With Flemington’s traditional January 1 meeting attracting the better summer sprinters and stayers the first Saturday meeting of the new year at Caulfield has, not surprisingly, something of a mundane look.
But there are nine races on the card, and there will be nine winners; with a dozen or more runners scheduled to contest each event there are likely to be a fair few longshots making the frame or getting their heads in front, making it a trappy day for punters.
Is Price right?
Royal Ascot winners are no longer that uncommon in Australian racing, with the number of horses being bought from Europe growing each year.
And the Tom Dabernig-Ben Hayes stable will be looking to one such import, Biometric, to make his mark when he contests Caulfield’s 1400-metre Travis Stillman Handicap on Saturday with three-kilogram-claiming apprentice Will Price in the saddle.