Caulfield race 1 – Open Handicap – 1100m
#2 Jigsaw – $1.95
This looks like a great way to start the day. He showed he has more than average ability in his first campaign when beating the Blue Diamond winner Artorius on debut, he then had to race wide in the Blue Diamond Prelude and his run was outstanding. His run in the Blue Diamond was better than it looked, sitting on a hot speed before tiring late. He looked excellent in two jump outs in preparation for this, in what looks a very winnable assignment to kick start his second campaign. Use the ODDS BOOST for some extra gravy!
Caulfield race 3 – Open Handicap – 1000m
#6 Dickin Medal – $6.50/$$2.15
He pulled up with an issue last start where he had an irregular heart beat. He was well fancied that day but obviously something went wrong. He has been freshened for this, Blinkers and J Kah go on. He can sit off what looks like a very fast early speed and power over them late. He can bounce back here with the ultimate gear change, J Kah on for the first time.
Eagle Farm race 2 – Ernie Ward Memorial Handicap – 1200m
#1 Redoute’s Image – $2.50
Third up now and rock hard fit. Had an easy kill in a Class 1 at the Sunshine Coast where she got a good steer from Craig Williams and ran very good overall time for the day. Gets to trail what looks to be a hot speed and can power over them late.
Eagle Farm race 7 – Edward Street Brisbane Bm80 – 1000m
#5 Genzai The Wolf – $9/$2.70
Last start winner and we have seen Snitch (Eye Liner) and Superium (Hinkler Hcp) come out of that race and win Listed races subsequently. This looks like being a helter skelter 1000m and something launching down the outside late might be suited. Looks a decent each way bet as he will be finishing the race off hard down the outside and is suited in this grade.
Eagle Farm race 8 – G1 Tatts Tiara – 1400m
#1 Tofane – $5
#4 Flit – $21/$6
The last Group 1 for the season sees a full field of fillies and mares doing battle. Tofane was brilliant winning the Stradbroke, that run was no fluke and with Craig Williams sticking, she is sure to race well again. Flit is the forgotten mare, she was very good in the Newmarket and William Reid before having no luck in Adelaide. She has been freshened for this and with Maloney taking the ride, expect her to be scorching down the outside late.
Eagle Farm race 9 – W.J. Healy Stakes – 1200m
#15 Bella Nipotina – $9.50/$3.10
She is having her first start for new trainers Maher and Eustace, her previous form is very good for a race of this nature and she trialled up pretty well in Sydney recently. Expect her to roll forward and be in this up to her eyeballs. Solid each way play to finish the day.
Richmond ($1.20) VS St Kilda ($4.50) – MCG
Footy returns to the MCG albeit without the usual fanfare. The Tigers suffered a narrow loss last match when conceding a last minute goal. The Saints blew a 36-0 lead to Adelaide in their latest fixture and it is hard to see the struggling Saints covering the line.
Suggested Bet – Richmond -26.5 @ $2
Essendon ($3.90) VS Melbourne ($1.26) – MCG
Essendon will be looking to test their credentials for a top 8 finish against a Melbourne side who came out of the gates running but have suffered two defeats in their last 4 matches. Melbourne come off the bye and I’m tipping Essendon to be very competitive here.
Suggested bet – Essendon +23.5 @ $1.90