Groot set for a Showdown; Weekend Preview

Lightly raced colt Groot is set to take on the inaugural $1M Ladbrokes Showdown at Caulfield this weekend, a 1200m race for Victorian sired two-year-olds.

The son of Fighting Sun has always shown us nice ability and has had a good career to date running fourth in the Blue Diamond Prelude and third in the Vobis Gold Rush from the widest barrier.

We think he has improved off the back of that run and should run a nice race on Saturday.

Craig Williams takes the ride from barrier 10.

Earlier in the day, we have Another Eclipse making his Australian debut in a 1400m handicap.

He is a nice horse that we have brought over here and while we think he will appreciate more ground; his work suggests he could run a nice race first-up.

Liam Riordan rides from barrier one.

Later in the day we have Sopressa running in the 2000m Vobis Gold Heath over 2000m.

She has improved with every start this campaign but has drawn slightly awkwardly in a small field so we think she will run well without winning.

Harry Coffey takes the ride from barrier seven.

Our final runner at Caulfield is Think Bleue in the 1600m Vobis Gold Mile.

She is a talented filly who has found her form, winning over this track and distance last start.

We have given her a little bit of a break between runs to keep her fresh and we think she will run well.

Luke Currie will take the ride from barrier 10.

Over at Morphettville, we have just one runner with last start winner Kooweerup running in the Group 3 Breeder’s Stakes over 1200m.

We have had a nice opinion of this filly and she was very impressive winning first-up at Sandown where she came from the backend of the field and stormed home.

Based on the way she ran last start, we think she will greatly appreciate stepping out the 1200m.

It would be great to get her some black type and we think she can do just that in this race.

Jamie Kah takes the ride from barrier five.

Up in Sydney, we have Aloisia running in the 1600m Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

She was disappointing last start in the Doncaster so she will need to have bounced back from that run, but we think she has.

This is likely to be her final start before heading to the Chairman’s Sale so it would be great for her to round off her terrific career with a long-awaited win.

Sam Clipperton will ride from barrier six.