Jockey Joe Bowditch is confident the track at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend will suit his mount Heart Of A Lion who shoots for his fifth win from six starts in the 2015 Sir John Monash Stakes.
There are a dozen sprinters left in the field for Saturday’s $1
50,000 Group 3 PFD Food Services Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m), the weight-for-age winter showdown to run as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:09pm (AEST).
Last year’s champ Lord Of The Sky is the dominant $2 favourite in Monash Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to go back-to-back while the visiting Lloyd Kennewell-trained Adelaide raider Heart Of A Lion can be found further down the markets at $13.
A five-year-old son of Lion Heart, Heart Of A Lion comes off a string of top runs back home having won four of his past five starts including a 1000m victory at Morphettville Parks last time out on June 20.
Bowditch was aboard that day as well as the three straight wins in April – May, the galloper’s only loss in recent times being a third on May 30 when Shayne Cahill was in the saddle.
This weekend Bowditch is happy to continue his ace association with the gelding who is up in class for his Melbourne run at a track that should suit.
“I think the track will suit him because it’s a little bit similar to Morphettville with the straight run and only the one turn,” he told Racenet.
Bowditch, who gives up a full book of rides at Morphettville to travel and ride Heart Of A Lion in the Monash Stakes, is also confident looking at the horse’s excellent record over the distance of four wins, two seconds and two thirds from 10 starts and knows he is the right man to get the job done.
“He’s better suited over the shorter trips where there’s good speed and he can balance up behind them,” he said.
“He’s got a good turn of foot but it’s only about 200 or 250 (metres) long.
“You have just to time his run right.
“I think a couple of times, he’s been exposed a little bit early and he’s come to the end of his run.”
The other major players in the Monash Stakes field and odds this season are the Peter Moody-trained Bel Esprit mare Angels Beach ($7) coming off a fifth in the June Stakes over the same distance at Randwick, market mover Anatina ($9) who is two runs in and boasts an excellent second-up record (5-2-2-0), and Mark Kavanagh’s smart Manhatta Rain filly Wild Rain in gate four with Glen Boss in the saddle of the last start Moonee Valley winner.
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