Caulfield Tips February 20
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RACE 2 - 1:15PM NEDS ZEDITAVE STAKES (1200 METRES)
Next Best 🥈No. 3 VALAQUENTA $5.50 Bet Now!
The Zeditave Stakes sees the three-year-olds in action and VALQUENTA can improve off a first up effort that saw him run 6th at Randwick in weaker company on January 23. In that race, the Godolphin galloper had little luck whatsoever and copped a number of bumps when forced out wide without cover for much of the trip. He did produce the best 800m-400m sectional but the tough run told in the end as he ran 6th, beaten nearly five lengths by The Face. At his last campaign he finished runner-up over the 1000m at Caulfield in a high ratings race when resuming before going 10.5 lengths faster than standard when 5th at Flemington at his second run. No horse in this race has produced better figures and it is interesting to note he has been crunched in the early betting after opening up at $10. From barrier 4 he should get the gun run from Damien Oliver to ride and this looks within his grasp.
RACE 3 - 1:50PM NEDS ANGUS ARMANASCO STAKES (1400 METRES)
Best Bet 🏆No. 3 MALICORNE $3.50 Bet Now!
The fillies feature at Group 2 level in the Angus Armanasco Stakes and the promising MALICORNE should be hard to beat. The Matt Laurie-trained galloper stepped out at Caulfield over the 1200m on February 6 in the Kevin Hayes Stakes and was posted out three wide throughout before sticking on well and just missing out behind La Mexicana. The form around that horse is pretty strong and she produced the fastest last 200m of the race en route to going seven lengths faster than standard. They are the best figures that any horse in this race has produced outside of Yes Baby Yes, who has dropped off at her past few, and Impecunious, who she enjoys a fitness edge over. The daughter of Akeed Mofeed has drawn to get the run of the race from barrier 2, while the step up to the 1400m looks in her favour.
RACE 9 - 5:35PM CARLTON DRAUGHT PETER YOUNG STAKES (1800 METRES)
Next Best 🥈No. 3 HOMESMAN $5 Bet Now!
The final event of the day is the Peter Young Stakes and it is HOMESMAN that should be right in the thick of the action at his first run back from a spell. The Anthony Freedman-trained galloper in the Williams colours has won three of his five first up runs since coming to Australia in 2018 and took out the Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley when fresh in the spring. He went more than 12 lengths faster than standard that day and anything like that will be competitive here, while he performs very well at Caulfileld, winning the Underwood Stakes (1800m) in 2018 before finishing a narrow runner-up in the same race a year later. He is likely to sit outside the leader from barrier 10 and if previous campaigns are anything to go by then we should see him fighting out the finish.
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