Massive day again at Caulfield, here’s a look at all the Group races.
Three of the main chances, Eduardo (2nd), Bons Away (3rd) and Quilista come here after clashing in the Gilgai Stakes (1200m), behind I Am A Star at Flemington.
Eduardo gets in well at the weights, showed a lot of fight after peeling out from cover at the 600m to launch the early challenge.
Bons Away is not a noted second-up performer and is third-up now, winner this track. Drop in distance not ideal, but is definitely one that will be hitting the line strongly.
Quilista led facing the breeze and tired late. Drop to 1000m could help, especially from the rails draw.
Best: Bons Away. Dangers: Eduardo, Quilista.
VRC Oaks favourite Verry Elleegant had a luckless run when third behind stablemate Amphritite in the G2 Edward Manifold. Drawn to get the gun run and 2000m is ideal.
Out of the same race Rubira was crowded for room and once found clear passage worked home solidly and is a chance at odds.
Greysful Glamour blew them away over 1800 Flemington last start. Tougher now, but promising filly.
Pressure won Cranbourne Maiden 2080 then not disgraced Flemington 3yo when third to Greysful Glamour.
Best: Verry Elleegant. Rubira, Pressure.
Thinkin’ Big looks the one to beat here after his outstanding third in the G1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. He did a stack of work to cross, hit the front a little early and was very game after a tough run.
Weir trained Extra Brut chases four straight wins after breaking Mdn three starts back. Latest finished strongly to win the UCI Stakes 1800m. Won this track at prior start.
Sikorsky could not hold out the finishing run of Extra Brut and after racing handy hung on for second. Should be on the speed and hard to run down again.
Chapada jumps up from a Maiden win at Wangaratta. Toughest test, but did gap them by five lengths and has strong staying bloodlines.
Best: Thinkin’ Big. Dangers: Extra Brut, Chapada.
Trap For Fools tried to lead all of the way, but wound up 5th to Winx in the Turnbull. Down in grade and could give them something to catch.
Best Of Days chased hard and just nutted by Furrion in 1700m Hcp this track. Meeting tougher opposition, but is on the up and will have taken a lot out of the run.
Samovare has made gradual improvement in three runs this campaign. Latest was good form line with third to I Am A Star G2 Stocks Stakes. Attractive odds and capable of figuring in the mix.
Life Less Ordinary made up plenty of ground for 4th behind Furrion last start. Handles Caulfield and if there is a bit of pace in the race he’ll be finishing off strongly.
Best: Life Less Ordinary. Dangers: Best Of Days, Trap For Fools.
Top two in betting should fight this out.
Invincibella carried on honest Sydney form with powerful win in G2 at Flemington. She had the gun run peeled out and took lead inside 200m before drawing away.
Not sure if Saviatano would have beaten Invincibella, but should have finished closer. She did not get a clear passage until late in the race and rattled home when the gap came.
Aloisa needed the run when 8th to Invincibella. She was not hammered and copped just four backhanders in first-up run so likely improver. Might need one more?
Was no surprise to see Booker race well last start, when third to Winter Bride last Saturday. Might need a touch of luck from the wide gate.
Invincible Gem hasn’t won for more than a year, but she is capable on her day. She had a break after Brisbane returned when beaten 2.3 lengths behind Santa Ana Lane in G2 at Randwick. Back against own sex here.
Best: Invincibella. Dangers: Invincible Gem, Booker.
Perast wasn’t knocked about when resumed for 7th I Am Excited in G2 Gilgai. Will be better for the run and winner this track and distance.
Peaceful State had the toughest of runs in the G1 Rupert Clark when four deep the entire. Class drop and a month to get over it help his chances.
Announced tactics were to ride Mr Sneaky back in the field, from his wide gate, in the Rupert Clarke. He settled last and although he didn’t rush the line he finished off well and should be peaking for this.
Tom Melbourne raced on speed in the G1 Epsom and not disgraced. If Hughie can’t get him to finally break his drought, no one can.
Would have liked to see Dream Force do a little more when 6th in the Gilgai, can improve second-up and 1400m more to her liking.
Best: Mr Sneaky. Dangers: Peaceful State, Perast.