Dream­ing ready to strike gold

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - NEIL EVANS

SHE’S a tough and clas­sic New Zealand-bred filly, but ahead of the ‘Big Dance’ next Thurs­day, there’s a fly in the oint­ment ahead of to­mor­row’s tra­di­tional lead-up race.

Verry Ellee­gant ($2.00) is a right­ful hot favourite in the Group 2 Wake­ful Stakes (2000m) at Flem­ing­ton five days out from the Fil­lies’ Grand Fi­nal in $1mil­lion Group 1 Oaks (2500m), and some good ones be­fore her have made that ex­act one-two punch.

Faint Per­fume was the dom­i­nant filly in 2009 and a year later, the bril­liant Brazil­ian Pulse claimed both races.

Of course, that Flem­ing­ton recipe is not the only way home.

In 2016, top class Jameka won the Group 2 Vase at the Val­ley be­fore a dom­i­nant Oaks vic­tory, Set Square ex­ploded on the scene in 2014 claim­ing Group 3 Ethe­real just eight days af­ter win­ning her Maiden and then won the Oaks, while tank-like Dear Demi was fourth in the Wake­ful in 2012 be­fore storm­ing home to win the Oaks.

Back now with tra­di­tion and Verry Ellee­gant put the writ­ing on the wall when charg­ing home to win the Group 3 Ethe­real (2000m) at Caulfield three weeks back and not a lot’s hap­pened since to dis­tract you from be­liev­ing she’s an Oaks queen-in-wait­ing.

Ex­cept there’s a tough New­cas­tle filly ready to make a huge state­ment.

El Do­rado Dream­ing’s ($7.50) run in the Group 2 Aquis Farm Fil­lies Clas­sic (1600m) at Val­ley was a rip­per.

Squeezed right out the back af­ter leav­ing the bar­rier, she had to make a long sus­tained run against pat­tern, yet still kept com­ing for a gallant third.

Okay, at set weights, she’s right up to her best giv­ing Verry Ellee­gant 2.5kg, but she gets a “cold” and smoth­ered run back in the field saved for one fi­nal crack.

El Do­rado Dream­ing wants ground, and fourth-up to­mor­row she’s shap­ing as an Oaksstyle ma­chine, plus there’s been a “Damien” switch in the sad­dle – Lane off and Oliver on.

As for the head­line Derby (2500m), with­out a filly run­ning in race since Eve first met Adam, pres­sure and pace will be ev­ery­thing.

Dom­i­nant Group 3 Nor­man Robin­son win­ner Thinkin’ Big will come across and at­tempt to dom­i­nate vir­tu­ally from bar­rier to box.

So the chal­lenge will be out early – who wants to ques­tion

favourite with­out ru­in­ing their own chance?

At lev­els weights both Ex­tra Brut ($10.00) and Siko­rsky can’t pos­si­bly turn the ta­bles on Thinkin’ Big ($3.00) from that race, but the run­ner-up Cha­pada ($14.00) can.

Re­mem­ber this geld­ing stepped straight from a dom­i­nant maiden win at Wan­garatta into a Group 3 car­ni­val race and gal­lantly chased the win­ner home.

Now he’s asked to step up an­other 500m into a fa­mous Group 1 but he’s got stayer writ­ten all over him and Flem­ing­ton suits.

Trainer Mike Moroney has an enor­mous be­lief in Cha­pada’s abil­ity and lead­ing hoop James Mac­Don­ald couldn’t jump in the sad­dle quick enough.

My VIC DERBY TIPS: 1. CHA­PADA; 2. Thinkin’ Big; 3. Ara­mayo; 4. Ex­tra Brut

Could the bub­ble burst on star sprinter Writ­ten By ($4.20) in Group 1 Cool­more Stud Stakes (1200m)?

Al­ways a high class three­year-old show­down, the top colt’s only de­feat in seven ca­reer starts was a close-up fourth in the Golden Slip­per.

He was con­vinc­ing enough in the Group 3 Blue Sap­phire last start but to­mor­row’s straight-course war looks bet­ter made for Syd­ney colt Zou­sain ($4.80) jump­ing from a mid­dle gate.

A top-notch win­ter car­ni­val per­former in Bris­bane as a late two-year-old, then close sec­ond to all-con­quer­ing The Au­tumn Sun in the Golden Rose (1400m) six weeks back, Zou­sain’s been given time com­ing back in trip so watch for his last 400m here.

This might be a fu­ture Don­caster win­ner.


1. ZOU­SAIN; 2. Writ­ten By;

3. Sun­light; 8. Di­plo­matico EARLY MAIL VALUE SE­LECTS AT FLEM­ING­TON:

Race 2 1. EL DO­RADO DREAM­ING (E/W)** Ex­pect: $7.25 – $8.00 My Early Rat­ing: $4.85

Race 3 1. OS­BORNE BULLS** Ex­pect: $3.25 – $3.65 My Early Rat­ing: $2.55

Race 4 6. BRIMHAM ROCKS (E/W)*** Ex­pect: $6.25 – $7.00 My Early Rat­ing: $3.85

Race 8 4. LAND OF PLENTY** Ex­pect: $4.75 – $5.00 My Early Rat­ing: $3.20

Good Luck @NeilE­vans­mail

Zou­sain is Neil’s top se­lec­tion in to­mor­row’s Cool­more Stud Stakes.

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