Morrissy looks a winning chance on Sir John Monash Stakes Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2020 Neds Sir John Monash Stakes Day Tips & Preview

The Sir John Monash Stakes is one of the highlights of winter racing, particularly when it’s sponsored by Neds!

The Group 3 feature headlines another quality nine-race program and I’ve previewed the lot – you can find my Neds Sir John Monash Stakes Day tips below.

Neds Price Boost Multi Handicap (1400m) – 11:50am
No. 4 Narvaez

Narvaez wasn’t up to the standard of Cherry Tortoni in the Listed Taj Rossi Final last weekend, but nothing was, and he can bounce back into the winner’s stall in the Neds Price Boost Multi Handicap.

The Vancouver colt filled the minors in a couple of metro sprints in Sydney before winning at Ballarat, in what was his only other start prior to last week’s effort.

Craig Williams jumps back into the saddle and is riding like a man possessed at the moment.

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Take It To The Neds Level Handicap (1100m) – 12:25pm
No. 2 Miss Iano

This is a pretty open race and I think a horse like Miss Iano has claims on winning.

Miss Iano doesn’t win out of turn, but she has been an excellent horse for the Mark Webb stable throughout her career and finished a few lengths off the pace of Alfa Oro here a couple of weeks ago.

There is no horse of that ability engaged in this race and she’ll have conditions to suit.

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Neds Bet Back Handicap (1400m) – 1pm
No. 13 I Could Do Better

I Could Do Better hasn’t been able to get into the race at either of his two appearances in Australia so far, but I think that he’ll live up to his name third-up on Saturday.

The Irish import found form around some outstanding horses in Europe last year but has so far struck a couple of races against his pattern this prep.

Fitter third-up, with Willo in the saddle and from the good draw, he shouldn’t have too many excuses.

Neds Same Race Multi Handicap (1400m) – 1:35pm
No. 5 Morrissy

Morrissy appears to have returned to peak form and strikes another winnable contest on Sir John Monash Stakes Day.

The Snitzel entire took a couple of tune up when resuming, but flew home to finish second behind Ashlor at The Valley two back before breaking back into the winner’s stall in a similar race to this, last time out.

He might need some luck from a wide barrier, but is certainly up to something of this quality.

Neds Price Boost Handicap (1400m) – 2:15pm
No. 2 Mystery Shot

Mystery Shot faces a rise in class at Caulfield on Saturday, but he is yet to taste anything but success and I really can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.

The Shooting To Win gelding was a dominant winner on debut at The ‘Bool and has since recorded impressive wins at Ballarat and here at Caulfield.

He’s fitter again and will take beating.

Neds Handicap (2000m) – 2:55pm
No. 2 Right You Are

This is an excellent race and there’s a legitimate case to be built for several, but I’m happy to stick with the Price & Kent Jnr-trained Right You Are.

Right You Are’s record really does speak for itself, he’s recorded three wins and as many minors from only six starts and has gone to another level this time.

He recorded consecutive wins at Werribee and here at Caulfield and was last seen finishing second behind the talented Persan at Flemington.

That form is certainly good enough to stack up in something like this.

Group 3 Neds Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) – 3:35pm
No. 2 Viridine

The Neds Sir John Monash Stakes is always a highlight of this point of the season, but we think that this will prove to be the best edition of the time-honoured Group 3 feature.

Viridine will take winning form into the race and I think he’ll take beating again.

The Poet’s Voice gelding raced well in some decent contests earlier this prep and was rewarded for what he had been doing with a dominant win in the Winter Dash in Sydney last time out.

He’s at peak fitness and can win again.

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Neds Money Back Odds Handicap (1100m) – 4:10pm
No. 6 Beatrix

This is a rise in class for Beatrix, but she’s enjoyed a strong start to her racing career and looks a live each-way chance.

The Smart Missile filly ended a short debut prep with a lovely win at Cranbourne and resumed this time for a credible fourth in BM64 company at Sale.

She’s since returned to winning form over 1000m at Sandown and will only improve for that hit-out.

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Neds Toolbox Handicap (1700m) – 4:43pm
No. 3 Curragh

Curragh filled the minors of a similar race to this when second-up and looks a winning chance in the last on Sir John Monash Stakes Day, at a price ($13 at publish).

The seven-year-old son of Tavistoc has been an excellent horse for the Busuttin & Young yard throughout his career, and his third placing behind Heptagon last time out reads pretty well for something like this.