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EXPERT RACING TIPS: CAULFIELD

CAULFIELD PREVIEW AND TIPS | EXPERT TIPS | SATURDAY JUNE 1ST 2024

RAIL: 9m | TRACK: Good 4

Luckily, Caulfield has missed the majority of the Thursday rain that most of Victoria got. As for the track, it looks in terrible condition and I couldn’t confidently predict a pattern.

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LAY: 10. Heart Of Glass (WIN) for 3 units (Rated at $4.80)

I couldn’t have Heart Of Glass as favourite in this race, she just got over the line at Sandown last start in a bunched finish and now goes up in grade.

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BACK: 15. Mirzann (WIN) for 3 units (Rated at $2.65)

Mirzann ran the fastest closing sectionals of the race trying to chase down Amberite who had every possible chance at Flemington. D.Lane sticks and 2000m third-up looks his spot to get a victory.

3. Interest Point
1. Blue Renegade
4. Husk
6. Earth God

Betting Strategy

An even start to the program, Interest Point was backed for a stack at his home track debut and subsequently bolted in. Should go forward and give a sight again.

5. My Xandau
3. Stylish
4. Ginger Sweet
2. Subrising

Betting Strategy

Another particularly even race, a way to play this race is a back to lay strategy on My Xandau. She maps for an uncontested lead and Meech on board should ensure that. Once she leads, she should trade 25-30% shorter in-play.

11. Arqana
2. Episodic
6. Princess Rayaa
1. Subliminal

Betting Strategy

BACK: 11. Arqana (WIN) for 2 units (Rated at $4.75)

Arqana profiles like a new career peak is incoming, she was horribly held-up at Geelong two back then ran the fastest 400m-200m split of the meeting this track and trip last start before running the fourth-fastest last 200m of the meeting in restricted room. She will need luck and pattern in favour but is a worthy gamble.

9. Jewellery
14. Hearcomesthestar
10. Heart Of Glass
2. Alvarinho

Betting Strategy

LAY: 10. Heart Of Glass (WIN) for 3 units (Rated at $4.80)

I couldn’t have Heart Of Glass as favourite in this race, she just got over the line at Sandown last start in a bunched finish and now goes up in grade.

3. Is It Me
15. Bews
12. Pracing Spirit
8. Bellinger

Betting Strategy

The run of Is It Me would put him right in contention for this race, you just have to forgive last start at Warrnambool, where he was well backed and failed in the Wangoom. Bews gets one of the biggest positive jockey switches in Victorian metro racing.

6. Keep Reading
4. Viviane
1. Ashford Street
2. Curran

Betting Strategy

Too hard, I struggled to split six or seven of these.

7. St Lawrence
3. Jimmy The Bear
9. Highlights
8. Dashing

Betting Strategy

St Lawrence most likely but I’d need $3.5 to bet, the early market is likely taking a few rolls off with the D.Lane factor. Highlights was given little hope last start, likely rolls further forward here and the quick back-up suits. Jimmy The Bear saves his best stuff for Caulfield and this is his time of year.

14. Batrana
11. Lovely Lookin’
15. Nuts ‘n’ Bolts
7. Bons To Riches

Betting Strategy

Another race where I could make a case for at least half of the field, an easy race to leave alone.

15. Mirzann
14. Amberite
12. Trosettee
1. Gregolimo

Betting Strategy

BACK: 15. Mirzann (WIN) for 3 units (Rated at $2.65)

Mirzann ran the fastest closing sectionals of the race trying to chase down Amberite who had every possible chance at Flemington. D.Lane sticks and 2000m third-up looks his spot to get a victory.

CAULFIELD TIPS AND PREVIEW | RACECOURSE

SUMMARY

Known locally as ‘The Heath’, Caulfield Racecourse is located approximately nine kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in the city’s south eastern suburbs. Together with Sandown and Mornington racecourses, Caulfield is operated by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC). It is widely considered Melbourne’s second most prestigious racecourse behind Flemington, hosting around 25 meetings each season including some of the country’s most famous and historic races, headlined by the Group 1 Caulfield Cup. For the best Caulfield tips, previews and all the form, head to the Betfair Hub.

FAST FACTS

Six internationally-trained horses have won the Caulfield Cup. They are: Taufan’s Melody (1998) for British trainer Lady Herries; All the Good (2008) and Best Solution (2018) for Godolphin’s Dubai trainer Saeed bin Suroor; Dunaden (2012) for French trainer Mikel Delzangles; Admire Rakti (2014) for Japanese trainer Tomoyuki Umeda; and Mer De Glace (2019) for Japanese trainer Hisashi Shimizu.

KEY EVENTS

Together with the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper, the Caulfield Cup makes up the four majors of Australian racing. It is the world’s richest turf handicap over 2400m and dates back to 1879. It was won in 2021 by Incentivise and in 2020 by Verry Elleegant, the two horses which then ran the quinella in the 2021 Melbourne Cup. In autumn Caulfield also hosts Victoria’s premier contest for juveniles, the Blue Diamond Stakes. A total of 12 Group 1 races are staged annually at Caulfield, with the prestigious Caulfield Guineas and the equivalent for fillies (the Thousand Guineas) both held the week before the Caulfield Cup. From three-year-old contests to handicap races for experienced stayers, Betfair’s leading team of tipsters bring you their Caulfield best bets for each and every meeting at The Heath.

TRACK PROFILE

The track is triangular-shaped, with a total circumference measuring of 2,080m and a home straight of 367m. Some horses struggle to handle the tight turns and contours of the track, with interference also common particularly in the Caulfield Cup which features 18 runners.

In 1995/96, the track was widened to 30m around the entire circumference and the straight was lengthened by 43m. The current surface has been cambered from the outside running rail, with the crown of the track at the outside running rail. The banking on the final turn into the home straight is four per cent, while the other turns have an equivalent banking of two per cent. Given the quirks of the track it pays to follow our tipsters when they bring you their Caulfield best bets free of charge on the Betfair Hub.

HISTORY

Originally the Victorian Amateur Turf Club (VATC) raced at Ballarat, but in 1876 the club moved to Caulfield for its Melbourne base having owned the land since 1859. Feature races were soon held at Caulfield, with the Caulfield Cup making its debut in 1879. The inaugural event was won by Newminster, whose name adorns one of the barns at Racing Victoria’s quarantine facilities in Werribee. During World War II, Caulfield was utilised as an army barracks so racing was moved to Flemington for the duration of the conflict.

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