Mr Brightside Heads 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Field & Betting Odds

August 16, 2023

Mr Brightside Heads 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Field & Betting Odds

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained resuming star Mr Brightside is short priced favourite to salute for the punters fresh and go back-to-back as the defending champion in the 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.

2023 All-Star Mile Winner Mr Brightside

Autumn star Mr Brightside kicks off his pending spring campaign in the 2023 P.B. Lawrence Stakes field at Caulfield this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The countdown to the spring majors begins in earnest on the weekend with a key lead-up taking place in Melbourne in the form of the Group 2 $300,000 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).

A host of weight-for-age stars get things underway in the Lawrence including the current $2.05 top elect at Ladbrokes.com.au, Mr Brightside, who is looking to become the first dual champion since Tauto (1971, 1972).

The now six-year-old son of Bullbars capped off a career best campaign last prep when saluting at WFA in the $5 million All-Star Mile at The Valley before best handling a Heavy (9) Randwick track to take out the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

He has solid form fresh ahead of his campaign kick-off this weekend, gets Craig Williams in the saddle, and boasts a strong 1400m record.

The “danger” occupying the second line of PB Lawrence Stakes betting this season at a more generous $6.50 is the Lindsey Smith-trained Tuvalu drawn out in gate 16 for jockey Blake Shinn.

The Kermadec gelding chases his first victory since the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) with less weight at this track in early October last year.

He was brave at his next start a half-length off Alligator Blood in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival before a disappointing autumn.

Tuvalu was unplaced in his two starts earlier this year, but is tipped to improve with better placement this time in.

Despite the size of the field just one other runner is at single-figures with the Mitchell Freedman-trained Attrition ($7.50) looking to make an impact fresh.

Ben Melham rides the four-year-old Churchill entire whose last start saw him beaten a neck by Legarto at Flemington in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Some of the better fancied double-figure hopefuls after an upset include the consistent Pinstriped ($14) up in grade, the Andrew Forsman-trained Kiwi raider Aegon ($15), and the Chris Waller-trained Cox Plate third place-getter from last spring El Bodegon ($21).

The P.B. Lawrence Stakes 2023 is set to run as Caulfield Race 9 at 4:40pm (AEST) as the penultimate event on Saturday’s 10-race card.

Click here for the latest PB Lawrence Stakes 2023 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5473x5211x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 10 59kg 116
2 411x46x70x REGAL POWER John Leek (Jnr) Beau Mertens 4 59kg 106
3 11x312x79x TUVALU Lindsey Smith Blake Shinn 16 59kg 111
4 6142x6495x AEGON (NZ) Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 17 59kg 105
5 12x55x759x WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) John Leek (Jnr) Ethan Brown 6 59kg 105
6 233x3x907x EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller Damian Lane 8 59kg 111
7 611232821x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller Damian Lane 3 59kg 106
8 76006×5118 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jamie Mott 15 59kg 104
9 582111263x POUNDING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 9 59kg 106
10 05037x620x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 1 59kg 96
11 60x534113x PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Ben Allen 5 59kg 101
12 220151x86x UNCLE BRYN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 7 59kg 104
13 1615x4430x FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 18 59kg 94
14 411x2400x9 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings 14 58.5kg 105
15 33x1152x ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 12 58.5kg 95
16e 0455×81143 CHASSIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 57kg 94
17e 9x2415931x DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent 13 57kg 93
18e x700500x81 EDISON Nick Ryan Craig Newitt 11 59kg 91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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