Melbourne Mail: Caulfield – 25th June 2022

Racing returns to Caulfield as the final meeting before Winter Finals day next week at Flemington.

DUCHESS OF DORSET winning the Catanach's Jewellers BM64 Handicap in Bendigo, Australia.
DUCHESS OF DORSET winning the Catanach's Jewellers BM64 Handicap in Bendigo, Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Back to Caulfield and just one week out from Winter Finals day next week. There are definitely a few of the usual suspects going around (I swear I've seen races 4 & 8 run many times before) but also some fresh blood, with debut winner and the very smart looking Ghaanati perhaps the highlight on the card.

She looks exceptionally hard to beat and somewhere around even money looks fair enough, but the punters want more than the obvious, and so I would direct them to Race 3 for my best of the day, with Duchess Of Dorset getting the nod at 4-1 with good shopping.

A promising mare who won three from four last preparation (the only miss coming behind It'sourtime at Flemington, back when he could jump with the field), she's been a bit indifferent this time. A touch unlucky but without looking likely first up in April, then given a fair let-up and dropped back to the specialist 975m at Swan Hill two weeks ago, only managing to hold her ground at $1.80.

Now with the cobwebs blown out, and back out to her pet distance of 1100m, she should be ready to fire. Her last start rating leaves a bit to be desired, but ratings in her last campaign measure up fairly well, and I'd make her a better proposition to run to those ratings than a few in the field.

Drawn barrier 2 for Linda Meech, she likely takes the box seat or even potentially the 1-1, with race favourite Dance To Dubai drawn her inside and sure to kick up. The speed looks good with noted leaders Twist Of Fury and Lady Solly perhaps a touch vulnerable at a strong 1100m coming across, and Duchess Of Dorset should be right there to pick up the pieces late.

Over to Race 5 for a fairly nondescript Bm78 mile, I'm siding with Fifth Position who I marked as a horse to follow from his first up run. I thought it was interesting to note that he led on that occasion after typically getting a fair way back in most Australian starts.

Unfortunately he has drawn wide here but with a few midfield/off pace types drawn around him, Patrick Maloney may be able to find a back to follow midfield rather than taking his medicine and going back.

Second up last preparation he was one of the better things beaten for the year at Flemington on Oaks day, with no doubt there he should've won, and his overall second up profile tends to read better than his fresh one so he should improve into this.

One of the better last start ratings despite a slow pace up front suggest he's right in this race, and a genuinely soft track plays right into his hands as he is a horse that's jarred up in the past on firm decks.

Around the $10 mark with some bookmakers, he looks a decent gamble.

 

THE MELBOURNE MAIL

Bet of the day- Race 3 #5 Duchess Of Dorset @ $5.00

Value play- Race 5 #8 Fifth Position @ $10.00


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Caulfield

Saturday, 25th June 2022

3
13:00
(local)

Neds Fully Loaded (Bm84)

Sex: FM WT: 54.0kg Type: BM84
AUD $130,000
1100m TURF SOFT
3
13:00
(local)
AUD $130,000
1100m SOFT

Neds Fully Loaded (Bm84)

Sex: FM WT: 54.0kg Type: BM84
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 8. LITTLE STEVIE (AUS) 5yo M
DREAM AHEAD (USA) - SWEET LITTLE LIES (AUS)
MATTHEW CARTWRIGHT
SIMON ZAHRA
$7.50
54.0kg
Merricks Station (Mgr: B Cooper), K W Franklin, D W Franklin, P J Hawks, Ms J Crewes, M R Hood, M A White, Mrs K L White, S D Cameron, Mrs A J Cameron, Just Horse Racing (Mgr: M O Payne) & T A Leo

Sales Information

2nd 10. DANCE TO DUBAI (AUS) 4yo M
PRIDE OF DUBAI (AUS) - BRISK (GB)
CARLEEN HEFEL
PETER MOODY
$4.25
53.0kg
Wylie Dalziel Roy Higgins Racing (Mgr: W J Dalziel), P G Moody, P J Cormack, R Atkinson, G H E Goyne, P Chapman, P Cunningham, C P McDougall, R C McCallum, S M Thompson, I R Wellwood, S J Mulvogue, Fools Rushin (Mgr: C P McDougall) & Snow Road Thoroughbreds (Mgr: G N McNulty)

Sales Information

3rd 9. BELSIELLE (AUS) 4yo M
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) - CATHERINE LOUISE (AUS)
CRAIG NEWITT
D & C FEEK
$10.00
55.0kg
Mancinelli Family, B C Walker, Mrs C M Bloch, G De Goldi, P Chiaravalle, Ms W A Sellers, A Sellers, J M Rourke, Mrs C J Rourke, Mrs L Murphy, S Murphy, M J Rourke, T G Hanton, Mrs L D Fletcher, Ms E Williams, C J Atkins, Mrs L Ede, D N Burgess, Beau River Racing & Chooky Coop

Sales Information

4th 13. TERAMIA (AUS) 5yo M
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - PIMPINELLA (AUS)
ALANA KELLY
LEE & SHANNON HOPE
$11.00
52.0kg

Sales Information

5th 12. BEATRIX (AUS) 5yo M
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - FRASCHETTI (AUS)
BEAU MERTENS
TONY NOONAN
$5.00
54.0kg
6th 14. MOSSCON (AUS) 5yo M
MOSSMAN (AUS) - BIANCON ROSE (AUS)
MICHAEL DEE
DAVID BRIDEOAKE
$41.00
54.0kg
7th 7. TWIST OF FURY (AUS) 4yo M
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - SHAMALIA (AUS)
TATUM BULL
DAVID BRIDEOAKE
$16.00
53.5kg

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8th 11. ENERGY WITHIN (AUS) 4yo M
TORONADO (IRE) - HIDDEN ENERGY (AUS)
JOSH RICHARDS
TOM DABERNIG
$11.00
52.5kg
9th 5. DUCHESS OF DORSET (AUS) 5yo M
CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) - COMMANDS GOLD (AUS)
LINDA MEECH
SYMON WILDE
$6.00
56.5kg
10th 4. ICONIC STAR (AUS) 5yo M
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) - ORDER ME (USA)
JAMIE MOTT
SHANE NICHOLS
$31.00
59.0kg

Sales Information

11th 3. LADY SOLLY (AUS) 6yo M
O'LONHRO (AUS) - RECESSION BUSTER (AUS)
LAURA LAFFERTY
ADAM CHAMBERS
$21.00
57.0kg

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