IN HIS STRIDE- Trained by Rex Lipp at Toowoomba he struggled to find form initially this preparation but has performed well at two outings since being freshened during February and is a smart horse on his day. During his career he has been placed in a Magic Millions Quality, been beaten an inch by Monsieur Gustave in the Listed Eye Liner and placed in two other Listed races so he is well up to this class when right. He hit the line well behind Gracida last start over 1050m at Doomben and meets him 1.5kg better on a bigger track where he can utilise his strong finishing burst. Brad Stewart won on him two starts back over the 1000m here, can park him off the speed and charge home late.
REILMARTINI - This didn’t beat much at Ballarat at his third start after winning on debut at that track and then ran third at Moonee Valley. He put them to the sword quickly in the straight and the margin was widening on the line. He carried 59kg and ran home his last 400m in 22.36 seconds, with the last 200m covered in 11.34. May be a lucky horse, four starts, three times barrier one. Darren Weir continues to produce good provincial performers that transfer their form to the city. The stablemate Iconoclasm despite his wide gate can be included in exotics together with Bravo Tango, he looked special at Flemington in October and January.
ABDON - Can lightning strike twice in 12 months at Caulfield? Last year at this meeting the Chris Waller stable produced Life Less Ordinary to win the 1800m race at his first Australian start. This horse races in the same colours and has the ability to win. At Newmarket in the UK in October 2016, Johannes Vermeer second in the Melbourne Cup, beat him home a length over 1810m. At his previous start over the same trip, also at Newmarket, Folkswood which won the Cranbourne Cup last year, beat him home four lengths. I didn’t mind his trial behind Trekking at Rosehill in late March when 3-1/2 lengths from the winner with something to give. He’s been gelded since he last raced and has the lugging bit applied. Tiamo Grace looks the danger after two runs this time in.
SHEEZDASHING - Good pace here with Princess Mia and Double The Magic both drawn out going forward with Fern and Hinchin Time from barriers one and two pushing up. Sheezdashing was three wide in the Mornington Guineas last start, you cannot win being wide at that track and to her credit she was brave running on for fourth. The previous run at Flemington was held up behind Holbien when she had something to offer. Go back to the spring when Luvaluva beat her less than two lengths in the Wakeful at Flemington, that’s good enough form to be going close here.