Flemington - Race 4 No. 8 Coolth ($2.70)
Randwick - Race 7 No. 6 Verry Elleegant ($3.20)
Doomben - Race 7 No. 6 Socialising ($2.25)
Flemington - Race 9 No. 2 Laverrod ($4.20)
Randwick - Race 9 No. 8 Subedar ($2.80)
Total odds combined $228.61
Check out the reasons for our selections:
Flemington - Race 4 No. 8 Coolth
COOLTH was too good to ignore last start stepping up to the 2000m. He had Sikorsky covered to the line and that win at Flemington will now only give him confidence now coming up in grade. He has always shown a world full of potential, and now looks to be hitting his straps. With some genuine pace here, I am expecting him to be hard to hold out staying on the minimum.
Randwick - Race 7 No. 6 Verry Elleegant
The feature of the day sees nine of the 10 runners first-up and while she's always going to improve further as the distances increase, star mare VERRY ELLEEGANT is adaptable enough to sprint well fresh at 1400m which was evident last campaign when winning the Winx Stakes.
A six-time Group One winner that has developed into a world class galloper after having her faults early days, she's travelled well under a hold in both trials ahead of this return and on rain-affected ground, is comfortably the best middle-distance runner in the country. Expect class to take her a long way yet again.
Doomben - Race 7 No. 6 Socialising
This girl is a winning machine, putting her sixth win on the board last start when beating a subsequent winner You Make Me Smile.
She now comes up in grade to an Open Handicap, but sits at the bottom of the weights which is always good for a horse with an explosive turn of foot.
Doomben is her pet track, and although she has not won beyond 1200m, her results were okay in stronger grade than what she faces here.
Flemington - Race 9 No. 2 Laverrod
LAVERROD comes over from WA with some strong form behind him. He jumped out here last week and was very good, adding to the confidence that he could well be too good for these. We have seen the WA form prove some of the best in Australia, and with an improving horse like this, it may well get stronger. With the claim from Tom Stockdale, he is mighty hard to ignore.
Randwick - Race 9 No. 8 Subedar
Ideally, we would've loved one more from SUBEDAR given the lengthy lay-off but he was superb on return against All Time Legend, who should've won his next two starts while outside Bandersnatch (subsequent Listed winner) and a one runner in the 1100m opener, he was the only other galloper to break 34 seconds for the last 600m on that entire January 9 card.
Given he hadn't raced since a fourth-place finish in the 2019 Caulfield Guineas, James Cummings has opted for a little freshen-up with the son of Sepoy but he was kept ticking over with a solid February 1 trial behind a pair of top class sprinters and the very handy Icebath. With any improvement, he should be taking care of this lot.