Mul­taja to score again

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RACE 1:

Fancy the chances of 4. MERRIEST. She has a great sec­ondup record, in­clud­ing beat­ing Pe­ti­tion at Caulfield sec­ond-up last cam­paign. Trapped a lit­tle wide on speed but still boxed on well be­hind Chi­avari month ago at Caulfield. Drawn bet­ter this time, should get the nice run just of speed and be hard to hold out at the fin­ish. Fright­ened 5 ICONOCLASM, who re­sumes from a break here. Has a lot of qual­ity and, although he’s bet­ter off over more ground, reckon he’ll be storm­ing home at the end while fresh. Also no doubt­ing the class of 6. TULIP, who goes well enough fresh and does like this track. She won in G3 grade over this course dis­tance in Fe­bru­ary. Thought she could have done a lit­tle more in her re­cent jumpout but still must be in­cluded. 3. EUSE­BIO is great form but just won­der if he looks for a bit more ground now.

RACE 2:

13. THE PAS­SAGE was cruis­ing into the straight and then let loose to win as he liked at Sandown and did beat a handy horse in Ocean’t Four­teen. His ef­fort be­fore that in this grade when chas­ing home Man­tas­tic was solid. Placed his only start this course and dis­tance and drawn to be a lot closer to the speed time. Think he can win again.

7. RED CHOUX’S de­feated The Pas­sage at Sandown in a driv­ing fin­ish last month but meets him 1kg worse here. Went to Ade­laide and beat sub­se­quent winner Miss Siska be­fore hav­ing an off day at Mor­phettville last start. Can im­prove sharply and this is his pet dis­tance. 11, PAREMUUS BOY is not with­out a chance here. Got left a bit flat­footed at the 600m mark when they sprinted but warmed to his task in straight be­hind Man­tas­tic at Caulfield, clock­ing sec­ond best last 200m of the race. Drawn awk­wardly but will be theare­bouts. 1, CUR­RAGH is very con­sis­tent and drop back to this grade helps.

RACE 3:

5. MUL­TAJA will be the short­est-priced favourite all day and will win. Sim­ply out­stand­ing trounc­ing Pip­pie and Fidelia here three weeks ago prob­a­bly even bet­ter suited now go­ing to 1200m. Sec­tional times were bril­liant that day, her last 200m in a su­per slick 11.04 when she wasn’t fully ex­tended. Would have to have a re­ally off day to lose this. 1. ENBIHAAR brings the class the race, hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond in Blue Di­a­mond. Given a very soft time in a re­cent jumpout and re­sum­ing at 1200m suits. Does have to give away weight to her ri­vals but bound to be storm­ing home. Reckon 2. KINKY BOOM needed the out­ing at Sandown and she’s also bet­ter suited at 1200m this time around. 9. BELZELLA bat­tled on be­hind Mul­taja last start and is rac­ing well.

RACE 4:

2. SER­E­NADE THE STARS was re­ported to have the thumps, which ex­plains his dis­ap­point­ing ef­fort be­hind Jaameh at Flem­ing­ton two weeks ago when favourite. Beat Tif­fany’s Lass and Thun­der Cloud, both ri­vals tomorrow, be­fore that and Red Alto, who fin­ished fourth, then won in Syd­ney. The claim helps here. Just needs an ounce of luck from an awk­ward draw

10. TIF­FANY’S LASS is very con­sis­tent and drawn to get the favours on speed. She boxed on well be­hind Pioneer­town here last start and meets that horse 4.5kg bet­ter this time around. Ex­pect­ing from 6. THUN­DER CLOUD. Well sup­ported to start favourite and prob­a­bly got a lit­tle too far back be­fore run­ning on late be­hind Pioneer­town here. Can test th­ese. 3. PIONEER­TOWN is in crack­ing form but paid the price with a rise in weight and he’s drawn badly, so may have to do a bit of work to get up on speed.

RACE 5:

Go­ing to stick with 6. OUR MALAMBO. For­mer Kiwi who did a great job to win at Rand­wick at his Aussie de­but and then stepped up 1400m bat­tled on well enough to fin­ish fourth to Irithea at Rose­hill. Right at his top now and four of his five wins have been at this trip. Hop­ing he can get across from an awk­ward draw and then rally in the straight. 2. PRINCESS OF QUEENS worked a lit­tle hard to cross and lead and than ran out of puff at Caulfield on re­sum­ing. Some query about where she ends up in the run from this draw but she has some class and will im­prove sharply. 3. MOONLOVER is just so con­sis­tent she races well here. Will give it a big shake. Got a lot of time for 12. SHOKORA, who has plenty of abil­ity. Re­sum­ing here off a soft jump out and drawn to get run mid­field. Just needs luck. 10. ISTRIA is also a chance but drawn very wide and com­ing back in dis­tance.

RACE 6:

Gam­bling on the class of 1. OUR VENICE BEACH, who makes his Aus­tralian de­but here. Euro­pean form last year was pretty good, in­clud­ing a G3 win and a length 3rd in the G1 French derby be­hind Sha­keel. Also chased home the star stayer Cracks­man at York this time last year. Has his share of weight but drawn to get the nice run and Team Wil­liams bound to have him fight­ing fit. Big chance. 2. PACODALI had 35 days be­tween runs and prob­a­bly just needed the out­ing be­hind Mor­ton’s Fork here three weeks back after be­ing heav­ily backed. Goes well this trip and likes the track. Big threat. 5. TRAP FOR FOOLS has been given a fresh up since a good sec­ond to Sixties Groove at Flem­ing­ton. He’ll cross from the wide draw and be handy on speed. Can take run­ning down. 3. MOR­TON’S FORK did a good job here last time and will be in the fir­ing line again de­spite weight rise.

RACE 7:

5 BRU­TAL was su­perb lead­ing all the way to win on de­but at Caulfield. And his sec­tional splits backed it up, clock­ing 10.94 from 400-200 and a cruis­ing 11.23 last 200m to win by five lengths. Third placeget­ter was Humma Humma, who just beaten by Sun­light last week. Went through his gears well in a re­cent jumpout, win­ning by a de­cent space and clock­ing smart time hard held. The one to beat.

4. OCEAN KNIGHT is a lit­tle un­der­rated. Loved his de­but win at Caulfield and then the 1400m trip came a bit too soon for him be­hind Vas­si­la­tor at Flem­ing­ton. Re­sum­ing here but looked very good in a re­cent jumpout.

2. SEBERATE will be bet­ter as the races get longer but he’s more than ca­pa­ble of sprint­ing well fresh. 1. MAR­CEL FROM MADRID has jumped out well for his re­turn here and ca­pa­ble of testing th­ese.

RACE 8:

11. SU­PER TOO has amaz­ing speed and all five of her wins have been at this trip. She set a record break­ing speed at Rand­wick in March over the 1000m and it took Redzel to run her down. Has tri­alled bril­liantly in Syd­ney for her re­turn here and is a winner here. Will have to do some work from wide draw but hard to run down. 9. BANDIPUR has an edge in fit­ness and sim­ply too good for Prezado at Flem­ing­ton last time. He’ll go close again. 5. FAATINAH is re­sum­ing but has won three first-up tries and also a winner off a let-up in Dubai last cam­paign. Not sure if this is his track but will be hard to beat. 3. QUILISTA is re­sum­ing but goes very well fresh and drawn to get the gun run.

RACE 9:

Giv­ing 14. MALAISE an­other chance here. Ran on nicely late be­hind Call Me Hand­some here three weeks ago and the lit­tle freshen up will help him. Drawn to be able to cruise across into mid­field and then un­leash in the straight. Yet miss a place three tries at this track. 4. MOSS ‘N’ DALE crossed over to sit on speed and bat­tled on be­hind Thean­swermyfriend at Flem­ing­ton. Drawn to get more favours this time around and the claim helps him. 9. THEAN­SWERMYFRIEND was back to his best at Flem­ing­ton last start when al­lowed to roll along in front. Has failed his only two tries at this track and this is the up­per limit of his dis­tance range but will be in the fir­ing line again. 7. ODEON was good first-up and helped by rise in dis­tance here.

Mul­taja.

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