Racing at Caulfield on Saturday was held on a deteriorating track that ended up as a heavy 8 after persistent rain throughout the afternoon. In the six races analysed in Wizard’s Early Mail, placegetters (most at good each-way odds) were found in each of these races except race 7, in which Manhattan Maid was disappointing. As this meeting was identified as difficult to assess from start to finish, “with many chances in each race so tread very warily”, this was a good result under these circumstances.
For race 6, Wizard summed up the main race of the day, the Bletchingly Stakes, as follows: “For value runners in this race I’m looking outside the Sir John Monash Stakes in the form of Dusty Star and Ready to Rip.” Dusty Star proved himself to be a good each-way bet, especially at the early odds of $13 by running third. He was heavily backed on-course starting at $5.50; Glen Boss rode him perfectly but was beaten by two better horses on the day. The winner was Ready to Rip, also ridden to perfection by Luke Nolen, starting at $5. Wizard’s final word on the last race of the day was as follows: “Prince Obama is still value at around $8 but Club Command will be very hard to run down.” Those of us who backed Prince Obama each-way should consider ourselves most fortunate as very few horses get beaten 7 lengths and still run third!! Club Command was heavily backed on-course, starting at $2.80, and showed sufficient courage to win by a nose from Guru Bob. Horses to seriously consider in the near future if placed in suitable races from the Caulfield meeting are as follows: Race 1 Nil Race 2 Good efforts from all three placegetters, namely Planet Voyage, Hard Romp and The Travelling Man. First and second are obviously adept in rain-affected conditions, but the third horse The Travelling Man could be a big improver next start, especially if he strikes a much firmer surface. Race 3 Good win by the heavily backed filly Bloomingdale Miss, who will be hard to beat again, especially in these conditions. Convene looks like she has come back very well this time in as well. Two disappointments from this race were Mareeza and The Darling One; both however could be big improvers when they strike better surfaces. Race 4 Nil Race 5 Nil Race 6 Ready to Rip and Dusty Star will continue to be very competitive in these early weight- for- age sprints, especially if the tracks remain rain-affected. Race 7 Bonaria is absolutely flying since a let-up; if the tracks remain wet she will continue to be very competitive. Wizard’s selection in this race, Manhattan Maid, despite carrying a big impost (60kg) on the heavy track, almost certainly has had enough racing this time in and needs, and deserves a spell. Race 8 Tough win by Club Command; probably very close to the end of its preparation but being such an honest performer can never be underestimated. And last but not least, congratulations to the all-conquering team of Peter Moody and Luke Nolen, for winning the 2011/2012 racing season's Melbourne Trainers and Jockeys Premiership respectively. Other winners were Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman in Sydney, Robert Heathcote and Chris Munce in Brisbane, Tony McEvoy and Matthew Neilson in Adelaide, and Adam Durrant and William Pike in Perth. Congratulations to all of these winners, but special mention must go to Chris Munce, who rode 100 winners for a season for the first time in Brisbane racing history, finishing the season on 105 winners.