Rubisaki will resume in the Bel Esprit Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

2021 Showdown Day Tips & Preview

Saturday is Showdown Day in Melbourne and with many lucrative purses on offer, we’ll be treated to some terrific betting races at Caulfield.

I’ve run the rule over each and every race, and you can find my complete The Showdown Day tips below.

VOBIS Gold Heath (2000m) – 12:20pm
No. 2 Mahamedeis

This is a strong edition of the Gold Heath and there is a case to be made for several runners, including Mahamedeis.

Mahamedeis need his first few starts back this time to tune up, but has continued to improve noticeably with each and was last seen finishing third behind Hang Man and Persan in the Neds Easter Cup.

He looks to be at peak fitness for this race and it looks the perfect target for him.

Neds Toolbox Handicap (1400m) – 12:55pm
No. 13 South Parade

South Parade has been outstanding this prep and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again on Saturday.

The Sacred Falls gelding has had five starts since resuming in January, placing at his first two and winning each of his last three in impressive fashion.

He gets into this race well under the conditions and will be tough to beat once more.

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VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m) – 1:30pm
No. 3 Beau Rossa

Beau Rossa has returned to the races in exceptional form this time and looks the one to beat in the VOBIS Sires Guineas.

Having ended his last prep at the tail of the field in the VOBIS Gold Stockade in November, the Unencumbered returned a slick performance to win in BM64 company at Morphettville when resuming, and repeated that effort for a seven-length win at Sandown last time out.

This is harder, but it looks to be well within his abilities and Jamie Kah retains the ride.

VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) – 2:05pm
No. 1 Mr Quickie

Mr Quickie can record another win at Caulfield on Saturday.

The two-time Group 1 winner tuned up with a couple of fair efforts when resuming this time, and looked to be back to his brilliant before when comfortably winning the Group 3 Victoria Handicap last time out.

I’m confident that he’ll only improve for that effort and the mile at Caulfield is definitely his go.

VOBIS Gold Dash (1100m) – 2:45pm
No. 2 La Mexicana

I can’t remember a stronger edition of this race and there is a case to be made for several horses, including La Mexicana.

La Mexicana returned to the races for consecutive wins in BM84 company here and the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes, but failed to fire in the Group 1 Surround Stakes.

She has been freshened since that effort and importantly, Jamie Kah jumps back into the saddle.

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The Showdown (1200m) – 3:25pm
No. 1 Finance Tycoon

Finance Tycoon looks to have a class edge over most of his rivals in The Showdown and he is a touch of overs at his current price ($7.50 at publish).

The Written Tycoon colt has made five trips to the races for two wins and a second placing, and his other two starts heralded a sixth placing in the Magic Millions Classic and fourth placing in the Group 1 Neds Blue Diamond.

He is another horse that has been freshened since his most recent appearance, but he has proven that he is more than up to a race like this one.

Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) – 4:05pm
No. 10 Alfa Oro & No. 7 Rubisaki

Alfa Oro clearly needed the run when finishing third here a couple of weeks ago, but I’m confident he’ll take big improvement for that effort and will fight out the finish of the Bel Esprit Stakes.

He has been outstanding for the Matt Laurie yard for several seasons now, and found form around plenty of above-average gallopers in 2020.

He is drawn and weighted ideally and this looks a nice bit of black type for him.

I’m also going to have something on the resuming Rubisaki at around $14.

She clearly didn’t come up in the spring, but we all know how good she can be at her best and I’d hate to miss the price!

VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m) – 4:40pm
No. 3 How Womantic

How Womantic almost caused an upset when second in the Neds Hareeba Stakes last time out and I’m confident that she can go one better in the VOBIS Gold Sprint.

How Womantic stormed onto the scene in late 2019 and she has amassed five wins and two second placings from just eleven career starts.

She is at peak fitness for this contest and Jamie Kah has options from the rails draw.

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VOBIS Gold Distaff (1400m) – 5:20pm
No. 4 Florent

This race looks to be one of the more open on the card and there is a case to be made for several.

I’m going to have a crack at one at a price here, and I think that Florent can return a bold effort.

Florent won the VOBIS Sires Guineas on this day last year and continued to race well in the wake, though hasn’t returned to winning form this that effort.

I’m confident that she’ll enjoy big improvement from her resuming effort in BM70 company at Pakenham and we can have a small each-way bet at the price.