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Caulfield Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds for April 3

  • Caulfield hosts nine races on Easter Saturday
  • The track will race in the good range
  • Justin Darcy provides his full race-by-race preview for April 3
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Caulfield hosts nine races on Easter Saturday. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 01 Apr 2021
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Caulfield hosts a nine race program on April 3 and our free betting tips and best bets are available.

Our Caulfield best bets are provided by expert form analysts and tipsters, and a preview of Saturday's racing is below.

Caulfield Tips for April 3

Race 1 - 12.25pm Noel Rundle Handicap Tips

Selections: 14,2,11,12

The rail comes out six metres and we will probably see a rather firm deck, so I am happy to be with those horses closer to the speed.

14. FONTEIN DIAMOND won the Country Mile Series at Moonee Valley when handy to the pace, where she kept kicking and in the end won pretty comfortably. Patty Moloney seems to have a nice affiliation with her, unbeaten aboard the mare and while the drop back to 1400m probably is not ideal, she has the race fitness to kick forward to lead this at a genuine tempo, sustaining that to the line at nice each-way value.

2. Music Addition will be the horse looking to hold off the leaders drawn close to the inside after kicking forward last start and holding his ground well enough in a leader dominated race at Mornington. He will be in the right spot if good enough.

11. Vongole did not thrive in the wet ground at Moonee Valley last start behind Exeter, but will be much better suited on a dry track here. He is very capable, but what type of luck does a get back and run on horse need from barrier two?

12. Akeecheta will be the one who will either lead, sit outside a leader or be caught three-wide as this Gelding only seems to know one way. Has drawn wide, but had he drawn in, he would be my on top selections off the back of a strong Pakenham win, but the gate does him zero justice.

Race 2 - 1.00pm Bill Collins Handicap Tips 

Selections: 4,1,10,9

4. AGREEABLE is not exactly a punter's pal, but she was very good last start from the back of the field at Sandown Lakeside where she rocketed home hard to the line, only missing the in-from Palace Whisper and Ornamental Lady. I do feel 1400m is her pet trip, so she looks in her right grade with the right jockey on board, from a good gate and second-up into her prep. The only negative is that she is one from seven.

1. Incredulous Dream was a drifter at Mornington last start but did well to fend off all challengers as she did last preparation. Things seem to go wrong for her second-up as her form suggests, but hopefully she is still at her top and will be the one they all need to run down.

10. Always In Moment bolted in first-up at Pakenham over 1200m and looks as if she will relish every step of the 1400m here. Was backed to win that day and is one of the few horses who have the real scope to fly through her grades.

I really like 9. Till It's Over as a horse, winning at Donald first-up last prep before going straight to the paddock, now stepping straight up to 1400m which she looks as if she will lap up. She has a big turn-of-foot so may be one to chuck in the blackbook after this race.

Race 3 - 1.35pm Catanach's Jewellers Redoute’s Choice Tips

Selections: 2,8,6,9

I will be backing the top selection to win and the second selection to save in this event.

2. HUNNAM is talented and although beaten six lengths by Crystal Bound (handy) at Moonee Valley last start, I am very confident he finishes right beside that galloper with clear galloping room, of which he saw next to none. He was slow out of the gates which he will not be able to afford here, but had shown a little more gate speed in prior starts, so confident that if he jumps, he can settle forward of midfield and will only need to see daylight to produce that big turn of foot that we were robbed of last start.

8. Najmaty is the testing material off the back of her first-up win on the Kensington track in Sydney which was nothing short of huge. She was a hot favourite in that race and did the punter's justice by licking her opposition. Does seem a little one dimensional though in the fact that she will get back and will have to run past the majority of the field.

6. Sliders will have the tactical advantage over the top two selections, but may just lack their brilliance if they get the even luck. She was not far off Glistening in a Reisling.

9. I Am Enchanting was good first-up behind Frost Flowers and Tayla's Moment and although that form has not exactly stood up, she looks a nice price to add into exotics.

Race 4 - 2.15pm Bert Bryant Handicap Tips

Selections: 4,6,3,2

4. CAPTAIN SPUD was a class above at his latest two runs, beating Kermy in his Maiden win two back at Sale before putting on a demolition job in 64 class at Sale last start, beating the older horses. He rolls forward and with the blinkers staying on, I do not see anything leading him from a middle gate. To me, he is the in-form and map horse of the race, so at the price, Captain Spud is where I'm leaning.

6. Black Penn was good last start in the Mornington Guineas behind two class horses in Dom To Shoot and Let's Karaka Deel. The mile is ideal but just needs some luck to find that midfield position with cover from the 10 draw.

3. Celestial Sol held off Ice Ice Baby and Seguso last start at Sandown in what was a tough win from the front. The stable has always had a high opinion of this colt who may now start living up to his city grade potential.

2. Tyche Goddess will improve again over 2000m, but was solid first-up behind Akecheta over seven furlongs. The mile is a tick second-up, but the cross is the wide gate where she is going to have to work to find a spot.

Race 5 - 2.55pm Jack Elliott Handicap Tips

Selections: 16,12,15,1

A very open affair, but going with some more value in 16. LITCHFIELD COUNTY who the Price & Kent Jr stable have an opinion of. It seems it's just been a matter of when the penny will drop for this talented Colt, now winning his last two races, including showing a lot of grit and determination to get past the flying Curran last start at Sandown. He gets in on the minimum and from a good gate, should be able to take a spot behind the pace and hopefully use his dash to put this race to bed at a great price.

12. Vowmaster is stacked with ability, but has not shown it this preparation at Rosehill and the Kensington track. Back the Melbourne way of going should be in his favour and barrier six should see him take a lovely midfield spot in running.

15. Wisum is another talented galloper who won with authority last start in 64 grade against the older horses. His form behind Impecunious reads well and getting down to 54kg is a big tick.

1. Immortal Love will need the pace on and for backmarkers to be making up ground, but his first-up win in the McNeil last prep was huge to say the least. He is giving away a lot of weight to some good horses, so there are the things against him.

Race 6 - 3.35pm Robert Taranto Handicap Tips

Selections: 6,1,4,5

6. ALFA ORO has won six from his nine starts, runnig second in another two with the only dent coming at his last start in the Caulfield Sprint where he pulled up lame. First-up last prep he blitzed an 84 field over the 955m trip at Moonee Valley which really put his name in lights as a potential Group class sprinter. Any rain about would not hinder his chances, but his one start on a good track was that dominant win at The Valley, so first-up over 1000m, you will struggle to find too many knocks on him.

1. Diamond Effort is the most proven galloper in the race, where arguably last prep she should have been a Group One winner at Moonee Valley. First-up she flies, loves Caulfield and combines well with Jamie Kah. Barrier 10 is my only issue and where she positions in the run from there.

4. Sword Of Mercy was solid in the Oakleigh Plate last start, finishing just one length from Celebrity Queen and Portland Sky, a race where that form has once again been franked at Group One level. I like her fresh and I like her at Caulfield.

5. Octane is one of those gallopers that could come out and win a big race without surprising, or put in a poor one when favourite. He did not have much luck when first-up here last prep but ran well in a Schillaci so the form is good if he is fit enough. 

Race 7 - 4.15pm Neds Easter Cup Tips

Selections: 3,2,5,7

3. HARLEM will be having his final start of his career in this event, fourth-up at Caulfield over 2000m, a similar pattern to what we saw last prep when beaten only by Nonconformist in the Coongy. He runs his best races when drawn to the inside of horses, where he can use his natural gate speed to pop himself forward of midfield to either take the box-seat or another pair behind that. A two-time Group One winner going out as a winner over a track and trip that he loves, that sounds about right to me. Happy to be playing him each-way due to the favourites poor draw.

2. Persan would be a good thing had he drawn a gate, but that wide barrier puts a lot of doubt in my mind against some quality stock. No doubt, he is a stayer on the rise with big goals in store, and the first-up win was very impressive, but where does he get from the gate when some handy rivals will be getting much softer runs?

5. Le Don De Vie did enough first-up at Morphettville over the mile and will be better suited second-up over 2000m. Kah/Freedman are striking at near enough to 30% this season when combining.

7. Platoon has been great this prep, putting in a mighty effort in the Shaftesbury Avenue and the Golden Mile last week, but his run has to come to an end sometime soon.

Race 8 - 4.55pm Elvis Thurgood Victoria Handicap Tips

Selections: 8,6,12,1

8. BAM'S ON FIRE was as flat as a tack in Sydney last start off the back of a luckless run here behind Probabeel who subsequently won a Group One over this trip. She has had a good five week freshen-up which will have her in good order, and although she has drawn horribly, I do like that it forces her hand to possibly roll forward, making it the same race pattern as we saw all through last Summer with her when she was Stakes competitive. She may not go the Sydney way of going, so has been given time to get over the trip away. Now third-up and to a track she loves, she looks a good each-way bet with any luck.

6. Pretty Brazen was very good first-up at Flemington where she beat home Odeum who ran well in Sydney last week. She beat Arcadia Queen second-up last prep and placed in Group One company subsequent to that.

12. Still A Star never got a chance in the All-Star Mile out in no-man's land for the entire journey, as well as facing a very wet track which she did not handle. Back on top of the ground is her go and drawing eight means she can place herself with some cover in the run, so now we get to see how good she really is.

1. Mr Quickie wins this at his best as currently the reigning Toorak winner at this track, but he will be a long way off them on the turn and with a big weight, it will take one of his better performances to run them down.

Race 9 - 5.30pm Geoff Murphy Handicap Tips

Selections: 9,2,1,10

9. SHANDY looks the best bet of the day, as if they are ever going to be coming from behind, it will be in this event. Was huge last start when backed heavily at Sandown, yet proving to have too much class for her rivals. She went through her grades probably a little too quickly last prep, but this looks an ideal race second-up for a mare who looks to have a lot of middle distance to staying ability. On the minimum is an almighty tick against this opposition as I do feel she is the best horse in the race. The inside gate is the knock.

2. Skyman was a good thing beaten in the Yarra Valley Cup last start when boxed away at a crucial stage of the race whereas the winner had all momentum built up. He was strong winner over a mile at Flemington prior to that.

1. Holbein is ever so consistent without winning, going down by small margins in three of his last four runs, the latter two being in Stakes class. If the top two strike trouble, he may be off and gone on the turn.

10. Re Edit has a brilliant first-up record that probably should have had another win next to it after what was a horror watch for backers first-up at Flemington last time in. Barrier three just forces Jamie's hand to ride her quietly and storm home late.

Caulfield FAQs

What time is the first race at Caulfield?

The first race at Caulfield jumps at 12.25pm with the last race to be run at 5.30pm.

Who is the best bet at Caulfield?

We are siding with Shandy as the best bet at Caulfield.

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Shandy and Agreeable will race as our two best bets of the day.

Harlem will race as our value bet of the day.

Best Bet: Shandy To Win @280.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units
Next Best Bet: Agreeable To Win @200.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 8 Units
Value Bet: Harlem Each-Way @1600.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 2 Units

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