The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking is tipped to break a nine month winning drought this Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse sitting top of the Sir John Monash Stakes 2016 odds.
It is a wide-open market for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 PFD Food Services Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m), the weight-for-age sprint set to run as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:15pm (AEST) on the weekend.
A final field of 16 is engaged for Melbourne’s sole Black-Type race on Saturday including Lindsay Park’s Fastnet Rock five-year-old Fast ‘N’ Rocking who chases his first win since October last year.
Having finished top four multiple times in Group 1 company since then including his fourth to Black Heart Bart at Adelaide in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) last start on May 21, the bookies are taking no chances.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking has plenty of form at Caulfield (16-3-2-1), is drawn well in barrier six with Dwayne Dunn to ride and pays $4.50 as the early Sir John Monash Stakes market mover.
He is followed in Sir John Monash Stakes betting by four other single-figure fancies including Wild Rain ($6.50) and Girl Guide ($6.50).
Mark Kavanagh’s Manhattan Rain mare Wild Rain ran second to Miss Promiscuity in the same race 12 months ago and is well fancied to finish in the money again on the weekend.
She hasn’t won since early December last year taking out the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Sandown-Hillside and is first-up with her latest run producing a sixth when beaten under two lengths by Headwater in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington back in January.
From four previous first-up runs the four-year-old has just the one second place, but has a stellar short-distance record over Saturday’s distance of three wins and three seconds from seven starts.
Fellow mare Girl Guide also resumes in the Sir John Monash Stakes, Craig Williams to ride the Ciaron Maher-trained daughter of Churchill Downs from barrier seven.
Girl Guide hasn’t been first past the post since the 2014 Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield nearly two years ago, is tipped to return to better form fresh on the weekend.
Occupying the third line of betting at $7 is Lord Of The Sky, another former Sir John Monash Stakes winner having taken out the race in 2014.
He has won nothing since, including his failed seventh in the race last winter, but if the injury-prone Robbie Laing-trained galloper is back to his best he can be competitive.
The last of the single-figure fancies at $8.50 is Robert Smerdon’s Northern Meteor mare Atmospherical in barrier three with Nichols Hall in the saddle.
Her latest run was a dead last in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) here in February, but she comes off a recent trial win, runs well fresh and has a nice record over the distance.
Further down the markets the best of the double-figure hopes include Darren Weir’s last start Gold Topaz winner at Swan Hill Thermal Current ($13) and Fast ‘N’ Rocking’s stablemate Kayjay’s Joy ($14) drawn in barriers four and 16 respectively.
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