and is worth a roll of the dice.

Race 2 - IKE HOLLINGWORTH HANDICAP (1100m) 1:00pm

Sticking with DANCE WITH FONTEIN for a few reasons here. She’s flying, drops in grade and looks ready to peak over a distance where she holds two wins from three starts. She’ll get a very soft run behind the speed and will launch late. Wall Street Wolf will attract plenty of attention following his 6-length trial win, but the horse he beat, Raggerty, struggled at BM58 level when resuming. Nasdex hasn’t performed first-up previously and may need the run, while Amadeus meets Dance With Fontein worse at the weights and has drawn out wider and may need some luck.


You can’t go broke backing winners, and although short, PLEIN CIEL is the best of the day. Goes up in class again but drops 3kg in weight. He’s clearly up to this class and just needs some luck getting clear from the inside barrier.


GOLDEN MANE represents great value here and could surprise. He was great in a recent trial and then hit a flat spot first-up over 1400m before flying home in the last 100m. Goes best at this track, has won second-up, will appreciate the step up in trip and could blow them away in the straight.

December 26

Race 3 - ALLAN WICKS HANDICAP (1600m) 2:45pm

Gee, does ROYAL APPLAUSE get into this race well or what? She finished 2nd to Ballybrit last start in a BM70 at Moonee Valley and would have won with any luck getting going earlier. Ballybrit was suited dictating terms out in front and now lines up in a BM78 with 2kg less, while Royal Applause stays at BM70 level and also carries 2kg less and will be suited with a longer straight. Darren Weir’s Plein Ciel will be hard to beat but has drawn wide and may need to go back a fair way while Royal Applause enjoys a soft run along the inside. Great each-way chance at $10 and $3.

Race 4 - ROBERT ALLAN PLATE (1100m) 3:20pm

LITTLE INDIAN ran a cracking race first-up and was only narrowly defeated by Lyuba who had fitness on her side and a better run with cover. Little Indian trailed Lyuba early but then sat in the breeze the rest of the way down the straight. Lyuba got out with 200m to go and sprinted best, but despite the tougher run, Little Indian went with her until peaking on her run in the last 50m. Should strip fitter and gets a soft run from the inside gate this time. With any luck getting clear in the straight, she can turn the tables on Lyuba and go home better than the others. Each-way value at $12 and $3.60.

Race 7 - SWETTENHAM STUD LORD STAKES (1700m) 5:20pm

Although Hell Or Highwater just keeps winning and again looms as a great chance, it’s hard to go past KHUTULUN each-way at big odds. She showed a lot of improvement in her third-up run when finishing three lengths from Hell Or Highwater. She now drops 4kg and meets her last start victor 2kg better at the weights while she also has more scope for improvement at her fourth run from a spell. Another at good each-way odds ($16 and $3.80)

October 15

Race 1 - MYPUNTER.COM HANDICAP (1400m) 12:15pm

SYLPHEED was impressive winning first-up at Caulfield and can improve sharply second-up. She went from winning a Wyong maiden first-up last campaign to finishing 3rd behind Impending at Randwick at her next start when trying to lead all the way. She’s better ridden with cover and can explode past them in the straight.

Race 5 - LADBROKES CLASSIC (2000m) 2:35pm

Impossible to go past SEABURGE here after finishing 0.7 of a length from Sacred Elixir in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and then a narrow 2nd placing behind Divine Prophet in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m). He’s at his peak and will have a soft run from the inside gate.


HELLBENT showed such an electrifying turn of foot last start it’s impossible to tip against him. Craig Williams stays aboard has felt this sprinter's awesome power and will time his run to perfection. Sheidel came out and franked the form last week so the form now looks even stronger.

October 8


I’m expecting ASSIGN to brain them on Saturday. He was slow to begin last start but went around them and gave stablemate Almandin a perfect trail into the race before that galloper won by two lengths. Almandin has since won impressively again in a tougher race so the form is strong. Last campaign Assign won his first two starts over 1800m and 2000m and then struggled when stepping up to 2600m, but he again ran a cracking 3rd when dropping back to 2400m. He resumed over 1700m this campaign and then ran 2nd when stepping up sharply to 2400m so with fitness on his side, I think he can run a much better race on Saturday.

Race 5 - CAPE GRIM BEEF STEAKS (1200m) 2:40pm

I was on Secret Agenda last time but have to drop off with her drawing barrier 10 on a Good track. SHEIDEL jumps from barrier 9 but is third-up and has the fitness to go forward and still run a massive race. She was defeated by a rampant Hellbent last start when giving some smart horses weight, while others around her weight finished at the tail of the field. She won the Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) when third-up last campaign and gets in much better at the weight back against the mares.


This is a tough race but I have to have a crack at HUCKLEBUCK after his sensational first-up run. He was only beaten half a length when carrying 6.5-7kg more than Keen Array, Well Sprung and Santa Ana Lane. Drops to 58.5kg here at weight-for-age, has drawn the inside gate and can get the perfect run behind the speed. He fires second-up and wasn’t far from Suavito and Lucky Hussler when second-up in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) last campaign. 

October 1


I dropped off HELL OR HIGHWATER last time and paid the price when she scored a dominant four length win over Avenue Whisper. Hoping she can string two together while she’s at her peak and this looks a suitable event despite being technically a grade higher.

Race 2 - DREAM THOROUGHBREDS HANDICAP (1200m) 12:35pm#

VALDERRAMA dead-heated with Stringer Bell last time and meets that galloper 2kg better here while also jumping from an inside gate. They both beat Dane Thunder who had a fitness edge, and considering Valderrama improved second-up last time, he looks hard to beat at nice odds.

Race 3 - KURTS AND BARN 40TH BIRTHDAY PLATE (1200m) 1:10pm

BLACK VANQUISH finished level with Bon Aurum when resuming and that galloper has since won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. He was only a length from the winner and considering he has never placed first-up, that looks to be his best fresh run yet. Four weeks between runs isn’t a problem and the last time he had a four-week break from his first-up run, he came out and won the Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Gets in well at the weights after the claim, and with only 57.5kg in a BM70, he’ll be hard to hold out.

Race 4 - MONTY SAMUEL PLATE (1000m) 1:45pm

The beautifully-marked MISS VISTA is a real eye-catcher on and off the track and can speed her way to three from three on Saturday. Ben Allen takes 2kg off and she’ll run them a merry dance. Can’t wait to see her back at the track.

September 24

Race 2 - ITALKTRAVEL HARRY WHITE CLASSIC - 2400m - 01:05pm

You had to be impressed with THE BANDIT’s first-up run where he charged home from last to finish just over a length from Vostok at Moonee Valley. He is a serious staying prospect and just wasn’t suited over 1514m with 60kg on his back. This is a big step up in class, but he is undefeated in two second-up runs, drops 6kg and will be much better suited over the mile and a half.


I’m going against Royal Rapture and looking for some value from the horse that will improve the most and has form around the favourite. BIG MEMORY had an interrupted start to his campaign when being scratched from the Balaklava Cup after the distance change and he ran a cracking race first-up. While he was caught wide and had to go and sit outside the leader, Hans Holbein who finished a distant last, he did a massive job to stick to his guns and battle away for third. Prima was also up with Hans Holbein and Big Memory, and she also weakened to finish around midfield. Royal Rapture and Tally had softer runs with cover and also had race fitness on their side – especially Royal Rapture who couldn’t get any fitter. I love the fact Tony McEvoy has left Big Memory at 1700m, and with natural improvement, he’ll take a forward position again and prove harder to pass as they head for home down the shorter Caulfield straight. 

Race 4 - INGLIS CUP (2000m) 2:15pm

 A combination of 3.5kg less, a dry track and 400m extra distance should see CRAVEN IMAGE run another big race. This lightly-raced Reset gelding should keep improving with each run and Weir doesn’t throw them in the deep end without thinking they are up to the rise in class. Stablemate Kevin’s Time is another great chance along with the favourite Pay Up Bro, but Craven Image possesses a really powerful turn of foot and he’ll get the ideal scenario to use it.

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