The Sportsman Weekend

Cherry’s ripe for a win

Smart stayer to relish step up in distance

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RACE 1:

How the race will be run: Track currently a soft 5 and some showers predicted today and tomorrow. Shouldn’t affect the track too much, fingers crossed. Plenty of speed on here with Twist Of Fury and Esta La Roca to vie for lead Diamonds Inthe Sky likely to go forward too.

My view: Loads of speed on here. Expecting Twist Of Fury and Esta La Roca to cut at it each other out in front and wouldn’t surprise to see Diamonds Inthe Sky revert her normal pattern and try lead as well. Could set the race up for something coming home late and hoping that’s How Womantic. She’s normally a good fresh horse liked her jump out behind Profiteer here 10 days ago. She’ll bide her time off speed and be saved for the last shot at them in the straight. She’ll go close. This grade does suit Esta La Roca and she’s helped by the claim. Her wins have been when she’s been allowed to dictate in front and not sure if she can do that with Twist Of Fury drawn inside her. Still, will be hard to run down. The last time Modear carried this weight she ran over the top of Zorro’s Dream and Express Pass at Flemington they have both won since. She’s up in grade here but is another suited by the hot tempo. Deroche comes over from Tassie with strong formlines and rates highly despite the big weight.

Suggested bet: How Womantic to win.

RACE 2:

How the race will be run: Do You Reckon, Snowfire and Legend Of Zorro should roll forward and Renegade will cross from out wide. Sirileo Miss and Cambourne drawn to get good runs just off speed.

My view: I’m a fan on Embolism and reckon he can win better races than this. He produced a cracking effort in the Australian Guineas the autumn when beaten a length on line and finished well in front of Cambourne that day. He then went to Sydney and looked unlucky when running on late behind Kiku in the G3 Carbine Club at Randwick. Loved his recent jumpout when he ran through the line strongly. He’ll get back from draw but will be charging late and he’s worth the gamble here. Sirileo Miss was super impressive here when resuming and can only be improved. She’s drawn to get the same run here the one they have to beat. Cambourne may pushed the button a bit too soon as he got away from Sirileo Miss at 300m mark but then was run down near the line. He meets her 2.5kg better and will also be better for run. Foxy Frida is helped with the claim and she has talent.

Suggested bet: Embolism each-way.

RACE 3:

How the race will be run: Expecting Sandy Prince to hold the lead from rails draw but will have Kooled for company. Linas Legend likely to take the sit along with Taunting.

My view: Linas Legend led all the way to win with ease here last start as a short-priced favourite and gave nothing else a chance. Expect he won’t have to lead this time around and get the run of the race on the back of Sandy Prince. He’s a horse going places and one they have to beat here. Extreme Flight is the value runner. He donkeylick­ed his rivals at Moe last start with blinkers on and clocked fastest last 200m of the meeting to win comfortabl­y. This is much harder but he is a big improver. Sandy Prince did a great job to beat all Forgot You at the Valley last start after being pressured in front. He’s going very well and looks hard to run down. Taunting was lame after losing a plate in the run at the Valley last start when a beaten favourite. He can fully test these.

Suggested bet: Linas Legend to win.

RACE 4:

How the race will be run: Queen Of Dubai is drawn to lead here. Vianello and Fortunate Kiss could do the early chasing. Pace should be moderate.

My view: Zouzarella looks a big track horse and possesses a strong finish. She had to race wide and still finished too strongly for her rivals at the Valley three weeks ago. Extra 200m here looks ideal and still well placed at the set weights scale. Some slight concern as to whether this will be a sit and sprint affair but if tempo is genuine, she will be hard to stop. Value runner is Douceur. Think is talented and she charged home late to just fail at this track last start, albeit in much weaker grade. Been waiting for her strike 1400m and she could surprise. Mac ‘N’ Cheese and Literary Magnate were good closers in that Zouzarella race

both are much fitter now. Suggested bet: to win.

RACE 5:

How the race will be run: Ziegfeld will roll along in front. Elephant won’t be far off and expecting Worsfold to more forward with no weight good barrier.

My view: Cherry Tortoni was great when resuming at Flemington. He had to race three-wide, albeit with cover, but charged to the front at the 150m and only just cut down by Harbour Views, who had had better run in the race. He looks to have come back in great order, gets a much better run midfield from this draw, extra 100m and big track look ideal. Think he’ll go close. Elephant was great at his Aussie debut and he did have Sierra Sue Nonconform­ist behind him that day at Caulfield. Kept fresh since and should be right on speed. The logical danger. Harbour Views was great when resuming to win at Flemington and obvious threat again. Ziegfeld will be left along in front and could take some running down.

Suggested bet: Cherry Tortoni to win.

RACE 6:

How the race will be run: Floating Artist may able to find lead and dictate terms. Skyman Furrion will be close up Dr Drill not far away.

My view: Floating Artist was a sitting duck in the straight but he still found plenty run to the line and simply too good for his rivals at Flemington two weeks ago. He’s in peak form, can dominate from front and well placed after the claim to carry just a half kilo over the limit. Looks the one to beat. Skyman has the same draw and will settle behind Floating Artist as he did in that

Flemington race. Extra 100m should suit him and he will be coming hard in the straight. Dr Drill looks well suited after the claim and he’s good touch at moment. Expecting big improvemen­t from the import Cormorant, who gets blinkers on here.

Suggested bet: Floating Artist to win.

RACE 7:

How the race will be run: Think Probabeel can probably lead here by default but Zaaki won’t be far away.

My view: It’s impossible to tip against Zaaki but I’m also not sure it will be a walk in the park for him either. It will most likely be a sit and sprint affair and he is up against a serious racehorse in Probabeel, who could give him something to chase down the straight. But he was superb winning the Tramway at Randwick when resuming, his first win below 1600m. He gets 1800m this time and suspect Craig Williams won’t let Probabeel get too far in front of him. He should win but Probabeel will give him a massive run for his money. Superstorm won the Feehan in great style last start and will be steaming home here but not sure the pattern of the race suit him. The Chosen One has place claims after a pleasing first-up effort.

Suggested bet: Zaaki to win.

RACE 8:

How the race will be run: With no noted leader here, wouldn’t surprise if Begood Toya Mother reverts to old tactics and tries to dictate from in front. Newhart, King Of Hastings, Lord Vladivosto­k and Gold Fields will be handy.

My view: Hard to separate Ironclad and Chaillot. Going with the former because he has the wider barrier. Plenty of excuses for him when resuming in Adelaide a month ago and found to be lame after the race. He is a talent and still on fresh side, so maybe 1300m won’t bother him. Should be a decent tempo and will get clear room in the straight and charging late. Had Chaillot drawn out wider, probably would have gone for her. Her best runs been when she’s been able to get to the outside in he straight and unwind. Whether she can do that from this inside draw remains to be seen but she is a class act when right and has big claims. Thought So Si Bon jumped out very well recently and he has the class to threaten here. King Of Hastings is much better than his last effort suggests.

Suggested bet: Ironclad to win.

RACE 9:

How the race will be run: Think We’re Due, Ballet Master, Thought Of That and Lofty Star will all be in the vanguard.

My view: Good luck finding the winner here. Flexible resumed from a break and was too good for her rivals at Lakeside four weeks back. She is even fitter now and even better suited at 1800m. Only 2 lens off G1 winner Duais at Randwick in April and only a length off Media Award in the G1 Australasi­an Oaks. Has

bit of quality and gets the run of race here. Aussie Nugget will get back in the field and will need some luck getting off the rails from his draw but possesses a big finish and this track/trip suit him. Hasseltoff drops 7kg in this harder race but he was good at Lakeside last start and can figure. Big watch on the import Auyantepui who has trialled well and has good stakes form in Europe.

Suggested bet: Flexible to win.

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