Praying for rain this year in Victoria, Caulfield of all places, has proven a futile exercise.
April 29 was the last time a Victorian metropolitan Saturday race was run on a Soft track and an entire Saturday metro meeting hasn't been run on a track worse than Good since the previous week.
Brendan McCarthy is praying the forecasters have got it right this weekend.
Melbourne is expected to receive showers on Thursday night and Friday, with the possibility of more to come on Saturday, which would suit McCarthy's stable star Murt The Flirt, who contests Saturday's Sir John Monash Stakes.
The five-year-old son of Murtajill detests anything firmer than a Good 4 surface and McCarthy specifically identified the winter sprints as suitable targets for the gelding.
"He's coming into the race at a good time of the year for him," McCarthy said. "Just a little bit of sting out of the track (would be good).
"We're due to get some rain on Friday, so if we do get a few showers just to keep that little bit of softness in the track it would be great."
Any give in the track would mean that Murt The Flirt has almost everything in his favour for the $150,000 Group 3.
He hasn't started since finishing down the track at Doomben - on a Good 3 surface - on February 11 and his four first-up runs have produced three wins and a third placing.
He also has two wins from as many starts over 1100 metres and Chris Symons, who has ridden him to three of his four wins, will be aboard.
Further enhancing McCarthy's optimism is that high-profile entries Flamberge and Dothraki did not accept for the weight-for-age event, which is headed by past winner Lord Of The Sky.
"It's definitely weaker than the weights looked as though as it was going to be, a few of those better horses didn't accept, which is great," the Caulfield horseman said.
"With his fresh record - it is excellent, he's run some terrific races first up - it's the time to have a go at a race like this."
Murt The Flirt is a $14 chance in CrownBet's Monash Stakes market, which is headed by Supido at $2.15. Darren Weir's WA recruit Chocolate Holic ($5) and Lord Of The Sky ($5.50) are the others at single-figure prices.
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