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Caulfield Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds for January 8

  • Caulfield hosts nine races on Saturday
  • The track is rated a Good 4 with showers predicted
  • Justin Darcy provides his race-by-race preview for January 8
Caulfield Betting Tips
Open Minded runs as our best at Caulfield. (Getty)
Justin Darcy 07 Jan 2022
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Caulfield hosts a nine race program on January 8 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 January 8

Race 1 - 12.45pm Ann Kilkenny Handicap Tips

Selections: 4,8,7,6.

4. PHILOSOPHER beat the older horses in both of his jumpout wins, a flashing light as to the ability that he may have. From the astute Freedman stable who love a two-year-old winner and are arguably the best in the business on the back of a lot of recent success. Hard race with debutants, but this colt could be special.

8. Jewellery looks to have some good early toe, which is a great asset in two-year-old racing. She will roll forward, but I think the best will come from her as a three-year-old with some staying bloodlines behind her.

7. Frose has trialled well in Sydney and comes from the Maher & Eustace stable, so she will be forward for her debut.

6. Bonheur has been the subject of early support and has bolted in a recent jumpout. Out of a Group One winner in Bonaria.

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Race 2 - 1.20pm James Hurley Handicap Tips 

Selections: 6,2,9,4.

6. SALTO ANGEL finally got her maiden win out of the way, albeit by the barest of margins, but hopefully she can take some good confidence and go on with it up in trip now. We know she was an Oaks place getter and runner-up in a VRC St Leger, so she is every bit a stayer. Jamie Kah now hops aboard.

2. The Awesome Son is the sharpest horse in the field and just needs to run out the trip to prove a major factor. Not convinced his brother (The Autumn Sun) was an elite stayer by any means - more a 2000m star, which just has me a tad worried about the trip.

9. Set Us Free is a little bit like our top tip as the trip will not worry. She will be out the back and hoping to be within six or seven on the bend.

4. Coup De Tonnerre was less than three lengths from Bagot Handicap winner Tigertiger last start.

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Race 3 - 1.55pm Ken Seymour Handicap Tips

Selections: 8,5,6,1.

8. SISTER VIANNEY won like a good horse when heavily backed at Geelong and can very easily make the progression to city level. She found herself in the top four in that race, so we know that she does have enough speed to utilise barrier one and sit behind the leader. With a touch of luck. I expect this girl to be right there.

5. Rioyuki has a nice turn-of-foot, but was the victim of being on the wrong part of the track two starts ago and probably at her wrong course last start when flying home at The Valley. Just a touch short for me currently.

6. Seonee beat a smart one two starts back then was beaten by an unbeaten Maher/Eustace galloper last start. Gets in light with the 3kg Madison Lloyd claim.

1. Lavish Girl won well at Flemington last start but happy to be with the up and coming form lines.

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Race 4 - 2.30pm Mark O’Sullivan Handicap Tips

Selections: 1,2,17,5.

1. FLORESCENT STAR has come up well and truly over the odds, and although I would much prefer Dean Holland in the saddle, this is a bit of a step back in class on paper. She has a lot of guts and although only small, can carry weight, but luckily has Madison Lloyd on board taking 3kg off of her back. Barrier three is perfect.

2. In The Boat is certainly on an upwards spiral but just draws so poorly in barrier 20. Although this is a chute start, she is still giving away valuable ground around the bend.

17. Gabeira has raced on wet ground for the entirety of her career so coming back to a firmer deck could see something even better.

5. Marine One won on class last start, but is still so green and needs gelding ASAP as he will not reach a stakes grade with the plums still attached.

Race 5 - 3.05pm Richard Platt Handicap Tips

Selections: 4,5,7,3.

4. TAKUMI is building to win and although the numbers on his form may not reflect that, he was involved in a bunched finish behind a very good stayer in Daqiansweet Junior last start. He's trying at least, which is what we want to see from the staying types and Caulfield is his favourite track, having won twice here.

5. Curly Burgin has won two of his last four, including two back at Moonee Valley, but he blew the start last week at Flemington, which put pay to his chances.

7. Reliable Dude is one I cannot catc,  but he always races well. It was a good run in a better race last week.

3. Dirty Deeds has been racing consistently this prep when reflecting on margins, all around three lengths. He is likely to find a couple better though.

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Race 6 - 3.45pm Marlene Rogers Handicap Tips

Selections: 5,1,9,4.

5. IN A TWINKLING finally ran up to some of his better form last start when closing well late in the Lord Stakes to pinch second. Coming up to 2000m is going to suit him a lot better as he is more of a stayer than a middle distance horse, and we now know the Caulfield box is ticked. He reminds me a lot of Defibrillate, who has a similar racing style.

1. Criaderas cannot be trusted, but we know the class is there. Many thought he would have won a Group 1 by now, but is just struggling to get the job done.

9. Excelman is racing with great heart and is a winner over the track and trip. He is one that can sneak under the radar.

4. Holbien is as tough as they come, but the 2000m has to be some sort of worry late in the piece.

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Race 7 - 4.25pm Cameron Rose Handicap Tips

Selections: 2,4,3,6.

2. OPEN MINDED was very good at Flemington in a strong race, where he looked one run short of being at his top. He now comes into this race third-up in what realistically is a weaker event and he gets 3kg off of his back with Alana Kelly in the saddle. He is two from two at Caulfield and a third-up winner, so is ticking plenty of boxes.

4. Neighbourhood was great in the same race as Open Minded last start and does have some Caulfield form, so I can make a good case for her.

3. Curran has cost punters lately, but is arguably the best horse in the race and just nees to jump a little better to be in this finish.

6. Sig Positano is way too short in the market coming up in grade. He has a nice sprin,  but I just do not understand the short quote.

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Race 8 - 5.05pm Andrea McKerley Handicap Tips

Selections: 10,9,15,11.

10. GINGER JONES has an impeccable first-up record, yet to miss the top three in four preps while he is a two time winner at Caulfield. He comes into the event off the back of a nice jumpout win and handles both good and soft ground. His form is around arguably better horses and we are getting $17 about him.

9. It'sourtime is a serious animal and although beaten at Flemington by long shot Not To Be Mist, he has franked the form when running well behind Lighthouse who is a Group 1 prospect. 

15. Scorched Earth was ridden quietly last start and she showed brilliance to win. Wide alley does her no favours though.

11. Yulong Command is as consistent as they come and will be up in the firing line as always.

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Race 9 - 5.45pm Amanda Checken Handicap Tips

Selections: 6,16,10,2.

6. AWARD WINNER is building well and may get it here third-up at her peak. She draws one and can show enough early speed to utilise the gate and sit prominent in the run. The form around Florescent Star is strong and the claim from Matt Cartwright help. Back to Caulfield where she is a winner, this is the horseto finish off the card with.

16. Jezoulenko was too tough last start at Caulfield and can put another win on the board with Jamie Kah in the saddle.

10. Vespertine closed off with good intent behind Florescent Star at Flemington and will be much fitter second-up at a track she has performed at well before.

2. Awapuni Princess shocked at a big price at this track when last in work, but that was later on in the preparation.

Caulfield FAQs

What time is the first race at Caulfield?

The first race at Caulfield jumps at 12.45pm.

Who is the best bet at Caulfield?

We are siding with Open Minded as the best bet at Caulfield.

How can I live stream the Caulfield races?

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We are siding with Open Minded and Award Winner as our best bets of the day.

Ginger Jones will run as our value bet.

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