Second Effort ($4.80) lines up to see if he can make it back-to-back victories in this, the feature race of the day on a very good Caulfield card. After winning the G3 Bletchingly Stakes at his most recent start, he’ll have his fair share of admirers but it is early Melbourne Cup favourite, Puissane De Lune who holds favouritism and the spotlight. He’s first up since March but that hasn’t stopped punters flocking to this 6yo who is a $2.15 quote. Launay ($8.50 into $7.00), and the three year old Ajeeb ($11.00 into $9.00) are currently the only other runners in under double figures.
1. SECOND EFFORT – B Rawiller (4) 59kgs
Brad Rawiller produced an outstanding ride on this Mossman 7yo last start to secure victory in the G3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield three weeks ago. That followed an impressive effort when finishing third in the Sir John Monash off a 10 week break. He has drawn an ideal gate and going as well as ever. His chances will improve even further with any rain so it’ll pay to keep a close eye on the weather and track conditions in regards to this horse
2. LAUNAY – K McEvoy (1) 59kgs
First up from a seventeen week spell, this Darley representative went within ¾ of a length of claiming the G3 Bletchingly Stakes, ultimately won by Second Effort. He loomed up ominously in the Bletchingly but his run peaked inside of the 100m. He followed up a similar first up run last prep with a good win in the Listed Tab Stakes (1400m) which took his second up record to an impressive four wins from six attempts. He’s drawn the inside gate and may just need an ounce of luck as they turn but if that luck come, will be in the picture.
3. UNDER THE EIFFEL – S Arnold (8) 59kgs
His last win came four starts back in June in the Swan Hill Cup (1600m) where he beat Oregon Spirit by 2 ½ lengths. Since then he has been competitive in Open Company under big weights with his most recent effort coming three weeks ago where he finished sixth of fourteen behind Reparations over this track/trip. He’s been up for close to a year so fitness will be no concern however, the class and weight conditions probably are.
4. PUISSANCE DE LUNE – G Boss (7) 59kgs
The current Melbourne Cup favourite steps out for the first time since dead-heating with Budriguez in the G2 Blamey Stakes back in March of this year. He should’ve won that not for bad luck and was, like he is this week, first up from a spell. Produced some freakish performances this time last year and this preparation has been twelve months in the making for his trainer Darren Weir. Obviously he will not be fully wound up with a tough campaign in front of him but he does appear to be an exceptional horse.
5. UNDER THE SUN – C Williams (9) 59kgs
The Gai Waterhouse representative has been in strong form in Sydney this preparation and with plenty of racing under his belt he’ll be ready to go here. He chased home Mic Mac (good last week against an impressive Rain Affair) in the Listed Civic Stakes before being allowed to dictate from the front and comfortably win the Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill, turning the tables on Mic Mac in the process. A poor ride last start, with the jockey reprimanded by Stewards for it, gave the 5yo by No Excuse Needed little chance in the Listed Winter Challenge but he stuck on gamely all the same to run two lengths behind Coup Ay Tee. Will have to cross from his wide gate and the tempo will be crucial to his chances.
6. PAGO ROCK – C Schofield (5) 59kgs
He thoroughly deserved his win in the Listed Sir John Monash two starts back, his third victory from four runs back from lengthy spell. That win saw him start 11/8 favourite in the G3 Bletchingly Stakes last start but after drawing wide, he was committed to go forward and was unable to hold off the late challenges to run fifth (beaten 2.9 lengths) behind Second Effort. Better ridden with a sit and his draw this week (gate 5), should allow him every chance in the run.
7. BIANMICK – R Plumb (2) 59kgs
The now 7yo was in a purple patch of form this time last year that saw him claim the G3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley. However the Michael Brady trained gelding has only had three starts since that win and only two this year, they both coming in February, which saw him finish well behind the winner in both. He won a Cranbourne trail on the 12th August but has picked a hard race to resume his racing in here and one well below his best distance.
8. HIGH ESTEEM – L Nolen (6) 58.5kgs
Well bred Redoute’s Choice horse that rounded out his Autumn and second race campaign, with victory in the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1800m) defeating Road Trippin’ by a length. That was back in April of this year and we haven’t seen the Peter Moody trained galloper since however he does seem to be an improving type What ever he produces here he’ll be better for it and is one to pay close attention to for the months ahead. He has been an alarming drifter in early betting though – after opening up at $9.00 he’s now out to $15.00
9, AJEEB – S Baster (3) 58.5kgs
This son of Al Maher started 5/1 favourite in the G1 Australian Guineas but couldn’t live up to that expectation and finished seventh in a field of fifteen. The Mick Priced trained galloper was then spelled and has since returned with a good win, under 60kgs in a RST 68, at Geelong and backed that up with a head win over Grane here at Caulfield three weeks ago. Has his fair share of ability and being an entire, Price has bought him along slowly, given him plenty of race day experience. Steps up in both class and weight and would take a wait-and-see approach with him at his level.
Under the Sun will cross from his wide gate and, as displayed in his Winter Stakes win, if allowed to set the tempo to his own liking, will give them something to catch. He’s raced his early career this way of going and whilst this is his first look at Caulfield, which can be a tricky track to negotiate for the uninitiated, it should suit his style of racing. Hot on his hammer throughout will be Launay (sensational 2nd up record and good first up), Second Effort (good in two runs back from a break and hoping for a wet track) and Pago Rock (consistent form and will be better suited ridden with a sit) but, it just might be that Puissance De Lune blows them all away. He should’ve won the Blamey first up last prep which was run at a slow pace and, although this race is a furlong shorter, he should have the class to round them up.
- Puissance De Lune
- Second Effort
- Under the Sun.