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Weir dominates six-horse Blamey

Saturday's Blamey Stakes has suddenly become something of a breeze for trainer Darren Weir with his two Group 1 winners Tosen Stardom and Humidor meeting just four opponents.

The pair, who boasts international ratings lengths ahead of their rivals, is certain to battle for favouritism right up to the $200,000 set weights and penalties race at Flemington with the TAB putting up Tosen Stardom ($2.30) marginally ahead of Humidor ($2.60).

The Blamey Stakes had been building for many weeks as a clash of the weight-for-age stars from Weir's yard and from that of Macedon Lodge only for owner Lloyd Williams to confirm earlier in the week that he will not pay up for any of his five nominations.

The Blamey is the first of four planned clashes for the heavyweights with both Tosen Stardom and Humidor expected to progress next to the $3million Doncaster Mile at Randwick on day one of The Championships on April 7 before the ultimate test against Winx in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes a week later.

The presence in the Blamey of Tasmanian miler Hellova Street, to be ridden by former Melbourne-based Jason Maskiell, should reduce the chances the small field might set a moderate tempo as the winner of 16 races likes to get along in front.

Radipole, who is also engaged in the Ajax Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, should keep him honest as should Odeon with Cool Chap winding out the field.

In contrast at Rosehill in the day's feature the Group 1 Coolmore Classic, no less than 19 mares will race for the $600,000 on offer.


Flemington fields

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