Caulfield racing tips & preview, Saturday, May 9, 2020
Welcome to our free Caulfield tips and racing preview for Saturday, May 9, 2020.
The Caulfield race meet is headlined by the Darren Gauci Handicap (1200m), the fifth race on the card, but the nine races have some quality for this time of year.
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Racing fans will be forgiven for looking twice during the running of the first at Caulfield, with Jamie Kah set to partner Joey’s Gift in the famous colours of Kiwi champ Sunline.
It’s forecast to be a rainy 14 degrees on Saturday in Melbourne, and the Caulfield track could be downgraded from its current soft 5.
Read on for our Caulfield racing tips, form and preview for the metro Victorian meeting on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
Caulfield, race 5: Darren Gauci Handicap, 2.15pm local time (1200m)
This sprint race for three-year-old fillies is named in honour of one of the great Victorian Jockeys in Darren Gauci. The top betting sites have put two lightly raced types at the top of betting in 6.It’s Kind Of Magic and 9.Felicia. They have had only five and three starts respectively and have drawn perfectly in gates one and two for leading riders Damien Oliver and Mark Zahra. Trainer Brent Stanley clearly has a high opinion of It’s Kind Of Magic as after an impressive win at Moonee Valley she was sent north to tackle the Magic Millions Guineas on the Gold Coast in January and was not disgraced behind star galloper Alligator Blood.
Our tip: It’s Kind Of Magic is clearly the one to beat but we will have a small each-way bet on the 11.Talented, from the Snowden stable. Talented has had three runs back from a spell so should be at her peak and is at a juicy price around $12 with Unibet.
Caulfield, race 7: NEDS Benchmark 84 Handicap, 3.35pm local time (1800m)
A really open middle-distance event here in which 6.Shot Of Irish is the early favourite for apprentice Teodore Nugent. We are wary of the Chris Waller-trainer 14.New Arrangement, a former British galloper which ran third at Randwick Kensington last Saturday and has been sent straight to Melbourne for this. He has drawn gate 1 for Luke Nolen and though he seems to be taking time to acclimatise, this is a suitable race. 11.Aussie Nugget is another former Britain-trained stayer and he hit the line well to win at Bendigo last start.
Our tip: Aussie Nugget is drawn wide for Jye McNeil but if he can slot in early he will be hard to beat. Happy to be on the son of Dansili at around the $6.50 mark with Unibet and he could measure up in better races later on.
Caulfield, race 8: Lamaro’s Hotel Sth Melbourne Hcp, 4.15pm local time (1100m)
This is a sprint for the open class gallopers and as we head into winter horse racing Down Under we will see plenty of these types of contests with similar combatants. 3.William Thomas powered to the line last start and loves this track at which he has won four of eight starts. This is also his preferred distance and the wide gate is not a problem as he gets back in his races. The Godolphin gelding 8.Coruscate also thrives at this distance and still has more potential than many of his rivals here. 14.Catch Me is a talented filly at big odds which has been switched to Melbourne by Peter and Paul Snowden and should be treated warily, while topweight 1. Crystal Dreamer is the class runner and will appreciate the three-kilogram claim for apprentice Thomas Stockdale. The wide gate of 19 counts against him.
Our tip: A really tough race. A small each-way play on either Crystal Dreamer or Catch Me may be the way go here.
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