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The Sportsman Weekend - - Detailed Formguide For Eagle Farm - with Greg Splet­ter

Race 1 Lots of value in this pro­gram with large, com­pet­i­tive fields and form­lines com­ing from ev­ery­where, but I’m stick­ing with my local boy SONY LE­GEND to do the right thing for us again. It was real Sony Le­gend last start run­ning on from a long way off the lead to catch handy Bm90 field over the 1200m, and he ac­tu­ally drops a half a kilo into this de­spite the win. He loves it wet, but I was a touch dis­ap­pointed with him on this track two runs back in the Vic­tory Stakes. Still, it’s hard to im­press be - hind Mu­sic Mag­nate when that horse is on song, and against this Bm95 the $7.50 is very ap­peal­ing. UP­START PRIDE eye­balled Redzel in the 10,000 two weeks ago and fair enough I sup­pose. At 150/1 he was en­ti­tled to throw cau­tion to the wind, but he will go much bet­ter to­mor­row back a more rea­son­able grad­ing for him. He has won three races this prep, all by lead­ing at a good tempo and run­ning them into the ground from the wide draw you can bet Re­becca Williams will be push­ing him for­ward to set the speed again. Good saver ma­te­rial at $12 con­sid­er­ing the lack of speed. BURN­ING PAS­SION has come up favourite on the back of an en­cour­ag­ing first-up run at Hawkes­bury when held up be­hind Fe­lines. He likes it wet but he is also up 4kg and from the draw I can see him cov­er­ing ground with no cover and as is a risk . Race 2 DUCA VALENTINOIS fi­nally struck gold at Scone a fort­night ago run­ning on stoutly to win the Cup over this trip in good style. He has shown glimpses the past but hadn’t put it all to­gether un­til his lat­est run and although up 6kg to­mor­row he does han­dle the con­di­tions and should be at his peak . Looks about right at the $4.80 at weight for age. AMOVATIO does pre­fer to race on top of the ground but he has per­formed in con­di­tions in the past and did run on nicely Scone Cup be­hind the top pick . He will have to give away a tidy start again to­mor­row but will strip fit­ter. RELIGIFY has come up very short at $2.35 and while I was happy to be on him last start I’m jump­ing off here given the state of the track . All 11 of his vic­to­ries have come on good sur­faces and on a soft-5 or soft-6 the mile will feel like 1800m. Sure he can win, but this is a good field and will be gasp­ing for air over the last 100m. A lay for mine at that quote. Race 3 There are so many chances here with such di­verse form­lines that it’s hard to have much con­fi­dence, but for the record I’m on MALA­HAT who is a very well bred colt from the Go - dol­phin team. He led all way firstup over 1200m to score an easy win in a maiden at Can­ter­bury and it’s not easy to re­sume over that trip as leader. He had form be­hind some smart types when last in work such Pariah and In­vader, and from the wide draw he will un­doubt­edly push for­ward be in the first four or so on set­tling. If kiwi colt goes mad from the out­side gate I can see this bloke ei­ther on his shoul­der on set­tling or in the one - one. There looks to be plenty of up­side with him and at $7.00 he’ll do. MELODY BELLE is a last start Group One win­ner over in NZ and while that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean as much over here, she did win the Karaka Mil­lions at her pre­vi­ous out­ing back in Jan­uary. Those two put to­gether sig­ni­fies some real tal­ent to me and while I don’t want to

her on top at the $4.20 she could quite pos­si­bly blow them out of the wa­ter. TAN­GLED hit the line im­pres - sively in the Classic last start to make it two a row af­ter scor­ing over 1350m at Wy­ong. Ob­vi­ously han­dled the wet okay and the trips suits, but he will be giv­ing some handy lead­ers a tidy start at turn. Race 4 BENZINI fin­ished third in this race last year be­fore win­ning the Bris­bane Cup and af­ter two nice runs back I’m jump­ing on at a healthy $13. Beaten a lip first-up over 2000m at Group One level in NZ be­fore a some­what dis­ap­point­ing re­sult as favourite over the same trip. He’s back again for his an­nual raid and he won’t be far from

ac­tion at the end of 2200m. Well over the odds. PEMBERLEY has pro - duced moder­ate re­sults from his two runs back but they will have cleaned out the pipes and he should be ready to lift his game here. Won two in a row last be­fore a crack­ing run the Her­bert Power where he stayed touch with some very good stayers and at $17 is a nice each way hope. STAM­PEDE went back to back last start with an all the win in The Chair­man’s beat­ing, co­in­ci­den­tally, The Chair­man, and he hasn’t done a whole lot wrong in nine starts. This is harder to­mor­row he’s no value at $3.00 but he has gen­uine claims to bring up his hat-trick . Race 5 PRIZED ICON was dropped way back from a fail­ure in the Derby at the be­gin­ning of April to 1400m Scone fort­night ago and ran out of his skin. He was nut­ted by France on the line and back up to 2200m to­mor­row with that hitout un­der his belt he will beat these. He’s the class act and at $3.60 is hard to go past on value. VOLATILE MIX is a small ques­tion mark in the go­ing, although he did run on well on the soft-6 in Ade­laide prior to tak­ing out Derby there two weeks later. Nicely bred and I thought he might be a touch shorter than $10 in this line -up. SHOCK­ING LUCK was far too strong for them in the Rough Habit last start get­ting through the ground with­out a worry to score by nearly three lengths but this is sig­nif­i­cantly tougher to­mor­row. Chance, but he shouldn’t be head­ing the bet­ting with P rized Icon in the field. Race 6 Where to look here, an­other lottery for the girls and look­ing for some - thing at value I’ve set­tled on TURBO MISS $21. Won the Tres­sady at Flem­ing­ton over au­tumn car­ni­val, and lasdt start made good ground in the Vic­to­ria Hcp be­hind Hooked and Charmed Har­mony. That’s solid form for this, though she will need things to go her way from gate 20. Nice each way hope the cham­pion sta­ble. RAIMENT is very short at $3.00 and she will find this harder than her last start tow­elling of the JB Carr field. She, too, has drawn a shocker and will need luck to find good spot early on. Con­sid­er­ing the form­lines of this pair I can’t un­der­stand such a price dif­fer­en­tial. EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL is over­rated and they have pulled the right rein scratch­ing from the Group One

chas­ing a far more at­tain­able goal at Group Three level. Even ef­fort in Ade­laide last time and she does han­dle the con­di­tions. No com­plaints at $7.00 ei­ther which is what they of­fered about her in the G1 last time. Race 7 BLACK HEART BART is on the quick back-up here af­ter a slightly dis­ap­point­ing run in the Good­wood last week­end and D Weir wouldn’t run him here un­less he was go­ing well. The op­po­si­tion isn’t all that strong to­mor­row – there are no Redzels, no Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tions – and while he has never won on soft ground he

run a cou­ple of crack­ers in top grade. Happy to be him at $3.40 but we should get closer to $4.00 by race­time. JUN­GLE EDGE has been in scin­til­lat­ing form this prepa­ra­tion and it seems that for some, life be­gins at six and a half. He has been G1-placed be­hind the best we have twice this cam­paign and ran away for an easy win at Doomben last start. There’s not speed he will have a kick in him on straight­en­ing. DERRYN hit the line strongly be­hind Redzel last start in the 10,000 and he has drawn very well here. If they race him on at four I would back him in to pick up a G1, but if they are send­ing to stud next spring he is fast run­ning out of time to score at the top level. Race 8 FRANCE scored an amaz­ing win in the Scone Guineas last start, com­ing from that tail af­ter draw­ing wide and mow­ing down a classy an­i­mal like Prized Icon. He has drawn way out there again to­mor­row but is a colt go - ing places and at $13 great value. He has a de­cent re­sult in soft go­ing to his name if he han­dles the track will be right in the fin­ish. GOOD STAND­ING hit his straps sec­ond-up scor­ing an easy win at Listed level at Doomben two weeks ago. No wor­ries with the con­di­tions un­der­foot and although drawn badly he is a very good colt who has the tal­ent to win again. RIVER RACER ran on well again last start and con­tin­ues en­cour­age fol­low­ers with her in­cred­i­ble fin­ishes. I thought she might be a bit bet­ter than $12 con­sid­er­ing the rise in grade, but that’s still a fair quote and you should find spot for her in your quad­die.

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