This year's Caulfield Sprint has a distinct South Australian flavour.
One third of Saturday’s $300,000 Group 2 over 1000m is made up of horses from Morphettville.
Will Clarken’s He’s A Balter is chasing his sixth win in seven starts, Chris Bieg’s last-start Wylie winner Free Of Debt is chasing four from five, while Richard and Chantelle Jolly’s All Banter is second-up after being run down stablemate Dexelation.
And then there is Bold Star.
A tick over 12 months ago Bold Star was placed in both the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes and Group 3 Chatham Stakes at Flemington, and his 2021 started promisingly when second behind Prophet’s Thumb in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield.
But Bold Star has beaten home just six of his 52 rivals in his past four starts combined and finds himself a $101 outsider from barrier one.
All Banter is the pick of the SA raiders according to tab.com.au, marked a $10 chance behind Malkovich ($4 favourite) while He’s a Balter is a $14 chance and Free Of Debt is $34 with the red-hot Brett Prebble booked to ride.