Racepal.com.au's previews for Flemington, Rosehill, and Gold Coast.
Track: Good 4
Rail: +7m entire
Weather should stay fine for racing at Flemington this Saturday. Last week with a +4m rail
there wasn’t much joy along the fence and the straight races were won down the middle.
Out to +7m here and we await news about any wear and tear on the inside. The first race is
down the straight for the mares and CLARICE CLIFFS is back from 1400m but she can lead
the way. She’s untried down the straight but JUST HIFALUTIN and SWIFT SIS have shown a
likeness for this configuration and will be charging home. QUILISTA is has a class edge here
and her fresh record is good so much be included.
The speed map in Race 2 is pretty straightforward: East Indiaman wants the front and can
roll across to sit in front of Scottish Rogue, with Write Your Name and Nessuna Fiducia
settled in behind them. Early markets have presented a boom favourite in JUMBO OZAKI
and we need to form an opinion on him. In his favour is a kind midfield run, great racing
manners and a flying stable. But this is a big step up in grade and the early markets have
over-valued his contribution to this race. His best credentialed rivals are closer
OUTRAGEOUS (exclusively tackled 3yo Group events last prep) and on-pacer SCOTTISH
ROGUE (fit, sharp drop in grade). Not to be discounted are the up-and-running CRYSTAL
EYES, EAST INDIAMAN and WRITE YOUR NAME, while BLINDER is also a hope fresh.
A more than handy bunch of fillies racing for a slice of $160K and while we don’t know if
they’ll all handle the straight track, we’ve at least seen them all at the races before.
Invincible Lotus can lead if here instead of Rosehill, with Charleise, Judgement and Varda
also on the pace. Exactly who leads might be determined by which part of the track they
beat subsequent dual winner La Tene on debut before being the best closer behind
Microphone second up. CHARLIESE was brave when hanging on for third in that race, both
fillies ae a month between runs for this assignment. FAVOURITE THINGS was huge at
Moonee Valley when working hard the entire run (0.3L 2nd to PELICAN) and has the fitness
edge over all of these. INVINCIBLE LOTUS and VARDA each strolled in on debut against
easier and will give themselves every chance near the speed.
Another fillies event down the straight, this time it’s the three-year-olds and they’ll go
solidly enough with speedsters Lake District Girl, Lady Solly, Write Enuff and perhaps even
Beauty contending for the lead. A couple of these make interesting cases including LADY
HORSEOWNER, who hasn’t been since the 2018 Blue Diamond, her only racetrack loss.
CAUSEWAY GIRL’s last race day outing was running a lip second to Bleu Roche on Oaks Day
at this track and trip, ASSERTIVE PLAY wasn’t far away on that day either. LAKE DISTRICT
GIRL is already up and running this prep and building a picket fence, she’ll lead them a long
way here. Stablemate BEAUTY was plain first up but brings winning Spring form, while TELL
ME has some fascinating Sydney success to her name and will be competitive if starting here
instead of Friday night.
The BM80 event over 2000m has the potential to be run at a dawdling tempo if Sirkos and
Wetakemanhattan are allowed to jog along in front. Plenty of these prefer to ‘run on’ but
the likelihood of a change of tactics notification for one of these is high. Regardless, on what
we’ve seen BELGRAVIA is a horse of interest in this event. If he runs to his European peak,
he wins. The apprentice claim, soft draw, extra trip and big track are all positives. The upand-
comers are SUPERNOVA (also entered Rosehill) and ALESSANDRO (nominated for
Alister Clark Friday night) – the latter is a very attractive proposition if she races here.
WETAKEMANHATTAN has form through Surprise Baby which must now be respected and
GOLDEN AUTHORITY has been making his presence felt in the country cups with market
A big field tackles the BM80 1600m event and many of them have enjoyed racing up on the
pace as they’ve risen in trip. They’ve all drawn out wide too, so perhaps Gasworx,
Hunamosa and Red Crown will take it up with Kapaulenko, Pria Eclipse and Prometheus
close by. That should ensure a genuinely run race and play into the hands of a horse like
MAIN STAGE who had no luck in the Blamey and presents third up today. The problem is
he’s drawn the widest gate so will need find cover in the run. GASWORX presents arguably
the best case of the leading division, putting up three wins and three seconds in lesser grade
since December. REMEMBER THE NAME was a sitting shot last time when left in home
300m from the post, he’ll be chasing off a soft run today which suits. There’s also a big
watch on Chris Waller’s European imports MR RECKLESS and LORD GODODDIN having their
first Australian runs.
Another competitive affair, this one a Listed event over 1400m. Take it as read that Temps
Voleur and Hellova Street will look to leave with Chamois Road, Streets Of Avalon and
Odeon will all be close by. A horse like ZEBULON appears well suited in this coming off an
eye-catching third here last start. But is he looking for further now, and how much luck will
he need after racing back and on the inside? STREETS OF AVALON beat him home there and
has a good chance of doing so again with an advantageous run in transit. Also appealing
(despite drawing barrier 18) is MANOLO BLAHNIQ who won here two starts back, ran an
excellent second then was given a seven-week freshen. The Noonan team seem to have
worked him out. WIDGEE TURF boasts the best turn of foot in this field but seems likely to
head to Sydney. PLEIN CIEL boasts an excellent strike rate and the Weir to Freedman switch
could be gold, so any market moves much be respected. HELLOVA STREET and CHAMOIS
road also deserve attention after recently filling the trifecta behind Mystic Journey in
It’s the inaugural running of the All Star Mile and say what you like about how this field
came to be, it certainly got us all talking. The emergencies Trap For Fools and Hellova Street
have the most early speed, but since both are unlikely to run, we have a messier map.
Happy Clapper, Hawkshot, Material Man and Moss ‘N’ Dale will likely take it up in an even
ALIZEE deserves favouritism and can lob in the three wide line with cover here. She was last
seen winning the G1 futurity after enduring the toughest run and this field, overall, is
arguably weaker. But she’ll need to fend off the fillies who possess sparking turns of foot.
MYSTIC JOURNEY is the darling of Tasmania after her G1 Australian Guineas win and she
may even sit directly in front of Alizee in the run. The question here is whether she’s run her
Grand Final? The same can be said of AMPHITRITE, another drawn in the outer half. She
may have too much to do to haul in the seasoned mare.
Of the others there’s of course HAPPY CLAPPER who received a standing ovation for running
second to Winx last time out. Pat Webster has handled this bloke marvellously, but he’s
never been as good the Melbourne way of going. HAWKSHOT split the fillies in the Guineas
so has to go in and will get a decent head start on them here, while the grand old
campaigner HARTNELL will enjoy a soft run from barrier two, but may face a few speed
humps. Good luck to the connections of others who waged successful campaigns to secure
their place against these champions, what an experience it will be.
A straight race to round out proceedings and if they gravitate towards one rail or the other
we may be in for an interesting finale. Blue Tycoon and Prepare to Win have drawn down on
the inside and can lead, but if they want to track to the outside rail then MYSTYKO may take
it up if he gets a run. He looks a solid each-way chance up on the pace with his main
contenders all needing the seas to part in the run. The obvious contender is early favourite
MASTERING who has been freshened and dropped back to 1200m, he’ll settle somewhere
in the pack so just needs luck. Towards the back will be SPIRIT OF AQUADA who possesses a
sharp turn of foot but his racing pattern counts against him. ENIGMAN beat Streets Of
Avalon in January which reads well for this, while TBLISI has a hope if he brings his Moonee
Track: Soft-heavy range predicted
Weather: Rain predicted all week, 40+mm leading up to race day
The forecast for Sydney means we’ll be flirting with a Heavy Rosehill track come Saturday.
Expect plenty of scratchings right through the card. The first is a BM88 over 1350m and
O’Hara will bustle You Make Me Smile out to cross and lead from Don’t Give A Damn and
Safado. Lightly raced STAR OF THE SEAS settled back at this track/distance last start and
chased home Archdemus valiantly. He’ll do the same here and PARET will follow him home.
SAFADO was super impressive in the Provincial Championship qualifier and he’s been
suitably placed to keep his fitness up. YOU MAKE ME SMILE drops in grade and the wet is no
issue, while DON’T GIVE A DAMN will make his presence felt.
The pace will be on from the 1100m start with All Over Bosanova, Fiery Heights and Memes
kicking up from the inside barriers to try and hold out Easy Eddie early. The likes of Junglized
and Music Magnate will have to take a sit but it might not require much restraint. TREKKING
can let it all unfold in front of him and save his energy for the straight. Two trials have been
solid, he was a track/distance winner first up last prep and handles wet just fine. EASY EDDIE
gives himself every chance with his racing pattern and he’s unbeaten in the Soft range.
MUSIC MAGNATE was once deemed good enough for a Dubai raid so must be respected
here, although his best may be behind him. JUNGLIZED and AKASAKI require luck for
different reasons but have the ability to greet the judge.
The last chance saloon for these 16 fillies chasing a Slipper berth. As always exposed form is
somewhat limited but Invincible Lotus, Kiamichi, Niedorp and Villami are the ones to jostle
for the lead. As for the main chances: The prizemoney from PROBABEEL’s Karaka Million win
doesn’t count so she’ll be wound up to win. ATHIRI, CATCH ME and LANKAN STAR come via
the Blue Diamond – it is advantage Athiri from the draw, Catch Me can figure if she settles
and Lankan Star needs a gun ride from Clipperton. AMERCEMENT draws the carpark again
but she’d go back anyway and handles soft, KIAMICHI and STILL SINGLE beat her home
the Sweet Embrace but the value is with Amercement of that bunch. The smokey is NEDORP
who comes from the astute Gollan camp in Brisbane, she was great last start.
Not as much speed in the boys race so MO’S CROWN can probably roll to the front. He was
left a sitting duck at this track/distance last start and is a chance of facing a similar fate here.
We need to have out wits about us here because the Snowdens have five runners and the
yard/betting will be key. That said HIGHTAIL and COSMIC FORCE will both settle better than
midfield and look the main hopes. The former has enjoyed a short spell after placing in the
Magic Millions, the latter ran Microphone to a length after racing outside the leader. Both
seem to handle wet too. YULONG SAVINGS raced greenly but still charged home from the
back at Flemington, the extra 200m suits here but he could be a long way back. BORN A
WARRIOR was luckless when third to Time To Reign/Tassort but still wouldn’t have beaten
them and there’s now queries over that form. Respect any moves for the Hawkes runner.
The speed comes from out wide in the Phar Lap with Sister Sledge the likeliest to lead them
up from Greysful Glamour, Irukandji and Mizzy. We’ll know by now if rails-in-run is
favourable on this rainy day and if so we can look towards VERRY ELLEEGANT with interest.
She handled the wet with aplomb in her NZ days and possesses an attractive turn of foot.
The booking of McDonald enhances confidence. If on-pacers are preferred, then GREYSFUL
GLAMOUR and MIZZY come into calculations – the latter ran Nakeeta Jane to a half-length
last start. Melbourne fillies ARISTIA (VRC Oaks winner, third to Oregon’s Day first up) and
QAFILA (desperately unlucky VRC Oaks, first up winner) must both be respected but they’re
on an ATC Oaks path and fitness is the query at this stage. ZALATTE also deserves respect
and her form ties in WELSH LEGEND at odds, while ROCK is up in grade but has impressed in
Sydney of late.
The Sky High looks an open stayers event with no clear standouts, track patterns could play
a big part. SAMADOUBT ran them ragged in the Canberra Cup and can be expected to lead
here on the back up from the likes of Singing and Rodrico. Former Kiwi Patrick Erin gets
relief from Winx here which is racing’s ultimate golden switch. Gets to a suitable distance
now, is fit from those runs and handles the wet. RED CARDINAL flew home three weeks ago
to win in the wet fresh. His two best Australian runs have come the Sydney way of going and
in the wet. GOATHLAND won the Saturday 2000m event a fortnight ago but is a query on
The Group 1 Coolmore Classic has attracted 24 acceptances with the likeliest leader being
Mandylion the first emergency. Alassio and White Moss can find the front if she is absent
with Daysee Doom, Jamaican Rain and Manicure all candidates to sit on the pace from wider
draws. If she can cross over into a comfortable position then DAYSEE DOOM presents as a
major contender to go back to back. She arrives on an identical preparation as 12 months
ago and the wet is no problem. I AM SERIOUS is the best wet-tracker in the race and has
class too. She was tough in the Millie Fox first up but will need to work from back in the
ruck, where impressive Flemington winner OREGON’S DAY will also settle. Her wet form is
inconclusive but she’s also due for a Group 1 win. There really are so many chances who will
settle in a clustered midfield pack – they include, but are not limited to, fillies El Dorado
Dreaming and Fiesta, Caulfield winner Jamaican Rain, and beaten Newcastle Newmarket
favourite Savatiano. Go wide if you’re playing exotics!
An intriguing Ajax where the 100/1 shot Brazen will try and hold out Dreamforce for the
lead, but perhaps a slightly slower tempo than the Group 1 mares. The booking of Michael
Rodd on LAND OF PLENTY is intriguing to say the least. He wouldn’t come back from
Singapore for one ride for no reason and his mount brings some excellent Group 1 form to
this contest. FIFTY STARS missed a run in the All Star Mile so has been sent to Sydney for a
very suitable assignment – the lure of a wet track would no doubt have contributed to that
call. Similar can be said of WIDGEE TURF who will be catching the eye late and be one of
DREAMFORCE’s pursuers. The predicted tempo brings him right into calculations. KAONIC is
a big improver second up at a price.
Another big field for the final event over 1900m where a number of lightly-raced runners
stand out as betting prospects. Sondelon can lead from a middle draw with the likes of King
Tomolola, White Boots and Fabricator following him across. SONDELON has had three runs
between 1400m-1600m and is ready for the extra trip now. The wet is the query though, as
it is for SUPERNOVA who ran second to him last start. He’s won twice at 2000m+ in Europe.
DESERT PATH comes via the Goathland race (we’ll get a line on that form in Race 6) and has
won three at 2000m+. Third up, he’s ready to open his Australian account. Fit horses who
enjoy wet tracks in this line up include KING TOMOLOLA, ANIMALIA and FUN FACT.
Track: Soft range predicted
Rail: +0.5m 1000m-400m; +3.5m 400m - WP, True Remainder
Weather: Hot & humid, 20-40mm rain expected Friday, up to 20mm again Saturday.
Big day at the Gold Coast with 10 races including a few tasty features. Our guess is we’ll be
playing in the Soft range but keep an eye on the forecast and track reports. We begin with
an 1800m Class 3 and the likely leader Pickelhaube jumps from barrier 1 so we won’t have
too intense a speed battle. DRUMADOIR maps to settle in the second pair and he’ll be
difficult to hold out from there – his last three starts have included one win and two
seconds behind subsequent winners. SEE THE MASTER maps for a soft run and also beat a
subsequent winner at his last start over this track/distance. Look for SORNJA and SIR
BARNABUS flashing home.
Eleven acceptors for the mile-and-a-half staying contest and two main form lines feed into
this event. VAUCLUSE BAY can roll to the front and he’s the leading contender out of the
main Doomben form line, a race he won from an on-pace position. He goes up sharply in the
weights here though so beaten stablemate FOLLOW SUIT gets a swing. Then there’s the
Eagle Farm feeder race – WU GOK and CORMAC ran Kubis to a length and will be running on
again here. OUR GRAVANO is shipped up from Sydney and he’s been far from disgraced in
staying assignments there, so provides a point of difference.
Just a slight change of pace as we shift from a stayers event to a 900m dash! There’s pace
everywhere and while Silver Melody and Whycatchim possess the most early toe, they’ve
drawn the outside two gates and there’s genuinely half a dozen who could kick up inside
them. That includes BONSHO, who is undefeated at the track and distance. If he hugs the
rail like a greyhound he could be too fast. WHYCATCHIM has been allowed to roll in his
recent Doomben assignments, this sort of a race suits but connections would be rueing the
draw. AHWAHNEECHEE, HIRTSHALS and KILLERMANS RUN are on the fresh side and can
sprint well, while DOMINANT CROWN is a strong finisher.
Expecting a solid temp here with speed spread across the track from the 1200m start. Miss
Amanda can hold up from barrier 3 if she wants, with MASTERATI charging across from out
wide. He’s been out-sprinted at three 1000m runs this prep and is ready for the extra
furlong. CABEIRAN did it tough over 1400m last start and brings that fitness edge back here,
he’ll likely settle in the second pair alongside last-start winner COMIC STORY – any track
downgrades will increase his chances. The horse with the big finish in this field is COOL
DRAFTS and the wide gate ensures she can get to the outside and wind up in the straight.
Perhaps a slightly slower tempo in the second division of the BM70 1200m. Reindeer Moon
wants the front and should be able to find it relatively easily from Scorcha and Zollikon Miss.
REINDEER MOON was dominant over 900m here after 10 months off – 1200m is a totally
different assignment. SCORCHA was flat second up but can improve here from a favourable
position in the run. Settling just off them will likely be WINTER PASSAGE who boasts a string
of consistent form, once again the filly will get her chance. At early prices, happy to oppose
BOLD WARRIOR who drops sharply in trip and I AM LEXUS who faces a significant class rise.
The Gold Coast Stakes looks like being run at a muddling tempo with the enigmatic Singing
taking it up from Ingeegoodbee and Xebec. If XEBEC gets it all his own way via a box-seat
run he could be too difficult to reel in. Both runs this prep have been full of merit.
Stablemate LE JUGE is up and about and will put himself in the race at the right time, that
form ties in with HALLELUJAH BOY who has returned well this prep. Perhaps the best form
lines of all belong to LOOKS LIKE ELVIS, whose nostril-hair second to Schabau two starts back
looks pretty good here! He just needs the right breaks in the run. MISHANI VAIDRA is second
up but possesses a booming finish and the market will give a guide to his fitness.
The first of the rich Jewel races and a field of 12 2yos will face the starter with the fancied
runners all jostling for early position on pace. The Odyssey can kick up on the rail and lead
but will face pressure from the likes of Perudo, Suger Boom and Ready To Roam. If THE
ODYSSEY can absorb some of that pressure and control the race, he’ll be extremely hard to
run down in the straight. PERUDO is the natural danger – she was fancied to beat
stablemate Niedorp last week, that didn’t happen but the winner is heading to Sydney for a
crack at the Slipper qualifier. SUGAR BOOM was all over a winner on debut before MISS
CAVALLO dropped from the clouds at $61 to snatch the win, you won’t see that price again.
READY TO ROAM and XANTHUS both chased home The Odyssey last start and are place
The 3yo Jewel has attracted 18 runners and at risk of sounding like a broken record, they
won’t dawdle in front here either. Spirit’s Choice and Gypsy Toff are the main contenders
for pole position in the run but a case could be made for another half dozen to find the top.
DEFENCE MISSILE draws for an identical box seat run to his last start when failing to run
down MISHANI HUSTLER. Fancy the tables are turned today. SPIRIT’S CHOICE continues to
prove too fast at provincial level but may not have enough gas in the tank to repeat in the
metros. MACEWEN and BAREFOOT will be out the back and charging home which might be
a favourable pattern later in the day.
The 1200m start is getting a proper workout today! The speedy Mr Marbellouz is engaged
here but he has the option to take a sit if From Within and Divine Dice pour on the pressure.
On a day without many sub $2.50 favourites (in early betting, anyway), MR MARBELLOUZ
stands out as a favourite that is perfectly placed in a winnable race. His record at 1200m is
exceptional. The main challenger here may be TYZONE who is a superb fresh sprinter, he
will be chasing the favourite though. FROM WITHIN has claims on her best form – she finally
put it all together last prep winning four straight, and this is somewhat of a step back from
the Oakleigh Plate! The likes of CANNYESCENT, MALVERN ESTATE and SKATE TO PARIS can
run on into the placings.
The last race on a marathon Queensland card has 16 acceptors plus seven emergencies!
Suliven wants the lead and carries just 51.5kgs after the claim but will still need to work
from the carpark to get there, while Sidetrip (if gains a start) can join him. Topweights
BRAINS and TAWFIQ BOY present interesting cases. The former was out-gunned late at
Eagle Farm but draws to do no work and will be in the finish. The latter will likely race close
by him and is a particularly interesting proposition third up here, the extra distance also
suits. I AM IMPINGE raced ungenerously first up but has options from the midfield draw and
is a big closer, same with BEACON and RIVER RACER.