SO SI BON - Since joining the Hayes/Dabernig stable he’s had the two starts. Down the track in the Newmarket and then last start here in the 1400m Victoria Handicap he was ok when fifth to Widgee Turf beaten 1-1/2 lengths. Been difficult to catch over his career but have a look at these runs, 3-1/4 lengths from Tosen Stardom in a Mackinnon Stakes, 3-1/4 lengths to Hey Doc in an Australian Guineas, 1-3/4 lengths to Divine Prophet in a Caulfield Guineas and 1-3/4 lengths to Sacred Elixir in the Moonee Valley Vase. I am trusting my eye here as he looked as though he had trimmed down a little last time out and third-up here should be ready to peak out to 1600m.
COZHECANCAN - This horse started $14 on debut at Ballarat when he was third to Rockwithu. He did a good job when you refer to the stewards’ report which read “tightened for room shortly after the start and he laid in from the 200m and at the 50m had to be steadied to avoid the heels of the winner”. After the interference early, he settled back third to last and then improved coming five wide on the turn and ran home the best last 200m and was strong through the line over 1200m. This Darren Weir stable have had good success with Cliff’s Edge a son of Canford Cliffs, the sire of this horse. Weir loves these VOBIS races where the prizemoney is appealing, he won this race with Trust In A Gust a few years back.
TARQUIN - Carried 60.5kg when unplaced here first-up behind Handsome Thief. He had excuses, stewards’ report read “held up from the 300m to the 200m. Rider (Brad Rawiller) also reported, did not ride with his usual vigour for a short distance as no runs were appearing”. Despite those problems he reeled off the second best last 600 and 400m sectionals and the third fastest last 200m when jogging to the line. He’s placed in a JRA Cup behind Real Love, third in a Vic Gold Heath Cup at this meeting last year with 59kg behind Toffee Nose and Ruthven, Ruthven then progressed to win a Queensland Derby. Second-up last time in he was beaten just over two lengths in the Bendigo Golden Mile by Observational. Down on 54kg here and out to 1400m he should be competitive at good odds and will be playing Fastnet Tempest with him in exotics.
VIOLATE - He resumed at Flemington when he just missed getting Nozomi over 1400m and then came here to Caulfield and was responsible for a terrific run. Really caught the eye that day when powering home behind Widgee Turf beaten two lengths, also over 1400m. His sectional splits from the 1000m to home were only bettered by the winner. He raced in Queensland last year running second in the Gunsynd Classic, a Group III over 1600m, fourth in the Rough Habit, third in the Grand Prix and then fourth in the Queensland Derby to Ruthven. Out to 1600m from the good draw should see him extremely competitive in an open event.
SO SI BON - Certainly won’t be betting the farm but I can make a good case for So Si Bon to finally win another race. The blinkers went back on last start for the first time for the new stable which helped switch him on and he was able to race much closer which probably brought him undone in what turned out a hard run race. He thrashed the leaders but had nothing left when the swoopers took over late. Fitter again and suited out to the mile, if he can take up a similar spot from the good gate in a much softer run race, he’ll have a break over a few of the main chances and should be tough to beat. Sword Of Light is the one to run down, if they let her control the front with no pressure she’ll give a big kick.