Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes day tips: Caulfield & Rosehill, 24th February

THE best Saturday of racing for 2018 thus far awaits punters this Saturday, with a sizzling Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes day meeting at Caulfield backed up by a ripper Rosehill card.

Our five best bets from across the two meetings – including two Group 1 tips – are below. You can get set on either fixed odds or GOAT SP – Australia’s best tote product – at TopBetta.

Caulfield R5#7 SAMOVARE @ $4.80

Group 1-performed Samovare returns for the Autumn at a trip short of her best distance, but looks to be nicely placed in this company. Speed maps have her settling in a midfield, off-fence position and she’ll be poised to strike if Silent Sedition and Flippant take each other on in front.

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Caulfield R7#13 ENNIS HILL @ $8.50/$2.80 each-way

Happy to suggest that Ennis Hill, one of the Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig quartet in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes, could prove very hard to run down.First up she showed good speed to lead over 1000m and she’ll almost certainly be there again under the urgings of Baster. There will be plenty of pressure on, but she’ll be the one to catch as they turn for home.

Caulfield R8#8 SNITTY KITTY @ $9.50/$3.00 each-way

Speedy mare Snitty Kitty has been set for the G1 Oakleigh Plate second up on her home track after producing Group 1 figures here last prep. She’s drawn wide but has the early speed to cross and from the chute on-pacers drawn wide tend to be advantaged. Looks a great each-way bet.

Rosehill R5#1 EGG TART @ $6.50/$2.15

Plenty of speed on in the G2 Millie Fox which might set things up nicely for Egg Tart, the forgotten horse who less than a year ago was being touted as a star. Nothing went right for her in the Spring but she did run second first up to Deploy in track record time at this venue and distance. After a couple of quiet trials, she could be ready to surprise.

Rosehill R7#3 KEMENTARI @ $2.35

The G2 Hobartville looks a cracking race and while a case can be made for many of them, it is hard to ignore the overtures of the favourite. Kementari is a star 3yo colt which blitzed many of these first up, and the rise to 1400m can only be in his favour. Speed maps have him sitting in the perfect ‘one-one’ position and ready to strike in the straight.


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