Randwick - Race 3 No. 5 Zing ($3.90)
Caulfield - Race 4 No. 7 Wicklow Town (P) ($2.25)
Caulfield - Race 6 No. 14 That Girl ($3.30)
Randwick - Race 7 No. 11 Knickpoint (P) ($2.40)
Morphettville - Race 7 No. 3 Here Comes Lenni ($2.70)
Total Odds combined $187.64
Read the reasons for our selections:
Randwick - Race 3 No. 5 Zing
On a tough Randwick meeting for a standout, we'll go the way of this well-bred four-year-old from the Chris Waller yard who although trialled well, the market didn't want to be near her first-up ($6.50-$9.50) and whilst it wasn't eye-catching by any means, the one length defeat into third was a definite pass mark.
By Zoustar and out of a Group One winning mare in Zirna, Zing was plain first-up last campaign at a big price before exploding to win second-up at the Provincials and after making it back-to-back triumphs, had excuses in a three-length Rosehill defeat when racing wide throughout in a Benchmark 78 and had come to the end of the preparation from there.
This four-year-old is technically up in grade, but plummets 5kg in the weights for her trouble and in what's quite a modest Saturday event, she should get every chance stepping straight to a mile from a good gate under James McDonald.
Caulfield - Race 4 No. 7 Wicklow Town
WICKLOW TOWN has been showing a lot of promise over his career, but has just struggled to reach that city level. After a win three back Kilmore, he has since placed sixth in the Gold Bullion at Pakenham behind The Astrologist and again solid last week at Flemington. The one-week back-up could favour his chances, as will getting to Caulfield where he has placed second twice from two goes.
Caulfield - Race 6 No. 14 That Girl
THAT GIRL is beginning to get the non-winner tag next to her name, but has the right form for this race. She was second to Defiant Dancer first-up at Pakenham, who subsequently dominated last week down the Flemington straight. She will get back from the inside gate and looks to have the last crack at the front runner. If she can't win this, it makes it hard to ever have her on top again.
Randwick - Race 7 No. 11 Knickpoint
A Godolphin four-year-old who although showed a stack of promise early days, has been very inconsistent since then when failing to build on a strong February win at Canterbury via some spaced-out performances over the autumn and winter period.
Whilst his debut win came on heavy ground, Knickpoint hasn't looked as comfortable on really testing tracks following that so with this circuit currently in the Soft 7 range, he doesn't want any downgrades and the weather forecast doesn't look as dire what was predicted earlier in the week, so it might be okay in that regard.
The son of Carlton House did race quite keenly in a few of those most recent defeats and is somewhat still a work in progress in that regard, but after being eased back first-up, rattled off the fastest last 600m for the December 12 card from Randwick and with James McDonald sticking, he's more than capable of figuring here.
Morphettville - Race 7 No. 3 Here Comes Lenni
An ex-Western Australian galloper who is now under the hands of Will Clarken, a trainer who has a great record with these tried gallopers, he looks to get his chance now third-up for the new stable following two solid performances in Adelaide.
Whilst he trialled well ahead of his first-up attempt on November 25, Here Comes Lenni was expected to need the run fresh at 1300m which the market suggested ($11.00-$18.00) but was only half a length off 78-rater Left Hand Man, who is a more than useful six/seven furlong horse.
Even though he wasn't disgraced in a fourth-place finish following that on December 5, this gelding wasn't as comfortable on soft going and back on top of the ground this Saturday from a low draw under Todd Pannell, he does look really well placed with a 4kg drop in the weights from that last attempt.