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: Out 3m entire circuit
PHILOSOPHER has shown good speed in both jumpouts and held them all off to win. Should drive through and lead these and will take catching last 200m.
BONHEUR won Cranbourne jumpout with something in hand. Drawn to get the perfect run in behind the speed and expect she will be competitive.
MILLANE is a $1.15 million colt. Finished 2nd in a trial on heavy back in September but looked to have matured winning recent Pakenham jumpout. Big watch.
FROSE has been placed in both Sydney trials. Looks ready for the racetrack and from in-form stable she must be included in winning chances.
THE AWESOME SON strung together two strong wins then run was better than finishing position suggests last start when beaten less than a length. He will be in finish.
RURU was strong to the line when she won at Lakeside two starts back then went to Flemington and battled on valiantly. Drawn touch wide but cannot dismiss.
PACKER’S BOND was dominant last 200m at Kilmore two starts back then he should have finished closer when held-up at The Valley last start. Drawn to get ideal run in this.
SALTO ANGEL fought the race out strongly to win last start. Comes into this third-up from spell and expect she will be a factor again.
Tip: THE AWESOME SON
SEONEE won her maiden with something in hand two starts back then was only nabbed on the line at Hillside. This a tougher affair but she can measure up.
LAVISH GIRL dashed away last 100m and was a clear winner at Flemington last start. Drawn to get the perfect sit in transit and she only needs luck to be in finish again.
LUNA CAT sprinted clear and won by big space at The Valley two starts back then she just found Lavish Girl bit too good last start. Don’t expect she will be far away.
Liked the way RIOYUKI chased home late when placed at The Valley last start. Bigger track her will suit and watch for her to be hitting line hard.
Hard to knock winning form of IN THE BOAT who made it two in a row when led throughout here last start. Barrier is the query but if he can cross he can win again.
MARINE ONE has won three of four starts this time in. Most recent slipped away for soft win at Pakenham. Another that needs luck from barrier but cannot dismiss.
FLORESCENT STAR was strong to the line at Flemington last start and finished too well for them. Comes into this third-up from spell and from ideal barrier can win again.
JAPERY resumes. He was model of consistency last time in work but just could not find the winners stall. In astute stable and if any market support must respect.
Tip: IN THE BOAT
DIRTY DEEDS chased home steadily when placed two back then forget last start when never on the track at any stage. Drawn to get perfect run and this a winnable race.
TAKUMI should have finished closer here last start. Held-up at vital stage on the corner before picking up momentum and running on late. He can figure again.
RELIABLE DUDE comes into this ready third-up from spell. Looked unlucky when beaten less than 2 lengths at Flemington last start. Third-up and must include.
TRANSLATOR only just missed when placed at Lakeside two starts back then battled on well enough last start. He cannot be left out of multiples.
Tip: DIRTY DEEDS
CRIADERAS comes down to Melbourne off a couple of close placings up in Sydney. Only claimed last 100m at Randwick last start and that form good for this.
STARCASTER has won two of his last three starts on the provincial circuit. Started favourite last start and went out with clear lead and held off late challenge. He may try similar tactics.
HOLBIEN controlled the race from the front here last start and they never got close to him. May not get as easy a lead here but should get nice trail from inside gate and goes close again.
DARK DREAM looks ready to win. Only just missed behind tearaway leader Starcaster here last start. He will keep grinding away and takes holding out.
SIG POSITANO has been a model of consistency this time in including winning on the provincial circuit. Beaten less than a length in similar race here last start and that form solid for this.
OPEN MINDED comes into this ready to find best form third-up. Raced on speed and stuck on valiantly when placed in nice race at Flemington last start. He will be in mix.
NEIGHBOURHOOD was making good late ground at Flemington last start and was not far off placings. Finds similar race and expect she will be a factor again.
CURRAN has taken on Listed races of late and just fallen a little short. He gets back in right race from ideal barrier and he can bounce back.
Tip: SIG POSITANO
IT’SOURTIME powered home and got the job done to win at Flemington two starts back then he was nabbed last stride last outing. Drawn to get all the favours and he can return to winners stall.
DEFIANT DANCER showed a nice turn-of-hoof when sprinted clear final stages to win at Pakenham last start. Comes into this third-up and will be prominent for a long way.
YULONG COMMAND is yet to run a poor race this prep. Led them up for long way at Flemington last start and from inside gate he will lead and again takes catching.
SCORCHED EARTH powered over them and won in similar company at Flemington last start. Expect he will go back from wide gate but if leaders stop she will be the one to watch last 200m.
DANCE TO DUBAI won her first two starts to begin this campaign then went to Flemington and was not beaten all that far. Looks nice each way bet in this field.
CLOUDY comes into this ready third-up from spell. Placed on heavy fresh then overraced a touch last start and only battled late. Drawn wide but must respect.
JEZOULENKO is a lightly raced filly who has been working through her classes with authority. Good tough win here last start and she can make it three on the trot.
AWARD WINNER comes into this third-up from spell. Fought the race out strongly to hold placing last start and from inside gate she will get ideal run and can figure again.
Tip: DANCE TO DUBAI