The $1m, Group 1 WFA Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday has a field of 11 with four international runners having their first starts in Australia including Suzuka Devious (JPN), Dream Castle (GB), Danceteria (FR) and Cape Of Good Hope (IRE).
Mitsuru Hashida’s Suzuka Devious is a nine-year-old King Kamehameha entire who arrives off a win in a handicap over 1800m on June 30th and an unplaced run in the Group 3 Hako Kinen over 2000m at Hakodate on July 14th. Michael Dee rides with barrier three.
Godolphin’s Saeed Bin Suroor has accepted with Dream Castle, the six-year-old Frankel gelding who won the Group 1 Jebel Hatta over 1800m at Meydan in March. Dream Castle was not placed in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over 1600m at his last start at the Royal Ascot meeting in June. Pat Cosgrave rides with barrier 10.
David Menuisier’s Danceteria has barrier eight for Jamie Spencer while the Hayes and Dabernig stable with the former Aidan O’Brien trained Cape Of Good Hope (IRE) have barrier six for Mark Zahra.
Cape Of Good Hope comes via the USA where the four-year-old Galileo entire, to Southern Hemisphere time, was third at his last start in the Saratoga Derby over 1900m on August 4th.
The two recent long priced winners Black Heart Bart and Gatting have barriers nine and 11 respectively for Brad Rawiller and Jamie Kah.
Lindsey Smith’s Black Heart Bart returned to racing with a win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield on September 29th while Darren Mcauliffe’s Gatting won the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington on the 14th and placed fifth in the Underwood.
Homesman (USA) and Gailo Chop (FR), who were second and third in the Underwood, have barriers two and one for Ben Melham and Damien Oliver.
Godolphin’s Avilius (GB) has barrier seven for Kerrin McEvoy with James Cummings trained Pivotal six-year-old gelding coming off a dominant win in the Group 1 George Main Stakes over 1600m at Randwick on September 21st.
The Caulfield Stakes is Race 7 at 3.50pm on the ten race programme with 132 acceptances.
The track is rated a Good 4 on Wednesday with the rail to be in the True position for the entire circuit.
Melbourne’s weather is warmer for the weekend with Thursday’s forecast for light showers and 16c, Friday partly cloudy and 19c with Saturday mostly sunny with 8c – 20c.
Avilius (GB), picture Sportpix.com.au