THE EARLY CROW

The Sportsman Weekend - - Flemington Preview -

THE BANKER

Fast­net Tem­pest (Race 2) looks one of the safer bets on the day and most peo­ple will an­chor him in early mul­ti­ples. Should have gone close to

win­ning the Sale Cup last start as he was lay­ing in be­hind the win­ner down the straight. Looks ideally suited by

big track here and doesn’t strike an overly strong field. He’ll take beat­ing.

THE LAY

Book­ies are likely to take risks with Qewy (Race 5) de­spite his pow­er­ful win in the Bendigo Cup last start. He has 59kg, has to cross from the wide

bar­rier and faces a line-up chock­ful of tal­ented in-form stay­ers. Pun­ters who like him are likely to get bet­ter than the cur­rent $3.60 on of­fer.

AT THE TRI­ALS

Pay­roll (Race 6) has been given just over a month off since her last start ef­fort when a clos­ing third to Now Or Later at Flem­ing­ton. She has since gone to the tri­als at Cran­bourne and couldn’t have been more im­pres­sive

in win­ning by a big space un­der a pretty good hold. She jumps to the 2000m to­mor­row but that shouldn’t worry her. Big threat.

SEC­TIONAL STAR

In the same race as Pay­roll, Heav­ens Above (Race 6) caught the eye with her clos­ing ef­fort to fin­ish eighth to Shoals in the Myer Clas­sic last Satur­day. Clocked the sec­ond best last 400m and 200m of the race and on a track where it was dif­fi­cult to

make up a lot of ground.She’ll go well to the 2000m.

THE STATS SPEAK

Lord Aspen (Race 4) has found a race to suit to­mor­row. He’s had six tries at the trip for three wins and two plac­ings, has had four tries at the Flem­ing­ton 1400m for two wins and a third and has notched eight of his nine wins on a firm sur­face, which he’s likely to get again to­mor­row. Rates a big chance.

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