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WINNO'S WINNERS: CAULFIELD, OCTOBER 21

By Darren Winningham | Friday, October 20, 2017

CAULFIELD CUP DAY 2017 - SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017

Well the first of the time honoured “Cups” in Melbourne has arrived! It is Caulfield Cup weekend!

The track should be rated “GOOD” with the threat of some showers and the rail will be out 6 metres for the entire circuit.

I always like to favour horses that have won or performed well at Caulfield when doing my form for this track – sometimes it works and on other occasions it does not – let’s hope it is a positive this week.

I must take the opportunity for a shout out to the Queenslanders who are great friends and a lethal pairing - Kevin Kemp and Jimmy Orman who will be attempting to win the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (Race 9) with Sold For Song!

There is a massive ten race program to get through – so let’s hook into it!

NB: As this form assessment was made prior to raceday, please check final fields and track conditions for any changes on the day.

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Race 1

An early start here for the first race - 11.15pm QLD time - looks like an early morning!

Let’s start with one from the Waterhouse & Bott stables – Our Crown Witness (6). This Star Witness filly was primed well with two amazing barrier trials in Sydney before being sent south and she has been working nicely through her classes.

My mail is that the stable has a HUGE opinion of this filly and she may be something special. She will jump and lead and I think will be hard to catch.

The danger is the Hayes & Dabernig team trained Justice Glory (4) at the great each way odds of $10.

Don’t let this one get under your guard. She is a Fastnet Rock filly who has had 7 weeks between runs. I would suggest you overlook her last start at Caulfield when things really did not pan out too well for her. She has been freshened since and has had a solid barrier trial on 4 October where she destroyed that field.

As for the rest - just take your pick!

Selections: 6-4-10-9

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Race 2

Eclair Sunshine (3) is my tip here - trained by Phillip Stokes with Luke Nolen to take the reins this weekend. I think last start should be forgiven and we should go on the solid run in the Exford Plate when narrowly going down to Royal Symphony. I think being fourth up he will be ready to step out and smash this lot.

The obvious danger is the Darren Weir trained Snitzepeg (1) who won well at Flemington last start in the Poseidon Stakes, He did post a reasonable time and sectionals for that run - so he has to be seriously considered.

Icon of Dubai (4) is only a lightly raced colt from the Peter and Paul Snowden yards in Sydney. He had his first start the reverse way last time at Flemington and I think will strip better for that experience.

Selections: 3-1-4-5 rough chance 2

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Race 3

The Group 3 Ethereal Stakes - now this looks tough!

One More Honey (1) is having her first crack at the 2000 metres. I think that the way she raced in the Flight Stakes three weeks ago that she will get this distance. Blake Shinn is aboard and he will give her every chance.

There is one here at odds that I like that may blow them all out - the Hayes & Dabernig trained Rimraam (10). She is a Commands filly and she has been just slowly working through her classes without much fuss. Hayes is a master at producing one this time of the year for the Oaks. I really think that this one fits that brief and she was very good winning last start at Geelong. Massive odds on offer here at $26! I will be having something on her each way.

Pinot (6) has been in consistent form as well and again will appreciate the step up in distance after winning last start at Flemington over 1800 metres. She looks well placed but barrier 19 is a massive obstacle this weekend as she loves to race handy or on the speed and this may prove a real challenge!

Darren Weir has the lightly raced Teodora (12) who is undefeated in both career starts. She looks progressive and I will be looking to see how she performs this weekend. With much respect for this stable - so she cannot be left out!

Selections: 1-10-6-12 rough chances 5 & 17

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Race 4

A small field of eight to contest this Group 3 race. Look this is an even bunch with all of them having a genuine chance to win.

I am tipping Tangled (1). It is no secret that I am a fan of this Snitzel colt trained by Chris Waller. He ran a tremendous race last start in the Spring Champion Stakes, at Group 1 level at Randwick and he will do me here!

Cliff’s Edge (2) was amazing last start only going down to Main Stage (4), again a rival this week, who was ridden to perfection by Michael Walker on that occasion. I am not sure whether Main Stage (4) will beat my top two home this weekend. The early action in the markets would strongly suggest that the stable is more than happy with Main Stage (4) as he has been well found in the markets being smashed from $5 into $3.80 - the flood of money continues!

Ataraxia (5) is the Godolphin runner for James Cummings who won the Dulcify last start at Randwick. That day I think he got conditions to suit - not sure if he will find them here this weekend.

Selections: 1-2-4-5

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