Local horseman Robert Smerdon saddles-up two hopefuls in Saturday’s W.J. Adams Stakes 2016 field at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne including early favourite Reldas.
Running as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:30pm (AEDT), this season’s $120,000 Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m) field features a dozen sprinters including the Smerdon-trained duo Reldas and Atmospherical drawn in barriers six and two respectively.
Reldas leads the early WJ Adams Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4.60 for the win following a last start second to Tuscan Sling in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at the track on Boxing Day.
A proven short-distance performer, the drop back to 1000m is set to suit the five-year-old son of Testa Rossa on Saturday as he looks to return to his winning spring form.
Smerdon’s other hopeful Atmospherical is first-up from the gun gate with Nicholas Hall booked for the ride, the five-year-old Northern Meteor mare also the next best in WJ Adams Stakes betting at $5.
It has been a long time between drinks for the female galloper who hasn’t saluted since a black-type at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival of 2014.
Her form since has been hit and miss including her four unplaced spring runs last campaign, the latest being a 10th to The Quarterback over this distance in the wet at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day in November.
The $6 third favourite in the markets is also the top weight with the Joe Pride-trained Diamond Oasis set to carrying 58kg from a nice gate three draw with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
A five-year-old son of Lonhro, Diamond Oasis has a top 1000m record of five wins and three minor places from 12 starts over the distance he is over again on Saturday.
Two back he won over 900m at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day before a last start fourth behind Boss Lane in the Summer Sprint (1000m) in Sydney on January 16.
The last of the single figure chances paying $8 are Rough Justice (barrier four) and Bullpit (barrier nine) both on the 56kg minimum weight after weights were raised two kilos.
Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra trained Wanted four-year-old Rough Justice who has won his only other Caulfield run, while the Danny O’Brien-trained Bullpit comes off a number of strong runs in January.
Two back the Speed ‘N’ Power four-year-old, who is yet to place from four previous runs at Caulfield, saluted over 1000m at Flemington before a last start second to Headwater in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) on January 30.
He is a five-time winner over the 1000m and jockey Craig Williams continues his association on Saturday where Bullpit will look to overcome his Caulfield hoodoo.
At more generous odds but still boasting genuine claims are the likes of the rails-drawn Star Witness colt Well Sprung ($11) who has winning black-type form at Moonee Valley, Pat Carey’s four-year-old mare Shakespearean Lass ($13) and the in-form five-year-old Runsati ($13) shooting for three straight wins.
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