Today the opening Group 1 meeting of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and the 2014/15 Australian Racing Season, lights up Caulfield Racecourse with a bumper nine-race card for Memsie Stakes Day 2014.
Despite a bog track in Sydney causing early spring preparation chaos, in Victoria traditions are perfect for racing with sunny skies and a firm Good (3) track for today’s features.
Caulfield Track Report
- Weather: Fine
- Track Conditions: Good (3)
- Penetrometer: 5.21
- Rail: +6 Entire Circuit
- Previous Rail: Out 3m Entire Circuit (16/08/2014)
Of the nine Memsie Stakes Day races on the program, five hold black-type status including the day’s marquee race.
This year’s $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) runs as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:40pm this afternoon and features 11 weight-for-age gallopers.
Heading the Memsie Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Chris Waller’s market mover Boban who can be had at $3.50 with Ladbrokes offering money back if your horse runs second up to $50 as a bonus bet this afternoon!
Waller has expressed some concerns about the 1400m being a bit short today with a mile where the three time Group 1 winning Bernardini six-year-old does his best racing.
The punters though aren’t fazed and have smashed the gelding in Memsie Stakes betting.
The opening Group race on the program meanwhile runs as Race 5 at 2:45pm with the $150,000 Group 3 theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m), registered as The Heath 1100 where John Sadler’s sprint specialist Vain Queen ($3.80) is the favourite.
Out of The Heath field are Broken and Mister Milton leaving a final field of 13 older sprinters.
The three-year-olds are then next on the card with Race 6 at 3:25 being the $150,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).
In that a host of Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas hopes strut their stuff and the current favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to win today paying $5 is Shea Eden’s lightly raced Written Tycoon filly Novel Dancer.
That follows the early withdrawal of the would have been shortie Nostradamus, the Hawkes-trained Group 3 San Domenico Stakes winner racing in Sydney instead in The Run To The Rose.
The last of the Group races in Melbourne then runs as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:00pm on the dot with 11 mares left in the $150,0000 Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes (1200m), registered as the WW Cockram Stakes, after the scrathcings of #4 Scandiva and #9 Members Joy.
Leading the Cockram markets at a firm $2.70 is the David Hayes-trained Gregers coming off a win over the 1100m here on August 16.
Closing the card, Race 9 is then the day’s fifth stakes race with a full field of 15 lining up in the $120,000 Listed Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m).
Also known as the Slickpix Stakes markets on the last in Melbourne today are led by Marksmanship ($5.50), Ciaron Maher’s Galileo seven-year-old after his fourth on the trot.
See below for the full Caulfield scratchings.
Then for the best odds on all the day’s events visit Ladbrokes.com.au – the Aussie bookie offering money back on the Memsie Stakes if your first fixed win bet on the Group 1 finishes second best today!
Caulfield Scratchings – August 30, 2014
Race 1 (12:30pm) – $80,000 The Cove Hotel Handicap (1400m)
#3 Top Sight (6)
Race 2 (1:00pm) – $80,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Plate (1400m)
#5 Danish Whiskey (2), #10 Celeritas (11)
Race 3 (1:35pm) – $80,000 WeDrive Plate (1400m)
#13 Spy Decoder (12)
Race 4 (2:10pm) – $40,000 Hocking Stuart Handicap (1200m)
#16 Shades Of Bella (18), #18e Tycoon Express (4), #19e Running Bull (17)
Race 5 (2:45pm) – $150,000 Group 3 theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m)
#3 Broken (4), #7 Mister Milton (7)
Race 6 (3:25pm) – $150,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m)
#3 Nostradamus 92)
Race 7 (4:00pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 1 Stakes (1200m)
#4 Scandiva (2), #9 Members Joy (11)
Race 8 (4:40pm) – $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m)
No current scratchings
Race 9 (5:15pm) – $120,000 Listed Australian Bloodstock Stakes (1700m0
#11 Lord Durante (19), #13 Fulgur (17), #16 Zevada (4), #17e Best Case (8)
*All times are local and odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – subject to change