Eleven 3yo colts and geldings will line up to contest this Saturday’s G3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield, with one of them set to join an elite group. A quick look down the honour roll of this race indicates that it is one that has regularly had significant impact on and off the track. Recent winners include Sepoy, Toorak Toff, Haradasun and Starspangledbanner, all of whom went on to win at least once at G1 level after their respective Vain Stakes victories, and to stud as a commercial stallions. The market believes that Ragazzo Del Corsa is the horse that will get the opportunity to follow in their footsteps, with him holding favouritism at $3.00, just in advance of Gold Symphony ($4.00), one of two runners for Peter Moody. His other runner is Braccenby ($7.50), a full relation to Mahisara and half to Moody’s other handy galloper Ulmann.
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1. STOKER – D Oliver (11) 56.5kgs
Drew wide and settled at the tail of the field when resuming in the Listed Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Morphettville three weeks back.
Unfortunately the promising Written Tycoon gelding from the Tony McEvoy stable has again drawn poorly and although fitter, does also rise 2.5kgs in weights.
Need to produce a big effort to be winning.
2. DEMONSTRATE – P Moloney (7) 55kgs
Continued to improve and made it two wins from his past three starts with a narrow victory over Star Planet in a BM 78 (1000m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago.
Enjoyed the run of the race on that occasion but when contesting better races such as this in the past, has come up a few lengths short.
3. RAGAZZO DEL CORSA – J Winks (6) 55kgs
He showed plenty of promise at each of his first three starts, winning an Open 2yo race up the Flemington straight in good style at his second outing.
Comes off a six month spell and hasn’t been seen at the trials but allowing for expected improvement over the break, a good draw that sees him position up well, it’s hard to dismiss the Danny O’Brien trained colt from running a race.
4. EQUINOVA – C Williams (2) 55kgs
He finished too well for his opponents when recording his Maiden win at Moonee Valley two starts back in an Open 2yo race, winning by 1.5 lengths with Red Alto – who has finished third and fourth in two runs since, second.
Drew wide, was caught deep and just held his ground last start when sixth (3.4 lengths) behind Demonstrate in a BM 78 (1000m).
Meets that horse 1.5kgs here but for a runner that generally takes time to find his feet in his races, may need his share of luck from gate 2.
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5. TOP ME UP – D Dunn (4) 55kgs
Ran a bottler on debut when second to the ill-fated Burstone in the Blue Diamond Preview and backed that up with another tough on-pace effort in the Blue Diamond Prelude, finishing fourth to Of The Brave.
Drifted from 2/1 out to 4/1 when making his return to in the BM 78 (1000m) won by Demonstrate, feeling the pinch late under 59kgs and finished fourth (2.3 lengths).
Fitter, experienced here and a nice weight drop, firmer surface and ideal draw, should see a much improved effort.
6. BRACCENBY – K McEvoy (3) 55kgs
Trainer Peter Moody has taken his time with the well-bred colt by More Than Ready who had his first start in October last year, before two more runs in the autumn.
The second of the autumn runs resulted in a disappointing effort at Warwick Farm when unplaced as a short priced favourite in a race won by subsequent G2 winner and G1 placed, Look To The Stars.
Not seen at the trials but sure to be ready and best kept safe.
7. GOLD SYMPHONY – G Boss (5) 55kgs
Impressive win in a Morning Maiden (1200m) on debut, finishing strongly from midfield to record a comfortable 2 length win, before finishing second to Jalan Jalan in Open company up the Flemington straight a month ago.
Plenty to like about the Reward For Effort colt in his two outings to date.
Should be some good speed here so maps well from gate five and is a legitimate each-way chance.
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8. STAR PLANET – (9)
Came as close as possible to registering that elusive first win when nosed out on the line by Demonstrate in a BM 78 (1000m) at Moonee Valley last start.
That was his first placing in six outings and he’ll find this event no easier than the previous efforts, especially after having drawn wider out in gate nine.
9. TUSCANY HERO – C Newitt (8) 55kgs
Drew wide and settled last in a field of twelve runners when making his debut on the Geelong Synthetic track three weeks ago but the son of Kephero finished strongly, and shared the honours with Kilowat whom he dead-heated with.
Just a maiden but it was a big and encouraging effort first up, suggesting there’s a bright future in front of him but just not sure how far back he’ll get here and secondly, how he’ll handle the tighter turn of Caulfield.
10. ROYALIC – S Baster (10) 55kgs
Not much to get excited about given the two performances to date from this Mark Riley trained galloper.
He was well beaten on debut in a Listed race at Flemington back in October of last year, and folded from the lead position as the 3/1 favourite when contesting another Listed race in Hobart three months later.
Ran second in a recent trial but appears to have way too much improvement to make.
11. ASSERTIVE STAR – D Lane (1) 55kgs
Made his debut in the Listed G3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) back in February but, as his price of 100/1 suggested, he was totally outclassed and ran last of nine, over thirteen lengths from the winner Thurlow.
Hasn’t been since that run and not much of him might be seen come Saturday either given the debut run.
RACE OVERVIEW –
Good speed here with Top Me Up, Ragazzo Del Corsa and Royalic all pushing forward.
Settling in behind them will be Moody’s pair Gold Symphony and Braccenby – and like them both.
Gold Symphony will be better suited back to the turning track and 1100m after his first look up the Flemington straight six and whilst on paper it doesn’t read well, think Braccenby has the makings of a nice horse.
At the better price, we’ll go with him on top over the stable-mate.
2. GOLD SYMPHONY
3. TOP ME UP
4. RAGGAZO DEL CORSA