Memsie Stakes Day at Caulfield will be the highlight of Saturday’s horse racing around the country.
Godolphin’s Alizee is one of the star attractions in the Memsie Stakes. In addition to Caulfield, we have excellent racing at Rosehill Gardens.
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ADANA ($4.40 TopBetta) was a drifting favourite last start and that may have been to how he mapped from barrier 1. Kerrin McEvoy was unable to find a clear passage early in the straight and Adana went from box seat behind the leader to last of the main pack and looking to angle out wide. He hit the line strongly once clear and now faces the one-week back-up and looks set to peak third-up based on previous preparations. Two of his third-up runs have been in Group 1 events and although his other was in a maiden, he finished 3rd behind Brilliant Choice and Nakeeta Jane in that extremely strong maiden. McEvoy can atone here.
BIVOUAC ($1.65 TopBetta) was explosive taking out the Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield when first-up last start, and he’s clearly the one to beat here. He’s unbeaten in three runs over this trip, and he may have been the reason Hugh Bowman stayed in Sydney instead of going to Caulfield to partner Alizee in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes. If he holds his last start form, he’ll be winning.
How quickly things can change in racing, it was only a month ago I said VEGA MAGIC ($2.15 TopBetta) would never win another race after I saw his first jumpout at Flemington, now I’m making him my best bet of the day. He started a $2.50 favourite in the Memsie Stakes on this day last year and looked the winner before finding the 1400m a bridge too far. He has an outstanding fresh record, with three wins and two seconds from eight first-up runs and looks to be flying as a seven-year-old. Looking at the race, Gytrash has the best last start benchmark figure in the race, of 13.1 lengths above benchmark but is 70-days between runs and drops back from 1200m to 1100m. The main danger appears to be Ball Of Muscle, who won this race first-up last year. He has been trialling well in Sydney and gets synthetic hoof filler off for the first time, which suggests the horse is sound.
Race 8 – Memsie Stakes