Caulfield Race 4 – G3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes – 1200m
#1 Artorius – $3.20
Group 3 for the new season 3yo’s and I’m keen to stick with the Blue Diamond winner, Artorius. He’s been very good to me in his short career thus far and whilst I think he will be much better suited over further, he is the class animal and the one they all have to beat.
Caulfield Race 5 – G3 The Heath Stakes – 1100m
#1 Masked Crusader – $1.80
He’s no fancy price but he has a bit on these. The draw doesn’t worry me as the 1100m at Caulfield is only one turn and being wide isn’t too much of a disadvantage. He should get to around the even money stage at some point throughout betting, we’ll go in then.
Caulfield Race 6 – G3 W.W. Cockram Stakes – 1200m
#1 Probabeel – $2.40
Starting to sound like a bit of a broken record I know, but she’s the class mare in this line up and the one to beat. Her draw is a little tricky but jockey, Frosty Lane, knows her pretty well. Having a class edge I would expect her to roll forward in this and be hard to beat.
Caulfield Race 8 – G1 Memsie Stakes – 1400m
#10 Tofane – $4.50
The first Group 1 of the new season! She campaigned brilliantly in QLD during the Winter carnival. The knock some have with her is her first up record, but it has only been a 9 week spell and she has trialled twice for this 1400m race. This looks a target race, she gets a gun run and can pinch a Group 1 early in the Spring.
Sydney Roosters ($4.10) VS South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.24) – Suncorp Stadium
The Bunnies won’t be completely wound up for this one but they pack far too much firepower for an injury ravaged and struggling Roosters side.
Suggested Bet – South Sydney Rabbitohs -12.5 @ $2
Manly Sea Eagles ($1.02) VS Canterbury Bulldogs ($15) – Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
Turbo looks set to play, and if he does line up, I’ll be surprised if the Dogs can keep Manly below 50. This is a terrible Bulldogs side and they lose even more players with Adam Elliot succumbing to toilet shenanigans… Bet up on Manly to cover (as long as Turbo plays).
Suggested Bet – Manly Sea Eagles -30.5 @ $1.90
Port Adelaide ($1.70) VS Geelong Cats ($2.15) – Adelaide Oval
These two clashed last year in a qualifying final and The Power got the cash with a 58-42 victory. They met earlier in the season where Geelong came out 112-91 victors but Port Adelaide are finally near full strength after battling injuries throughout the regular season, and they bring momentum into this home encounter. Something Geelong do not bring.
Suggested Bet – Port Adelaide -6.5 @ $2
Western bulldogs ($1.57) VS Essendon ($2.45) – University of Tasmania Stadium
It is well documented that Essendon hasn’t won a finals game since September 4, 2004 but I think they can finally get over the line in this do or die clash. The Bulldogs looked set for a top 4 finish before the wheels fell off, they have now lost 3 in a row. Bombers to finally win one.
Suggested Bet – Essendon @ $2.45
Brownlow night is one of the highlights on the sporting calendar and I’ll be cheering Clayton Oliver – He still looks the value at $4. It doesn’t matter what predictor you look at, he is either on top or less than 3 votes from the top. After the season he has had, he is sure to be right in the finish.