Punters are treated to a nine race, all black type program at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend with the Kevin Heffernan Stakes 2013 one of the key support races of Sandown Guineas Day.
Running as the second last race on the card, the $135,000 Group 3 TMB Printing Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m) has drawn one of the larger fields of the day with 13 weight-for-age hopefuls.
Betting on the event is currently led by Darren Weir’s smart mare Platelet ($4.20) who won two Group 1 races in Adelaide earlier in the year.
She’s had three runs this time in, including a Flemington win over this distance two back, but found the 1100m a little sharp at Caulfield last start when fifth to the horses she defeated in the Gilgai, Spirit Of Boom, in the Caulfield Sprint on October 19.
Platelet is one of four single figure chances in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes odds with her main dangers perceived to be their stablemate and market mover Lonhspresso ($5), last start Listed Lightning Handicap winner in Sydney Famous Seamus ($6) and the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel ($7).
But with plenty of talent also among the double figure chances including the in-form Lankan Rupee ($12) and the Geoff Wheeler-trained mare She Can Skate ($14) there could be value in tipping an upset Kevin Heffernan Stakes result this spring.
#12 Lonhspresso ($5)
Are going for the upset with the market mover here saying Platelet can get rolled by stablemate in this. Weir’s four-year-old Lonhro mare Lonhspresso is progressive and has won three of their seven starts to date, most recently at Morphettville during the autumn. This time in they’ve had two runs in Melbourne, a first-up third in the Alinghi Stakes and then a Derby Day fifth behind Fontelina when jumping from an awkward barrier 14 of 15 draw. They will improve on that getting the same distance this time but with a far better barrier (three) ready to handle the class rise and surprise.
#1 Pinwheel ($7)
They’re the eight-year-old veteran of the field and the one of the day trainer Snowden would most like to see win. Not sure if they can get the job done 100 percent but they should come very close. Haven’t won a race in 15 months, but has shown promise in their two earlier spring starts including a Moonga Stakes fifth behind Boban (Emirates winner from last weekend). Has barrier 12 against them, but do drop back from 1400m to 1200m which is a distance they’ve done their best racing over including a Winterbottom fourth just a length off the winner Barakey this time last year in Perth.
#9 Lankan Rupee ($12)
Like the price on Mick Price’s Redoute’s Choice four-year-old who is consistent and on the improve. They’ve only had 11 starts, producing four wins and three placings, so the record is there. They’ve done little black type racing however but where tested at Group 1 level in their opening prep this time last year when eighth to Nechita in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. Won a Listed 1000m sprint at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day when defeating Snitzerland, but are yet to prove themselves over 1200m – how they handle the distance is key but should get every chance from gate four with Craig Newitt aboard.
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