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RACE 1

There was a lot to like about the easy last-start win of 8. BOOM

CHICKA BOOM. Started a long odds-on favourite, quickly got to the front, skipped clear on

turn and won eased down by over 5 lengths. Time wasn’t overly flash but he had a lot left in the tank. Only just jut­ted by Flash Cash on de­but. Will be mak­ing his own luck on pace and looks highly promis­ing. The one to beat. Watch for 13. MISS

LEONIDAS to run a big race. Awe­some de­but per­for­mance at Echuca when was very green, went very wide on the turn and still way too good in run home, clock­ing a smart last 200m of 11.54s. Has since clocked smart time in trial at Cran­bourne. Has plenty of abil­ity. 7.

BEL SONIC is re­sum­ing but is tal­ented. Great ef­fort on de­but when a close third to Mer­chant Navy here and then won at Gee­long be­fore chasing home well at Sandown. Given easy time in a re­cent trial. 6. THE

LAUNCHER was im­pres­sive on de­but at Moe and should be even bet­ter here.

RACE 2

Go­ing to stick with 3. STORMSAREBREWING. Looks to have found the right race to re­turn win­ning form. Fought on well be­hind Ta­ha­nee at Flem­ing­ton on Cup day. Flem­ing­ton win­ner in this class back in May. Drawn to get the nice run off speed and will be charg­ing home. 6.

WHYOUASK turned in a nice ef­fort at big odds when 5th to Long Time Ago in G3 grade at Sandown. Got a long way back, had a check­ered pas­sage in the straight and then made good ground when clear. At top now after two runs from a break. 2.

RED IS THE ROSE was far too good in this grade at Moonee Val­ley be­fore fin­ish­ing down the course be­hind Long Time Ago at Sandown. Was at­tacked for lead the whole way which may have con­trib­uted to her fail­ure. This class suits and will be on pace. 5. SOHO RUBY re­sumed with a tidy ef­fort in this grad at Bal­larat when mak­ing up good ground. Ex­tra 200m to her ad­van­tage and is a sec­ond-up win­ner.

RACE 3

3. CRAFTY DEVIL has won three of her last five and will take toss­ing again here. Found the line with gusto from well back on the turn to win at Moonee Val­ley in this grad and then bat­tled on well be­hind Son­ntag in the Ararat Cup. Given a freshen up since. Go close.

6. GET THE PIC­TURE caught the eye with a fast fin­ish­ing third to Bril­liant Jet at Mooned Val­ley be­fore go­ing to Ade­laide and win­ning com­fort­ably in a Bench­mark 82 race. Drawn lit­tle awk­wardly but set­tle back the field and run on late. Watch for 8. PARTHESIA to run a race. Was just beaten as favourite in the VRC St Leger in April be­fore a sec­ond in G3 grade at Mor­phettville. All the bet­ter for two runs from a spell and could sur­prise. 7. FONTEIN LAD was placed at the Val­ley be­fore los­ing a plate and still fin­ish­ing sec­ond Cran­bourne. Con­tested the Qld Derby in June.

RACE 4

Look­ing for­ward to see­ing the re­turn of 9. WISE HERO.

Looks a pretty smart speed­ster. Had ex­cuses when fail­ing at Caulfield be­fore a spell. Re­sumed prior to that and did the job nicely in hold­ing on to win at Caulfield, beat­ing a strong field which in­cluded Widgee Turf, who was im­pres­sive win­ning last week. Will sit on pace and take run­ning down.

3. IN­VIN­CI­BLE AL looked good in round­ing up his ri­vals to win with author­ity at Moonee Val­ley last start. Three of his four wins have been this trip. Won only start at this course and dis­tance but meets Wise Hero 3.5kg worse. 1. LEODORO is worth con­sid­er­ing. Has won three of four first-up tries has won only start at this course and dis­tance. Caulfield win­ner in stronger grade be­fore a spell. 2. LABUAN STAR has been fresh­ened and did beat the smart Rock ‘n’ Gold at Mornington three starts back.

RACE 5

If the track stays in the cur­rent soft 6 range, then it’s im­pos­si­ble to go past 1. JUN­GLE EDGE.

Just has the edge in these in qual­ity and can han­dle the big weight as he did when win­ning in the heavy ground at Sandown last week. Also drawn to get to

front com­fort­ably and the ex­tra 200m to suit him even more. 8. PROUD WOLF is a soft track spe­cial­ist who charged home late to just fam­ily at Bal­larat last start. Comes in with a light weight after the claim and will threaten. If track im­proves, 3. SIRBIBLE has to be con­sid­ered. All the bet­ter for his first-up 5th to Gun Case at the Val­ley. Don’t for­get he was good enough fin­ish third to Mala­guerra in the Aus­tralia Stakes. 2. CHAMOIS ROAD doesn’t mind wet con­di­tions and will be run­ning on.

RACE 6

Looks a nice race for 11. SILVERA. Flem­ing­ton win­ner in Septem­ber and then tried hard be­hind Odeon at Caulfield. Ran on well late when a close fourth to Tribal Wis­dom Flem­ing­ton

Oaks day. Hold­ing his form well, nicely weighted and has won three of four on soft tracks. Go close. 3. JACQUINOT BAY may be 10 but re­tains his zest for rac­ing. On speed through­out and fought on well when third to Pay­roll at Sandown three weeks ago. Well suited by the sting out of the ground and will take catch­ing. 8. AN­OTHER

COLDIE has earned a crack at this grade after im­pres­sive wins at his last two. Beat sub­se­quent win­ner Night’s Watch two runs back at Flem­ing­ton. Big chance.

9. CARRAIG AONAIR led most of the way and only run down last 100m by Mr Gar­cia at Flem­ing­ton last start. Must be in­cluded.

RACE 7

3. ONCIDIUM RULER has re­turned to rac­ing in great or­der. Big ef­fort win at Flem­ing­ton be­fore fight­ing on gamely in the heavy ground all but Grand Dreamer in the Bal­larat Cup. Han­dles all track con­di­tions and right at his top now. 2. GREY

LION is a model of con­sis­tency and tried hard in the Bal­larat Cup. Just failed to run down avenger Masque Queen El­iz­a­beth at Flem­ing­ton be­fore that. Soft tack con­di­tions suit. 1.

DE LIT­TLE EN­GINE made up good ground in the Bal­larat Cup with­out se­ri­ously threat­en­ing but he is now at peak fit­ness and al­ways a chance in this sort of grade. 9. GOODWOOD ZODIAC comes down from Syd­ney with sound form and will be on speed through­out.

RACE 8

Tough race. 3. GRANDE

ROSSO is a win­ner over this course and dis­tance and re­cent city ef­forts have been solid. Not far away be­hind Ul­mann at Caulfield and then bat­tle on

Flem­ing­ton Hellova Street. Fresh­ened up for this and does love the 1400m trip. Drawn to get run of the race. 1. BURN­ING FRONT is the class run­ner but, even after

claim, has a big weight and a wide draw to con­tend with. Still he’s bet­ter than these when at his best and has a win and two plead­ings from three tries this course dis­tance. 12.

DUSTY JACK won’t want it too wet as ev­i­denced by his fail­ure at Bal­larat two weeks ago. Did run a close fourth to Quilista and Thean­swermyfriend in soft ground at Caulfield in Oc­to­ber.

7. WILLI WILLI is re­sum­ing but has shown prom­ise. Big win­ner at Flem­ing­ton beat­ing Ur­ban Ruler be­fore a spell. Should be prom­i­nent.

RACE 9

Bit of value here in 12. FLORIDA KEYS. Liked the way she fought on be­hind I’m A Princess at Sandown last start in a glimpse of her best form. She showed some prom­ise Fe­bru­ary when a close fourth to Kenedna in G3 grade at Flem­ing­ton and also sev­enth I Am A Star the Kewney Stakes. If she can re­turn to that sort of form, will give this a shake.

1. IMPERATOR AUGUSTUS

will wel­come the sting out of the ground. Pay to over­look his last start fail­ure at Mor­phettville. Beat home sub­se­quent win­ner Tribal Wis­dom Caulfield three starts back. 8. SIGA LA VACA is go­ing well enough to threaten here and 5. MR CHURCHILL will ap­pre­ci­ate this grade and is ready to im­prove.

Oncidium Ruler.

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