Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes Could Springboard Soothing
There is not much large stakes Thoroughbred racing at the moment, but Caulfield is running the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100 m, weight-for-age) this Saturday.
It is the second-to-last Group level race of the 2018 – 2019 Australian Thoroughbred racing season.
Voodoo Lad won the race in 2018 before cracking the Group 1 winners’ ranks with the Winterbottom Stakes in December of 2018.
Ladbrokes has their name attached to all the races. The Monash is the eighth race of the nine races for the meeting and the Victorian officialshave managed to find 14 sprinters.
From the punting perspective, it looks like a competitive race, with the quotes ranging from $4.20 for Soothing to $51 for all about Nicci, with six runners priced in the single digits.
Soothing is the daughter of Lonhro and while her recent form has not been scintillating, prior to her last four she won three consecutive with wins at Warwick Farm, Randwick and Rosehill.
Those were benchmark races and the Sir John Monash is her first attempt at Group racing, as trainer James Cummings tries to groom the four-year-old for bigger races.
Linda Meech will be doing the steering and she and Soothing are respectably drawn in the fourth barrier.
Meech is well up the table for Australian jockeys, although if there were ever such a thing as a safe punt, it would seem obvious that neither she nor anyone is going to catch Willie Pike.
Meech was out for a spell following a fall at Geelong and she no longer has Peter Moody to hand her the reins, so it is good to see her fit and moving ahead with her career.
While the major races for the season have concluded, this weekend will feature meetings all across the country, with Belmont, Doomben and Rosehill all with something on, along with the country tracks.
In other words, there are plenty of punts to be found and those with a sense for finding the winners will discover that the bookies pay the same prices for minor races that they offer for the big Group races.