P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day Preview
Previews, Reviews, Tips
13 October, 2023
Quezette Stakes Preview
Some class fillies returning here to do battle over the 1100 metres at Caulfield. Here’s my on top hopes for the Group 3 Quezette Stakes.
Ulanova makes its Australian debut bringing across some very handy kiwi form lines. It is a multiple stakes winner over there and has won first up in the past. Her three jump outs have been superb most recently finishing second in a Flemington jump out where she was well held and only just nabbed by Arkansaw Kid who finished third in a Blue Diamond. Has drawn extremely well and will be making its own luck on the speed. The clear one to beat here.
Charm Stone returns after a disappointing run at Sandown last preparation where it was discovered she had wind issues. Upon her return this preparation she has won a trial in very convincing style running an extremely quick time without being asked a lot of late. Damien Lane who partnered her to her Group 3 Ottawa Stakes victory regains the ride, however she has drawn poorly and with a lot of speed predicted will have to go back. She is tactically versatile and should be given every possible chance to run over the top of them late.
Shesallshenanigans was super last preparation winning three out of four including the Vobis Showdown. Has won first up in the past and was a handy jumpout winner last week. Should be able to jump and sit outside of Ulanova from the midfield draw and will be in it for a long way. Only query is fitness with the one exposed jumpout however is a classy filly and will be in it for a long way.
Tiz Enuf was a runaway leader last start at The Valley on a day with heavy bias to the inside rail. She, however, brings race fitness into this contest. Looking further back she did win her maiden in convincing style and looks well placed and fit to run a bold race here.
Sicilian looked very convincing when winning a Flemington jump out recently. Was brave when winning at Kensington just over a month ago and gets the booking of Blake Shinn who will give her every possible chance. One for the exotics.
On top hope is Ulanova with Charm Stone and Shesallshenanigans fighting out the minors with Tiz enough the next best.
Vain Stakes Preview
The Vain Stakes produces a small but quality field for the 3-year-old Colts and Geldings over 1100 metres.
Cylinder trialed extremely well against classy Group horses in Sydney. Last time in first up saluted in the Silver Slipper. Has placed at Caulfield before behind Little Brose who will be his main competition who jumped out very well at Flemington 2 weeks ago running a good time.
I am Unstoppable looks the next best who has trialed well behind Charm Stone and Smile And Wave recently. Will get a cosy run midfield and will be flashing home late with a good tempo predicted.
Veecee was a forget run in the Blue Diamond and did trial well behind Hypothetical suggesting a solid showing.
Scheelite probably holds the weakest form lines however is yet to be defeated and was good enough in a Cranbourne trial to challenge for the minors.
Krakarib returns gelded however will need to drastically improve to be competitive first up. He will make his own luck on the speed but won’t get things his way like he did in the Maribyrnong Plate where he saluted.
Ouroborus was good when winning at Sandown last start however the form from that race has been pretty average. Another horse who will make his own luck on the speed however is hard to entertain.
My suggested plays would be Cylinder to win or a boxed exacta with Cylinder and Little Brose.
P.B. Lawrence Stakes Preview
The stars are back in the PB Lawrence Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield as the big guns return to show their hand ahead of the Victorian spring carnival. Here’s my best hopes for Saturdays feature at Caulfield.
Mr Brightside has a good first up record and is clearly the class of the race. His impressive Flemington jumpout makes him look all the more solid. He’s a distance specialist and should be too hard to beat first up in this field.
Tuvalu is the next best, having had three jumpouts and boasts an impressive first up record. Has only missed the placings once over this distance and is a Group 1 winner at the track. He’s the main danger here.
Pounding looks like he might need the run off the back of his jumpouts, however is ultra consistent and went through the grades impressively last preparation. If he runs anywhere near what he has produced then should be capable of finding the placings. Has placed at 1400 in the past and at Caulfield. Genuine place chance at odds.
Western Empire returns and has jumped out impressively winning three Pakenham trials in good company. First up record is solid and has placed 3 times over 1400m. If he can find anywhere near his best he’s good enough to be in the finish.
Uncle Bryn has only had the one run at 1400 metres and failed at Flemington however has raced well fresh in the past. Will get back in the field however there’s good speed predicted and is capable of running a sneaky race.
On top hope is by far Mr Brightside. He has jumped out extremely well and looks to have only improved from his All Star and Doncaster Mile winning preparation. The main danger is Tuvalu who’s a Caulfield group 1 winner and the next best is Pounding.
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