The Sir John Monash Stakes Preview – Caulfield 16th July

The Sir John Monash Stakes by Todd Burmester The Monash Stakes heads the card at Caulfield on Saturday and in all honesty, if she returns in anything like the form she left last campaign in, I can see Warm Love simply being a good thing. She finished her last campaign with 3rd to Black Caviar, beaten 5 lengths in The Lightning. Given what Black Caviar went on to do, that looks pretty good doesn’t it? But if you want more than that, she was also only half a length behind Grand Duels up the straight, and Grand Duels goes pretty well up the straight. Prior to that she put 3 wins on end, one of them over Saturday’s course and distance. So what about her opposition on Saturday? I can’t find a Black Caviar, that’s for sure. Gold Trail will probably challenge for favouritism, and no doubt she has some class, but can mix its form a bit in my opinion. Uxorious and Second effort are possibly horses on the way up, particularly Second Effort, so I will nominate him as the main danger to Warm Love, and early money suggests he is definitely set to run a big race. If you need any more reasons to be on Warm Love however, she will be on the pace, if not leading and she also gets a weight advantage from her rivals – yes, she’s a good bet for mine.