Masculino to go one bet­ter

The Sportsman Weekend - - Flemington Preview - WITH TONY THOMAS

RACE 1:

On the strength of re­cent jumpouts, it’s hard to go past 6. MI­CRO­PHONE. He eas­ily won his heat down the straight last week, clock­ing fastest time of the day in win­ning by a space and look­ing to have some­thing in hand. Well-bred Ex­ceed And Ex­cel who has the blink­ers on, which he wore in the trial. Have to be with him. Sta­ble­mate 1. AUXIN could be

main dan­ger. He was given a soft time in his jumpout but did im­press with how he hit the line over the last 100m un­der his own steam. Showed enough to be in

fir­ing line here. 11. PRETTY BRAZEN has also shown tal­ent at the jumpouts and is by boom sire Brazen Beau, while 4. CAS­SIUS is bred to be smart and was scratched from Gee­long yes­ter­day to be saved for this.

RACE 2:

Pre­pared to gam­ble on 8. AN­GEL LASS. Couldn’t have been more im­pres­sive in lead­ing all the way for a very easy win at Bairns­dale last start and her sec­tion­als were the best of the day. She chased home smart My Pen­dant (beat­ing Sora) at Sandown and then favourite be­hind Sora the form has stacked up in race, with sec­ond placeget­ter Plenty win­ning on Wednes­day at Caulfield. She’ll give this a shake. 2. JAY JAY D’AR has no luck be­hind Em­brace Me at the Val­ley last start and was fin­ish­ing bet­ter than any­thing else Sandown be­fore that. Comes in with 1kg un­der the limit af­ter the claim and will be storm­ing home. Liked way 4. BOLD ARIAL won at Echuca last start and should have fin­ished closer in that Em­brace Me race be­fore that. Def­i­nite chance. 1. FIRST DI­A­MOND can im­prove af­ter be­ing wide through­out be­hind Em­brace Me. Has a win over Be­he­moth to her credit.

RACE 3:

Go­ing to stick with 4. TORGERSEN in a tricky race where there is not much speed on. Thought he did well at Caulfield on Box­ing Day when chas­ing home So Si Bon in what de­vel­oped as a sprint up the straight. He just had the slightly tougher run whereas So Si Bon had all the favours. Know he meets that horse worse at the weights but he has the blink­ers back on and is in peak form. 3. SO SI BON broke through for that over­due win last time and he could go on with the job here. He has had his quirks, which makes me think he may not be an ap­pren­tice’s horse. Still, can’t be left out. 5. SILENTZ rises in class but drops a lot in weight on the back of his tough Caulfield win last start. Hold­ing his form well and drawn to get the run of the race. 6. GUIZOT bolted in at War­rnam­bool last start and has placed only two tries this course and dis­tance but I have some query on the depth of the op­po­si­tion he beat last time.

RACE 4:

4. KAPLUMPICH is on the quick back up af­ter bat­tling be­hind Bold Mis­sile at Caulfield last week. Was drop­ping back in dis­tance and looks bet­ter off out to 1400m again on the strength of a third to Phoneme and So­cial Spin two starts back. Drawn to sit off the speed gets his chance here. 5. SYMPHONETTE is hav­ing her first try at this dis­tance but looks as though she’ll wel­come it. Liked the way she hit the line be­hind Em­brace Me at Val­ley when prob­a­bly not suited by the tighter track. It took the smart Star Fall to lower her colours at Pak­en­ham be­fore that. Rates highly here. 2. O’TAUTO is promis­ing and did make up good ground here last start. Not beaten far over this course and dis­tance be­fore that. Drawn per­fectly. 3. ROBE DE FETE beat a handy one in Hawk­shot at Sandown last start and can fig­ure here.

RACE 5:

3. MASCULINO won’t be any fancy price but he does look one of the bet­ter bets of the day. Too good for Ken­tucky Breeze and Et­y­mol­ogy (since won twice) at this track be­fore be­ing run down by the handy Al Galayel at the Val­ley two weeks ago. Con­vinced he’s a bet­ter horse at this course and prob­a­bly at his best at this trip too. With the claim, he comes in on limit weight, drawn to stay out of trou­ble and may just be too good for them. The dan­ger could be 7. SEC­OND BUL­LET, who in­vari­ably saves his best for this course and dis­tance. Liked the way he fin­ished off be­hind Ma­hamedeis at Wer­ribee last time and an­other one who is ideally suited on the limit weight. 2. BEAUTY WAY meets Masculino worse at weights af­ter be­ing safely held by that horse at the Val­ley last start. But he also looks more at home on this big track. 1. AGE OF FIRE boxed on well at Caulfield on Box­ing Day in a glimpse he may be find­ing his best.

RACE 6:

I like 8. RE­MEM­BER THE NAME, who is all the bet­ter for a fight­ing first-up third to Fly­ing Krupt at Caulfield. Sec­ond-up win­ner over this course and dis­tance when last in work, beat­ing home the handy Mintha. Likes this dis­tance and two runs at track have been first rate. Drawn to get the run of the race and meets Fly­ing Krupt slightly bet­ter at weights. 3. NAANTALI is ready to strike top form af­ter two runs this time in. Back to mares grade here af­ter a fourth So­cial Spin on New Year’s Day and has won this course dis­tance. 6. AMORTENTIA was a lit­tle un­lucky be­hind Twitchy Frank when re­sum­ing and is sec­ond-up win­ner. Has no weight on her back af­ter the claim. 2. FLY­ING KRUPT is in crack­ing form and has to be in­cluded again.

RACE 7:

Hard to go past 7. OR­DER OF COM­MAND, who has come back rac­ing in slash­ing form with two wins down the straight here, both em­phatic fash­ion. Loved the way he picked up to beat a smart one in De­mo­li­tion last start. Even bet­ter suited by ex­tra 100m and drops 3kg in this tougher grade. The one to beat. Will have a some­thing each-way on 9. CHAUF­FEUR, who has al­ways shown stack of abil­ity. Hav­ing first start for the Weir stable and bound to be run­ning on strongly. 8. PREZADO was good win­ning at Pak­en­ham and then boxed on okay be­hind Or­der Of Com­mand here. Also drops in weight and don’t for­get his ca­reer high­light was chas­ing gome Na­ture Strip here. 4. IN­VIN­CI­BLE AL has been placed three of four this course and dis­tance and bound to be charg­ing home.

RACE 8:

Go­ing with 4. CABEZA DE VACA in a tough race. Drawn to get the favours on speed, where he loves to be. Last two first-up runs have re­sulted in a win at Rand­wick lead­ing all the way and then last cam­paign when only just over 3 lengths from Winx in G1 rade at Rand­wick. Has had two good tri­als in Syd­ney to ready him for this. Go well. 12. MANOLO BLAH­NIQ went Listed grade last start and did have the favours in the run but liked way he chased hard be­hind Na­tive Soldier. He can test these. 7. COOL CHAP was only 3 lengths off Happy Clap­per in the Don­caster Mile last year and does have a touch of class about him. His re­cent jumpout was good in fast time. 1. CHAMOIS ROAD has plenty of weight and an awk­ward draw but this his pet track and dis­tance and is rac­ing well.

RACE 9:

5. I AM SOME­ONE picks him­self here. Sim­ply gave noth­ing else a chance in win­ning at Bendigo last start. Don’t for­get he chased home Na­ture Strip in very slick time down the straight back in June and eas­ily beat home Or­der Of Com­mand. Al­ways shown a stack of abil­ity and will be hard to stop here. Watch for a big run from 3. WIND FORCE. He had a tough run out­side the leader at Morn­ing­ton last start and forced to go sooner than he liked be­fore bat­tling on be­hind Ross­man. Sec­ond placeget­ter It’s A Shame Billy was third to I Am Some­one be­fore that, so the form ties in.

17. TBIL­ISI is bet­ter off with the ex­tra 100m here and can run well. 8. VAINSTREAM is ready to show his best.

Masculino.

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