Big fields everywhere and looks a tough day, but they are never easy and value aplenty.
Best: Matowi – held up for clear running when resuming in tougher grade, fitter for the run, Waller and J-Mac firing.
Across Dubai – another Waller runner and import better for first Australian start. Was hands and heels only from Bowman, he sticks, fitter and step-up from 1500m is a positive.
Soldier of Love – raced handy and scored wins at last two starts. Handles heavy, but wide gate is a negative.
New Arrangement – emergency and gets a run after scratchings. Consistent, super fit, Waller trained and light weight.
Numbers: 4, 10, 6, 19.
Best: Lashes – beaten 2.5lens by Adelong when resuming last month and meets her 6kgs better. Kept ticking over with a soft trial win. Heavy track winner and also won this track and distance.
Blazing Miss – form impossible to fault winning last two against own sex. Maps to take a sit in the first four and handles heavy.
Inanup – resumes good first-up record, needs a stunner from Nash from barrier 13.
Broken Arrows – better for two runs from a break when 3rd and second, respectively , drops 4.5kgs .
Adelong – in great form winning last two, likes the cut out of the track.
Numbers: 10, 7, 5, 6, 12.
Best: True Detective – revelled in the heavy and won this track and distance last start. Up in class, but drops 4kg. Wide gate could be an advantage by this time.
Bangkok – no luck Listed grade in Brisbane latest. Prior ran well in G3 and is well weighted after the 2kg claim.
Trumball – fighting third last start at first go in heavy.
Outrageous – placed three runs this prep’ and nosed out latest (heavy 9) in tougher company. Drawn to get the gun run and should be peaking.
Numbers: 14, 3, 8, 9.
Best: Handspun – held up for a run when and did a good job for close third to Adelong, when resuming, in heavy 8. Second up winner and step-up in distance is a plus.
Night Of Power – not won under 1550m, but trialled well behind Classique Legend in heavy. J-Mac stays solid, which suggests this entire can race well fresh.
Cuban Royale – third-up now, down in grade and not far away last start, heavy track winner.
Numbers: 7, 5, 11.
Best: Felicia – building up to a win, raced handy and fought on for second to Broadwayandfourth. Can get the gun run from her rails draw.
Selica – this distance might be a fraction short, but she’s fresh, has some quality and should be finishing hard.
It’s Kind Of Magic – didn’t handle heavy and was last when resuming. She has potential, blinkers and a drier track could see marked improvement.
St Edwards Crown – is 0-3 in three runs this time on heavy. Latest wasn’t far away, freshened and McNeil sticks.
Knowles – resumes and after missing the start was strong at the end, when won a 900m Mornington jump-out earlier this month.
Numbers: 9, 1, 6, 8, 7.
Best: Shot Of Irish – jockey rode like it was a 1200m race and not a mile, at Flemington last start. Went too quick early and did well to run second to Reykjavik. Senior rider goes on and should be suited around the Valley.
Reykjavic – ploughed through the heavy and was going to win a long way out at Flemington. Fourth-up and sure to be in the mix.
Biometric – import whose first Australian start was more like a barrier trial. Back to last from a wide gate, trouble finding a run in the straight. Should be competitive this time.
Numbers: 4, 1, 9.
Best: Hang Man – had no luck when trapped deep last start, but showed courage for third to Mahemedeis. Super fit and should lob in a nice spot from barrier four.
Django Freeman – this import ran second in G1 German Derby before heading to Oz. Made a strong debut when third to Reykjavic over 1600m.
Harbour Views – consistent over shorter trips, but fast finishing third in Adelaide G3 last start gives every indication he will handle the slight rise in distance.
Tavirun – tried to lead all of the way and was only beaten 1.5 lengths when 7th to All Too Huiying. Third-up, has won here.
All Too Huiying – followed up solid effort in G3 with win at Caulfield. Up in class, but drops 5.5kgs.
Numbers: 6, 2, 9, 12, 7.
Best: Broadwayandfourth – big win at Caulfield when came home strongly from second last. Likely to get back from her wide barrier, but if she brings the same turn of foot here she is the one to beat and has won this track and distance.
Jamaican Hurry – won three in a row and ran super latest when came from last for second at Caulfield in tougher class.
Persuader – returns after runs in Qld and Sydney. Two back was third to Sacallopini and Niccanova (since third in G1 Stradbroke)at Sunshine Coast. Began well and then given easy time in 1100m Caulfield jump-out.
La Tigeresa – did not get a clear go at them when resumed at Flemington. She will be better for that first-up run and has a good second-up record.
Numbers: 8, 6, 3, 2.
Best: Boomtown Lass – hit the front at the 300m last start and was nabbed by Sacallopini on the line. Nice mare and that was first run since an ease-up so she should take improvement.
Scallopini – in the money seven starts this unpredictable track, which is a big plus. Resumed with narrow, but strong win. Up in weight and tricky gate, but super honest.
Emerald Kingdom – not disgraced latest when third-up seventh to Scallopini, fitter three from three this track.
Brave Song – kept ticking over with a Canterbury trial, second at Listed level previous run. One alley a big plus.
Numbers: 10, 2, 9, 1.
Best: Celestial Falls – looked the winner, but was nabbed by Vanna Girl last start. That was second run since October so should have upside and has won at this distance. Races on speed and from the good gate can box-seat and capable of turning the tables.
Vanna Girl – Chases four wins in a row and savaged the line last start to beat a lot of her rivals over 1600m. Out to this trip for the first time and wide gates can be tricky from this start.
California Salto – was never a threat behind Vanna Girl, but she closed off strongly from well back. Her racing pattern and breeding suggests step-up to 1800m will suit.
Sky Horse – turned in a huge run in G3 this track and distance latest run, coming from last. Back against her own sex and better for latest run.
Numbers: 4, 2, 8, 9.
Best: If Niccanova runs up to his Stradbroke third last week he should be winning, but he is on the quick back-up. Steve Tregea trains very well and doubt he would be racing if the horse had not done a treat.
Military Zone – got too far back in Scone Cup, but was an eye-catching fifth. Had a soft trial since, winner this track.
Gaulois – two runs since a month off were solid. Latest was game second under a big weight.
Delectation Girl – was 4th in G1 Coolmore before an ease-up. Latest only given a couple of backhanders when 10th to Irithea G3, will be improved from that.
Numbers: 4, 3, 5, 14.
Best: Baccarat Baby – she should be peaking now after three runs from a break and placed in all. She’s a quality mare Group 3 winner, versatile and has been in the money four of six starts at the Farm.
Jen Rules – had cover , but was well back and three deep the entire when third to Shalwa. Can be closer from better draw and slightly longer journey looks ideal.
Irithea – last start winner G3 at Rosehill and trialled strongly since, has failed three goes this track.
Into The Abyss – followed second to Irithea with eye-catching sixth to Shalwa.
Fiesta won at the Gold Coast and was disappointing at Doomben last start, but was not knocked around. She can improve on the bigger track.
Numbers: 5, 16, 2, 12, 6.