Bons on song for home track sprint; Weekend Preview

By Georgie Dennis

Popular galloper Bons Away will be looking to get his first win on the board in over 12 months in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) this Saturday.

The five-year-old has been bitterly unlucky not to already have a win under his belt this preparation finishing fourth at Caulfield first up and then finishing third in the Gilgai Stakes a couple of weeks ago, but the team believe that this Saturday should be his day.

After pulling up in terrific order from his last run, the Ken King homebred has spent some time down at the beach and looks terrific now that his coat has come on.

He’s drawn a good barrier in four and has one of the country’s best jockeys on board in Kerrin McEvoy and with a bit of luck, we think he should be winning.

Earlier in the day, we have the unbeaten King of Prussia colt Yulong January running in the Polytrack Gothic Stakes over 1400m.

This horse is in terrific form after a big win in Sydney two weeks ago and while it is a tough field, we still think he will be right there at the finish.

Regan Bayliss will retain the ride on Yulong January and they will jump from barrier five.

We then have Yulong Meteor taking on the G3 Ethereal Stakes over 2000m.

She has continued to improve at every start since she has been with stable and is on a path to the VRC Oaks so we are hopeful this race can bring her on for that.

Barrier 11 is not ideal, but we will look to push forward and hope she can out-stay the rest of the field.

She looks fantastic and regardless of the draw, we still think she will be hard to beat.

Our two stakes-winning colts Not a Single Cent and Visao are both set to run in the 2000m G3 Ladbrokes Classic.

Not a Single Cent has been disappointing so far this preparation, but he showed some improvement last start and we are hopeful he can show some more in this race to warrant a start in the VRC Derby.

He will be ridden by Michael Walker from gate number two.

Visao’s last start in the Spring Champion Stakes was a complete forgive run.

He did a lot of work on a heavy track and weakened in the final stages.

The son of High Chaparral has drawn a nice gate in four and should get a nice run and we are hopeful he can run a good race in the lead up to the Derby.

In the following race, we have the imported entire Mask of Time who takes on the 2000m Coongy Cup.

This race maps okay for him but we still think he will need to improve to be able to beat what looks like a strong field.

He’s drawn a good barrier and there is speed in the race and if it pans out how we’d like it to, he could run a good race at some big odds.

Our final runner of the day at Caulfield is the talented mare Aloisia who runs in the Tristarc Stakes over 1400m.

She has a great second-up record winning the Thousand Guineas second-up last spring and she looks very well in the coat.

The daughter of Azamour has drawn a good barrier in two and we think she should go pretty close.

Further north in Sydney we have last weekend’s hero Big Blue backing up in the Tattersalls Club Cup over 2400m.

This rejuvenated galloper thrived on the heavy going up in Sydney last weekend and the team have opted to make the most of the wet and send him around again.

He pulled up well from that run and we think he will go well again this weekend.

We also have Right or Wrong going around at Randwick in a 1400m handicap.

He has been racing very well and has been unlucky not get a win since he’s been with the stable, but we think he has a good chance in this race on Saturday.

On Sunday at Cranbourne, we have Lecture set to run in her second start in a maiden over 1200m.

She was unlucky not win last start, but she will have improved with racing experience and we think she is good enough to just win this race.

Our other Cranbourne runner is Lagerfeld who runs in a 1000m handicap.

He has been remarkable at continuing on this prep and has come through his start well so we think he should go well again on Sunday.