Mr Quickie can stamp himself as a genuine South Australian Derby contender with a win at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

2019 VOBIS Raceday Tips & Preview

VOBIS Raceday is an absolute fill-up for owners with a runner and will hopefully be a fill-up for punters this weekend. The juicy prizemoney on offer means that this meeting has drawn some serious horseflesh and there are a number of short-priced favourites, but I’ve still found plenty of value and I’m confident that I will finish the day as happy as the winners of the $950,000 Ladbrokes Showdown! 

Keno Classic Handicap (1000m)
2. William Thomas

It has been a long time between race starts, but class will take William Thomas a long way in the opening race of the day at Caulfield. He has recorded three wins from his six race starts to date and, at one point, looked like a star in the making. This is obviously a gamble, but there are a fair few plodders in this field and I am confident that an in-form Damien Oliver will help him overcome the wide barrier draw.  

Keno Fun Money Handicap (1400m)
1. Mandela Effect

Mandela Effect has developed into a very likeable galloper. He has recorded three wins on the trot, including the Tasmanian Magic Millions Classic, and he has improved each time that he has been seen at the races this campaign. This is a step-up in quality again, but I am confident that he is up to the job. His trainer Scott Brunton is a ripper bloke and an absolute character, so it is always good to see his horses win big races. 

VOBIS Gold Distaff (1400m)
1. Twitchy Frank

Twitchy Frank is one of my favourite gallopers. Not only does he have an outstanding name, but he is a consistent galloper that very rarely produces a poor performance. He showed his true quality when he beat the tough Life On The Wire in the Vamos Stakes and he was not disgraced when third in the Bendigo Bracelet. I don’t think that this contest is that much tougher and the fact that he has had a freshen-up is a big advantage. In Frank We Trust! 

VOBIS 3YO Sires
2. Ligulate

Tarwin is another favourite that I am keen to take on at Caulfield. He did win in impressive fashion last start and he does have an excellent turn-of-foot, but he will need plenty of luck in running. The current price of $2.05 is a joke. I am keen to take him on with Ligulate. He was beaten as a short-priced favourite at Newcastle last start, but he did have excuses and I’m confident that he is a better horse than that effort suggests. The wide barrier could prove to be an advantage and he will be storming home late. 

VOBIS Gold Dash (1100m)
5. Fine Dane

It has been a while between race wins for Fine Dane, but this does look like an ideal race for Fine Dane. This is a drop in class from what he has been facing in his recent race starts and he wasn’t beaten far by Anjana and Sunset Watch in the Incognitus Stakes. The fact that he has been given a freshen-up for this race is ideal, he is unbeaten first-up, and he will make his own luck right on the speed. You won’t find more value than the $8.50 that is currently available. 

The Ladbrokes Showdown (1200m)
2. Prince Of Sussex

There is serious prizemoney on the line in The Ladbrokes Showdown and this is a race that Racing Victoria are clearly keen to see become the Victorian version of the Magic Millions Classic. It obviously still has a long way to go to become that, but my feelings about the race will definitely improve if I am able to find the winner on Saturday. The Gold Rush at Bendigo was the obvious lead-up for this race and Prince Of Sussex was able to win in very dominant fashion. The way that he found the line in the concluding stages was very impressive and that suggests the step-up to 1200 metres. I didn’t think I’d ever back a Matt Laurie-trained horse in a big race, but that is the position I’m in this Saturday. 

VOBIS Gold Heath (2000m)
8. Mr Quickie

Mr Quickie is an odds-on favourite in the VOBIS Gold Heath for a reason and I would be very surprised if he failed to get the job done this weekend. He was beaten as an odds-on favourite at Caulfield last start, but there was still plenty to like about the performance and the form coming out of that contest has been very strong. Let’s be frank – there are no stars in this field and Mr Quickie is the only horse with any real upside. He can win this contest on the way to the South Australian Derby . 

VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m)
9. Think Bleue

Widgee Turf has a huge class edge over the rest of this field, but I’ve got a very bad feeling about this race. He always goes back to last and barrier one means that he will have a wall of horses in front of him at the top of the straight. I’m vomiting just thinking about it. The challenge is finding the horse to beat him and I think that horse is Think Bleue. She returned to a semblance of her best form to win at Caulfield last start and she has now recorded two wins from three starts at the venue. I think she still has the upside to improve on that performance and she does appeal at the current odds. 

VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m)
1. Ashlor

Miss Leonidas will start the VOBIS Gold Sprint as a clear favourite, but I can’t get her anywhere near as short as her current price. She may have beaten a strong field to win the Bel Esprit Stakes, but I am happy to call that performance a fluke. Ashlor is the horse to beat. His win in the VOBIS Gold Eldorado at Wangaratta was excellent and he had excuses when he was beaten in the Ladbrokes Handicap. His best form is more than good enough to win this contest.