TH E EARLY CROW
Hard to see any thing beating Almandin (Race 7), which is why most will have him as the anchor in the quaddies. Just phenomenal and returning to his best at Fleming ton last star t, caning a similar field by an ever-widening margin. Consider this. Crocodile Rock and Yogi, who face him again tomorrow, actually meet
worse at the weights for being trounced. Won this race last year en route to his Melbourne Cup win. Will do the same tomorrow.
Prepared to take on Leather’n’lace (Race 6). The set weights scale means she meets some of her last-star t rivals worse at the weights. Probably more impor tantly she was able to dictate her own terms in front last star t and will have trouble doing that here as she has to cross from a wide draw and another noted leader in Angelic Spirit drawn outside her. May find this tougher.
AT THE TRIALS
Of those that we’ve seen at the trials, Sunlight (Race 1) looked most impressive. She led under a throttle hold in a trial at Cranbourne last month and was never extended in scoring a sof t win. One word of caution - it was heav y track. But sometimes you just need to trust what see and this daughter of Zoustar looks to be well above average.
BEATING THE CLOCK
Silent Sedition (Race 4) has looked the par t in morning gallops at Caulfield recently, including some sharp work this week which sug gests she’ll be ready to fire first-up tomorrow. She does have to overcome the ver y smar t Spieth and in a race where there they may not go super quick but she’s delighted the stable and will be running on strongly.
Amelie’s Star (Race 7) has her hoof on the till if her last-star t splits are any thing to go by. In a race that developed into sprint home, she was still able to reel off the fastest last 1000m, 800m, 600m, 400m and 200m of the race won by Harlem at Caulfield, She was the only horse to break 12s for last 200m and that on the back of a sustained run from 1000m mark. The big track at Fleming ton will help but there is something standing in her way - Almandin.
THE STATS SPEAK
Almandin (Race 7) again. A s mentioned in the preview, he’s had two star ts at Fleming ton 2500m for wins, including this race last year. He’s had nine star ts on good tracks for five wins. And his four star ts at Fleming ton for three wins. If there is one possible negative is that he will have to find a spot from a wide draw but that’s just clutching at the straws. Simply too good for them.