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One of the biggest race days of the year down under, Saturday’s Caulfield Cup Day 2013 steals the show in Melbourne on the weekend with a bumper 10 race program – betting tips for which are found below.
The Caulfield racing action kicks off at 12:15pm (AEST) with Race 1 – the $100,000 Sunrise Cup (1400m) for fillies.
And while it’s a long day trackside, punters and race fans will want to stick around to the last with the day’s marquee race saved until Race 10 at 5:45pm (AEST).
That event is of course the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) featuring a full field of talented staying types, many heading towards a run in the ‘race that stops a nation’ on the first Tuesday of November.
Among the headliners in the Caulfield Cup 2013 field are the Chris Waller-trained duo Hawkspur and Royal Descent topping the odds; European raider and USA St Leger winner Dandino; Kiwi mare Silent Achiever; and the imported Jet Away to be ridden by four-time Caulfield Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver.
Other highlights of Caulfield Cup Day then include the three-year-old 2013 Victoria Derby hopes trialing in the $150,000 Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) and the sprinters facing off in the $220,000 Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m).
To save you time scrolling through the Melbourne form guide, we’ve done the hard work for you and our expert team of tipsters has made their exclusive Caulfield Cup Day betting tips public knowledge below.
Race 1 (12:15pm) – $100,000 Sunrise Cup (1400m)
Scarlet Billows lightly raced vies to keep perfect record (2-2-0-0) intact with another win, goes up in class but handled the 1200m at Moonee Valley well enough to earn a shot. Suavito is one on their inside and racing well yet to finish out of the money. Fare Well in double figures adds value, need to handle 60kg but Damien Oliver rides and they’ve got the experience.
Race 2 (12:50pm) – $120,000 Listed Polytrack Gothic Stakes (1400m)
Good price for last start winner Paximadia who won a black type over the 1400m at Flemington before this, get a nice draw here too in four. Champollion is in gate three beside them and showed good improvement with a third to Paximadia last time out – can place again. Hucklebuck is the favourite and has plenty of promise with two wins and a third from three career starts to date, but their wins were in SA so need to show they can win in Melbourne.
Race 3 (1:25pm) – $120,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m)
Arabian Gold should appreciate the step up to 2000m here after her very brave fourth to Guelph in the Group 1 Flight Stakes over the mile in Sydney. Guelph backed up to win the Thousand Guineas and this is a step down in class for Arabian Gold. Solicit was a fast finishing third in a Flemington Group 2 mile last start with improvement to come off that. Melaleuca adds value, won by six lengths at Ballarat at the start of the month earning their shot here.
Race 4 (2:00pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Jacob Park Thoroughbreds Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m)
Polanski is wide (barrier 10) but won’t matter over the distance, liked their last start win over the 1800m at Flemington so if they reproduce that can win again. San Diego is the early market mover with money coming in for them tipped to improve getting up to the 2000m, won here last season. Epic Saga comes off three straight seconds, place chance again but going to say third to buck the trend.
Race 5 (2:35pm) – $120,000 Listed Carlton Draught Alinghi Stakes (1100m)
Think Octavia at double figures looks great value, even from their awkward wide gate with the big weight. She Can Skate should get a gun run from gate three in their first-up effort, undefeated last prep with three straight wins. Lonhspresso is 59kg topweight also resuming but their form last time was cracking so think fresh they’ll be good again.
Race 6 (3:10pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Moonga Stakes (1400m)
Don’t see too many surprises here. It’s a big weight (59.5kg) for the favourite Boban but they shoot for their fourth on the trot and come off a Group 1 Epsom Handicap win over the mile so going back to the 1400m against this class should make up for the kilos. Forgive Strawberry Boy their last run while Pinwheel caught the eye-first up when fourth in a Group 2 in Sydney and will be better for it especially coming to Melbourne.
Race 7 (3:45pm) – $220,000 Group 2 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (1100m)
Spirit Of Boom was third at this track and distance in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate last season and is in good form this time in most recently running second in the Gilgai Stakes. Chiaramonte is favourite and goes up in class here after earning it with some lovely runs, 53kg will give them a big boost. Platelet is a dual Group 1 winner in Adelaide and while she’s got a lot of weight has the class factor.
Race 8 (4:20pm) – $150,000 Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m)
Honorius will love the 2000m having won a Randwick Group 3 over the distance last start, carries 58kg topweight but good enough to handle the weight. Garud gets the rails run on the 54kg minimum with Craig Williams aboard which will suit as they come off a second at the track over 1700m. Money is coming for Spurtonic who will likely jump the favourite, gate two draw is good and they have never really run a bad race plus their Group 1 Epsom Handicap fourth over the mile was brave.
Race 9 (4:55pm) – $220,000 Group 2 Yellowglen Tristarc Stakes (1400m)
Backing Chris Waller’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara winner Red Tracer to be too strong here even with the big weight. She’s a very good mare and was a nice first-up second a few weeks ago with improvement to come. Peron then also has very strong claims after her two nice seconds leading up to this. Fire Up Fifi beat Peron home last start in the Blazer Stakes and will be out to do it again for Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote.
Race 10 (5:45pm) – $2,500,000 Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m)
Not many mares have been good enough over the years to win the Caulfield Cup but we think this Kiwi raider just might be. She was sixth in the Turnbull (Hawkspur was fifth) and looks ready to peak with her 54.5kg lightweight and gun gate five draw. Dandino to bring the international form to Oz, comes off a win in the American St Leger over 2714m back in August and goes well fresh. Moriarty the underrated Chris Waller-trained runner here.
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