The first of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors runs at Caulfield Racecourse today, Saturday October 15, for Caulfield Cup Day 2016 – scratchings and a full race day preview found below.
It is sunny skies in Melbourne today and with no chance of rain the current Good (4) track rating on the course proper at Caulfield is set to stay making for perfect racing conditions.
Caulfield Track Report – 15/10/2016
- Rail: Out 6m Entire Circuit
- Weather: Fine
- Penetrometer: 5.33
- Track Type: Turf
- Track Rating: Good (4)
- Irrigation: 4mm last 24 hours, 25mm last 7 days
- Rainfall: nil last 24 hours, 4.5mm last 7 days
Racing kicks off on Caulfield Cup Day at 12:15pm (AEDT) and the bumper 10-race program featuring nine Black-Type races continues through until 5:45pm (AEDT).
The 2016 Caulfield Cup headlines the meeting and is scheduled to run as Race 8 at 4:30pm (AEDT) with just 16 starters following four early scratchings: #6 Tarzino (4), #13 Set Square (20), #14 Big Memory (12) and #16 Fanatic (16).
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Caulfield Scratchings – 15/10/2016
Total Scratchings: 20
Race 1 (12:15pm) – $100,000 MyPunter.com Plate (1400m)
- No current scratchings
A set weights plus penalties for three-year-old fillies to kick off the card, the meeting’s only non-Black-Type still featuring all 14 original acceptors with markets led by Sylpheed ($2). She is firming fast with Damien Oliver riding and comes off a good win at the track over 1200m by a 2.25 margin from the same barrier (11) and will be hard to hold out.
Race 2 (12:50pm) – $120,000 Listed Polytrack Gothic Stakes (1400m)
- #6 Curvature (12)
- #10 Magnarock (13)
- #13 I’m Telling Ya (14)
The three-year-old colts and geldings face off in the second and 11 remain in the mix with the firming favourite Acatour ($2.40) shooting for three on the trot. The Sydney form is tipped to stack up but the rails-drawn Inside Agent ($13) can challenge off a Flemington win when still very green.
Race 3 (1:25pm) – $120,000 Listed Crown Lager Alinghi Stakes (1100m)
- #10 Andrassy (12)
- #11 Estaminet (4)
The fillies and mares face off in this short distance sprint with a dozen remaining chances, the bookies tipping a tight showdown with seven under $1-0 for the win including Super Cash ($4.50) who was impressive winning first-up and can do so again without needing to improve much.
Race 4 (2:00pm) – $150,000 Group 3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m)
- #11 Nina Peak (7)
The Crown Oaks-bound fillies face off in this staying clash and of the 14 left to fight it out over the 2000m the best in betting at a current quote of $3.70 is Sebring Dream drawn wide but with plenty of upside after her Thousand Guineas (6th) run from the back last weekend.
Race 5 (2:35pm) – $500,000 Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m)
- #1 Seaburge (1)
The top fancy in betting and rails-drawn Seaburge comes out of this lucrative three-year-olds showdown full of VRC Derby types leaving 13 hopefuls where updated markets have Good Standing ($2.60) all the rage to improve on the Caulfield Guineas seventh last Saturday.
Race 6 (3:10pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Priceline Pharmacy Coongy Cup (2000m)
- #7 De Little Engine (4)
- #8 Tarquin (10)
- #9 Blizzard (8)
- #11 Nozomi (12)
Only nine are left in the Coongy Cup field this weekend making the odds on the in-form Sydney raider It’s Somewhat shorter and shorter ($2.40), but he remains the one to beat from the inside alley with Hugh Bowman riding.
Race 7 (3:45pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Tristarc Stakes (1400m)
- #7 Vibrant Rouge (1)
- #8 Coronation Shallan (4)
- #11 Telopea (12)
Of the 10 remaining mares in this set weights plus penalties clash the short-priced and deserving favourite is the in-form Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Tycoon Tara ($2.40) coming off the gun Sydney form including a last start Golden Pendant win.
Race 8 (4:30pm) – $3,000,000 Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m)
- #6 Tarzino (4)
- #13 Set Square (20)
- #14 Big Memory (12)
- #16 Fanatic (16)
The first time in a while we see an under capacity Caulfield Cup field and of the 16 that are left to battle it out for the big prize money, Jameka ($3.70) remains clear favourite on the light weight after her Turnbull Stakes second last time out.
Race 9 (5:10pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Dilmah For Lovers of Tea Caulfield Sprint (1000m)
- #6 Grane (4)
This short-distance handicap field is down to 10 and has produced some quality types over the years, Hellbent ($2) tipped as the one to beat this season off back-to-back wins in easier company at the track.
Race 10 (5:45pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m)
- #8 Amovatio (16)
The card closer still runs at its 16-starter capacity with the emergency Dane Thunder ($126) getting a run and of the older middle-distance sprinters the best in betting is the Darren Weir-trained Voodoo Lad ($3).
*All times quoted are AEDT and prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – subject to change