We’ve a big Saturday of racing on the cards with two Group 1 races, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield and the 1600m George Main at Randwick set to take centre stage on a day with 18 race meetings set to take place across the country.
Caulfield’s Rupert Clarke has attracted a field of 18 with the Peter Moody-trained I Wish I Win expected to jump as favourite following an impressive four length victory in a 1400m handicap over this course and distance on a soft 6 track last month.
Well supported in the market that day the gelding had big race hoop Jamie Kah in the saddle for the first time and while he steps up in grade here it’s notable that the son of Savabeel has shown form at the top level in New Zealand including when third in the Group 1 Levin Classic over 1600m at Trentham on his final start last spell.
I Wish I Win is drawn wide here however and with that in mind preference is for Showmanship who boasts an impressive four-from-four record over this distance.
Untried at this level the gelding showed good form in 2020 rapidly going through the grades prior to winning a competitive 1200m contest at Moonee Valley in September of that year.
Has had his issues since and was notably weak in the market prior to finishing third on a heavy 10 track over 1200m at Warrnambool on his sole start last spell but the pick recorded his first success in Group company when taking out the Group 3 Quality over 1200m at Randwick last month.
Has demonstrated a liking for this course and distance in the past and with the going no issue is selected to provide veteran rider Damien Oliver with a top level success.
Anamoe is a proven Group 1 performer having won a number of times at the top level including when justifying favouritism to deliver a victory in the 1400m Winx Stakes at this venue when racing first up last month.
James McDonald took the ride that day and having beaten a number of his rivals here last time out it’s easy to see why he has been installed as favourite.
James Cummings’ charge is versatile with regards distance having won at up to 2000m however the pace situation looks likely to suit main rival here Zaaki better and as such Annabel Neasham’s charge is the pick.
Tommy Berry’s mount is another to have shown good form at the highest level in the past and having placed twice in Group 1 company last spell including when third in the Doomben Cup over 2100m at Eagle Farm in May he successfully dropped in trip to record a victory over 1400m in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes at this venue earlier this month.
The son of Leroidesanimaux boasts a good record on wet tracks and with no obvious rival for the lead the gelding is selected to get out and make all the running back up to 1600m.
The eighth race on the Morphetville card is the W H Whylie Handicap an 1100m event set to take place on a soft 6 track.
The winner of both starts this spell Taunting is expected to have his supporters having made all to take out a Benchmark 68 contest over 1050m at this venue earlier this month.
Versatile with regards tactics Jessica Eaton, on board for both starts this spell had ridden the gelding from off the pace when triumphing in a similar event over 1000m at Murray Bridge prior.
Overcame adversity in that Murray Bridge event having reared at the start and while he is clearly in good form this marks a step up in grade and with a wide draw to overcome also Michael Hickmott’s charge is expected to find Taunting too good.
Kayla Crowther’s mount has been going well this spell winning four of her six starts including when taking the 1200m Group 3 Spring Stakes over 1200m on a heavy 9 track here last month.
Subsequently delivered a close up fourth over 1200m at Moonee Valley earlier this month and having performed well when runner-up over this course and distance earlier this spell the son of Barbados is taken to register career win number nine.