Punters will rely on the upcoming Caufield meeting to confirm the well being of their favorite horses. The meeting will be used to determine the horses that are likely to become the stars in the subsequent races and those that are looking forward to becoming the season’s headlines. The Black Heart Bart is expected to become the pride of the Orr Stakes. He has a strong claim in the Caufield 1400m and won the 2017 group 1 Futurity Stakes.
The Godolphin galloper Hartnell who plays second fiddle to Winx will be on the retrieval mission after he ended the springs on a disappointing note in the Melbourne Cup and Caufield Stakes. Weir who has previously done well in the Victorian races will also take part in Orr Stakes. BlackHeart will be saddling Brave Smash and Tosen stardom.
Tosen has received strong market support and is likely to win the race again. He won group 1 levels twice; the Emirate stakes and the Toorack handicap (1600m) at Caulfield. On the other hand, Brave Smash performed well in the inaugural race but disappointed punters in the Moon Valley group2 Australia Stakes.
The other runner that will be watched keenly is the mighty Boss who is also the Caufield Guineas hero. The horse is being trained by Mick Price. Mighty boss hasn’t appeared in public after winning the trial at Geelong in January. Although the horse is suitable to contest the group two autumn stakes, Price has decided that he will not participate in the race since it will only feature lower graded horses.
The Saturday’s event will usher in a top action schedule starting with the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) which will be held on February 17th and the 1200m Blue Diamond Stakes priced at $1,5 million which will be held a week later at Caufield. The first two Saturdays of March will have the Australian Guineas(1600m) whose prize money has been increased to $1million up from $750,000. Also, punters will enjoy watching the Australian Cup (2000m) which will be held at the Flemington. The Moonee Valley will round off the racing season by allowing the horses to take part in the group 1 Willian Reid Stakes(1200) that will be held on the 23rd of March.