Race 1 - 1:00PM DARLEY LONHRO PLATE Tips (1000 METRES)
In an impossible one to line-up, we'll lean the way of 12. TESTIMONIAL, a returning Godolphin filly who has trialled fairly twice since her debut Victory Vein attempt back in October, where she should've finished closer.
She was forced to the rear and effectively out of contention after being inconvenienced at the start, however, was consistently running the best closing sectionals of the race (outside of the winner). Magic Millions performer She's All Class was produced from that event and off what looks a good speed, she can launch late.
Early favourite 5. Nasdaq Dubai couldn't have been any more impressive in a soft trial win at Rosehill on January 27, seemingly in still in second gear in the run home while his rivals were flat out keeping up. The time was only fair and I'm not exactly sure what he beat, so inclined to trust the betting late..
trialled every bit as well as his impressive stable mate Captivant (Victory Vein winner) in October and it was hard to fault the January hit-out at Gosford. Barrier 12 the knock while 7. Avaricious
is one at big odds ($23.00 @ bet365)
to consider. Like everything, was beaten out sight by Enthaar on debut but has been settling a little better in her two recent heats.
Race 2 - 1:35PM TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Lightly raced Wagga galloper 1. ANOTHER ONE is certainly better than your average Highway runner and following a somewhat flat showing on November 28, bounced back with a very soft three-length win on December 19.
The runner-up Kattegat won her next outing easily so the form has stood up and given the space between runs, they trialled this gelding on January 26 with the blinkers on, where he worked through his gears nicely over the latter stages. Tommy Sherry took the initiative by putting him into the race early last start and we're looking for the same here.
It looks open outside of the favourite but one with a little more upside than most of her rivals is 7. Lucky Banner
who was competitive albeit a little flat in a Highway last year, but after five runs as an early three-year-old filly, had come to the end of her preparation. The January 28 trial at Scone when working home fast late was excellent to the eye and she's an each-way hope at a fair quote ($19.00 @ Palmerbet).
11. Commando Hunt is fit and the country form around him has been okay. Wetter the better for him (both wins on Heavy) and including 3. Niccirose, who although is very hit or miss, won a Highway by six lengths last August but he is hard to catch.
Race 3 - 2:10PM HEINEKEN HANDICAP Tips (1000 METRES)
Short odds are on offer for the returning 6. WRITTEN BEAUTY, a smart three-year-old that's prepared by Team Hawkes who after making light work of her opposition early in the spring, got her black type win up the Flemington straight on Oaks Day.
She looked in complete control via her February 1 trial at Warwick, Farm, spearing straight to the front and put a big margin on the Group One-placed Dirty Work. This filly is superbly in with just 53.5kg as clearly the most progressive runner in the field and although there is good speed engaged for this small field, she's versatile and can sit off them if need be.
The Kris Lees-trained 7. Zaniah is at least a quinella chance and is one that should lap up a strong tempo. After only going around at 78 level last winter, the daughter of Zoustar sprung a couple of surprises with Group Thee placing's in two of her last three outings.
2. Spaceboy has been freshened-up following a string of four runs from November 28 to January 1 and back to the 1000m is a big tick. He can give a sight and from a raffle among the rest, many of which are hard to catch/out of form, perhaps 3. Royal Witness with the blinkers on first-up is the next best.
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Race 4 - 2:45PM RANVET HANDICAP (1300 METRES)
Chris Waller trains five of the field of 12 mares that have accepted for this Benchmark 78 and while the bookies certainly haven't missed her, I'd be surprised if the lightly raced 8. APRIL RAIN wasn't the clearly the best of this whole line-up going forward.
By Pierro and out of a Group Two winning miler Faith Hill, this four-year-old was given plenty of time and resumed in January, recording back-to-back wins at Canterbury and last of those had plenty of merit given how slow they went up front. A likely (eventual) stakes-class runner that's facing opposition who are mostly at their ceiling, she should be winning.
A returning mare with some upside is 11. Fashchanel who beat a subsequent city winner first-up last preparation on a soft track but was a little disappointing following that in a pair of modest events. Has less convictions than most of these and the two trials leading into this have been good.
1. Madam Legend is very honest and should be close to her top now third-up. She's been a little one-paced late in her races this campaign and include 4. Starla in the numbers, a mare that shows up seemingly every fortnight in these events and runs a drum.
Race 5 - 3:20PM INGLIS MILLENNIUM - 2YOS Tips (1100 METRES)
Is 1. PROFITEER a genuine threat to boom filly Enthaar in the later two-year-old features? With Acrobat ruled out for the autumn, it's likely but to solidify those claims, he'll need to be taking out the Inglis Millenium, which isn't filled with the cream of the current juvenile crop.
Bolting in by a big margin in good time for the class on December 13 (two lengths faster overall than the older horses later on that Flemington meeting), the son of Capitalist has had a hit-out on his "Sydney leg", strolling in via a Rosehill heat that included the smart Wednesday winner Hilal in good time for the morning. A wet track is an unknown and the main query.
With the likely scratching of Sneaky Five, The Annabel Neasham-trained 9. Ashema looks the main threat. Was outclassed by The Acrobat on debut prior to resuming on January 23, where she was wide throughout. Should get more favours and is fitter, but we're yet to see her let down late.
is a nice galloper going forward, especially once the distances increase. Interested to see what he does here and getting a run as the first emergency is 17. Arthur Francis
. Was a big drifter on January 23 ($3.50-$5.60) where he was a little plain but had trialled very well prior to that debut. The market looks to have overreacted ($51.00 @ TopSport).
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Race 6 - 3:55PM AQUIS ESKIMO PRINCE STAKES Tips (1200 METRES)
Arguably the most interesting race on the program given the amount of class three-year-old's that are resuming, but it's a tough one to line-up against the race-fit runners and with a good speed predicted, will it leave some of these fresh runners vulnerable late?
We'll go the way of 2. PRAGUE who is at least an each-way price. A tough two-year-old but never really came up in the spring, with the post-race revealing the colt to be suffering from colic after the Guineas prelude. With the blinkers off but still having enough tactical speed, he can camp off the three/four speedsters and have the first shot at them in the run home.
1. Peltzer didn't measure up in the Golden Rose, but came back a few notches to record back-to-back wins. He's had two trials, compared to one ahead of last spring, and out of all first-up contenders, he's been the pick of them at the trials. The wide gate with The Face, Vreneli and Belieber drawn inside of him could spell trouble, however.
3. North Pacific has the best form lines but was niggled to just catch a Provincial class Jeanne D'Arc via his latest trial and the time wasn't flash. Short enough in a race with plenty of question marks and including 8. Tommy Gold off two nice trials. Has to improve to reach a few of these off prior form, but there's no reason to suggest he can't.
Race 7 - 4:35PM INGLIS SPRINT - 3YOS Tips (1200 METRES)
After opening up at around an even money quote, the market didn't want a bar of 1. THE BOPPER first-up which proved spot on and although he was admittedly a little disappointing, they ran that event very hard, which set it up for the well-backed Taillieur.
With just the one soft trial leading into that return and with this $1 million sprint as the target, this looks a set play from the Kris Lees stable who now put Hugh Bowman on and while the speedy Malkovich is here, this gelding doesn't have to lead, so the box-seat is available from gate one. Is he the best sprinter in the field? We'll find out on Saturday.
1. Ole Kirk is the obvious on ratings as a dual Group One winner, albeit had plenty go his way in both feature wins. Class galloper of the field but resuming at 1200m off one trial and scratching him last week? He has bigger fish to fry over longer journeys this autumn, so a likely improver off whatever he does here fresh.
The Spring filly form around 10. Dame Giselle
is questionable but she's tough and has tactical speed. A wet track first-up off one trial is a query while if the favourite is coming home then 7. Rocketing By
might tag along at a big price ($26.50 @ Sportsbetting).
Proved his city credentials on January 23 in a contest he should've won by a little further (held-up in the straight).
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Race 8 - 5:15PM DAVALI THOROUGHBREDS CUP Tips (1600 METRES)
On paper, this is a tougher assignment for 8. ALL TIME LEGEND who should've made it a fifth successive win last start, but a bizarre move of handing up the lead and electing to find a backside ruled out any chance of that happening on January 23, in a horror watch for his supporters.
The son of Zoustar plummets a massive 6kg off that performance and although he is drawn out, there's no speed on paper, so Kerrin McEvoy should be able to stroll across at his own leisure. No spoil at an odds-on quote but off that map, I'm not sure how many of these middle distance/staying types catch him at the predicted tempo.
One with a turn-of-foot is 3. Order Again who was enormous when winning fresh and just not quite in striking distance second-up with nothing taking him into the race, but still finished off with purpose. Is clearly going well enough and 1400m to 1600m is a big tick.
7. Mount Popa
is a progressive stayer who was scratched from last Saturday due to the wet track, which won't make a whole lot of sense if rain comes on Saturday and they run, but he's one to keep an eye on with a view to longer trips while for a blowout ($61.00 @ bet365) 5. Sikandarabad
has top three/four claims. Although safely held, he was strong late in the Carrington Stakes.
Race 9 - 5:55PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE MILE Tips (1600 METRES)
Going 1300m-1600m, I'd be a little surprised if 6. BLAZE A TRAIL didn't improve again off whatever he does on Saturday, but as a classy three-year-old on the rise and off a lovely return effort, I kept coming back to him in the last from Randwick as one of the few runners with genuine upside that is taking on some well exposed opposition.
After being well held in Golden Slipper lead-up's last year, a stable switch was made and trainer Matthew Vella lowered the eyes, getting some confidence with a pair of Provincial kills before a spell and found the line strongly first-up on January 16. With further progression and a win here, he may well put himself into Stakes contention this Autumn.
I doubt 8. Zing
is getting to those sorts of heights but is a hard fit Waller runner now having her fourth run at the mile this preparation and had excuses last start when getting back from a wide draw. The blinkers replace the winkers, she drops 2kg now out of mares' grade but draws kinder. Genuine each-way chance at fair odds ($9.50 @ bookmaker.com.au)
12. Sky Lab is another three-year-old that has a future and resumed with a soft win at the Provincials. This is much harder, however, but he's heading in the right direction while 4. Selica has been honest this campaign and was Group Three-placed only two starts ago. Doesn't have a great a turn-of-foot but can race handy and should be nearing her peak now.
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