Run one race before the Caulfield Guineas, the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes features a truly international field and it should be a great betting affair.
Nine of the 12 runners are imports or have travelled to the Melbourne Spring Carnival and the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes will be a great guide to races later in the carnival.
We have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie value for the big race this Saturday at Caulfield.
2018 Caulfield Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Caulfield Stakes 2018
Benbatl @ $6.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Humidor @ $8 – BET NOW
Blair House @ $12 – BET NOW
Caulfield Stakes 2018 Form Guide & Tips
Benbatl (Best Bet – $6.50) – BET NOW
As far as international form goes, Benbatl boasts some of the best form from around the world and punters should take notice.
The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained four-year-old is a six-time winner from 14 starts and he scored a Group 1 win in Germany carrying 60kg earlier this year.
He has form when winning at Meydan and form behind the likes of Roaring Lion and Enable is incredible against this level of opposition.
Punters should take the $6 before it drops.
Humidor (Best Each Way – $8) – BET NOW
The former Kiwi hasn’t been at his best since winning at Group 1 level last month but he has the ability to turn that around here.
Darren Weir knows how to train his horses to the minute and Humidor has been set for a race like this. Caulfield might not be his favourite track but he runs well when underrated and we get the feeling he’s lacking the respect he deserves here.
$7.50 and $2.60 is a good price so include in each way bets.
Tosen Basil ($12) – BET NOW
Big run from the former Japanese runner behind Homesman in the Underwood Stakes last start but we’re questioning whether that was run at true Group 1 level.
His run in the Makybe Diva was poor but he might have needed time to mature to the Australian conditions. Chance based on his most recent effort.
Harlem ($101) – BET NOW
Simply not running well enough and it would be a surprise to see him finish in the first half of the field.
Looking for further and something easier.
The Cliffsofmoher ($12) – BET NOW
The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse has shown good form in Europe, which includes close-up finishes behind the likes of Roaring Lion, Crystal Ocean and Poet’s Word.
That form has stacked up well around the world and kicking off his Australian campaign at 2000m is going to be ideal.
Another international runner which is longer in the market than he should be.
Homesman ($9.50) – BET NOW
Looked good winning the Underwood Stakes last start but as previously mentioned, we’re not sure that’s the best form guide coming into this.
The son of War Front finished 2.3 lengths behind Harlem in the autumn and that’s probably a better guide to his true ability.
Prepared to overlook.
Blair House (Best Roughie – $12) – BET NOW
Charlie Appleby’s charge didn’t have much luck when running fourth last time out and a better ride would have seen him finish much closer.
James McDonald got stuck along the inside of runners and seeing James Doyle in the saddle could enhance his chances of winning.
$11 represents value and he has room for improvement.
Night’s Watch ($10) – BET NOW
Has been winning nicely this campaign but he’s not suited to the weights and he has been found out at this level in the past.
He will need a good speed up front, which is unlikely in this race and with 59kg on his back, he’s not a viable option for punters.
Invictus Prince ($91) – BET NOW
Ran second to Winx three back which is more a reflection of the fields she has been taking on lately. $91 in this and should be longer.
D’argento ($4.20) – BET NOW
Very surprised at the amount of money coming for the four-year-old, which isn’t suited at the weights against internationally-proven types.
Nice run in the Epsom but he carried 53.5kg on that occasion and rising to 58kg isn’t going to help at all.
$4.40 is far too short and we had him around the $12 mark.
Sedanzer ($41) – BET NOW
Not running well enough to compete at Group 1 level. Might inject some speed but that’s the only role she will play.
Unforgotten ($4.80) – BET NOW
Gets in 56kg which is an OK weight and she ran well for third in the Epsom.
Chris Waller might have come to this race as an afterthought, which is a concern but she has ability and could finish in the money.
$4.80? No thanks, but don’t discount.