Damien Oliver looked a genius in the G2 PB Lawrence Stakes jumping off Lord Of The Sky and giving up his his association with Suavito to ride Miss Rose De Lago. He gave her the perfect run behind the expected hot speed and she got the job done. Also at Caulfield, Russian Revolution produced another professional display in the Vain Stakes to remain undefeated while I Am A Star was brilliant taking out the Quezette.
At Rosehill, the bubble burst for Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the San Domenico Stakes. He was given every chance by Blake Shinn but Star Turn (pictured) for Team Hawkes proved far superior.
Best of all, The Wolf’s best of the day Extensible won easily!
Leotie (Race 6, Caulfield)
No one missed the run of this filly in the Quezette behind I Am A Star but a deeper dive into her pedigree reveals she could be a huge player in the staying races over the spring. She’s sired by Darci Brahmna and out of High Chapparral mare Prairie Star. It’s worth noting that the fillies ran marginally quicker time than the boys in the Vain Stakes too.
Jameka (Race 7, Caulfield)
All honours to Miss Rose De Lago but there was plenty to like about the return of Jameka. She got the pace to suit but her weaving finish suggested she’s right on track for a tilt at the Caulfield Cup later in the spring. Southern Speed is the last four-year-old mare to win the Caulfield Cup in 2011 but plenty have run well since including Rising Romance, Lucia Valentina and Dear Demi. Stablemate Set Square was also very strong out wide.
Sacred Master (Race 6, Rosehill)
Not much went right for this ex-Kiwi stayer at his second Aussie outing for Chris Waller. He settled last from a wide gate before being squeezed out when he was building momentum. His first-up run was very encouraging. The Wolf expects this galloper to turn his form right around next start. And given the form guide will read 8th, we might get a price.
Star Of The Day
Star Turn (Race 5, Rosehill)
One of the most interesting components of early spring is discovering which two-year-olds takes that next step as three-year-olds. Star Turn showed he’d ironed out his immaturity and manner problems. The Wolf is not getting too carried away given Kentucky Miss finished a close-up third but he’s announced himself for the carnival. Now to see what the likes of El Divino, Good Standing and Impending have to offer.
Capitalist (Race 5, Rosehill)
There’s no place for sentimentality in punting and The Wolf has put the pen through the Golden Slipper winner after a very plain return in the San Domenico. Shinn gave him a little niggle to get up alongside Star Turn but once he asked for his sprint there was nothing there. He faded out to run fourth, comfortably beaten. He did do similar in the start prior to the Slipper but doubt he bounces back this time. Off to stud already?
Off The Map
Ocean Embers (Race 4, Caulfield)
Cranbourne-based trainer Shea Eden has made no secret of how high he rates this mare and the punters were obviously listening as they heavily supported her at the exclusion of all other runners. She jumped $2.60 and made a light work of her rivals, sweeping down the outside. Won’t be the last we see of this four-year-old over the carnival.
Ben Allen on Mossin’ Around (Race 4, Caulfield)
You’ve got to feel for Grahame Begg who saddled up his first metro runner in 18 months after a little hiatus. His mare Mossin’ Around never saw daylight though. Perhaps young Ben Allen still had something in his eye from before his Leica Day steer. Probably a tad harsh as he can’t jump over them but it was a car crash for the punters who bought into the Begg fairytale. Worth following up on this mare next start too.
Bet around Capitalist as Golden Rose favourite! There’s a clump of youngsters behind him but happy to spec Good Standing and Impending at the $13 on offer.
Golden Rose market
In the Caulfield Cup, Set Square is worth an early ticket at $35.
Caulfield Cup market