Massive day of racing in Sydney and Melbourne. Here’s my take on the the Group races at Randwick and Flemington.
Redzel was impressive winning the Concorde first-up. He’s a super sprinter and should get things made to order.
Ball Of Muscle led all of the way for first-up G3 win Caulfield, tougher, but no knock.
Brave Smash solid when resuming on the worst part of track, behind Ball Of Muscle at Caulfield. Good second-up and Bowman is a plus.
English resumes on the back of two soft trials. Quality mare has won first-up, but not in recent preps. Invincible Star led Redzel, then tired for third when resuming. Fitter for the run.
Best: Redzel. Dangers: Brave Smash, Invincible Star.
Pierata resumed with a win over Kementari, and then missed a run due to a leg infection. He’s very smart, but there’s always a query after returning from treatment.
Tom Melbourne loomed up to win first-up, if there’s a chink with Pierata this could be his race.
Siege Of Quebec no luck when ran well two starts ago and then didn’t handle the heavy last week, track has to be good.
Little pointer – Bowman won on Kaonic and Paret last start, opted for Kaonic.
Best: Siege Of Quebec. Dangers: Tom Melbourne, Pierata.
All interest in the minors here, with who fills the placings behind the super mare Winx.
Stablemate Unforgotten had all the favours for strong G2 win beating Ace High and Libran. Ace High, wide throughout, had the toughest run of the trio.
Pay to forget Le Romain’s latest outing, three deep and faced the breeze the entire trip.
A winter spent in Queensland could set Egg Tart up for a good prep. She was luckless when resuming and hit the line hard.
Best: Winx. Dangers: Egg Tart, Le Romain.
Most of these went around in the Furious Stakes (1200m) last start. Fiesta was the eye-catching run. The Waller filly came from well back for a fast finishing second.
Wraps on Pretty In Pink, enjoyed a soft run and battled away for third.
Oohood (4th) tracked the leaders, but was a bit one-paced, can improve out to 1400m.
Outback Barbie went back from a wide gate then hit the line well and no excuses for Miss Fabulass (sixth).
Sires Produce winner El Dorado Dreaming resumes, trialled strongly.
Best: Fiesta. Dangers: Oohood, El Dorado Dreaming.
Luck from the barrier could have a bearing on the result. Avilius looked good winning last two. He rises 3kgs and has drawn wide, but should play a part in the finish.
Libran and Sedanzer ran well behind Unforgotten last start. Sedanzer has great second up record, Libran is seasoned, wide alleys also a concern.
Bowman jumps off Brimham Rocks, good gate and has to go in the mix.
Best: Sedanzer. Dangers: Avilius, Libran.
The top three in betting, Hey Doc, Rich Charm and Kemono look to have it between them.
Hey Doc did plenty of work, fitter now and was never comfortable in first-up over 1000m at the Valley. He’s class runner and races well here.
Rich Charm turned in an eye-catcher when wide all of the way behind Ball Of Muscle when resuming, he has positives going into this.
The Weir trained Japanese import Kemono hit the line well at his first Aussie start. Sure to be improved.
Best: Hey Doc. Dangers: Rich Charm, Kemono.
The classy I Am A Star is fitter for two runs off a long break, wide gate is a worry.
Merriest was a solid last start winner and should lead or race on speed. Bella Martini turned in a solid effort against the boys behind Osborne Bulls when resuming. She is drawn wide, but has enough toe to cross and be handy.
Weir’s Bellaria is honest, was game winner last start, beating stablemate Miss Gardenia.
Petition, no luck did not get a lot of room when it counted last start.
Best: Bella Martini. Dangers: Merriest, I Am A Star.
Most of the field met in the Memsie Stakes last start, which was won by Humidor, who was suited by the tempo. Would prefer him drawn away from the raisl as he is a risk of getting held up back in the field.
Second placegetter Kementari was wide throughout in the Memsie and probably wins with a better run in transit. Happy Clapper in his first start at Caulfield he wasn’t balanced until inside the 100m and then hit the line very well, bigger track the mile will suit.
Kings Will Dream finished a nice third at the 1400m and he’ll continue to improve as his races get longer.
Grunt was only fair, saves his best for Flemington.
Waller’s Comin’ Through was good first-up win G2 in Sydney, has to be included in the chances.
Best: Happy Clapper. Dangers: Kementari, Humidor.
There was a lot to like about Native Soldier’s win at Caulfield. The little query is it’s his first go at the Flemington straight, but he does look smart. Marcel From Madrid had a forget run last start when wide, yet still strong behind Brutal at the Valley. Ocean Knight did his best work late, also behind Brutal.
Encryption fourth behind Native Soldier last start, can improve with blinkers this time.
Best: Native Soldier. Dangers: Encryption, Marcel From Madrid.