Flemington - Race 1 No. 1 Aktolgali ($3.60)
Randwick - Race 4 No. 8 La Chevalee ($2.20)
Flemington - Race 6 No. 8 Degraves ($2.70)
Eagle Farm - Race 8 No. 1 Triple Ace ($1.85)
Randwick - Race 8 No. 6 Surf Dancer ($5)
Total odds combined $197.80
Read the reasons for our selections:
Flemington - Race 1 No. 1 Aktolgali
AKTOLGALI was a blackbooker from last start at Flemington where he was just pipped for third behind Royalzel. He went into that race off the back of an impressive win at Flemington, looking as if he wants every step of 2000 plus, so now up to 1800m looks a big positive. With a negative racing pattern, he is one that is going to need some luck in running, but if he can hit the line like he did last start, he will be hard to beat.
Randwick - Race 4 No. 8 La Chevalee
LA CHEVALEE was building well prior to her third-up attempt on June 12 where she was held-up at key stages and was a good thing beaten behind Zing, the second favourite here. Wide, back and dropping to 1500m with an apprentice on, the July 3 set-up was a poor one, but up to 1800m now with JMac taking the reins, this does look very suitable. She'll be hard to beat with even luck.
Flemington - Race 6 No. 8 Degraves
DEGRAVES was so impressive last start when winning here, but was as green as grass. That just showed he has so much improvement left in him as he looks to tick off his next box en-route to possibly much bigger things over the Spring Carnival. He looks the best bet of the day.
Eagle - Race 8 No. 1 Triple Ace
He resumed from a spell last start with a third in a strong race at Rosehill behind Madam Legend and Hulk, two city grade horse in NSW. He comes up North now, likely looking for some firmer footing where he is a winner on three occasions from five attempts. Although giving a lot of weight to those further down in the weights, he has earned that weight through proving competitive in better grades than this, so he looks hard to beat here.
Randwick - Race 8 No. 6 Surf Dancer
SURF DANCER is an import having his first Australian start, now under the care of the Waterhouse & Bott yard and the trials have been encouraging, improving at his second hit out when stretching out nicely to score at Canterbury on a Heavy 10. As far as Benchmark 88's go, this isn't an overly deep one and he's arguably the runner with the most scope/X factor in this line up.