Caulfield specialist Voodoo Lad is the pick of the three Darren Weir trained sprinters in the Group 3 $150,000 The Big Screen Company Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Weir will also saddle up multiple Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart and last start Flemington winner Camdus but stable foreman Jarrod McLean has selected Voodoo Lad as the one to beat.
“It was great to see him back to his best form at Caulfield last start and we’re looking for a similar performance in the Bletchingly this Saturday,” McLean told racing.com.
“His record is outstanding at Caulfield and now he’s back to his best he’s probably our best chance to win the race on Saturday.”
Voodoo Lad made it four wins from five starts at Caulfield with his victory in the Group 3 $150,000 Ladbrokes Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) a fortnight ago and has had plenty of support in pre-post betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, firming in from $4.40 to be the $3.10 second favourite on race eve.
The Lindsay Park trained Vega Magic also has plenty of backing and is now into odds on at $1.90, firming in from $2.20.
Mark Zahra takes over the reins on Voodoo Lad from Brad Rawiller and the six year old will jump from barrier six in the Bletchngly Stakes field that has been reduced to eight runners following the early scratching of the Mick Price trained Ardrossan.
Apprentice Ben Allen will ride Black Heart Bart who has drawn the rails while Camdus will jump from gate five for Dean Yendall.
Damien Oliver takes the ride on Vega Magic who has drawn nicely at barrier three and the big chestnut will race with the blinkers on for the first time.