2017 Caulfield Guineas: Tips and Race Preview
The market is wide for the favourites and we’ve stuck with them in the Tips and Race Preview. Kementari just needs a touch of luck and he is $5.50 at Sportsbet.
Big pressure on here. Stablemates The Mission and Perast press forward and Showtime should kick up from the inside barrier. Sircconi, Summer Passage and Gold Standard will be looking to get handy and add pressure.
KEMENTARI is on an upward spiral and thinking that he can peak here and make himself very hard to beat. Sound effort in the Guineas Prelude and think that he can turn the tables on the two that finished in front of him there with the tempo today expected to be much hotter than it was over the 1400m two weeks ago.
That is going to play into the hands of ROYAL SYMPHONY through the same race. He was beaten in the sit and sprint but he has form over the mile and we know that he will be strong late. Set for this and should be at his top.
GOLD STANDARD ran a brave race in the Golden Rose after winning the Stan Fox which has been a top guide to this in recent years. Summer Passage next best.
2017 CAULFIELD GUINEAS – SELECTIONS
1st – 11 Kementari
2nd – 6 Royal Symphony
3rd – 7 Gold Standard
4th – 2 Summer Passage
2017 Schillaci Stakes: Tips and Race Preview
Taking a G1 mare in the Tips and Race Preview. Sheidel does like this track and she is $4 at Sportsbet.
Sheidel and Ball Of Muscle are both high cruising speed horses and they will have no trouble coming across and sharing the lead from the outside barriers.
SHEIDEL blew out first up but took good improvement from that run and gave a strong sight in the Moir last time after leading at a strong gallop. Caulfield 1100m suits her perfectly and she is capable of running really sharp time around here.
HELLBENT has been frustrating since he spectacularly gunned her down at this track and trip last spring but he has shown glimpses and liked his run last time. Tougher here but we know that he has the talent.
ROCK MAGIC ran up to Sheidel first up in the Moir and just couldn't finish it off. He was first up there so conceded race fitness. Good horse and right among the chances here. First Among Equals ties in with him. Expected to run well.
2017 SCHILLACI STAKES – SELECTIONS
1st – 9 Sheidel
2nd – 6 Hellbent
3rd – 2 Rock Magic
4th – 4 First Among Equals
2017 Herbert Power Stakes: Tips and Race Preview
Happy to back the internationals and Wall Of Fire has good form lines. He is $7.50 at Sportsbet.
The Hickmott-trained trio are sure to have a big say in the speed. Aloft rolls on and Gallante will be up there. Foundry will race handy. Kidmenever and Lord Fandango will want to be up there.
WALL OF FIRE will appreciate a solid tempo. Strong form from overseas and coming off a big effort last time behind a smart improving horse at Newbury. Gives weight all around here but if he runs up to his latest he will take plenty of holding out.
ALOFT is being brought along slowly but had to like the run behind Almandin last time and he should improve again on that form.
FOUNDRY comes off winning the Metropolitan. Improved to win that, looking to relish the step out to 2400m, and he can improve again with those extra miles in the legs. Wary of Kidmenever who is sure to be popular given the stables efforts last spring.
2017 HERBERT POWER STAKES – SELECTIONS
1st – 1 Wall Of Fire
2nd – 5 Aloft
3rd – 3 Foundry
4th – 7 Kidmenever
2017 Northwood Plume Stakes: Tips and Race Preview
Easy to like Legless Veuve who never runs a bad race at Caulfield and she is $3.20 at Sportsbet.
Desert Lashes goes forward and takes up the running. Wide draw may see Miss Gunpowder rolling forward to settle in the first couple.
LEGLESS VEUVE ran a really good race first up from a break and we have already seen that form working out fairly well. She was held up for momentum at a fairly crucial stage but stayed on strongly when clear. Underrated mare with a very good record around Caulfield.
OVERSTEP struggled for consistency last time in but when she was good she was up to a level that makes her a big threat in this company.
PEDRENA was also a good winner over the winter and she has plenty of upside going into this campaign. Will be better over 1400m and perhaps the mile but thinking 1200m fresh suits. Stablemate Princess Of Queens continues to race really well.
2017 NORTHWOOD PLUME STAKES – SELECTIONS
1st – 1 Legless Veuve
2nd – 7 Overstep
3rd – 8 Pedrena
4th – 9 Princess Of Queens
2017 Thoroughbred Club Stakes: Tips and Race Preview
Hoping for a return to form in the Tips and Race Preview for the 2017 Thoroughbred Club Stakes.Jorda draws inside for this assignment. She is $4.60 at Sportsbet.
Big field and the pressure should be on early. True Excelsior and Extreme Bliss are drawn alongside one another and look like being prominent.
JORDA ran a plain race down the straight last time out. Was second up off a very promising return and that was on the back of a long break. Can excuse the flat run in that circumstance and easy to see her quickly bouncing back to form now. Entitled to be top pick on her best form.
INVINCIBLE STAR was off a lengthy break of her own last time out. She did enough early before blowing out late there. They ran right along and have to think that she comes right on for fitness now.
TRUE EXCELSIOR is racing well in the right races and has to be a winning hope along with Split Lip and Luqyaa.
2017 THOROUGHBRED CLUB STAKES – SELECTIONS
1st – 3 Jorda
2nd – 1 Invincible Star
3rd – 9 True Excelsior
4th – 2 Split Lip
Caulfield Guineas meeting on Saturday, picture Quentinjlang.com.au