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Australian Racing: Muramasa set to strike at Caulfield

There are six meetings set to take place on Wednesday, with five of those metro fixtures, including Caulfield and Randwick Kensington.

Cards are also being hosted at Ascot, Balaklava, Ipswich and Launceston on a busy day of racing.

Race 2 Caulfield

Muramasa @ 7.00

Race 8 Caulfield

Faretti @ 6.50

Race 7 Ascot

Stormy Tawny @ 5.50

Muramasa going for Cup glory

The Group 3 Coongy Cup Handicap over 2000m is the feature race on the Caulfield card, with the 13-runner event set to take place as the second race of the day.

A good 4 track is forecast, with Gregolimo expected to jump as favourite racing off a low weight for the Michael Moroney stable.

The six-year-old showed good form in France, placing in a couple of Derby trial races there in 2021, while he also won in Listed company on a good 4 track that year.

The gelding ended his time in France with a victory in a set weights allowance on synthetics in November last year and performed well on his southern hemisphere debut at Flemington.

The son of Galiway suffered a one-and-half-length defeat when runner-up in a 1630m Benchmark 78 handicap in that Flemington event and should appreciate the return to this distance.

He looks short in the market, however, with the winner that day MURAMASA taken to confirm form with Jamie Kah’s mount.

Muramasa performed well in delivering his first victory in over a year in that Flemington contest, with the form receiving a boost thanks to Maktoob’s subsequent win in a Caulfield Benchmark 80 event.

Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, the 7.00 pick had been highly tried at times last season, including when down the field in the Group 1 Australian Guineas over 1600m at Flemington.

The gelding has competed with credit at this level in the past, most notably when narrowly beaten in placing second in the Classic over 2000m at Caulfield just over a year ago.

That Caulfield effort came on a soft 7 track and any overnight rain would be no issue for the selection, who is taken to salute under regular pilot Daniel Moor.

Caulfield finale suits Faretti

The concluding race on the Caulfield card is an interesting 1440m Benchmark 84 handicap contest.

A good 4 track is expected, with Substantial expected to have his supporters racing first up, following some solid efforts in defeat in his first spell racing in the southern hemisphere.

The European import placed second over 1400m when tackling a Benchmark 85 handicap at Eagle Farm in April and was spelled following a down-the-field effort at Rosehill the following month.

However, the race-fit FARETTI is preferred for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott team, who can boast a highly impressive 49% strike-rate (17/35) here in the last 12 months.

Faretti has placed third on both starts this time around, including when beaten by less than a length when racing prominently over 1300m at Sandown Hillside last month.

The 6.50 pick returned to Sandown Hillside for a 1400m contest when racing at the same level and, having tried to make all, was beaten less than half-a-length when filling the same position.

The extra 40m here shouldn’t pose an issue and with a good barrier she is taken to score under Winona Costin.

Tawny to salute under Pike

The Grant & Alana Williams team have been in good form in the last month with a 31% strike-rate (10/32).

Their representative STORMY TAWNY is the pick to deliver a victory in the penultimate contest on Ascot’s eight-race card.

The race in question is a 1200m Class 3 handicap, with the selection having performed well in a Class 3 contest when beaten just over a length in an 1100m handicap at Northam earlier this month.

William Pike returns to the saddle here, while the application of blinkers for the first time is expected to sharpen the 5.50 filly up.

Barrier eleven shouldn’t pose too many issues in this contest, with the pick having performed well when racing from off the pace in the past, including when third over this trip at Pinjarra in August.

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