Rosehill - Race 1 No. 4 Great House ($2.10)
Moonee Valley - Race 2 No. 7 Scorched Earth ($2.60)
Moonee Valley - Race 3 No. 2 Too Close The Sun ($3.40)
Moonee Valley - Race 5 No. 1 Cherry Tortoni ($1.90)
Rosehill - Race 6 No. 9 Impecunious ($5.50)
Total odds combined $193.99
Read the reasons for our selections below:
Rosehill - Race 1 No. 4 Great House
Following a fair Australian debut over the mile at Flemington, this Chris Waller-trained import exploded at start two over the 2000m at Rosehill, benefiting from a hot tempo set by Vadiyann on January 30 and powering late to put a big margin on Harpo Marx, who was in very consistent form at the time.
Despite stepping up to a Benchmark 88 last start, the son of Galileo was favourite and although being forced to sustain a wide run from the rear, looked to have it won when looming at the 150m. There was a tendency for him to hang in via the run home, so the blinkers go on and he finds a much weaker race. Does look the obvious and I think he starts even shorter.
Moonee Valley - Race 2 No. 7 Scorched Earth
SCORCHED EARTH took out the SA Magic Millions a fortnight ago in awesome style, leading all the way to win by more than five lengths. Prior to that she was on the speed when second to Arcaded in the Blue Diamond Prelude so there is more than average ability under the bonnet. From a soft gate and with Oliver on, so she goes in as the best bet of the day.
Moonee Valley - Race 3 No. 2 Too Close The Sun
TOO CLOSE THE SUN ran first-up in the Futurity Stakes where he was out sped but was not beaten all that far. Up to 2040m second-up look perfect, let alone speaking of his second-up record which reads four starts for three wins. He has the fitness advantage over the top weight and looks the one to beat.
Moonee Valley - Race 5 No. 1 Cherry Tortoni
CHERRY TORTONI is clearly the one to beat after finishing second in the Caulfield Guineas when settling last and beating all bar the outsider Lunar Fox. He managed to take out the Moonee Valley Vase last prep at this track and trip where he was simply to good in wet conditions. If we see anything like that run then he is your winner.
Rosehill - Race 6 No. 9 Impecunious
While it was only a Class 1, it was an arrogant Australian debut victory over 1200m back in December which saw the Busuttin & Young stable spell this filly straight away with loftier autumn goals in mind and resuming in the Group Two Armanasco Stakes on February 20, it's fair to say she should've gone back-to-back.
After settling back in that small field, the outside passage never presented early in the straight which forced Glen Boss back to inside, where he was chopped out of a run then picked herself up when it was all over to only go down half a length. I do think she has a higher ceiling than these Sydney three-year-old's in this line-up and any rain won't worry her.