Gaby, Bella & Bons headline a big day at home; Caulfield Preview

By Georgie Dennis

A huge weekend of racing looms for team CMR which will be headlined by some serious chances in some big Group 1s.

In the $1.5M Blue Diamond we have two very exciting and talented fillies, Loving Gaby and Bella Rose tackling the 1200m two-year-old feature.

Loving Gaby will go into the race as the favourite after her very impressive win over Bella Rosa in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes a couple of weeks ago.

No other 2YO filly has won the Blue Diamond after just one previous start and the last horse to do it was Redoutes Choice, however, we believe our daughter I Am Invincible is talented and professional enough to do it.

Bella Rosa has drawn awkwardly for her because she is a jump and run horse, but she is tough and was gallant behind Loving Gaby last start where she gave her two kilos.

Loving Gaby will be partnered by Damian Lane and they will jump from barrier 12 and Linda Meech will take the ride on Bella Rosa from gate 10.

We then have the stable favourite Bons Away tackling his target race, the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

The five-year-old son of Bon Hoffa has been set for this race for a long time after he finished fifth and was only beaten half a length in the race last year.

This year he goes into the race with an impressive win under his belt and some added confidence.

He had a sharp gallop on Tuesday, and we couldn’t have him going any better so we are hopeful he can pull off a win.

It will be tough from his draw with so many fast horses in the race but he is as tough as nails and will leave no stone unturned.

Bons Away will be piloted by Linda Meech from the sticky barrier 20.

Earlier in the card at Caulfield, we have D’grammy and Global Exchange set to line up in the Group 2 Autumn Classic over 1800m.

D’grammy is stepping up to this distance for the first time and this is a big step up in grade for him so he will need to put in a career best to win.

Global Exchange is a nice progressive horse coming off a good win in the country.

He will definitely appreciate the step up in distance and we are hopeful to get him to a derby this campaign but we think he will run well.

Jye McNeill takes the ride on D’grammy from barrier five and Global Exchange will jump from barrier nine with Ben Melham on board.

We then have former Weir galloper Think Bleue and last start winner Naantali tackling the 1400m Group 3 Mannerism Stakes.

We are still learning about Think Bleue but she is a nice mare kicking off her campaign.

She will appreciate the run under her belt and a step up in distance, so we are just looking for her to hit the line well.

Naantali is in terrific form coming off a win over this track and distance last start.

We think she is up to this level and deserves some black type to boost her value later on in life and she should go very well in this race.

Think Bleue will be ridden by John Allen from barrier six and Naantali will be ridden by regular rider Damian Lane from barrier nine.

In the following race, the 1400m Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes, we have last start winner Yulong Meteor and the unbeaten half-sister to Bons Away, Street Icon.

Yulong Meteor is a horse that hasn’t quite reached the heights we’d hoped for yet, but she won impressively in a race that was far short of her best distance last start.

She will appreciate further than this, but we are still expecting her to run well.

Street Icon is a nice progressive filly who is nicely bred, being a half-sister to Bons Away by Street Boss, and is undefeated from two starts so we are hopeful she can go three from three and her dam, Villa Albani, gets a stakes double on the day.

Jye McNeill will retain the ride on Yulong Meteor and will jump from barrier two and Street Icon will be ridden by Linda Meech from barrier 10.

We then have Yulong January resuming in the 1200m G3 Zeditave Stakes.

This is just a kick off race for his Autumn campaign and we think he will need the run to bring him on fitness-wise and he appreciates a bit further in trip, so we are just looking to see him run well and hit the line strong.

Yulong January will be ridden by Linda Meech from barrier one.

To cap off the day at Caulfield we have Nights Watch running in the 1800m Peter Young Stakes.

He ran very well first-up here a couple of weeks ago and came through it really well.

He’s drawn a nice gate for him to be able to be able to sit mid-field with some cover and finish off strong so we think he will be hard to beat.

Damian Lane will partner Nights Watch from barrier six.