The racing is really heating up again, with a Group 1 meeting at Caulfield supported by a terrific undercard, along with the big Inglis race day at Warwick Farm. Let’s take a look at some of the feature races.
Early bank builder
Race 2 #3 CRACK THE CODE
This filly has been highlighted a couple of times recently as a potential group horse. Here she gets her chance to secure some black type at her home track. With a lack of speed on paper, she should be able to use her superior turn of foot. The danger might be FUTOOH at nice odds, who trialled well and has measured up to this grade previously.
Bet suggestion: Win
Blue Diamond Prelude – colts
Race 5 – Top 3
The JHB colt AUSSIE is blessed with nice ability and was pleasing on debut when sitting behind a fast speed. He’s drawn to get a nice run and should continue to improve. The best of the debutants is clearly SHOTMAKER who was ultra-impressive in a recent trial. He has drawn wide though and will need some luck. I AM IMMORTAL is the race favourite and can win, however he opened quite short and will have to deal with more pressure and a further 100m here.
Bet suggestion: watch the betting moves in the last 20 minutes, and don’t be afraid to take a quinella or trifecta with the horses mentioned.
Blue Diamond Prelude – fillies
Race 6 – Top 3
What a race! No prizes for guessing my top 3 here, CATCH ME, ATHIRI, and BROOKLYN HUSTLE – it’s just a matter of putting them in order. This race is going to be a great guide towards the Blue Diamond (as will the colts division) with 3 of the top 4 in the betting racing here. Some food for thought: Catch Me draws a nice gate for the first time in her career, which on paper looks plie a big plus…unless she prefers racing with plenty of room? Athiri defeated a very good colt on debut, and the stable has opted to go in the deep end here knowing what awaits. Brooklyn Hustle…when is the last time you saw a horse win like that at Moonee Valley, let alone a 2yo on debut?
Bet suggestion: I would be happy to own any of these 3, but if you had to twist my arm….Athiri, due to the (almost) each way odds on offer.
Race 7 #5 DEALMAKER
This classy 3yo showed lot of promise in the spring and returned well with a narrow 2nd in Sydney against the older horses. 1400m is short of his best, but he has fitness on his side and will be very strong late. One to follow this preparation.
Bet suggestion: Win bet, with a saver on the ex-Weir trained HAWKSHOT.
Group 1 Glory
Race 8 #4 KEMENTARI
This enigmatic galloper gets his chance to claim his first Group 1 as a 4yo. Expect him to stalk the speed, and if luck comes his way, he possesses a blistering turn of speed and is good enough to win. The stable have targeted this race to add another G1 on his stallion CV.
Bet suggestion: Who is brave enough to have him one-out in the quaddie?!
Cool running Hot
Race 6 #2 COOL PASSION
This 7yo mare is racing with real zest, having strung two wins together at the end of last campaign. She has seemingly returned in great order with an impressive trial, and gets in very well here at the weights.
Race 3 #3 SUPER TOO
This super-fast mare is known for her enormous barrier trial wins, having won her previous by 15.8 lengths. She struggled to beat a runner home in 3 starts last spring, but I’m going on a hunch that she could perform well. This will be her first start at Warwick Farm, however she has won 8 of 11 barrier trials contested here. She might simply be too fast for these.