Flemington - Race 3 No. 12 Chief Altony ($2.25)
Eagle Farm - Race 5 No. 1 Splintex ($2.70)
Flemington - Race 5 No. 3 Yulong January ($3.20)
Rosehill - Race 8 No. 12 Mubariz ($4.80)
Rosehill - Race 9 No. 12 Expat ($3.60)
Total odds combined $335.92
Read the reasons for our selections:
Flemington - Race 3 No. 12 Chief Altony
CHIEF ALTONY looks the best bet of the day to me, with a great record of three wins and seven minors from 11 starts, along with a dominant last start win against weaker horses. He is a horse going through the grades, first-up finishing second to Corner Pocket who subsequently won again before putting away a 70 field by four lengths. Look for another peak run getting to Flemington.
Eagle Farm - Race 5 No. 1 Splintex
SPLINTEX was too good in the Hall Mark Stakes two starts back before a solid sixth in the Doomben 10,000 when beaten less than two lengths. This looks his race to lose on paper based of his last two stakes performances, so he will go around as our best bet of the day at Eagle Farm.
Flemington - Race 5 No. 3 Yulong January
YULONG JANUARY was heavily backed and saluted in style last start at this track and trip. He is yet to miss the top two with Mark Zahra aboard and his love affiliation with Flemington has continued, now three wins from six starts at the track. This looks an ideal race for him now and even though he would appreciate some rain around, he is adaptable on all surfaces.
Rosehill - Race 8 No. 12 Mubariz
While MUBARIZ is well up in grade, it might just be a case of right place/right time with this Waller-trained gelding who is improving with every start and is facing a lot out of form opposition here. Barrier 10 is potentially a little sticky but he plummets in the weights to 53.5kg off a second-up victory over this track/trip, so there's still upside and he handles any surface.
Rosehill - Race 9 No. 12 Expat
Working her way through the grades quickly in her first preparation was EXPAT who resumed in the Listed Denise's Joy in what was just an even run but she was constantly chasing in that hard run affair. On seemingly a weekly basis, we see Mark Newnham runners improve to win off similar efforts and in the last from Rosehill, this filly maps to get full control from the front.