Half-a-million-dollar earner Politeness has opened the punters’ pick to take out the last on the Caulfield Guineas Day card in Melbourne this weekend with a win in the 2015 Cape Grim Beef Steaks.
Also registered as the William Hill Sprint Series Final, this Saturday the $150,000 Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks (1200m) for mares closes the 10-race program at Caulfield Racecourse at 6:15pm (AEST).
Leading the latest Cape Grim Beef Steaks odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, where punters can enjoy Best Tote or SP + 20% on ALL Caulfield races this Saturday, is the Robert Smerdon-trained Street Sense five-year-old Politeness.
She pays $3.30 for the win despite a wide barrier 10 of 11 draw for jockey Mark Zahra to overcome second-up following his winning ride aboard her from barrier 13 of 14 in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at the same Caulfield track last time out on September 19.
A winner of two of her seven Caulfield assignments to date, Politeness also has a solid three-from-seven record over Saturday’s distance (1200m) that she can add to with the right run and if the pace is run to suit second-up.
In an open Cape Grim Beef Steaks betting market there are five other single figure chances including co-$5 second elects Bring Me The Maid and Wawail drawn in barriers one and two respectively.
Glen Boss rides the returning Peter Moody-trained Sebring four-year-old Bring Me The Maid whose last start was a seventh when crossing three lengths off Hazard in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) in Brisbane back in early June.
She hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) in the wet at Randwick back in August last year, but she is a brilliant runner when fresh and first-up (3-2-1-0), which she is this weekend with a big run pending from that inside alley.
One on her outside is Michael Walker’s mount Wawail, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Lonhro four-year-old looking to atone for a 13th of 14 runners when beaten four and a quarter lengths first-up in the How Now Stakes.
Her latest win was in mid-March when defeating Sabatini in Flemington’s Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m), so she has the class and was luckless last time out with something to prove now with fitness on her side.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the Cape Grim Beef Steaks victory this weekend are Exclusive Lass ($9), the early market mover In Style ($9) and Ygritte ($9.50).
Nigel Blackiston trains Nicconi four-year-old Exclusive Lass who comes off a Moonee Valley win over 1200m when carrying 56.5kg on September 25.
She rises in class this weekend, but that three length effort over the same distance plus the drop back to 55kg here suggests she can be competitive again against some nice types.
Early money is coming for the Michael Moroney-trained In Style who has New Zealand hoop Opie Bosson in the saddle jumping from barrier three with the 59kg top weight.
The Kiwi expat won three on the trot last spring – summer including the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day and makes her debut down under here at a distance she has won five from 10 over for two other third place efforts also.
Ygritte has the mid-field draw in gate five with Craig Williams booked to partner Darren Weir’s Snitzel four-year-old who is looking to atone for a last start 13th back in May when beaten nine lengths in the Inglis Guineas (1400m) at Scone as a three-year-old.
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