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PB Lawrence Stakes 2023 Betting Tips - Mr Brightside to go back-to-back

Last updated: 16 Aug 2023
Alex Marsh 16 Aug 2023
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  • The PB Lawrence Stakes is Saturday's feature race at Caulfield
  • This Group 2 is run over 1400m at Caulfield
  • The 2023 edition will be contested on Saturday, August 19
  • Preview and tips are included below
Mr Brightside winning the 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes. (Getty)

Spring is in the air when the PB Lawrence Stakes rolls around, with some of the big spring names starting to hit the track.
  • 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Field & Odds
  • 2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Tips

The P.B. Lawrence is run over 1400m under WFA conditions at Caulfield, with this Group 2 carrying a total purse of $300,000.

Last year's PB Lawrence winner Mr Brightside is favoured to go back-to-back, with $2.20 the quote via Colossalbet

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Field & Odds

1Mr Brightside (NZ)Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 1059kg$2.20
2Regal PowerJohn Leek (Jnr)Beau Mertens459kg$101
3TuvaluLindsey SmithBlake Shinn1659kg$7.50
4Aegon (NZ)Andrew ForsmanMichael Dee1759kg$15
5Western Empire (NZ)John Leek (Jnr) Ethan Brown659kg$26
6El Bodegon (IRE)Chris WallerDamian Lane859kg$21
7Francesco Guardi (IRE)Chris Waller Damian Lane 359kg$51
8King MagnusRobbie Griffiths & Mathew de KockJamie Mott1559kg$26
9PoundingPeter G Moody & Katherine ColemanLuke Nolen959kg$31
10Buffalo River (USA)Michael MoroneyDamien Oliver159kg $31
11PinstripedEnver JusufovicBen Allen559kg $12
12Uncle Bryn (GB)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungMark Zahra759kg $21
13Forgot You (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor1859kg $91
14Golden MileJames Cummings
1458.5kg scr
15AttritionMitchell FreedmanBen Melham1258.5kg $9
16eChassisCiaron Maher & David EustaceTBA257kg$41
17eDeny Knowledge (IRE)Michael KentTBA1357kg $81
18eEdisonNick RyanCraig Newitt1157kg $91
Odds courtesy of Colossalbet & correct at 12.30am on 17/08/2023.

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Tips

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Best Bet - Mr Brightside

While he did take out last year's Doncaster Mile before a spell, with 50.5kg under handicap conditions, the Lindsay Park galloper was well weighted to win that Randwick feature.

Given his WFA form from last spring compared to his recent autumn performances, Mr Brightside improved in his last campaign, with the All-Star Mile a clear aim for that prep.

After taking out that 5 million dollar feature at The Valley, he became the 10th horse in history to win two Doncaster Miles, carrying 5kg more than he did when saluting in 2022.

The six-year-old came to hand early 12 months ago when winning this race first-up before a Feehan Stakes triumph and as already mentioned, he's better horse now than he was then.

Barrier 10 isn't exactly ideal, especially with loftier goals later this campaign, however, Mr Brightside looked very forward at Flemington when winning the latest of his winter jump-outs.

2023 PB Lawrence Stakes Value Bet - Western Empire

While he failed to fire a shot in two short preps last season, Western Empire came over from the west with a similar hype to what Amelia's Jewel has now and that was only a year ago.

The 2021 Railway Stakes winner was high in the Cox Plate markets ahead of last spring and he was fancied to win his debut Melbourne assignment, which was the Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

Given plenty of time following a short and failed summer prep, the Bob Peters galloper resumes with the off-side blinkers and pads removed, which were applied ahead of his last return.

Along with those positive gear changes, Western Empire has won both August jump-outs ahead of this return and he landed comfortably on the speed via both of those heats.

The son of Ifraaj is deservedly a big price going off that last season, but if right, he has most of these covered for class and the gelding maps for a nice run here from barrier six.



Mr Brightside is the one to beat in the PB Lawrence Stakes, while Western Empire seems the forgotten horse.

Best Bet: Mr Brightside To Win @6/5 at Colossalbet - 4 Units
Value Bet: Western Empire Each Way @25/1 at Colossalbet - 1 Unit
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