Small fields in Caulfield features

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It’s the most exciting time of the racing year and this weekend provides us with another great racecard in Melbourne. It’s Guineas day and Pierro is expected to easily account for his fellow 3 year olds. Unfortunately the day is made up of 8-10 horse fields for the most part.

However most punters will be watching races like the Herbert Power 2400m to see if what horse qualifies (potentially) for the BMW Caulfield Cup a week later. It looks to be one of the strongest Herbert Power’s in a long time with a strong overseas contingent lining up to take on some of our best including Exceptionally.

I have recently gone over the internationals form far more thoroughly and I expect Gatewood and Shahwardi to be extremely hard to beat. I try to help punters in as many ways as possible and for those who don’t realise, RACING VICTORIA have a terrific website where you can not only get a rundown and replays of their form, but also a daily account of their trackwork. You can find it all here

Gate wood is a lightly raced horse with a great strike rate. He is well and truly on the up and the one to beat from gate 4.


1 -874277×410 PRECEDENCE (NZ )  58 

2 -214×11132 GATEWOOD (GB)      56 

3 -x008230453 IRONSTEIN    56 

4 -2220×52233 SHAHWARDI (FR)   56 

5 -0831414111 BIANMICK    55.5 

6 -1601122×52 DANCE WITH HER   55 

7 -9521315×53 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)   54.5 

8 -90×0002123 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)   54 

9 -322x6x5118 EXCLUDED (NZ)   54 

10 -x235141x52 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)   54 

11- 242×502108 SILENT SURROUND   54 

12- 18x0526x02 I’M JAKE (NZ)   54 

13- 0x040x8200 BUDAI (GER)   54 

14- 186195×730 GUNS AT FIVE (NZ)   54 

15- 80×8446036 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ)   54  

16- 12x76x0744 AULD BURNS (GB)   54 


**The other feature is The Toorak where More Joyous will lump 60kg. That is a tough ask at the best of times. Although she has won at the track I think Caulfield is probably the track she struggles at the most, mainly on the home corner where she has wobbled a couple of times. A small field of 10 may help her, but I will go over that in ‘The Punt’ on Friday afternoon.

The Queenslander Solzhenitsyn is a massive chance to roll the mare and with 52kg on his back he will take some beating.

1 -17x1111x11 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Nash Rawiller 60 

2- 2121214×41 KING MUFHASA (NZ) Michael Rodd 59.5 

3 -42010x47x4 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)   James Mc Donald 56.5 

4 -05483×0678 YOSEI Glen Boss 52.5 

5 -0x1118x501 STEPS IN TIME  Craig Newitt 52 

6- 0x42870x00 ILLO (GER) Michael Walker 52 

7 -8x32111x13 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Corey Brown 52 

8 -211211×522 SPIRIT SONG Craig Williams 52 

9- x24x6x1381 TOKUGAWA Steven King 52 

10 -103371×980 ULUNDI dh  Timothy Bell 52 


**It is also interesting to note that in the Guineas All Too Hard will wear a barrier blanket like his half-sister Black Caviar does. He has apparently had a jump out and got out of the gates far better. That is what he needs to be competitive, can he roll the hotpot Pierro?