Eagle Farm - Race 3 No. 3 Happy Go Plucky ($2.80)
Caulfield - Race 4 No. 1 Perfect Jewel ($2.05)
Caulfield - Race 5 No. 11 Butter Chicken ($6)
Rosehill - Race 7 No. 4 Peltzer ($3.70)
Rosehill - Race 9 No. 4 Lackeen ($3.20)
Total odds combined $407.76
Read the reasons for our selections below:
Eagle Farm - Race 3 No. 3 Happy Go Plucky
He was simply a class above two starts back in 78 grade, beating them very comfortably over 2200m, before dropping back to a mile and a quarter and finishing third in a stronger race.
He comes up in class once again, but gets back up to the 2200m which is her pet trip, and with the addition of Ryan Maloney aboard, this only enhances his prospects.
From gate six, he will once again find himself just off the pace and looking to pounce and get something to drag him into the race around the bend.
Caulfield - Race 4 No. 1 Perfect Jewel
PERFECT JEWEL has been smashed in early betting and rightly so after what she managed to produce first-up in the Spring. She was a mile too good in the Cockram before going on to start $4.80 in a Group One Makybe Diva Stakes. Her trial in WA was good and with Willy Pike aboard, will only come in even further. Multi builder is how I describe her chances.
Caulfield - Race 5 No. 11 Butter Chicken
Going with race fitness here and that is BUTTER CHICKEN who I do believe is a future Group One winner. She really impressed on debut when caught wide but only just missing the bob at Pakenham, before going on to score impressively there last start. Being by Savabeel out of a Galileo Mare, she has stayer written all over her, so the fact that there's such a potent turn-of-foot over these smaller trips is extremely exciting. Butter Chicken is the best bet of the day.
Rosehill - Race 7 No. 4 Peltzer
Didn't measure up in the Golden Rose, but came back a few notches to record back-to-back wins in the spring and now, there's a chance he may have gone past North Pacific which his two excellent trials suggested and he gave his key rival a bath first-up in the Eskimo Prince Stakes, which is the key lead-up race for this.
Wary of a bounce back from the Team Hawkes colt, a stable that can leave a fair bit in the locker early in preparations but on a favourable heavy track, Peltzer will land straight on the speed and to 1400m, there's no reason he can't improve again. This son of So You Think is the top elect and I'm surprised he's not a little shorter in the early markets.
Rosehill - Race 9 No. 4 Lackeen
LACKEEN. Yet another import on Australian debut this Saturday is Lackeen, who had just the four starts in Europe and with only a Maiden win to his name, it does mean he can be placed softer and taken through the grades, starting with this Benchmark 78, which off his February 5 trial, he should be winning with even luck if that piece of work was any indication.
It was a more forward trial than we are used to seeing from a James Cummings runner and after settling off the speed in that fast run heat early, the son of Shamardal was in a perfect rhythm when continuing make ground in the run to the line, joining the winner not long after the post. Simply, he just looks better than this grade, despite 1400m being as short as he wants it.