The season really heats up this Saturday with two Group 1 races at Caulfield, the Underwood Stakes and the Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Several of my super stable will be running…
Efficient (who I substituted for Metal Bender), Heart of Dreams, Typhoon Tracy all in the Underwood & Manhattan Rain (who was scratched from the Danehill Stakes) will tackle the Guineas Prelude.
It was pleasing to see Black Piranha, who along with Manhattan Rain, was the only member of my super stable who had not raced this season, start it off with a second in the Cameron Stakes at Newcastle on Wednesday.
The Underwood field looks sensational – with the majority of the runners being Group One winners.
1-EFFICIENT (NZ)-Nicholas Hall-12-59
3-MALDIVIAN (NZ)-Craig Williams-13-59
5-MASTER O'REILLY (NZ)-Noel Callow-1-59
6-SCENIC SHOT-Shane Scriven-7-59
9-C'EST LA GUERRE (NZ)-Steven Arnold-14-59
10-RED RULER (NZ)-Danny Nikolic-3-59
11-VIGOR (NZ)-Damien Oliver-5-59
13-HEART OF DREAMS-Craig Newitt-4-58
14-PREDATORY PRICER-Steven King-2-58
15-ZARITA (NZ)-Dwayne Dunn-9-57
16-TYPHOON TRACY-Luke Nolen-16-56
17e-MACO'REILLY (NZ)-Glen Boss-18-59
19e-MISS DARCEY-Mark Zahra-17-56
Run over 1800 metres, here’s the chance for proven stayers, and aspiring stayers, to show what they’re made of. The two Melbourne Cup winners, Efficient and Viewed may need it a little longer, and they do come up against some very smart young middle distance runners, such as Whobegotyou backing up this week after his win last Saturday and Predatory Pricer, out to redeem his disappointing run last start in the Makybe Diva Stakes. Also there’s Vigor, the winner on that occasion and of course Typhoon Tracy who I hope can turn the tables on the lot of them this time round. She’s drawn the outside barrier, so she’ll need plenty of luck to be in the picture at the finish and moreover is having her first start at the distance. The in form Zarita is also running again – no worries about her making the distance. Heart of Dreams has been most unlucky in his two runs this season, so here’s hoping he gets his chance to star this time. It’s a fascinating race which I’ll be watching for sure.
But then again as Valerie at Foolish Pleasure says, follow the Foolish Pleasure descendants – Viewed and Scenic Shot. It’s amazing how often they win. They starred in the Australian Horse of the Year awards and even last week I struck lucky with Nicconi, also descended from Foolish Pleasure through his dam side.
The Rupert Clarke Stakes, the other Group One (1400 metres), has also attracted a large field, from which it is hard to pick a winner as none of the competitors stand out as a dead cert. Gold Salute, Chasm and Raffaello appear to have the best form, but any one of the others, say Von Costa de Hero or All American could win.
Work interrupted my contemplation of the form – so that’s all for this Saturday’s study even though Rosehill has a good card too.