Melbourne Racing Tips – Saturday February 5, 2022
Saturday @ Caulfield:
Track: Good 4/3. Rail: Out 9m.
3:05pm R5 #1 PAULELE (Best)
4:25pm R7 #10 DESERT ICON
Starts Race 6 at 3:45pm AEDT
1st leg: 1,5,7
2nd leg: 1,2,3,10
3rd leg: 2,
$21.60 gets you 10%
Race 5: MANFRED STAKES 1200M
PAULELE (1) is the class horse here by a mile. Won the G2 Roman Consul 1200m last prep in fast time and has trialed nicely in prep for his first up assignment either here or at Randwick in the Eskimo Prince 1200m. If he runs here with Ollie taking the ride, he should trail the leaders and be too good for them in the run to the line.
GENERATION (2) has 2 wins at the distance and a win at the track. He should come across and lead and be something for the favorite to chase. UNFLINCHING (6) is an unbeaten colt with his 3 wins all coming at 1000m. He is a speedy type who will lead this and with race fitness on his side could test PAULELE. That said he will have to go to a new level here and is not ideally weighted.
(1) PAULELE: 1 unit win @ $2.90
Race 7: BM100 Handicap 1800m
DESERT ICON (10) an import having his 3rd run in for team Waller here and was just nutted on the post last start after having to work forward from a wide barrier. Slightly up in class and first go at Caulfield are hurdles but he drops 6kgs on his last run and should be able to push forward on what looks a soft speed. He is progressing nicely and in a race with no stars he should get every chance.
DARK DREAM (1) has struck form since arriving from Hong Kong for team Hayes and like that Nolen sticks. This trainer jockey combo are inform of late and if this fellow can slot in 2 wide mid field he’ll be a good chance again. HOLBEIN (4) placed 3rd last start over 2000m and won for us at good odds over 1700m in the Listed Lord Stakes. This distance might be as far as he wants and the wide barrier doesn’t help. That said he is consistent and with Mark Zahra going aboard, he should run his usual honest race.
(10) DESERT ICON: 0.5 units win @ $3.60