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2021 Memsie Stakes Day Tips - Tips for Saturday's races at Caulfield
- 2021 Memsie Stakes Day will take place at Caulfield on Saturday
- Colette is tipped to win the main race
- Get to know the best picks from the other races
Expect exciting races at Caulfield on Saturday. (Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Group 1 racing returns to Victoria this weekend!
That’s right – we’ve already arrived at 2021 Memsie Stakes Day, and nine talent-packed races will be run and won at Caulfield on Saturday.
Crowds might still not be a thing, but backing winners certainly is, and I’m confident I’ve unearthed a few in my 2021 Memsie Stakes Day Tips below.
Caulfield R1 - NEDS HANDICAP (2400M)
No. 3 Tooradin
Tooradin has been a strong and consistent performer all prep and he can return to winning form in the first on Memsie Stakes Day.
The Maher & Eustace-trained stayer won each of his first two back from a spell and has finished second in his three subsequent starts, finding form around some above-average gallopers like Hosier.
He’s rock-hard fit and this looks the perfect race for him.
Caulfield R2 - VOLVO CARS BRIGHTON HANDICAP (1100M)
No. 3 Destination
Destination can make it two in a row when he steps out on Memsie Stakes Day.
The Godolphin-trained four-year-old has improved noticeably with each of his three starts back this time, and kept all of his best work for late when running on to win at Randwick last time.
He is drawn to receive a nice run in behind the pace from barrier 6 and Damien Oliver jumps into this saddle this week.
Caulfield R3 - EVERGREEN TURF HANDICAP (1400M)
No. 4 Need New Friends
Need New Friends finished midfield behind the likes of Miss Albania and Oxley Road when fresh, but I think that she can run a nice second-up race at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Shamus Award mare was a model of consistency last prep, winning a midweek race at Sandown and finishing second in the Frances Tressady Stakes most notably.
Given that she was only 2 lengths away from the winner when fresh, I think she can go a lot closer this week, and we can have an each-way play at her current price ($13 at publish).
Caulfield R4 - GROUP 3 MCNEIL STAKES (1200M)
No. 1 Artorius
Neds Blue Diamond winner Artorius will make his eagerly awaited return in the McNeil Stakes, and I am more than happy to stick with him.
The Flying Artie colt ran home to finish second behind Jigsaw on debut at Geelong and broke his maiden in dominant fashion at Sandown before returning one of the standout performances of the autumn when coming from nowhere to win at Group 1 level.
He finished sixth in the Golden Slipper in a hit-and-run mission in Sydney in March, and he has had the benefit of a trial in the lead-up to his return.
Caulfield R5 - GROUP 3 THE HEATH 1100 STAKES (1100M)
No. 1 Masked Crusader
Group 1 winner Masked Crusader will resume in The Heath and is a fitting occupant of the top line of betting.
He always hinted at ability but boy, he did start to realise his potential in the autumn of this year.
The Toronado gelding stormed home to win the William Reid Stakes under Willie Pike most notably, and he was probably a good thing licked in the TJ Smith Stakes as well.
His trial at Rosehill earlier this month was outstanding and even at around the $1.90 mark, I am happy to dive in.
Caulfield R6 - GROUP 3 COCKRAM STAKES (1200M)
No. 1 Probabeel & No. 9 Parlophone
This is an open edition of the Cockram Stakes with several key winning chances, and I’m going to have a crack at a couple.
The first is multiple Group 1 winner Probabeel and for obvious reasons, including her class, her proven ability and her outstanding fresh record.
The other is Parlophone, who looks to be the value in the race at around the $13 mark.
Parlophone is a Listed winner, and she has finished second in each of her first two starts back this time, including a nice effort behind the talented Bella Nipotina in the Mark Mazzaglia Handicap last time.
Caulfield R7 - LISTED HEATHERLIE STAKES (1700M)
No. 12 Bartholomeu Dias
The Heatherlie Stakes is always a wide open contest and there is absolutely no exception to that rule this weekend, but I do think that Bartholomeu Dias can run a race and I am happy to have something on.
The Mount Nelson gelding returned to the races in July for a lovely win over a mile at Flemington, and he has since been freshened.
I like that he has been back to the trials in the lead-up to his race and he gets into it very well under the conditions.
Caulfield R8 - GROUP 1 MEMSIE STAKES (1400M)
No. 9 Colette - Winner
I was going to put her on top in Sydney last week but she didn’t accept, and I am more than happy to roll Colette over to my 2021 Memsie Stakes Tips.
The Hallowed Crown mare has been nothing short of outstanding since making her debut, and she enjoyed a meteoric rise through the grades in her debut prep, culminating in a dominant win in the ATC Oaks.
Her spring prep last year was highlighted by an impressive win in the Golden Eagle, and there is no doubt that her best effort in autumn this year was her fresh win in the Apollo Stakes.
She’s had the benefit of a trial in the lead-up to her return and is certainly up to the class.
No. 7 Aegon - 2nd
Star kiwi Aegon will make his return to the races and Australia in the Memsie Stakes, and he can fight out the finish.
The Sacred Falls gelding won each of his first five career starts including the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas, and he announced himself to the Australian racing community with an incredible win in the Hobartville in February.
While he didn’t fire in either of the Randwick Guineas or Doncaster Mile, he has reportedly enjoyed his time away from the track, and he is yet to taste anything but success at this point of his prep.
No. 2 Behemoth - 3rd
The reigning Memsie Stakes champion returned an eye-catching effort to win (on protest) the Spring Stakes when fresh, and I’m more than happy to have him in my trifecta this weekend.
Behemoth has been an outstanding horse throughout his career, but there is no doubt that he went to a new level last spring, winning this race and the Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes most notably.
He rarely runs a bad race, the booking of Jamie Kah to ride is obviously enormous and with even luck, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.
No. 10 Tofane - 4th
I think she might find a couple of these rivals a little too good at this point of her prep, but there’s obviously no denying three-time Group 1 winner Tofane’s class, and she can fight into the Memsie Stakes first four.
Tofane recorded her first win at the highest level in the 2020 edition of the All Aged Stakes, and while she couldn’t return to the peak during her spring prep last year, she was nothing short of outstanding during the recent Brisbane winter, adding both the Stradbroke Handicap and Tattersall’s Tiara to her CV.
Craig Williams rides from the good draw and she’s certainly up to a bold performance.
Caulfield R9 - NEDS FILTER FORM HANDICAP (1400M)
No. 1 Groundswell
Interesting race this one, with Ayrton set to take his place fresh and opening an odds-on favourite under Jamie Kah.
Ordinarily most of that would be enough for me to five in head-first, but I think he’s unders at the price and I’m going to instead have something on my boy Groundswell.
Groundswell was good throughout his prep earlier this year, and he returned a very nice effort to salute at HQ returning from a short break three weeks ago.
I concede he’ll need to be at his best, but given the Freedmans’ also threw in a nom for the Memsie, I’m confident that he will be, and we can have an each-way play at around the $9 mark.
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