The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained mare Sheidel is top fancy in Bel Esprit Stakes 2016 betting to take out the feature race at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday in Melbourne.
Heading the nine-race card running as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEST), this year’s $120,000 Listed Sheen Group Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) is set to run at its capacity 14 starters.
Leading the latest Bel Esprit Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost – at $4.60 for the win is four-year-old Sheidel.
The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor has had 17 career starts for a consistent 11 wins, two seconds and a third to date.
Her latest victory was when she was still prepared in WA, taking out Ascot’s Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m) in early January on Perth Cup Day.
She has had two runs in Melbourne, the latest of which was a fourth to the Danny O’Brien-trained Bullpit – a $13 chance in barrier four for Saturday’s rematch – in a 1000m handicap at Sandown-Hillside on April 9 defeated under two lengths carrying 55kg.
Sheidel drops back to the 54kg minimum for the weekend where the Perth expat has her first run in Caulfield, looking for her maiden win outside of WA.
Occupying the second line of Bel Esprit Stakes betting this autumn at $5.50 is the 60kg top weight, Under The Louvre.
Robert Smerdon prepares the well-performed Excellent Art stallion, the five-year-old heading towards Adelaide’s $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) next month before a Queensland raid in the winter targeting the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in June.
The five-year-old is a three-time Group 1 runner-up, including in last autumn’s The Goodwood, and is first-up on the weekend not having raced since mid-November.
He’s got an excellent Caulfield record (8-2-4-1), was third here in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in late September and trialled well earlier this month at Cranbourne.
In an open market there are a further five single-figure hopes to win this year’s Bel Esprit Stakes including the rails-drawn Pittsburgh Flyer ($6.50) who Nicholas Hall rides from barrier one.
Lee & Shannon Hope prepare the four-year-old Street Cry mare who has just the one third from four previous Caulfield runs, Pittsburgh Flyer looking to improve on her 12th to Griante in Rosehill’s Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) on March 19.
Before that she was brave when fourth and beaten under a length by Flamberge in Caulfield’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), and so drops back notably in class for her Black Type run on Saturday.
Greg Eurell’s in-form We’ve Got This is second emergency for the Bel Esprit and so needs two scratchings to make the cut, but still the bookies are taking no chances with the $8 fancy.
If the Hard Spun four-year-old does gain a run he’ll jump from a gun gate two draw, racing for the first time since winning over 1200m at Caulfield and Flemington by good margins in the summer.
He has a strong Caulfield record of a win and second from two runs, and also goes well fresh with a win and two seconds from three previous first-up starts so far.
Rounding out the best in betting under $10 are the Patrick Payne-trained Magic Millions Sprint winner from January Husson Eagle ($8.50), Hard Spun four-year-old Beau Rada ($8.50) and Peter & Paul Snowden’s market mover That’s A Good Idea ($8.50) backed right in from $11.
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