Group 1 racing returns for the first time in 2019 with the C.F Orr Stakes (1400m) headlining the big race action at Caulfield.
Caulfield also stages the Blue Diamond Preludes, while at Warwick Farm – the Sydney metro meeting this week – the Inglis Millennium for two-year-olds promises to be educational heat.
We pick out the best bets for weekend.
Race 5 – Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G)
The Mick Price-trained SHOTMAKER ($6.51 ClassicBet) looks an impressive type and he looks an each-way price on debut. He showed nicely early speed and quickened up nicely when asked for an effort in his trial. This colt looks like he has gears. He looks each-way value and will be coming at I Am Immortal late.
Race 6 – Blue Diamond Prelude (F)
CATCH ME ($2.26 ClassicBet) was caught three and four deep without cover for the entire trip in the Preview, but kept coming to record a convincing win. She’s drawn ideally in barrier 3 this time, and she’s sure to have taken plenty of improvement from the run. Brooklyn Hustle is the boom horse most
Race 7 – Autumn Stakes
This is a race of 11 three-year-olds, four of which were in the care of Darren Weir less than a fortnight ago. SOCIAL SPIN ($3.51 TopBetta), who is now in the care of Mick Price, put in a terrific performance behind Phonme three starts ago before missing the start and still defeating the Long Leaf at Flemington. He looked the class horse in the field last start at Caulfield and produced the goods. He looks to get the perfect run from barrier five and has the fitness edge against the five horses who are first-up here.
Race 8 – C.F. Orr Stakes
Race 1 – Lonhro Plate
TIME TO REIGN ($1.71 TopBetta) is a short price but should justify it. He unbeaten in two starts and has trialled sensationally in preparation for this. He gets an advantage here at his home track where he has trialled twice and won both heats. I expect him to lead from the outside gate, and will take some catching.