The hot weather pushed back the Caulfield meeting by one day, which means punters get an entire weekend of top-quality thoroughbred action.
There are no feature races on the card, but bookmakers have very even markets for punters to enjoy and we have found our best tips across the Melbourne card.
Caulfield free tips & form
Race 1. (12:40) Maree Madden-Melder Handicap (1800m)
#10 – So Splendid @ $5 – BET NOW
The former New Zealand mare is now trained by Chris Waller and she’s long overdue a good performance.
After running third behind race-rival Addison last time out, the daughter of Savabeel gets a significant advantage in the weights at 54kg with Michael Dee in the saddle.
That could be enough to turn the tables and she will likely get the dream run throughout from the inside barrier.
Punters might be getting a touch frustrated, but she could show her best here at each way odds.
Race 2. (13:15) Annette Daymon BM78 (2000m)
#5 – Andrea Mantegna @ $4 – BET NOW
The Darren Weir-trained stayer looked to have turned the corner when winning two of his three starts to kick off this campaign, but he’s falling into his old stereotype again.
Placing just behind the leaders has been his modus operandi over the last five starts, but he meets an easier field here and that’s going to help.
There has been solid each way support for the imported runner and we’ll stick with him till he wins again.
Race 3. (13:50) Sam Segman R70 (1100m)
#2 – Aeecee Tong De @ $4 – BET NOW
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott line up Aeecee Tong De, which looked good winning fresh up at Canterbury.
The three-year-old filly backed that up with a close second placing behind Bel Sonic last start and she will take plenty away from that effort.
Despite a slow start to her career, the daughter of Pierro is starting to hit her straps and the form out of that Moonee Valley race is going to stack up very well this season.
Race 4. (14:25) Sandra Cheevers BM64 (1400m)
#13 – Keen @ $3 – BET NOW
Punters were keen to get involved with Keen in the early markets, but his win odds have drifted out a touch since.
The Busuttin/Young-trained three-year-old was a stellar winner on debut at Cranbourne. That victory came by 4.8 lengths over a tidy maiden field and we think he has another good effort in store this Sunday.
The colt by Teofilo is bred to enjoy longer distances and despite staying at the 1400m, he will be tough to beat again here at good odds.
Race 5. (15:00) Alice Mosley BM84 (1100m)
#10 – If Not Now When to place @ $2.15 – BET NOW
Henry Dwyer lines up four-year-old mare If Not Now When, which hasn’t blown us away this season, but has talent at her best.
The winner of two from 15 starts has won over $240,000 in prize money and that makes her tough to beat at this level.
She was good enough to run second on this track in April behind group winner Snitty Kitty and if she recaptures that form, she shouldn’t be beaten this Sunday.
Race 6. (15:40) Matthew Davies BM84 (1600m)
#2 – Widgee Turf @ $1.80 – BET NOW
Widgee Turf is the short-priced favourite of the day and with good reason.
The Patrick Payne-trained four-year-old has won by two lengths and 2.25 lengths in two starts this preparation and another easy win looks on the cards.
Having always possessed top level ability, it was only a matter of time before the son of Turffontein started producing it with consistency.
Drawing the inside barrier will see him settle on the speed and kick strongly again.
Race 8. (16:50) Alex Burrows BM78 (1400m)
#14 – Trogir @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Trogir is a four-year-old gelding which has won three of his 12 starts.
The Phillip Stokes-trained son of Exceed and Excel won by 1.8 lengths at Caulfield last start and he looms as a top chance to repeat that effort.
He has been relatively consistent throughout his career and the lack of quality opposition in this field means he will get every chance to win again.
Weighted well at 54.5kg, Trogir should attract plenty of attention at each way odds.
Race 9. (17:25) Jodie Taylor BM84 (1100m)
#12 – Handsome Thief @ $5 – BET NOW
Handsome Thief is drifting a touch in the market, but there’s good value for punters at the $5 quote.
The Weir-trained five-year-old has won four of his seven starts in a patiently-handled career to date. His last win came at Morphettville as the $1.80 favourite and he wasn’t really tested in the run to the line.
He could well be unbeaten first up if it wasn’t for some bad luck, so the $5 on offer is a fair price for the talented type.