Pancho will step out on Neds Winter Race Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Neds Winter Race Day Tips & Preview

There are few things better than a Saturday meeting at Caulfield, but particularly when every race bares our name!

Roll up, roll up for Neds Winter Race Day: there’s nine winners to be found, and you can discover them below.

Unleash Your Neds Toolbox Handicap (1100m) – 11:50am
No. 2 Jigsaw

Why not unleash your Neds Toolbox on the Unleash Your Neds Toolbox Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday?

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In all seriousness, Jigsaw looks the runner to beat in my opinion here.

Jigsaw stamped himself as a colt to follow during his debut prep, beating home the likes of Artorius at Geelong on debut before finishing third in the Group 3 Prelude and eighth in the Neds Blue Diamond.

He is clearly a classy galloper, and he can make a winning return.

Neds Protest Payout Handicap (1200m) – 12:25pm
No. 12 Musk Lollie

This is a rise in class for Musk Lollie, but there’s one very important thing to consider this week: J. Kah first time.

The Deep Field filly finished fourth, beaten five lengths by the promising Oxley Road at HQ on debut in January, and she returned from a break for a bullish win in maiden company at Ballarat.

With improvement for that effort and under Jamie, I think she can continue her rise through the grades.

Neds Toolbox Handicap (1000m) – 1pm
No. 6 Dickin Medal

Dickin Medal needed the run when he finished down the order at Flemington when resuming, but I’m happy to give him another chance at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Snitzel gelding won each of hist first two career starts before finishing fourth, beaten just over two lengths by subsequent Group 1 winner Portland Sky in the Neds Manfred Stakes.

He too will be ridden by Jamie Kah and I’m keen to see him back into a race with a bend.

Neds Price Boost Handicap (1600m) – 1:35pm
No. 5 Thought Of That

Thought Of That can return to winning form at Caulfield this week.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained returned some lovely efforts without being able to find an elusive victory last time in, and he returned to the races with a credible effort for fifth, beaten only a length and a half at Flemington earlier this month.

With improvement and getting out to a mile, I think that this actually represents the perfect target for him.

Take It To The Neds Level Handicap (1440m) – 2:10pm
No. 6 I'm Thunderstruck

I’m Thunderstruck looms as the runner to beat in the Take It To The Neds Level Handicap.

I’m Thunderstruck has made just three trips to the races since debuting in January, but has won twice, and returned from a let-up to win with complete ease at Sale a couple of weeks ago.

This is a rise in class, but he has plenty of upside and he should only be more effective over the 1440m.

Neds Bet Back Handicap (1100m) – 2:50pm
No. 2 Plaquette

Plaquette will take winning form into the sixth at Caulfield on Saturday and she looks beautifully placed to make it two in a row.

The Exceed And Excel mare clearly required the run when she finished midfield at Warwick Farm when fresh, but flashed late to finish a nose second behind Intrepidacious here second-up.

She followed that effort with a lovely win in a similar last here last time out, and I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish on Saturday.

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Neds Same Race Multi Handicap (2000m) – 3:30pm
No. 7 Pancho

This is one of the more open races on Saturday’s Caulfield card, and I think a horse like Pancho has real claims on winning at a lovely price ($15 at publish).

Having famously beaten Russian Camelot in a Listed race during the Flemington Carnival in 2019, Pancho hasn’t quite returned to that form during his subsequent preps, but he has still been a handy horse for the Waller stable.

He enters this race third-up and off the back of a credible fourth behind Degraves at Flemington, and I think that the 2000m at this point of his prep will prove ideal

Neds Handicap (1440m) – 4:05pm
No. 11 Corner Pocket

Corner Pocket has been nothing short of outstanding this prep, and he can record another win in the penultimate race at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Toronado gelding won each of his last two races at the conclusion of his last preparation and has certainly picked up where he left off with three consecutive wins, each tougher than its predecessor.

He’s at peak fitness for this contest and it looks the perfectly opportunity to strike on a Saturday.

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Neds Filter Form Handicap (1200m) – 4:38pm
No. 9 Ocular

It certainly isn’t the easiest way to end the day from a betting perspective and there is a case to be made for several runners in the last, including Ocular.

Ocular has returned to the races in competitive form this time, winning at The ‘Bool during the Carnival most notably, and he enters this race off the back of a credible fifth behind Yulong January and Rubisaki at Flemington.

I’m happy to give him another chance to strike in something like this.