2021 MRC Members’ Race Day Tips & Preview

Saturday marks MRC Members’ Race Day at Caulfield and there is plenty of value to be found on the nine-race card.

We’ve run the rule over the lot and you can find our best bets below!

Race 1: Carol Watson Handicap (1400m), 12:55pm
No. 1 Impecunious

Impecunious is clearly a filly of ability and I’m happy to have her on top here as she shoots for her hat-trick.

The daughter of Sacred Falls was enormous first-up at this same venue over the 1200m where she kicked clear to beat home Winsum by more than two lengths.

She really appreciated the quick tempo in that race and it looks as though she’ll get a similar challenge here from the likes of Sensationalisation and Licciardi.

There’s also some rain about on Friday and Saturday, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see her push further forward.

Race 2: Vin Quirk Handicap (1400m), 1:30pm
No. 11 Galgani

Bit of a dart throw this one with a handful on the verge of another win and a few top chances drawn wide.

Happy to take a flyer on Galgani to make it a hat-trick after overcoming the wide draw first-up at Cranbourne over the 1200m.

She’s a classy mare that will need to bring her best to win a wide-open contest like this, but her soft track form and the experience of Damien Oliver in the saddle is a big tick. Look for her to be doing her best work late.

Race 3: Jodie Burgess Handicap (2400m), 2:05pm
No. 6 Coin Collector

Big fan of Coin Collector’s handy three-length win last start at Bendigo and it wouldn’t be surprising if he goes on with it.

He placed in his lone start over this track and distance last time in work behind Royal Crown in the Listed Neds Galilee Series Final and seemed to have plenty of gas left in the tank last time out under Damian Lane.

Damien Oliver jumps back in the saddle this time around and should have plenty of options to work with from barrier 11. He’ll likely push forward, and providing the track isn’t too wet, should be somewhere in the finish.

Race 4: Warren Moore Handicap (1200m), 2:40pm
No. 9 Housay

Housay resumes from a five-week spell after he was last seen finishing off strongly at Moonee Valley for third over the 1200m.

Despite the result, luck really didn’t go his way that day, so I’m backing Craig Williams to finish the job with plenty of options at his disposal from barrier eight.

He doesn’t mind racing with some sting out of the track, and so long as he isn’t held up again down the straight, he should be finishing over the top late.

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Race 5: Iris O’Farrell Handicap (1100m), 3:20pm
No. 6 Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady has made just the one start at Caulfield, but if she produces the same effort that saw her win by a length first-up at Flemington back in February she should be in the mix.

The mare by Foxwedge wasn’t far off over her next two starts finishing third at Moonee Valley and Sandown before her prep was cut short due to injury.

We know she handles the soft track in her stride and the barrier looks no issue. Providing she’s fit enough, she looks a decent each-way bet.

Race 6: Erin Coldham Handicap (1100m), 4:00pm
No. 8 Zion

Zion gets in light at the weights looking to go one better on his last start third at Flemington over the 1200m.

The colt by Rubick has shown a clear turn of foot in each of his three starts to date and looks more than capable of making good use of the inside draw.

Stepping back to the 1100m looks a nice option and I am confident he’ll be somewhere in the finish.

Race 7: Travis Stillman Handicap (1400m), 4:40pm
No. 10 Regardsmaree

Regardsmaree is a proven second-up performer and he is certainly capable of improving on his first-up win at Bendigo over the same trip.

The son of So You Think has done some of his best racing on rain-affected tracks, and while this is a much tougher race than his last assignment, his recent form reads well for a big showing.

Race 8: Mia Tiernan Handicap (1100m), 5:20pm
No. 9 Sword Of Mercy

Sword Of Mercy showed last start that she doesn’t mind racing from the wide draw as she beat home China Affair first-up at Flemington.

He’s drawn to get a similar run in transit here under Jamie Kah, who rode the Sebring mare to a victory and two placings during the winter.

She has a decent weight advantage here over race-favourite Terbium and has plenty of consistent form on her side to suggest she’ll run well.

Race 9: Virginia Meyer Handicap (1600m), 5:55pm
No. 13 Walking Flying

Walking Flying looks set to peak on Saturday after finishing off well for sixth last time out over the mile at Flemington.

Unlike the favourite Aussie Nugget, the mare by Tavistock doesn’t mind racing with some sting out of the track, so if we’re rating anywhere in the soft range by this point in the day it should be to her advantage.

She also gets in light with 2.5kg off her back and maps to get a lovely late run into the race from the wide gate. Look for her late.