Brad Waters' top three to follow from Caulfield July 15
Weight-for-age racing returned to Caulfield on Saturday in the form of the Group III Monash Stakes (1100m) but the strong meeting produced plenty of runners to follow in the next few weeks.
Bandipur started favourite in his Caulfield assignment on Saturday because of an eight-length win at Moe first-up but the colt was no match for the first-starter I Did It Again. However, there was plenty of merit in Bandipur's effort in going down by 1 ¼ lengths to the Greg Eurell-trained gelding. I Did It Again's rider Nikita Beriman played it smart in the early and middle stages, denying Bandipur the use of the rail by kicking up on the eventual winner, ensuring she maintained the advantage of the inside fence while her main rival did not. Bandipur laid in at times in the straight but fought on well in the last 150m. He's worth another chance next time out. Career record (3:1-1-0). Race to look for – 2YO race over 1200m.
ALL OUT OF LOVE
All Out Of Love was one of many runners that suffered interference as a result of the erratic shift of the eventual winner Windbern at the 200m, which cost jockey Dwayne Dunn an 18-meeting suspension. There were quite a few candidates for this column out of this race but All Out Of Love was in trouble before the Windbern incident occurred. The long-striding type was making ground under pressure from before the home turn when he was held up before the 250m until he was checked again at the 200m but the son of All American picked himself up to make late ground to finish 2 ½ lengths from the winner. All Out Of Love is a massive horse, 17 hands high so for him to get going again late was a great sign. The only problem with this bloke is that his last two runs at Flemington have been ordinary while his best runs have been at Caulfield. Stick with him next time he gets to Caulfield. Career record (32:12-4-3). Race to look for – Races over the Caulfield 2000m course.
Wenner has won two of his four runs but the three-year-old is capable of pinching one more win before the end of his maiden preparation. The Ken Keys-trained three-year-old jumped from his maiden win to BM64 level with success when winning at Sale on July 2 but just found the leap to open three-year-old grade in town a shade too far. Wenner rolled forward and raced handy to the speed to the home turn but was just outsprinted in the straight when chasing the seasoned city performers Nikitas and Revolving Door, finishing 2 ½ lengths from the winner. Keys can drop him back to midweek level and be confident of a city win in the next few weeks. Race to look for – Midweek 3YO Handicap over 1400m.
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