This weekend’s horse racing action in Australia is dominated by the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne, and despite not being the biggest event in the calendar, it provides the perfect preparation for trainers, horses and supporters for the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. The Caulfield Cup will be honoured for the 139th time on Saturday, and with a whole host of big names in action, it should prove to be an exciting day both on and off the track. However, for those of you wishing to look elsewhere for a bet, action from Randwick, Morphetville and Eagle Farm should provide plenty of opportunities.
CAULFIELD CUP – 2400M – 04.30PM
There is of course only one place to start, and despite a significant field, it is looking extremely difficult to look beyond Ciaron Maher’s Jameka for victory in the race of the day at Caulfield. Given her preparations for the race, winning the Naturalism Stakes at a canter before chasing home the rampant Hartnell in the Turnbull Stakes, as well as her ability to overcome a tricky gate draw thanks to her tactical speed, the four-year-old is unsurprisingly offered the shortest odds by bookmakers. Having ran well at the Juddmonte in Europe recently, both Exospheric and Sir Isaac Newton should once again go well on Saturday, and could put pressure on Jameka if they find their best form. Meanwhile, the main hope for the Godolphin stable will be Scottish, who despite running better over shorter distances, should be suited to conditions at Caulfield, with a favourable draw also helping many to back Charlie Appleby’s prized asset.
Betting Tips for Caulfield Cup:
Outright – Jameka
Each-Way – Exospheric
CAULFIELD SPRINT – 1000M – 05.10PM
Having won at Caulfield on his last start, Hellbent is perhaps unrurprisngly the extremely short priced favourite for the iconic Caulfield Sprint. As well as being drawn on the outside, the four-year-old Darren Weir trained horse looks to be in perfect shape to claim yet another famous success, with any competition likely to come in the shape of Our Boy Malachi, Wild Rain and Lankan Rupee. Any of this trio on their day can potentially cause an upset, however Lankan Rupee is the horse to back as an outsider here, with the brilliant sprinter justifying his 61kg weight, despite his recent troubles.
Betting Tips for Caulfield Sprint:
Outright – Hellbent
Each-Way – Lankan Rupee
TRISTARC STAKES – 1400M – 03.45PM
The Tristarc Stakes is yet another race in which the Sydney form lines have a clear advantage over the rest of the field. Having joined team Snowden recently, Tycoon Tara has been nothing short of brilliant, and should have the skill to control the majority of the race. Elsewhere, having performed admirably in the Premiere Stakes last time around, Danish Twist will relish the step up in class at Caulfield, and should battle it out with First Seal for places at the front of the field. Despite struggling last time around, First Seal should go much better on Saturday, and could well claim victory for trainer John Thompson.
Betting Tips for Tristarc Stakes:
Outright – Tycoon Tara
Each-Way – First Seal
DURBRIDGE STAKES – 1200M – 04.48PM
Trainer Gordon Richards is confident that Benz can continue his winning streak in the $100,000 listed Durbridge Steakes at Morphetville on Saturday, where the three-year-old will come up against more experienced rivals. In the chase for a sixth consecutive victory, Dylanson from the Phillip Stokes stable is likely to provide the fiercest of competition having been given the top weight.
Betting Tips for Durbridge Stakes:
Outright – Benz
Each-Way – Dylanson
BARTIER PERRY HANDICAP – 1600M – 01.10PM
Despite many backing favourite Fabrizio for this one at Randwick, as a result of winning a benchmark 85 at headquarters in September, Torgersen is looking increasingly likely to more than provide competition to the Gai Waterhouse trained five-year-old. Torgersen has been runner up in his last two races, including a fine run in the Bill Richie before finishing second at Epsom, and with a weight of 59.5kg, looks worth backing here. Elsewhere, Herne’s Oak was well beaten at Rosehill last time around, but should improve here to be in the running.
Betting Tips for Bartier Perry Handicap:
Outright – Torgersen
Each-Way – Herne’s Oak