Cham­pagne set to flow

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RACE 1

Hard to go past 1. CHAM­PAGNE BOOM who was just so im­pres­sive win­ning on de­but at Caulfield. Got the split the right time and showed tremen­dous ac­cel­er­a­tion to win run­ning away. And don’t for­get she was slowly away as well. Can only be im­proved and will be too good for th­ese. A cou­ple of first starters to watch in 11. SISSTAR and 12. STILL SIN­GLE. Sisstar is the full sis­ter to Cool­more Stud Stakes champ Sun­light and looked good win­ning a trial at Be­nalla last week un­der good hold. Has the winkers on for her de­but and looks pretty tal­ented. Still Sin­gle tri­alled at Rose­hill and was rid­den out a lit­tle to score a com­fort­able win. In pow­er­ful sta­ble and looks have plenty of scope about her. 9. LANKAN STAR wasn’t asked to do too much in a re­cent Flem­ing­ton jump out and hails from a very strong sta­ble.

RACE 2

1. MRS GAR­DE­NIA is go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate a drop in grade. Thought she did well a leader dom­i­nated race be­hind Shoko at the Val­ley last week­end and was only beaten a length by G1 win­ner I Am A Star at the Val­ley three runs back. Drawn to ad­van­tage and she should get lovely run here to off­set her big weight. 2. SAMOVARE looks the dan­ger. Fin­ished just be­hind Mrs Gar­de­nia in that I Am A Star race and then did well when fight­ing on be­hind the dead heaters Mask Of Time and Best Of Days and Life Less Or­di­nary at Caulfield. Best Days franked the form by win­ning a G1 yes­ter­day and Life Less Or­di­nary ran a great race be­hind him. She’ll also wel­come a drop in grade and nor­mally goes well here. 5. MAMZELLE TESS is hold­ing her form well and just failed to nab Shoko at the Val­ley. Placed in G2 grade here be­fore that. Slight con­cern 1700m but drawn the rails and will get a soft run just off speed. 8. MISS SISKA wasn’t dis­graced be­hind Shu­mookh in G2 grade at Caulfield and can threaten here.

RACE 3

13. HAUNTED looks a promis­ing type. He beat sub­se­quent Moonee Val­ley win­ner Ta­masa com­fort­ably at Gee­long be­fore giv­ing noth­ing else a chance to win down the straight here. Just held up a vi­tal time and lost mo­men­tum when third to Su­per­hard at Moe last start. Look­ing for the 1400m now, suited this big track and sure to be in the fir­ing line. 10. FIFTY STARS is also pretty tal­ented and had res­pi­ra­tory is­sues when fight­ing hard be­hind Manuel at Caulfield three weeks ago an odds-on favourite. Has over­come those is­sues and this track looks per­fect for him. Haunted’s sta­ble­mate 12. BEAU GESTE rates a chance here. Caught the eye when run­ning on late be­hind Ma­ha­lan­gur at Rand­wick last month. Hasn’t been south of the bor­der since his fine fourth in Sandown Guineas last year. Has blink­ers on and can threaten th­ese. 4. SUNCRAZE has a big weight and a wide draw but he’ll get back in the field and will be saved for one last shot at them. His Syd­ney form is good enough to win this. 1. MAN FROM UN­CLE (ready for this trip), 8. MASCULINO (can go well fresh) and 9. ECLAIR CALL­ING (helped by drop in dis­tance) are other hopes.

RACE 4

Reckon 2. BERISHA can sur­prise this lot. He made up some good late ground be­hind Red Alto in the Bendigo Cup af­ter hav­ing some late sup­port in bet­ting. Back in April, he dead-heated with Sin To Win when beaten nar­rowly by Gal­lic Chief­tain over the 2500m here. The ex­tra dis­tance here won’t trou­ble him at all, will get back and be storm­ing home. Great value. 1. SIN TO WIN won’t know him­self back in class af­ter con­test­ing the G1 Metrop at Rand­wick and chas­ing home Cup hot­pot Yu­catan at Caulfield. In­vari­ably races well this track and did win the 3200m Rams­den Stakes here in May. Just needs some luck with his big weight. The query run­ner is 10. SHRAAOH. Im­ported gal­loper in the pow­er­ful Waller sta­ble. Hasn’t been seen in tri­als and jumpouts but English form is okay. Watch for a bet­ter show­ing from 6. REZEALIANT. Down in grade af­ter run­ning against Yu­catan and then in the Bendigo Cup. He did fin­ish sec­ond to Run­away in the St Leger here in April.

RACE 5

7. FINE DANE shows a lot of prom­ise. Bolted in on de­but at Moe and then only beaten half length by Writ­ten By at Caulfield. Looked a lit­tle un­lucky when beaten lip be­hind Beauty at Bendigo and then that horse franked the form by win­ning at Moonee Val­ley. Lot to like about his form lines for a race this. Big chance. 6. CHABREET comes down from Syd­ney on the back on a pretty soft trial win at Rand­wick. Didn’t han­dle wet be­hind Se­sar at Rand­wick but nice ef­fort when placed at War­wick Farm be­fore that. Def­i­nite con­tender. 1. NOMOTHAJ is two from two at this course and dis­tance and given a soft time in a re­cent jumpout here. 3. LEGEND OF CON­DOR did well against the smart Di­plo­matico at Rand­wick and has some qual­ity. Would have pre­ferred 1200m for him but bound to be run­ning on.

RACE 6

Crack­ing ef­fort by 12. MIRETTE in the Thou­sand Guineas last start. Tracked three and four wide with­out cover on speed, was en­ti­tled to drop out the turn but then fought bravely to be beaten just over two lengths. Bolted in at Be­nalla be­fore that and was a close sec­ond to Vas­si­la­tor here May. Only needs to re­pro­duce her last ef­fort test th­ese. 17. NO­TA­TION is an in­ter­est­ing run­ner. Un­beaten in two starts and looked very good win­ning at Cran­bourne last start. Attacked for the lead most of the way but still able to kick on straight­en­ing and gave noth­ing else a chance in a soft win. This is much harder but she’s drawn to sit on speed and could take catch­ing. 9. INTO THE ABYSS has drawn the car park but if she can get some cover, she’s in with a hope. Looked a lit­tle un­lucky be­hind Beauty at the Val­ley last week. 1. ENBIHAAR (good start) and 13. POHUTUKAWA (nice win in Syd­ney last start) are other chances.

RACE 7

I see no rea­son not to stick with 1. BEST SO­LU­TION. Class an­i­mal who showed his qual­ity win­ning the Caulfield Cup in em­phatic fash­ion. Be­gan well, got him­self into a lovely po­si­tion but then got flushed out ear­lier than hoped at the 800m mark and had to sus­tain a long run to hold on score. That’s what I like about this bloke. No mat­ter what the tempo, he’s able to hit top speed and sus­tain it for quite a dis­tance, as he has shown in Europe. Has form around the likes of Hawk­bill and Poet’s Word, which most of other Euro­peans in this don’t, and he thrashed Mun­ta­haar at New­mar­ket July. Sure he’s got a big weight and he’s never been to this trip but I don’t think he could have fared bet­ter at the bar­rier draw. Not much speed drawn in­side him so he will be able to park him­self in a good spot, al­low the speed types out wide cruise across to give him cover and then just needs an ounce of luck be­fore the straight to show his fight­ing qual­i­ties. Best chance Godol­phin has ever had of win­ning the great race. 23. CROSS COUNTER is a young stayer who has a lux­ury weight and form­lines that are im­pres­sive. He was very good chas­ing home Old Per­sian at York, beat­ing Kew Gar­dens who then came out and thrashed his ri­vals in the G1 English St Leger. Only a young horse but there are shades of Rekin­dling about his prepa­ra­tion. Reckon he’s a big chance. 5. MUN­TA­HAA is an­other im­port with a great hope. He couldn’t chal­lenge Best So­lu­tion at New­mar­ket but then went to York, tracked wide most of the way and then un­leashed to win Ebor by a space. Ev­ery­thing sug­gests he has set­tled in per­fectly since ar­riv­ing and we do know will see out the dis­tance. 24. ROSTROPOVICH is an­other lightly weighted im­port who will have to cross from his wide bar­rier take up a cus­tom­ary role on speed. Don’t for­get this bloke led and was only nabbed late by the high class La­trobe in the Ir­ish Derby. Thought his Cox Plate run was okay and a good hit-out for this. 9. MARMELO (classy stayer on his day), 11. YU­CATAN (bril­liant last start but can he re­peat it from wide draw?), 16. VEN­TURA STORM (un­der­es­ti­mated) and 17. A PRINCE OR AR­RAN (very good yes­ter­day) are other chances in a high-class Cup.

RACE 8:

Think 7. KIWIA is ca­pa­ble of caus­ing an up­set here. Loved the way he attacked the line when a clos­ing fourth be­hind Icon­o­clasm at Moonee Val­ley. He clocked 11.2 for his fi­nal 200m which was the fourth fastest all day. Even bet­ter suited back to this track, will rel­ish the ex­tra yardage and is a sec­ondup win­ner. Could be his day. Wor­ried about 11. MURAAQEB who drops sharply in class here. Great ef­fort when fifth the Ep­som (fin­ished along­side Shil­le­lagh) and then made ground late be­hind Land Of Plenty in the Toorak. Kept fresh since, placed two of three at this track and drawn to get a lovely run. 13. KAONIC has also been kept fresh af­ter bat­tling away on the heavy ground at Rand­wick last start. Much bet­ter on top of ground, well weighted and will be storm­ing home. 4. SOV­ER­EIGN NA­TION can im­prove here. Does go well at this track and sim­ply not suited the Val­ley last start. Blink­ers off may help too. 16. MAHAMEDEIS (did well be­hind Best Of Days and Mask Of Time last start) is an­other lead­ing chance.

RACE 9

Looks a nice race for 6. TREKKING. Had no luck see­ing clear gal­lop­ing room when beaten only two lengths by Brave Song at Caulfield. His pre­vi­ous wins

Rand­wick and Caulfield were first rate. First try down the straight but he should be able to stay out of trou­ble and reckon this is his pet trip now. Will be hard to stop. 2. FIRST AMONG EQUALS is a good straight course horse who has been fresh­ened up since fail­ing be­hind I Am Ex­cited here when found to have poor post-race re­cov­ery. Beaten a lip by Dothraki here be­fore that and did beat Di­vine Qual­ity (bril­liant win­ner yes­ter­day) in May. Big threat in this grade. 5. BRAVE SONG also goes well down the straight and looked good at Caulfield last start even though he got all the favours in the run. Def­i­nite threat again. 11. MOONLOVER is go­ing well enough to threaten here with a nice weight.

RACE 10

Both Noire and Resin ran yes­ter­day so are un­likely to run here. If they don’t, makes it a very open race. Pre­pared give 12. SAVATIANO an­other chance here. Her run as a hot favourite last start at the Val­ley was too bad to be true. Seemed to be in the per­fect spot and trav­el­ling turn but noth­ing left

tank in the run home. Bank­ing on her ap­pre­ci­at­ing a re­turn to big track here when she was luck­less be­hind In­vin­ci­bella two runs back. This grade suits as does the fact she’s only a half kilo over limit. Stick with her. Also ex­pect­ing

much im­proved run from 1. PEDRENA. Looked in need of the run at Caulfield last start and bet­ter placed here. Un­beaten at trip, un­beaten in two tries

this course and dis­tance and has two wins a sec­ond from four sec­ond up tries. Drawn to get a nice run and rates highly. 5. COOL PAS­SION can also im­prove. She has good form around Pedrena and ready to show her best af­ter three runs back. 17. SPAN­NER HEAD is very hon­est and will make her own luck near the speed.

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