Shark Bites: Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day Preview

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I was casually strolling through the Medallion Bar at Caulfield on Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes Day, minding my own business, with half an eye on the time so I didn’t miss the first.

As I’d tipped in this very blog, I was very keen on South Aussie Steel Frost and I was determined to kick my day off the right way.

Mates tell me that I have a love / late relationship with time – so often do I test the boundaries of punctuality that I must surely enjoy it – but even at my most tardy I’d be at The Heath with 15 minutes to spare before race one; perfect.

“Shark! Shark! Have you got a minute mate?” said an unfamiliar voice from the bar.

Now I’m an affable fellow, friendly, accommodating, occasionally willing to indulge the drunken ramblings of a stranger at the risk of errant spittle, so given the day was only young I figured that this was a low percentage risk I could take to lend an ear to a fellow punter.

And that, friends, is where my perfect plan came crashing down.

Not only did this gent want to wax lyrical about former glories – at least they were mine, mostly of the Get On variety – he dragged over a couple of mates fresh from Swan Street and the Tigers after-party to complete what was the finest pincer move since the Battle of Stalingrad (look it up, classic pincer).

I watched the clock tick away over the lead pest’s right shoulder. I watched Will Clarken on the big screen. I watched the field leave the gates. I watched Steel Frost win.

“Oh sorry mate – did you want to have a bet?” said my new chum.

His parting words, though frustratingly vapid in that moment, may yet pay off – for all of us –  this Saturday.

“Mate,” he said, dropping his voice and dragging me closer by the elbow like any proper racetrack tout about to deliver a fair dinkum street corner tip.

“My mate owns a bit of Gallic Chieftain. He’s going to the Herbert Power, you know what to do Shark.”

By that I doubt he meant relay that tip to all MRC members, but hey, I like to share.

My best for Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day are;

R8 No. 16 CATCHY

Shark Bites: Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes Preview

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At the risk of going the early crow, I have had some fair dinkum amazing days on the punt on Underwood Stakes day.

Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes Preview – Tips by the Shark

At the risk of going the early crow, I have had some fair dinkum amazing days on the punt on Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes day.

My run probably began with a little mare called Rewaaya. I think I shouted my then girlfriend’s parents (now my in-laws) Chinese after the mare on the 2006 Rupert Clarke. Nothing turns opinions faster than a good lemon chicken and I was Golden Boy from that day forth.

Then there was Sunburnt Land into Weekend Hussler into Orange County in 2008 when a mate was reduced to tears as the latter hit the line. He loved Orange County so much that he decided to go and shake trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith’s hand after the race, Brian snubbed him and broke his heart.

Then there was 2010 when I nailed the Big 6 thanks in part to So You Think and Response landing their respective legs as one-out picks.

Unfortunately, after that self indulgent trip down memory lane we are pretty much guaranteed to get nowhere near it on Sunday. So if you thought you’d be getting a decent tip from this blog I apologise in advance.

But for those of you that still have faith that this plucky silver fox still can turn on the magic, let’s have a look at this Sunday’s card.

I think I’ll open the shoulders early with South Aussie raider STEEL FROST (R1. No. 5). Trainer Will Clarken is a genius with a tried horse and has this ex-NSW bushwhacker racing like Phar Lap – I’m jumping on the bandwagon.

We’re getting $2 to find out if the best filly in Australia CATCHY (R5 No. 1) can run 1400m…I’m happy to take that bet despite the resistance likely to come from the so far unbeaten Shoals.

It’s a similar story with HARTNELL (R7 No. 1) in the G1 Underwood Stakes. He’s arguably the second best horse in Australia and we’re getting $1.90 about him in a race where Kerrin McEvoy can control the speed and dominate from the front. Surely none of these Cups and Plate bound rivals will sacrifice themselves in the first 400m to bring that plan unstuck?

TOSEN STARDOM (R8 No. 4) comes back from WFA racing in a race where Darren Weir is likely to have him peaking third-up. $6 is a good price for a horse twice placed at G1 level over the Caulfield 1400m. LAND OF PLENTY (No. 16) is the best roughie in the race.

If you’ve had a decent day of it come the last, save a few shekels for my girl OCEAN EMBERS (R9 No. 10) and hope she runs to her best Caulfield form – I’ll go absolutely nuts if she wins, follow me to the bar!

Unbeaten Caulfield trained colt Merchant Navy returns on Saturday

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Unbeaten Caulfield trained colt Merchant Navy returns on Saturday, in the $150,750 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m), as he begins his quest for Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas glory this spring.

Unbeaten Caulfield trained colt Merchant Navy returns on Saturday, in the $150,750 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m), as he begins his quest for Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas glory this spring. Check out his preparation for a first-up assault at the Ladbrokes Jump-Outs links below.

2017 Annual General Meeting Notice

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The Annual General Meeting of members of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club (incorporating the Melbourne Racing Club) will be held in the Committee Room, 3rd Floor, Rupert Clarke Grandstand, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield on Thursday 28 September at 6pm.

The business of the Annual General Meeting will include:

  1. Confirmation of the minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting;
  2. The Chairman’s Report;
  3. The Treasurer’s Report;
  4. To approve the Financial Statements of the year ended 30 June 2017;
  5. Confirmation of the Executive Committee;
  6. To appoint the Club’s Auditors’; and
  7. General Business.

The Club encourages all MRC Members to attend the meeting. For more information on the Annual General meeting, please contact or call 1300 GO RACE (46 7223).

The 2017 Annual Report is provisionally scheduled to be published on 19 September 2017.

MRC Dubai Members Tour – March 2018

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The Melbourne Racing Club have partnered with our long term sponsor in italk Travel to launch an exclusive MRC Members’ tour to Dubai in March 2018.

Following the popular MRC Member Tour to Hong Kong last year, this new tour offers a great opportunity for our loyal members to visit one of the most desirable destinations in the world and witness racing history at the Dubai World Cup, a race worth more than 10 million dollars.

Please find all of the details regarding this tour below. Be sure to book quickly to avoid missing out!

For more information or booking enquiries, call (03) 9807 7922 or email


Changes to the MRC Executive Committee

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The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) today announced that Brooke Dawson will join the club’s Executive Committee, following the resignation of long-serving Committeeman, Rod Fenwick.

The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) today announced that Brooke Dawson will join the club’s Executive Committee, following the resignation of long-serving Committeeman, Rod Fenwick.

Club Chairman, Mike Symons, paid tribute to Mr Fenwick’s service to the club.

“Rod has given 20 years of energy, commitment and leadership to both the Mornington Racing Club, where he was Chairman and instrumental in the successful merger with the MRC, and more recently on the MRC Committee,” Mike said.

“Through that time, Rod’s focus on integrity related matters, accountability and maximising club performance and ensuring the MRC delivers on its merger commitments to the Mornington Racing Club have been key attributes.”

Mr Fenwick has been a member of the club’s Finance Sub-Committee as well as the Risk, Compliance and Audit Committee and also represents the MRC on the Trust of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.

Ms Dawson brings a wealth of experience to the MRC, having served on the Mornington Advisory Group since 2014 after holding positions as an Elected Director of the Australian Polo Federation and Committee Member of Victorian Polo Club. She also sits on the Cattle Compensation Advisory Board representing the Australian Meat Industry Council, having been Senior Manager at family owned and operated Oakdale Meat Company since 2004.

Ms Dawson has a passionate interest in horses and farming through her involvement in the Central Victorian property that houses an Angus cattle breeding program as well as her polo ponies.  She also has a keen interest in racehorses, aspiring to race a group one winner through her family’s thoroughbred breeding program and horses in training.

“The MRC has been fortunate to have someone of Rod’s talent and personality on our committee and we wish him well in the future. At the same time, we warmly welcome a new addition to the club Committee in Brooke,” Mike said.

MRC Young Members’ & The Emerson join forces for 2017-18

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To welcome in the exciting new 2017-18 racing season, the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) is pleased to announce an official partnership with iconic South Yarra venue The Emerson to host a series of MRC Young Member After Parties during the 2017 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival and beyond.

The MRC Young Members-The Emerson alliance will offer a number of exclusive benefits to MRC Young Members and their guests during the 2017-18 racing season including:

  • Complimentary bus transfers from major racedays at Caulfield to The Emerson
  • Priority entry to The Emerson from 6-9pm (MRC Young Members and guests must be wearing their wristband as well as their Membership Card or Guest Ticket)
  • Complimentary drink on arrival and an hour of delicious canapés

“The Melbourne Racing Club’s Young Members’ represent the future of our Club and we are passionate about growing our Young Members’ programme by providing more on-trend benefits and experiences.

“We are really proud to align with such a prominent brand and reputable venue as The Emerson, and this exciting affiliation offers MRC Young Members’ an exclusive facility to call their own throughout the 2017-18 racing season,” explained Melbourne Racing Club Membership Manager, Nick Ristovic

The popular three-storey rooftop bar, club and restaurant which is located only a few kilometres away from Caulfield Racecourse, will provide the perfect environment to recharge the batteries and continue BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival celebrations long in to the night this spring.

“The Emerson are delighted to be partnering with the Melbourne Racing Club’s Young Members. Their events have a proven track record and demonstrated a fresh and collaborative approach which we are proud to align with.

“We look forward to welcoming all MRC Young Members and their guests at The Emerson throughout the 2017-18 racing season and we’ll be preparing for some serious fun with the Spring Racing Carnival only weeks away,” said The Emerson CEO, Mark Hinkley.

Returning to its premium infield location this BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, is the Stella Artois MRC Young Members precinct which provides members and their guests the ultimate race day experience.

Members receive two complimentary beverages and a racebook, access to a private bar and facility offering premium food and beverages as well as DJ’s, entertainment and a big screen to watch the Group 1 racing action throughout the day. Stella Artois MRC Young Members After Party benefits include complimentary bus transfers (limited), priority entry to The Emerson, complimentary beverage and canapes on arrival.

2017 Caulfield Cup Carnival Young Member ticketing on sale now!

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The Stella Artois MRC Young Members is back this Spring, returning to its exclusive location on the centre stage of Caulfield Racecourse.

With a premium food and beverage offering, live music and entertainment all day, plus Group 1 racing and an official after party, it’s no surprise this is an annual sell-out event.

So for the best party on course at this year’s BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, be sure to book your tickets early to avoid missing out.

Tickets on sale now!

Visit for further details

Membership Department on 1300 GO RACE (46 7223)