Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Caulfield meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good 4
Rail Position: True entire circuit
How do you tip against IN THE BOAT. Been dominant winning his last four from up on the speed and he goes on top again in this field.
FUNDRAISER comes into this ready third-up from spell. Been close up in both runs back and from inside gate he should get his chance.
UNANIMOUS is racing in consistent form. Three placings since his last win and that good enough to be included in major chances.
RIPPER RITA resumes from spell. She races well fresh (3:1-1-0) and she did take on some hot races last time in work. She will be a factor.
Tip: IN THE BOAT
COASTWATCH resumes from a spell. He has won fresh and he was competitive in some better races last time in work. Drawn perfectly and he goes on top.
DECENT RAINE finished too well and got the job done at Flemington last start. Looking for her to get the perfect run in behind the speed and she will take beating again.
BURNING POWER resumes from a spell. Finished last prep with a couple of strong Valley wins. May need little further but can run a cheeky race fresh.
JACQUINOT created a big impression when powered home to win here on debut. Will be better from the race experience and no reason he cannot win again.
PHILOSOPHER started odds on in the Preview last start but just could not hold off late challenge. He is smart and can return to the winners stall.
DAUMIER raced on the speed and proved too strong winning the Preview here last start. Drawn ideally and no reason cannot win again.
NO DIGGITY led them up with ease here last start and powered away to win in a canter. This a much harder affair but if she can cross and lead looks nice each way value.
LATIZIA won with something in hand at Flemington on debut then she was good when placed in the Preview. She can figure again.
Liked the way SUMATRA hit the line when placed at The Valley on debut. Sure to be better from the race experience and although drawn wide she will be in the mix.
ENGLISH RIVIERA was sent out odds on at Flemington on debut but just found one better late. Drawn to get the perfect run in transit and should get her chance at some stage.
Tip: NO DIGGITY
SCORCHED EARTH finished the race off strongly and got the major prize here last start. That made it two from two this prep and from ideal barrier she can win again.
ARGENTIA was sent out favourite at The Valley last start but she pulled up lame and pay to forget run. Drawn awkwardly and she is not without a chance first-up.
MALLORY resumes from spell. Raced in some top class races in Sydney last prep and two trials should have her ready to show something fresh.
Tip: SCORCHED EARTH
OPEN MINDED just has race fitness on most of these. Led them up and sustained break to win here last start and from perfect barrier gets chance to win again.
SPANISH MISSION was enormous first-up in the Melbourne Cup last prep then just raced bit flat here before break. Will get ideal run from inside gate and must respect.
SHARED AMBITION is another stayer coming back from a spell. He has won a couple first-up and would not leave him out of multiples.
Tip: OPEN MINDED
ARTORIUS will be better when he gets over a bit further than the sprint distances but he has explosive turn-of-hoof and if close enough on the corner can finish all over these.
MILEVA was strong winning down the Flemington straight two back then not far off in the Standish Handicap last start. She has the speed to be up front for a long way.
EXTREME FLIGHT resumes from spell. Stable thought enough of him to take on the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes last prep. Solid placing in recent trial and he cannot be left out.
MARINE ONE only just missed behind the in-form In The Boat here last start and that followed a Pakenham win. Drawn ideally and must respect.
I’M THUNDERSTRUCK looks nice each way odds first-up from spell. He is unbeaten first-up from spell and if he gets clear room from the corner can finish all over these.
SINAWANN was an enormous run in the Australia Stakes at The Valley first-up from spell. That is the logical lead up race for this and the step to 1400m is ideal.
TOFANE is a Stradbroke Handicap winning mare. She has been placed in three of her six first-up tries and would not leave her out of winning chances.
INSPIRATIONAL GIRL could be the knockout chance in this. She has a super first-up record (4:2-1-0) and although drawn wide will be steaming home late.
Tip: I’M THUNDERSTRUCK
PROBABEEL just looks better than these. She has an impeccable first-up record and unbeaten in two starts this track/distance. She is clear top pick.
FLYING MASCOT resumes from spell. She was impressive winning at Bendigo first-up from spell and she can sneak into a place in this.
KAHMA LASS is another fresh from a break. Won in Listed company here two starts back before being outclassed in Group 1 Cantala before break. Would include her in exotics.