Voodoo can go back-to-back

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RACE 1

Pretty keen on 1. JORDA here.

sure she is go­ing to be a well above av­er­age race­horse and I know Godol­phin has huge opin­ion of her. Re­sumed from a year-long spell with a gutsy third to Pariah in the San Domenico at Rose­hill three weeks ago when she found line strongly. Could have even fin­ished a bit closer af­ter en­dur­ing check­ered pas­sage half way down the straight. The one query is whether that run has taken the edge off her af­ter such a long break. I’m say­ing no and I like fact she’s drawn out, al­low­ing her to find her feet at her first at­tempt down the straight. Class will car ry a long way. 5.

ROOMOOZ is ob­vi­ous threat af­ter re­tur ning with g al­lant win beat­ing Tulip at Moonee Val­ley three weeks ago. All the bet­ter for the run and will be stalk­ing the lead­ers all the way. 4. SPLIT LIP is in­ter­est­ing run­ner. Also re­sum­ing last star t and loved the way she ex­tended over the fi­nal 200m for a close four th to Cer tain El­lie at Mor phettville. She’s got plenty of abil­ity and wor fol­low­ing. 7. TRUE EX­CEL­SIOR (brave lead­ing when third to Roomooz) and 13. MOET ROSE (well bred

im­pres­sive de­but win­ner) rate as good chances.

RACE 2

Can’t find any rea­son to go against

1. ROYAL SYM­PHONY. He likes F lem­ing­ton, the dis­tance is no prob­lem, he only has 1kg more than 99% of his ri­vals and he’s drawn to get the gun run in mid­field. The last time he was here he beat sub­se­quent win­ner An­chor Bid eas­ily and they g apped the rest of the field over 1600m here. By all re ports he has come back big­ger and bet­ter. It looks like only bad luck will beat him. 4. MURAA

HIB is a gen­uine threat though. Ex­cel­lent ef­for t when a clos­ing third to Mer­chant Navy on re­sum­ing at Caulfield a for tnight ago. Had a lot of trou­ble get­ting clear g al­lop­ing room in the straight and ar­guably should have fin­ished much closer. The big track here and the ex­tra 200m look ideal. On face value, the run of 6. LONE

EA­GLE be­hind Over­share at the Val­ley three weeks back was dis­ap­point­ing. But it was bet­ter than it ap­pears. He charged home the last 200m in 11.55s com­ing from the tail of the field and just didn’t seem to ap­pre­ci­ate the tighter cir­cuit. F lem­ing­ton will suit and he can fig­ure here. 7. TOGA PICTA (an im­prover who rel­ish be­ing back in Mel­bour ne) and 14.

HULME (very im­pres­sive de­but win­ner with a stack of abil­ity) are ones to watch.

RACE 3

6. SNITZSON re presents good value here. Only lightly raced but al­ready shown he can match it this sor t of com­pany. Don’t for­get he was a lit­tle un­lucky when a stor ming third in the Aus­tralian Guineas last au­tumn. Held his g round when fifth to Hey Doc on re­sum­ing here and then eye-catch­ing four th to Grande Rosso a for tnight ago when he charged home, clock­ing sec­ond fastest last 200m of the race af­ter be­ing three-wide, with cover, for the trip. Meets Choco­late Holic (close sec­ond) 1.5kg bet­ter and the big F lem­ing­ton cir­cuit ideal at this dis­tance. Rates highly.

13. PURE PRIDE is a hope here at odds. Made up lot of g round on re­sum­ing at the Val­ley three weeks ago when un­suited by the tight cir­cuit. Harder g rade here but drops 5kg and bet­ter placed at F lem­ing­ton. 12. MR SNEAKY re­sumed with a dash­ing win at Caulfield two weeks back, pro­duc­ing a strong last 400m to out­last Thean­swer myfriend. Even bet­ter suited back at head­quar ters and 1400m. 15. VI­O­LATE doesn’t win of­ten but he is a dual Group 3 place get­ter and was enor mous run­ning on from the tail of the field be­hind Mr Sneaky when re­sum­ing. His last 200m 10.88s was only equalled on the day by G1 per­for mer Tosen Star­dom. Will need the ex­tra 200m but big track helps and will be fin­ish­ing hard. 4.

CHOCO­LATE HOLIC is a def­i­nite threat but not drawn the best and watch for 8. RADIPOLE to sprint well fresh.

RACE 4

4. VOODOO LAD was sen­sa­tional on re­sum­ing at Caulfield two weeks ago. Tracked the lead­ers into the straight and then un­leashed that fa­mil­iar fin­ish­ing sprint to win com­for tably. Just as ef­fec­tive sec­ond up and ex­tra 100m should suit him even more. If there is one ne g ative, he’s yet to win in four tries at F lem­ing­ton but he did chase home Red­kirk War rior the New­mar­ket here and meets that horse slightly bet­ter at weights. No rea­son to think he can’t win ag ain. 9. SO

SI BON pro­duced out­stand­ing sec­tional times to charge home late for sec­ond Voodoo Lad last star t. Also caught the eye here when re­sum­ing at F lem­ing­ton be­fore that. Suited 1200m and will be rock­et­ing home ag ain. 3.

RED­KIRK WAR­RIOR is re­sum­ing but don’t for­get he won the New­mar­ket first-up in au­tumn and has tri­alled well enough for his re­tur n here. The Kiwi sprinter SAVILE ROW has nice form lines back home and could sur prise at good odds. Twice beaten nar rowly in G1 g rade in the sum­mer. 6. JA

PONISME has some claims.

RACE 5

6. CATCHY is ready to win now. Think she just needed the hit-out when sec­ond to Crown Wit­ness at Caulfield four weeks back. Loomed to win at the 150m mark and then she just peaked on her run, still only go­ing down nar rowly. The sec­tion­als showed this as she had the fastest last 600m and 400m of

race but Crown Wit­ness slightly bet­tered her in the last 200m. Takes on the colts here but she is high cal­i­bre as Blue Di­a­mond win showed. Like the fact has drawn a lit­tle out here as she should find clear g al­lop­ing room, given the like­li­hood that they will all come down the rails side with the rel­a­tively small field. The one at odds to run a big race here is 8.

PLU­TOC­RACY. Loved his ef­fort last star t when just caught on the line by Juke­box at Caulfield a month ago. He raced a lit­tle keenly out­side the leader to the bend and then showed a tur n of foot to race clear inside last 200m only prove a sit­ting duck for Juke­box. Think he’s bit un­der­es­ti­mated and will be a lot fit­ter. 9. ESPER

ANCE is un­beaten and has looked some­thing spe­cial with the ease of his two wins. Faces tougher g rade here and maybe not drawn ideally but he’ll make his pres­ence felt.

2. JUKE­BOX is also un­beaten and all the bet­ter for the run. Just kee ps pro­duc­ing. Can eas­ily en­ter tain 10. LIME­STONE and 11. BOOKER as chances.

RACE 6

Tough­est race of the day. Think the value is 5. JENNIFER LYNN. Got no doubts she should have fin­ished a lot closer first-up when sixth to Sa­vanna Amour at Caulfield for tnight ago. Tracked three wide with cover to the tur n, was bolt­ing in be­hind them wait­ing for a run but didn’t get clear un­til the last 100m. She’s a sec­ond up win­ner, has notched three wins from four tries at the trip and her only star t this course dis­tance was a Listed win beat­ing Prompt Re­sponse. Drawn to get the gun run here and can eas­ily fig­ure in the fin­ish. 1. I AM THE

STAR is class run­ner. Has to con­tend with 59kg here but still only giv­ing away 4kg at most her ri­vals. Fit­ter for two runs in, drawn ideally to po­si­tion her­self on or near the speed and this is her track – al­ready a G1 Myer Clas­sic and G2 Kewney Stakes win­ner here. 11. SWAMP­LAND is just go­ing so well at the moment. You can mount ar­gu­ment that she should have beaten Ore gon’s Day at Caulfield last star t when she just couldn’t find clear air un­til the race was al­most over. Her pre­vi­ous two F lem­ing­ton wins were full of merit. 3. ORE­GON’S

DAY was ex­cel­lent on re­sum­ing and right at her top now. Big threat ag ain. Kiwi vis­i­tor 15. LET

HER RIP is a roughie who could sur prise.

RACE 7

1. HART­NELL is just too good. Sec­ond best race­horse run­ning around in the coun­try at the moment. Ab­so­lutely bril­liant in de­stroy­ing a high class field at Caulfield month ago, pro­duc­ing a last 200m of 11.86s with his ears pricked. It’s scary to think that that’s the first time in his ca­reer he has won first-up. Twice won sec­ond-up, 3 of 8 at this trip and the big ex­panses F lem­ing­ton look ideal (who can for­get his Tur nbull Stakes win here last year). Just wins ag ain. 6. HUMI

DOR is ready to strike his best. Only fin­ished 8th Ve ga Magic in the Mem­sie at Caulfield two weeks ago but his sec­tional splits were enor mous, clock­ing 10.91s for his last 200m as he ran through the line with gusto. Aus­tralian Cup win­ner at this track. 3. LE

RO­MAIN is a win­ner of the G1 Can­tala Stakes over this course and dis­tance. Would prob­a­bly have liked to see him fin­ish a lit­tle closer Ve g a Magic last star t but is prob­a­bly look­ing for the 1600m now. 2. BLACK HEART BART (all qual­ity but not ideally suited at the mile) and 10. IN­FER­ENCE (un­beaten sec­ond-up, in­clud­ing a G1 Rand­wick Guineas win) will race well.

RACE 8

They say weight can stop a train but not sure if it’s enough to stop

1. AL­MANDIN. The Mel­bourne Cup win­ner has to shoul­der 61kg but think he’s sim­ply head and shoul­ders above th­ese. Dy­namic ef­fort on re­sum­ing when find­ing the line strongly to beat all but Pa­co­dali at Moonee Val­ley three weeks ago. That run showed he had come back as well as ever. The last time he was at this course and dis­tance eas­ily won the Bart Cum­mings on his way to win­ning the Cup. Im­por­tant note that Damien Oliver is back on board (two rides for two wins

him). 12, YOGI is a pro g ressive young stayer who drops 4.5kg in this tougher g rade af­ter his de­ter mined win here last month. Has been fresh­ened up and will be charg­ing home. 6. HANS HOL

BEIN will wel­come this dis­tance. Not disg raced in two runs back and the last time he ran at 2500m here he led all the way to win by 8 lengths, al­beit in eas­ier g rade. Still think 2. BONDI BEACH has some­thing to of­fer and I’ll in­clude him in my mul­ti­ples. 11. SU­PER HAZE (brave last star t) and 13.

CROC­O­DILE ROCK (big weight re­lief ) will also run well.

RACE 9

This looks a good race for 3. AME

LIE’S STAR. Held her g round be­hind Har tnell first-up and then ran on g amely for third to Hell Or High­wa­ter at Caulfield a for tnight ago, Pushed wide on the tur n and was prob­a­bly en­ti­tled to wilt on her r jn but fought strongly still able to break 12s for her last 200m. Drawn get the soft run in mid­field here and only needs an ounce of luck to test this field. Sweat­ing on 18. TIAMO GRACE get­ting a run here. Tipped her last star t in the same Hell Or High­wa­ter and she was des­per­ately un­lucky straight when un­able to find any clear g al­lop­ing room. Should have fin­ished a lot closer. Stays on the limit here and a re­tur n to F lem­ing­ton, where she won the G2 Wake­ful Stakes, will help her chances. 7. HARDHAM is an ATC Aus­tralian Derby placeget­ter all the bet­ter for his first-up run be­hind Grande Rosso a fort­night ago when blocked for run in the straight. He can sur prise. 1. AMOVATIO saves his best for this

track. 10. COOL CHAP is next best.

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