It is Bletchingly Stakes Day at Caulfield and the Punter’s Prince is in fine form heading into Saturday racing after a big set at Flemington last week.
His best bet comes up in the third, while the feature race itself looks a tricky one to assess.
caulfield race 1
#8 chester warrior
Has been kept relatively safe in the market for a first starter off some very nice jump outs.
We know how strong the Hayes stable is with its early two-year-old horses and this gelding should find himself lobbing into a handy spot from barrier two.
Worth an each-way peanut.
Suggested Bet: Chester Warrior each-way at $11 the win and $3.10 the place.
Confidence Rating: 4/10
caulfield race 2
#1 manhattan thunder
Had no right to chase down the leader the way he did when winning on debut at Sale over 1100 metres.
He thundered to the line and looked like a horse who would love this rise in distance to 1400 metres.
First ride back for Damian Lane after another stint in Japan and he will be chomping at the bit to ride a winner.
Suggested Bet: Manhattan Thunder win at $2.9
Confidence Rating: 7.5/10
caulfield race 3
Building strongly this preparation after a solid second-up run at Sandown.
Big gear change with blinkers going for the first time and the two-kilo claim from in-form rider Jacob Opperman is a bonus.
Will be surprised to see her start any longer than the current $9 on offer as of Thursday 1pm (AEDT).
Suggested Bet: Derive each-way at $9 the win and $3 the place.
Confidence Rating: 8.5/10
caulfield race 4
#5 sing for peace
Has put together two enormous efforts in his first two career runs.
His last start was a brilliant win over 2050 metres at Wodonga when sitting three wide with no cover for the entire and surging to the line to run away with victory.
Comes to town with a strong fitness base and Craig Williams is booked to ride.
Suggested Bet: Sing For Peace each-way at $5.5 the win and $2 the place.
Confidence Rating: 5.5/10
caulfield race 7
First-up second preparation for this talented filly who progressed through the grades like a smart horse before being spelled.
She has shown versatility by leading and taking the sit in her races with great effect.
Her jump outs leading in have been very slick and Jamie Kah being booked is a big sign of intent.
Suggested Bet: Snapped win at $3.50
Confidence Rating: 7.5/10
caulfield race 8
#7 king of sparta
In a very low-confidence race, it is King Of Sparta who comes up as the selection.
With queries over the 1200-metre credentials of Oxley Road and Mileva, King Of Sparta just looks to amble up from barrier one and could just have the strongest sprint of them all.
He has had a run over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm to get him ready and should be going close.
Suggested Bet: King Of Sparta each-way at $5.5 the win and $2.10 the place.
Confidence Rating: 3.5/10