After a solid week last week, I’ll look to keep the ball rolling here.
Racing this weekend comes to us from Flemington where there are six group races and one listed race hence why this day is dubbed “Super Saturday” the races include the Group 1 Australian Cup and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, so let’s get stuck into it!
First Leg – Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap Group 1 1200m
No.1 Redkirk Warrior has been racing over a bit further as connections hoped he would get a run in the Allstar Mile he didn’t so he has turned up here, has been working home okay over a bit further with just no luck. Gets the blinkers back on here and won this race last year beating Merchant Navy, can figure in the finish here!
No.2 Santa Ana Lane resumes here, flew home fresh last preparation with a big weight, then broke the track record at Randwick over the 1200 metres he then ran well in the Everest but it was when he came back to Flemington where he was destructive winning the VRC Sprint Classic in fine style.
No.4 Osborne Bulls flew home against the pattern fresh where he nearly got over the top of In Her Time, better suited at the 1200 metres here and is better suited in a handicap race.
No.6 In Her Time top return win in the Lightning Stakes to hold off Osborne Bulls, even better at 1200 metres, nailed by Santa Ana Lane twice in 2018.
No.14 Eduardo outstanding trial then worked wide off a brutal speed in the Oakleigh Plate and only went down narrowly, the run was huge! Could be a star on the rise.
No.19 Encryption no match for the quinella fresh but winners has matched motors with Osborne Bulls, ran on well in the Oakleigh Plate where he ran into third placing.
No.20 Graff gets the wizard of the west on here in William Pike, ran well in the Everest last preparation finishing fifth on that occasion, was first up at Flemington and the others just had too much pace for him, was solid to the line and 1200 metres is a plus.
No.21 Zousain over-raced off a slow speed and laid in when he was first up, top trial prior to that, has split The Autumn Sun and Graff last preparation.
No.22 Sunlight was narrowly beaten by two star older horses in the Lightning Stakes, fast last 600 metres in the Coolmore which she won in the spring here.
Second Leg – Group Two TAB Kewney Stakes 1400m
No.1 Angelic Ruler bit slow out of the gate in her Victorian debut, then finished the race off strongly and she finished above the average speed which was some good figures! Good record at 1400 metres and gets the blinkers first time here.
No.2 Spanish Whisper trialed up nicely leading into her first up run and was a good return finishing second behind Embrace Me in a strong a race. Beat all bar Mystic Journey second up last preparation!
No.6 Pickup the Pieces Led and gave a big kick at Sandown Lakeside, swamped by winner at her last start and that horse came out and ran well last Saturday in town without any luck.
No.9 Kenyan Wonder very stiff not to win her last few races, she’s had the four starts for two wins and two seconds so she has a bit of ability. Strong to the line in a good win last start in Adelaide, can measure up here.
No.10 Zoubo was lame when returning from a spell and it was a forgive and forget run, good last time out when beating all bar two quality animals in a high rating race.
No.11 Victory Kingdom was on a modest speed at Sandown Lakeside but raced away and was too good for them, ran along quick in front at Moonee Valley in a strong race and only run over late. Gets the winkers again and Blinkers off first time.
Third Leg – Group 1 TAB Australian Cup 2000m
No.7 Avilius looks the class act here and I’m banking on that with him being my only selection in the quaddie, classy animal. Very good closing off the race given the fast speed in the Carlyon and was simply too good for them again at his last start, won third up last preparation and can win again!
Last Leg – Group Three Schweppervescence Trophy 1600m
No.1 I Am Star had a sound return then a touch disappointing second up, very genuine and is very good third up and deeper.
No.2 Spanish Reef was wide but kept closing fresh with a big weight in a top return, wasn’t suited in a sit and sprint race last start, 1600 metres is a plus.
No.4 Think Bleue went wide with cover and was towards the rear fresh and she had the second best last 200 metres of the race, won second up last preparation.
No.6 Futooh found the line fresh in a race where first, second, third, fifth all settled in the first four. Luckless last start and had plenty to give, was a forgive and forget run.
No.7 Bring Me Roses raced fastest last 200 metres when fresh, form has dipped at her last couple of runs, back to own sex here and likes Flemington.
No.9 Pure Scot took advantage of good run and won well off a good speed in a useful time last start, has ran well here in a Group Two where she ran fourth.
No.10 Naantali is a super genuine mare and was as a game as ever last start when wide throughout and kept coming, goes alright at the 1600 metres.