Big fields at Flemington and a couple of Listed races being run at Brisbane’s main meeting, at the time honoured Ipswich Turf Club.
Tough day everywhere, but having a crack and plenty of value in the selections.
Best: Over The Sky – huge run last start, went back from wide alley, flew home for fourth Walking Flying this track. Can be closer from the good gate.
Right You Are – narrowly beaten here by Persan last start, super consistent.
Charleise – placed last three, blinkers go on and honest filly.
Kuramae – wide alley not ideal, but does get back, will be powering home.
Stretto – brave third to Walking Flying latest. In the breeze, three wide the entire, hit the front early and was not entitled to get that close.
Numbers: 15, 1, 8, 4, 9.
Best: Danon Roman – was building to a win and got it last start, this track and distance.
Never Again – 10th to Sircconi last start, but no luck in the straight, featherweight after 3kg claim.
Orderofthegarter – import first-up since September 18. G3 placed in England. Had two jump-outs latest Oliver piloted in a solid 1000m hit-out at Flemington.
France’s Boy – jock went out too hard last start and faded. Won previous two, rider change and gets in well with 2kg claim.
Numbers: 7, 13, 3, 10.
Best: Creedence – won here then last start got too far back when 6th to Mirimar, but closed off strongly.
Salsamour – sat at the haunches of Sircconi and was a fighting third. Drops 2kgs on that run, winner this track and distance.
Double You Tee – drawn to box-seat and held ground latest and positive rider change.
Bartholomew Diaz – Goes in after scratchings, won latest, this tough.
Numbers: 10, 3, 5, 9.
Best: Pinyin – was placed here this grade and then turned in a huge run at Sandown when came from last to fourth over 1000m. Bigger track and longer trip will suit.
Orleans Rock – first-up since May and in the money seven of 10 starts. Likes it longer, but will be finishing hard.
I’m Telling Ya – had three quick runs in May and latest was second to Ruben Bleu. Has won up the Flemington straight.
Our Wind Spirit – won four in a row including two this prep, this toughest test.
Price Range – import better for two Aussie runs. Down in grade and weight after claim.
Numbers: 17, 11, 5, 8, 1.
Best: Handspun – mare in form, showed a great turn of foot to score a strong win latest run in heavy 9.
Man Of Peace – the Flemington mile was a touch too far latest. Back to 1400m and well in after 3kg claim.
Dio D’Oro – swimmer and on quick back-up, third-up and featherweight.
Numbers: 4, 1, 8.
Best: Witherspoon – won this grade with 59.5kgs, chases hat-trick with same weight after the claim.
Black Magnum – resumes and is three from four when first-up. Had a soft Randwick trial and gets 3kgs from gun apprentice.
Spaceboy – won last two starts, most recent was dominant this track in distance
Rosina Kojonup – last run December 2018. Speed machine showed plenty of toe in recent trial win
Numbers: 1, 2, 4, 11.
Best: Almerheri – taken back from her wide gate and powered home late. Extra distance in her favour and third-up.
Vitesse – led throughout and showed a lot of fight winning here last start.
High Low Bet – stuck on well behind Vitesse, honest trier.
Strawb – won four of six including last two at the provincials. Wraps but this is the big smoke.
Numbers: 5, 8, 3, 7.
Best: Le Gai Soleil – started prep’ with Maiden win and blew them away in BM70 last start. A filly with a lot of potential.
Adana – took a while to wind-up, but hit the line strongly behind Agassi last start.
Numbers: 11, 5.
Best: Maddi Rocks – no luck at a crucial stage when resumed. Fitter for the run and drawn to box-seat.
Hollaback Girl – won here last start, unbeaten in three goes this track.
Voila – blinkers could inject some life into her and she was a solid fourth to Star Of Michelin last start.
Yeahnah – placed last three, this tougher, but drops 5kgs and will race in the bunny.
Love Squirrels – good second-up win last start, has won here and can only be fitter.
Numbers: 9, 2, 6, 12, 3.
Best: Deep Image – best horse in the race, freshened since G1 Stradbroke, just needs some luck from the wide gate.
Pennino – nice third to Jami Lady in Listed grade, right jock for this track in J. Byrne.
Boomsara – led them up and fought on for fourth in the Ramornie.
Mr Bellagio – won three before a spell, goes well fresh and will be hitting the line hard.
Numbers: 1, 5, 4, 9.
Best: Chico Milagro – highly promising, luckless last start when 6th to Euro Belle. Would have been in the fight with any luck.
Stuttering – very game third last start off a three wide run, to Euro Bell. Would be on top only for meeting Chico Milagro 3kg worse at the weights.
Roman Aureus – consistent gelding coming off a last start win and has performed well in this company.
Numbers: 11, 1, 7.
Best: Jami Lady – ticks some boxes. Won last two starts, latest at Listed level. Drawn to get the gun run and winner this track.
Persuader – had a tough wide second-up run when 7th to Jami Lady. Fitter now and better suited this trip.
Multaja – tardy away and too far back early, but did her best work late behind (6th) Jami Lady.
Shalwa – wide gate a worry, but goes in on her last start when beaten less than 3lens in G2. Won Listed grade before that and winner here.
Numbers: 4, 10, 2, 6.