Pun­ters in for a sight with a bumper Cool­more field

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - NEIL EVANS

WE’VE seen open Car­ni­val days be­fore, but to­mor­row’s Derby Day is a doozy. High-class fields where $7 or $8 the top line is well in play, so ex­otic “play­ers” will be out force.

It’s not quite the global-rat­ing 2016 edi­tion, but Group 1 Cool­more Stud Stakes down the Flem­ing­ton straight for three-yearolds is again the high­light — and they’ll be stretched from one side to the other.

Form-lines ga­lore, and a stack of chances, but I’m stick­ing with the Caulfield Guineas “Mile back to 1200m” plan for the filly Catchy ($8.50 bet­ting.club) and to a lesser ex­tent pro­gres­sive colt Ke­men­tari ($12.00) — both suited by the straight course, and both over the odds.

The other one I’m cov­er­ing is ex­cit­ing Tulip ($14.00) whose run in the Group 1 Ever­est at Rand­wick was enor­mous.

My COOL­MORE STUD Tips: 1. CATCHY; 2. Tulip; 3. Ke­men­tari

THE fea­ture Group 1 Vic­to­ria Derby (2500m) is a mod­er­ate re­newal, but still in­trigu­ing lin­ing up form and who dares run out the trip on a firm track.

Sully ($8.00 early) will go a long way back from the wide gate, but the geld­ing is bred to stay, and twice be­hind high class Ace High ($5.00 into $4.60) he’s found the line strong. Sully peaks to­mor­row.

Two run­ners both out of Listed Gee­long Clas­sic I’m very wary of — As­to­ria ($15 into $10 early) who from the in­side gate and at lev­els weights looks way over the odds; while ris­ing Ocean’s Four­teen ($15.00) — who only broke his Maiden two runs back will run the trip and is a se­ri­ous chance at big odds.

I’m not con­vinced Ace High runs a strong 2500m, but he gets a cosy run on-speed from the good gate and will be right there at the furlong.

My DERBY Tips:

1. TULLY and AS­TO­RIA; 3. Ocean’s Four­teen; 4. Ace High; 5. Weather With You

I OF­TEN talk about prepa­ra­tional peaks, and high class mare Egg Tart ($6.50) should hit one to­mor­row in the Group 1 Kennedy Mile.

She was al­ways short a run sec­ond-up at Caulfield in the Group 1 Toorak (1600m) after SCR in Syd­ney, and her ef­fort be­hind Tosen Star­dom was bet­ter than it looked.

One of the bet­ter weighted run­ners all day on 52kgs, Egg Tart im­proves at Flem­ing­ton, and what­ever swal­lows the “Tart,” wins the race.

Of course, there’s more dan­gers than a cracker night in an el­e­va­tor, in­clud­ing top­weight Tosen Star­dom ($6.00), but I would cover $21 shots Mccreery and Dibayani — both very well in at the weights and peak­ing for this run.


1. EGG TART; 2. Mccreery; 3. Tosen Star­dom; 4. Dibayani

THE fourth of the Group 1’s — Myer Clas­sic (1600m) for the Fil­lies & Mares at WFA — is next best thing to an ar­cade shoot­ing gallery, chances from top to bot­tom, and only a length or two could cover the first 10.

But in a race where luck and tempo will be mas­sive, both fouryear-old Global Glam­our ($6.00) and five-year-old Silent Sedi­tion ($9.50) “map” beau­ti­fully and will be hard to roll.

But the big­gest im­prove­ment might come from long­shot French Emo­tion ($31.00) on the quick back-up who was okay in a leader-bi­ased Group 3 Te­sio at Moonee Val­ley last week, and will grow a leg get­ting to Flem­ing­ton.


1. FRENCH EMO­TION; 2. Silent Sedi­tion; 3. Global Glam­our

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