Race 1 - 12:30pm
The first race on the nine event Flemington card is for the two year olds and with over the half the field facing the starter for the first time, it might be wise to sit and watch and try and find a winner for the future. First starter Nasaayim from the powerful Lindsay Park establishment has been installed as the early favourite but race day betting will be the best guide. The top four in the field have had race experience with Fake having won on debut at Gosford.
Race 2 - 1:08pm
The bookies at Ladbrokes have had trouble finding a favourite for the middle distance contest and there is definitely no Piping Lanes in the six horse field. None of the runners are over the $10 mark with the restricted class galloper from the Darren Weir stable, Bondeiger, the longest price in early markets at $7. Weir will also stable up Howard Be Thy Name and Articus. The Lindsay Park trained Golden Mane was a last start winner over the same course and distance as Saturday’s race and back to back wins wouldn’t surprise, especially with another light weight.
2 Units Golden Mane
Race 3 - 1:43pm
Jacquinot Bay has the form on the board with placings from his last four starts, including a second over this distance at Caulfield on Boxing Day, but has the ten year old got another win in his old legs? The Seascay Handicap could be the last chance for Jacquinot Bay to visit the winner’s stall and we should give him plenty of support. The Darren Weir trained Master Of Arts is fitter for one run back from a spell but has plenty of weight to deal with.
2 Units Jacquinot Bay
Race 4 - 2:18pm
Twitchy Frank blotted her copy book last start when she suffered her first defeat from three starts with a second over the 1300m at Sandown. Apprentice Ethan Brown has retained the ride and his 2kg claim will come in very handy again. Shokora is chasing a hat trick of wins after victories at Geelong and Sandown but will find it tougher stepping up to Saturday class for the first time.
2 Units Twitchy Frank
Race 5 - 2:53pm
Salsamor raced in much harder company than this during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival with two placings at Group 2 level and also went around in the Group 1 $2m Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) to finish in seventh spot. Salsamor did win on debut over 1400m and apprentice Zac Spain’s 2kg allowance will be a huge advantage first up.
2 Units Salsamor
Race 6 - 3:28pm
A capacity field will contest the scamper down the Flemington straight over the 1100m with the bookies at Ladbrokes putting up $6 the field in the early markets. Pravro will be visiting Flemington for the first time but has to be one of the main players again following his last start win at Caulfield over 1100m. Bob Of The Head and Strykinglee come to town with consistent recent form.
2 Units Each way Pravro
Race 7 - 4:08pm
Gold Symphony has been out of the winner’s stall for over six months but showed signs of returning to form with a last start fifth over 1400m at Warwick Farm. The Tony McEvoy trained Dollar For Dollar will be chasing his fifth win on the trot and has had a freshen up since winning the Group 3 Sandown Stakes over 1500m two months ago.
2 Units Gold Symphony
Race 8 - 4:48pm
Leading trainer Darren Weir has two strong chances here with the top weight Thermal Current and the lightly weighted Ken’s Dream. Thermal Current has been around the mark at his three runs back over the Summer and was beaten less than a length last start when fourth at Listed level over 1200m at Caulfield. Ken’s Dream’s overall record has been consistent and the four year old will strip fitter for a first up fifth over 1000m at The Valley on December 23.
2 Units for the Quinella – Thermal Current and Ken’s Dream
Race 9 - 5:33pm
Soho Ruby is up in class and down in weight after a last start win over the same course and distance as Saturday’s contest and looks the one to beat again. Mark Zahra takes over the reins from Stephen Baster and should be able to give Soho Ruby every chance from barrier four in the near capacity field. Moonlover has been racing consistently with a win and five seconds from her last six starts and and is certain to be amongst the prizemoney again.
2 Units Soho Ruby