There may not be the depth of Caulfield’s P.B. Lawrence card in Sydney, but some potential stars of the spring are going around and are well worth having a look at. Here are a few:
Race 1 – Dancing Gidget (1)
This Waller mare went around last start as the $3.20 favourite against Montefilia, who won and was promptly installed as the second favourite for the VRC Kennedy Oaks ($13).
There was a bit of traffic out of the gates and she raced keenly as a result, and was unable to make ground in the middle of the track. With another Heavy track to contend with, it will be interesting to see how she fares at the $4 quote.
Race 3 – Masked Crusader (7)
Masked Crusader won with absolute arrogance last start and returns here after a 14-week spell. The Hawkes runner is a $15 chance in The Everest, and an $11 chance in the Golden Eagle. This looks a straightforward first up assignment for the $1.55 favourite, and is a must watch.
Masked Crusader’s last start win:
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Race 7 – North Pacific (2), Smart Image (3), and Yardstick (6)
North Pacific (2) looks to be a very talented colt for the Hawkes yard, winning well on a Heavy track and has had a trial to keep it ticking over since. At $8 for the Golden Rose, he leads fellow runners Smart Image (3) at $15, as well as Yardstick (6), and Holyfield (1) at $21 respectively for that spring feature.
This race will most certainly reshape that market, and plot the course for these three-year-olds throughout spring.
Race 8 – Shared Ambition (1)
This lightly raced Waller import has been building slowly, winning 3 from 3 last spring before taking on some more stiff opposition in the autumn, contesting the Group 1 Doncaster and the Group 3 JRA Plate.
There’s plenty of improvement to come in this five-year-old, with the son of Born To Sea a $26 chance in early Melbourne Cup markets. On Saturday, he’s more than likely there for a run to keep him ticking over, but is well worth keeping an eye on.