Al­mandin set for en­core

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RACE 1

11. SUN­LIGHT is a well bred filly by for mer su­per­star Zous­tar out of So­lar Charged, her­self a crack ju­ve­nile filly who was twice a G3 win­ner and only 2.5 lengths off Crys­tal Lily in the 2010 Golden Slip­per. Looked to have plenty up her sleeve in scor­ing a soft bar rier trial win at Cran­bour ne last month, al­beit on heavy g round. Set the tempo through­out in the small field and never ex­tended to win com­for tably. Looks like she has plenty of abil­ity and can go close here. 4. RANIER is from the Godol­phin team not seen at the of­fi­cial tri­als but he is by Lonhro out of Kan­zan, who was pre­co­cious enough to win her first two star ts as a young­ster and then went on in G3 g rade. Well wor th watch­ing here.

3. GRAND CHAL­LENGE , from the Hayes/Hayes/Daber nig yard, was solid in his re­cent trial and showed enough to sug­gest he’ll be prominent here. Watch for 6.

SCOT­TISH ROGUE to run a bit of a race. From same sta­ble as Sun­light and nicely bred.

RACE 2

Can’t re­ally see any­thing tak­ing on 2. SIR­C­CONI for the lead here. Was su­per im­pres­sive last star t when he got to front, dic­tated ter ms and then held on to beat the older horses. That was only his sec­ond run back from a break and strips even fit­ter here. Does go up to 58kg but still only 2kg over the limit and back against his own age. No rea­son to think he can’t re pro­duce that last-star t ef­for t.

1. TAK­ING AIM did a g reat job when a close fourth to Catchy down the straight here three weeks ago. He clocked the best fi­nal 200m split of race and seems ready to ste p up to 1400m now. Bow­man back on board is sig­nif­i­cant. 7. ESPER­ANCE didn’t have a lot of luck in the race won by Catchy. His pre­vi­ous two wins in weaker g rade were very good and is an­other look­ing for this trip now. 10.

HULME pro­duced g reat clos­ing sec­tion­als when charg­ing home for fourth to Royal Sym­phony here three weeks ago. His de­but win be­fore that was full of merit too. Def­i­nite knock­out chance.

3. CHAUF­FEUR (down from G1 g rade) and 6. ICON OF DUBAI (g apped them last star t) are other hopes.

RACE 3

6. ANIMALIA comes down from Syd­ney where he is show­ing con­sid­er­able stay­ing prom­ise for the Godol­phin team. Lot to like about the way he ac­counted

his rivals at New­cas­tle last star t, hit­ting front at the top of the straight and hold­ing his rivals com­fort­ably in run home. Will have no trou­ble with the ex­tra 200m here, can sit just off the pace and prove too good in run home. 3.

ESHTIRAAK bat­tled on well be­hind Cliff’s Edge at Caulfield a for tnight ago after he got shuf­fled back be­fore the turn, was blocked for a run mo­men­tar­ily and then lifted late to be only 2.3 lengths from the win­ner. Looks like he wants this trip. 1.

CLIFF’S EDGE loves in­side draws where is able to camp on pace. Did that last star t ef­fect at Caulfield. Slight query at the trip but drawn to get the gun run again. 4. SUNQUEST is still a maiden that won’t last long. Very hon­est in this g rade.

16. CO­RAL COAST could sur­prise.

RACE 4

I’m go­ing to bank on the fit­ness lev­els of 6. SILENT SEDI­TION. Has a good first-up record (a win and three plac­ings from four tries) and has two wins and three sec­onds from five tries at the trip. Last first-up ef­for ts have re­sulted in close sec­onds be­hind Shei­del and Prus­sian Vixen in Group g rade. Has acted down the straight pre­vi­ously, will set­tle off the speed and be charg­ing home at right end.

4. SPI­ETH is lo gi­cal dan­ger. Two of his ef­forts down the straight have re­sulted in nar­row losses in G1 g rade, in­clud­ing be­hind Mala­guer ra the Dar­ley Clas­sic. Given a month off be­tween runs and he is good when fresh. 3. KEEN AR­RAY pro­duced g reat ef­forts at Moonee Val­ley twice be­fore a dis­ap­point­ing run be­hind Bons Away Caulfield a for tnight ago. Bet­ter than that and will make his pres­ence felt. 7. BONS AWAY just kee ps rais­ing the bar and kee ps win­ning. This is tougher ag ain but who’s to say he can’t take that next ste p.

RACE 5

2. WINX wins. 1. HU­MI­DOR runs sec­ond. Then it’s a battle be­tween 3. VEN­TURA STORM and 6. SIR ISAAC NEW­TON for third place. Apar t from watch­ing the best race­horse in the world win, in­ter­est will be on how well lat­ter two run, from a Cups view­point. Like the way Sir Isaac New­ton is tick­ing over and look­ing for­ward to see­ing him run home strongly here. RACE 6

3. AN­CHOR BID is much bet­ter than her last star t ef­for t when a beaten shor t-priced favourite in­di­cates. Pulled up with a poor post-race re­cov­ery in fin­ish­ing sixth to Pinot at F lem­ing­ton 10 days ago. Scored g reat wins at F lem­ing­ton and Bendigo be­fore that sta­ble ob­vi­ously thinks she’s back on song to have ready for this. Has blinkers for the first time, which will help kee p her mind on the job. Reckon 2. I’LL HAVE A BIT can fig­ure here. Great ef­fort when four th to Leather’n’lace at Caulfield a for tnight ago. Had to make sus­tained run from the 600m mark, was en­ti­tled to wilt in the straight but fought on bravely to be beaten in a photo for mi­nor plac­ings. Meets Leather’n’lace 3.5kg bet­ter at the weights and has a win over Booker to her credit in Ade­laide.

4. LEATHER’N’LACE makes her own luck on speed and was never go­ing to lose last star t after be­ing al­lowed to dic­tate ter ms. Won’t get all the favours this time as she’ll have be used up to cross from a wide draw and also has an­other noted leader in An­gelic Spirit to cope with. Still, win­ning for m is good for m. Watch for 17. HIYAAM to run a race here. Won eas­ily in weaker g rade last star t but looks to have tal­ent.

RACE 7

Sim­ply im­pos­si­ble to go past

1. AL­MANDIN. Just look at his fig­ures alone. Two tries this trip for two wins, in­clud­ing race last year. Four tries at F lem­ing­ton for three wins. Nine star ts on good tracks for five wins and two sec­onds. Pretty im­pres­sive stuff. Add to that the fact he was just su­perb in de­stroy­ing a sim­i­lar field here three weeks ago. Still well weighted un­der these qual­ity hand­i­cap con­di­tions. Just too good for them. Been wait­ing for

4. AMELIE’S STAR to get up to this trip. Des­per­ately un­lucky be­hind Hard­ham here be­fore an out­stand­ing ef­fort when fourth to Har­lem at Caulfield. The race de­vel­oped into a sprint home and the back­mark­ers were never go­ing to win, yet she unleashed the fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m of the race. Only one to break 12s for 200m. Big threat here. 2. TALLY is much bet­ter suited now he’s back at F lem­ing­ton, where had four plac­ings from five star ts. Last time he was at this course and dis­tance he third in the Lexus last spring. Hard not to be im­pressed with the win of 3. HAR­LEM at Caulfield a for tnight ago and he’ll be in the fin­ish ag ain. 8. VENGEUR MASQUE also has claims.

RACE 8

3. KENEDNA is way over the odds in early mar­kets. Had ex­cuses first-up when re­sum­ing and down the course be­hind Sa­vanna Amour at Caulfield two weeks ago when found to be a lit­tle lame after the race. Un­beaten in two sec­ond-up ap­pear­ances and the last two times she’s been at this trip re­sulted in a win beat­ing Ex­tra Olives and Har­low Gold and a bar nstor ming third to G1 win­ner I Am A Star in the G2 Kewney Stakes in March. Drawn to ad­van­tage here and, as a G1 place get­ter, well suited at this weight scale. Wor th fol­low­ing each-way. 7. EURO AN­GEL can do bet­ter than her last star t sixth to Wash­ing­ton Heights at Rose­hill. Never re­ally got into the race in what was an off day for her. Pre­vi­ous Syd­ney for m strong and she won her only star t at this course and dis­tance. Ex­pect im­prove­ment. 9. MISS

ROCK is ready for the 1400m now. Made up steady to g round to be within strik­ing dis­tance on the tur n and did well be beaten in a blan­ket fin­ish be­hind Sa­vanna Amour two weeks ago. Drawn well and will go close.

6. ORE­GON’S DAY is bet­ter than her last run sug­gests and will be run­ning on. 1. PROMPT

RE­SPONSE (fit­ter and will be on pace) and 13. SCHISM (goes well here) are other chances.

RACE 9

Like 8. NEW TIP­PER­ARY here. Re­sumed last start at Rand­wick and loved the way he at­tacked the line late when beaten less than three lengths be­hind Comin’ Through and Tom Mel­bour ne. The sec­ond horse than placed in the G1 Ep­som last week. Has won two of three sec­ond-up ap­pear­ances and will rel­ish the 1400m at this big track. Should go close. Reckon

11. MON­GO­LIAN WOLF can run a big race. Un­beaten in two first-up ap­pear­ances. Class g al­loper on his day and there seems enough speed on here to al­low him to run strongly at the busi­ness end. 13. PURE PRIDE should be right at her top now. Drawn to get the soft run in mid­field and just needs a lit­tle luck to test these. 12. WYNDSPELLE was very good in run­ning a close sec­ond to Sir­c­coni two weeks ago and also right at his top now.

Al­mandin

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