Horse Racing 17 October 2017

Not a great Caulfield Cup”

Big Jim takes a look at the Caulfield Cup and who is the best chance to win us some dollars…read more

Let’s just pray that we can put the blood bath of last Saturday behind us this week. Last weekend will be a day the bookies tell their grandchildren about. You can’t back 100/1 shots in Group races. If you do you will go broke so you just have to suck it up, move on and remember that there is plenty of good racing left to come this Spring when things can only improve.

This is not the greatest Caulfield Cup I have ever seen. To be truthful I have questions regarding the relevance of the Caulfield Cup in its current conditions. That, however, isn’t going to change anytime soon so there is no point even making suggestions to the Melbourne Racing Club. The powers that be have an “if it ain’t don’t screw with it” approach to racing in the Spring which is a little sad from where I sit.

Considering the two favourites for the Cup ran around last weekend and both didn’t win it underpins just how weak this race actually is. The good thing for connections is that its still worth plenty of dough.

I have spent a day trying to find something to beat the Aiden O’Brian trained Johannes Vermeer and I simply can’t. Its performance last week was dominant and the extra 400 metres is perfect. You can make cases for Bonneval, Humidor, Amelie’s Star and Harlem but I just think they are all too short in comparison to Johannes Vermeer. Ladbrokes has him fixed at $5.00 which will do me on an each way basis.

I like Ravi in the Tristarc. I have also landed on him through a process of elimination as well not because I love him in a pretty even field. I think he will go better after his last time the Melbourne way around and I think Foxplay is getting to the end of a pretty long campaign.

The sprint is a very open affair and I am still tossing up between Property ($4.40) and Keen Array ($6.00). You will have to come back and check the Big Jim Best Bets of the Day for Saturday for my decision there.

Good luck and good punting and I must say that I am really looking forward to Cox Plate Day in a little over a week.

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