Racing this week comes to us from Flemington.
We have the inaugural running of The All Star Mile which is the feature on the program, a race that is worth quite a bit of money and is a new concept here, the field is made up of four wildcards and ten horses that the fans have voted in.
As per usual I will run you through the Quaddie and give you my thoughts of the final four races on the program, should be an interesting days racing, lets get stuck into it!
First Leg – Grand Mile Final 1600m
5 Main Stage, has been pretty poor as of late, didn’t have any luck at his most recent run. Is capable of a lot better and has run a good race behind Grunt.
6 Mr Reckless, resumes here for the Chris Waller yard after doing all previous racing overseas. Has trialed well leading into this with a nice trial win over a handy horse in Octabello, doesn’t have any wins under 1700 metres but could be trained differently this time and ready to go here.
7 Lord Gododdin, another import from the Chris Waller yard who resumes here after doing his previous racing overseas. Comes into this off a nice trial behind his stablemate Mr Reckless, no wins under 2000 metres is the only knock.
8 Earth Angel, has only had the one win from her fifteen starts but she has run in some quality races. She’s freshened here and back to 1600 metres, her second behind Naval Warfare is some good form.
13 Gasworx, is a very honest horse who hasn’t finished worst than second this preparation, was an easy winner at Kyneton two starts back he then went to Sandown and finished second behind Simply Invincible who then beat Greyworm last Saturday in good time.
14 Remember the Name, went forward last start and sat on a very quick speed, held ground well considering the run she had. Gets the blinkers off here, think she will be ridden differently here with that change.
Second Leg – Seppelt Wines March Stakes 1400m
1 Widgee Turf, flew home here against the track pattern when he was first up, he then went to a VOBIS Gold race at Wangaratta where he just got pipped by another good horse in Ashlor.
3 Hellova Street, too good at his latest run in Tasmania, made Mystic Journey work to beat him prior to that and we know how good that horse is, only beaten 2.1 lengths in Group 1 Rupert Clarke in the spring.
7 Plein Ciel, resuming here and is yet to miss a place in four first up runs and looked very good easily winning a recent trial at Cranbourne.
9 Streets of Avalon, has been racing in great form as of late, won in fast time here two starts back here, then gave it his all behind a decent horse last start! Only miss this preparation where he finished eighth where he just had some bad luck, loves the 1400 metres.
12 Manolo Blahniq, resumes here and is coming off a pretty quiet trial in preparation for this against a couple of speedsters. Beat a good field off a wide run and had been running well prior to his mini freshen up, was badly blocked at his last start and looked a good thing beaten!
13 Zebulon, weaved home between runners and kept closing when fresh, trialed nicely prior to that! His last start he just kept closing and attacked the line, with a bit of luck he could have one, think he’s ready to fire now.
19 Super Titus, is an emergency but if he gets a run I would be including it, resumes here for the Hayes camp after doing all his previous racing overseas. First up win came on debut over 1600 metres, hasn’t had any starts below that distance, I know they are setting him for some bigger targets but could surprise here.
Third Leg – All Star Mile 1600m
1 Happy Clapper, well doesn’t this guy deserve a win!? Very good return when clear second to Winx and then tried to kick away and gave a good sight but Winx was able to run him down again, was very good in the Makybe Diva here in the spring.
2 Hartnell just found the 1200 metres too sharp fresh against some speedy horses, gave it his all last start at Caulfield behind stablemate Alizee. Is a quality galloper who broke the track record at Randwick winning the Epsom with 57 kilos.
11 Alizee, is producing the quality we all knew she had, she smashed the clock fresh winning in fine style. Pattern and tempo was against her second up but was too good again, wide last start at Caulfield where she was too good again, just a star!
12 Hawkshot, ran a full second quicker than G1/WFA Orr Stakes at Caulfield, led into headwind and ran very well behind a good horse in Mystic Journey, second go at a mile and can run well.
13 Mystic Journey, outstanding last 200 metres when resuming with a big win, too good for older males second up in Tasmania. Very strong, Group 1 win last time out behind a few smart horses, can win this.
14 Amphitrite, had a bit of weight first up and won well, she then ran a solid race behind two fellow All Star Mile horses she meets here in Mystic Journey and Hawkshot and also gets the winkers first time here.
Last Leg – Furphy Grand Sprint Final 1200m
5 Mastering, comes off a nice trial win after a little bit of a freshen up, beat city winner Exceltara and Mr Money Bags by six lengths when fresh at Kilmore back in November, then ran second to Usain Bowler here who is a horse with a bit of ability.
He then went to Caulfield where he was a winner there, he then went to Flemington where he ran poorly and had some bad luck before he was tipped out for a freshen up.
9 Spirit of Aquada, sent out favourite when resuming at Moonee Valley and won quite well, the race had some depth to it with some handy horses involved there.