Classy colt returns after lengthy layoff; Weekend Preview

Two-time group winner Villermont was last seen at the race almost 12 months ago to the day, but after a lengthy layoff, he is ready to return to the track on Saturday at Caulfield in the 1200m Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap.

This distance will be short of his best, but he is going well so we are hopeful he will be finishing off strong.

Given the outside draw, he will go back from the gate and hopefully flash home.

Jye McNeil will take the ride from barrier nine.

Earlier in the day at Caulfield, we have Kemono running in the Ian Miller Handicap over 1600m.

This will be his first run over the mile in Australia, but he does have form over the distance in Japan.

He will race on the speed from the inside draw and we’d be hopeful he can fight off the rest of the field at the finish.

His work has been good, and he looks very well in himself so we think he will go well.

James Winks will take the ride from barrier one.

We then have Bam’s On Fire and Delusions running in the 1100m Le Pine Funerals Handicap.

Bam’s On Fire had an easy win at Benella over this distance first-up which will have gotten her confidence up.

This looks like an ideal race for her and we think she will go well.

Delusions has trialled up well and we think she is going well enough to run her in town first-up but think she may appreciate a bit more ground.

Bam’s On Fire will be ridden by Nikita Beriman from barrier three and Delusions will be ridden by Jye McNeil from barrier six.

In the final event of the day at Caufield, we have Think Bleue running in the JRA Handicap over 1800m.

She ran well behind some smart horses last start and pulled up in good order.

We think she will appreciate the step up in trip and the three-kilo claim so she should go well.

Teo Nugent takes the ride from barrier five.

Up at Doomben, we have smart two-year-old Dubious running in the Group 2 1200m Champagne Classic.

He has been out of action for a few weeks as he has been avoiding the wet tracks so it has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works for the rest of his preparation.

This race looks ideal for him and he is no stranger to travelling so we think he will run a nice race.

James McDonald will take the ride from barrier seven.