The Caulfield Cup carnival comes to a close this Saturday with the running of the Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup.
The racing this week doesn’t consist of such strong fields but has more standout horses throughout.
The day’s serious racing kicks off in the fifth at 3:10 in the Sportsbet Moonga stakes.
River Lad arrives at Caulfield in good form having won two of its last three starts. It has ran against quality opposition lately, beating Temple of Boom and running behind Chautauqua the start after.
Smoking Joey can’t be counted out but form is against it, Lucky Hussler seems due for a win after two seconds and a third in its last three. He was unlucky two starts back losing to Trust in a Gust who went on to win last Saturday so the form is good.
In the sixth Catkins comes down for Sydney and seems to be far and away the horse to beat but will have some competition from Girl Guide and Politeness.
Bel Sprinter and Driefontein will be looking to get back in form after horror spells of late but face stiff competition from Unpretentious who while not in good form is seemingly a class above most of the field. Shamal Wind again fell short last start; form says not to back it.
The Caulfield Cup has suffered big shocks as major contenders Dandino and Bande have been scratched from the race.
Favourite Lucia Valentina has had a lot of support during the week and has looked good through track work.
The John Singleton owned Dear Demi has been in good form this spring and is not without a chance with Jim Cassidy on board.
Big Memory is coming off a win last week and received no weight penalty so should be able to compete.
The Lloyd Williams stable is renown for setting its horses for races and Sea Moon and former Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon have been seemingly ignored by punters but it would be silly to the think that anything out of that stable wasn’t a chance.
This is one of the most open Caulfield Cup fields in years and promises a great conclusion to the carnival. – Jake Benoiton
Top photo by Jake Benoiton.