Race 1 - 12:35pm AEDT
A tough race to kick off a tough day’s racing that sees the running of the first Group 1 race for 2019, the C.F. Orr Stakes. We will try for a bit of value in the first and give Cool Chap an each-way chance at good odds. Cool Chap is fitter for two runs back from a spell and Luke Nolen will give the six year old a nice ride from barrier five. Laure Me In and Silentz are both last start winners but have drawn the two outside barriers.
2 Units Each Way Cool Chap
Race 2 - 1:10pm AEDT
Embrace Me gets the nod over Crack The Code but there is not much between. Embrace Me finished third to Crack The Code at Caulfield last start but is a two times winner over the 1200m. Al Naifa is fitter from recent racing and Futooh raced in much tougher company than this in the Spring.
2 Units Embrace Me
Race 3 - 1:45pm AEDT
Teleplay worked her way up through the grades last campaign and was spelled after winning the Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m) at Flemington during the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival. The Mick Price trained mare has a perfect two from two first up record and has a great chance here. Princess Of Queens ran a cheeky race when fourth in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley and will appreciate the drop in class. Group 1 winner I Am A Star is the class runner in the field and Just Hifalutin is stepping up in grade after her Flemington win.
2 Units Telepay
Race 4 - 2:20pm AEDT
Nature Strip is obviously the horse to beat and has been installed as the odds on favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au. The ex-Darren Weir trained sprinter is now under the care of Chris Waller and will have no excuses from the inside gate. Voodoo Lad, another ex-Weir horse, is having his first run back since winning the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in December and is a two times winner over this course and distance. Jungle Edge always puts himself into the race and eight year old Thermal Current always runs an honest race.
Race 5 - 2:55pm AEDT
I Am Immortal got the job done on debut in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview over 1000m at Caulfield on Australia Day and looks the one to beat again. The Mick Price trained Shotmaker is facing the starter for the first time but did win a recent 800m Cranbourne barrier trial. Aussie has the benefit of one race start for a second at Randwick and Hawker Hurricane was the winner of his only race start in the Magic Millions 2yo Clockwise Classic at Ballarat in November.
3 Units I Am Immortal
Race 6 - 3:30pm AEDT
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Catch Me is the winner of her only two starts and is the short priced favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to make it three from three. Athiri, Brooklyn Hustler and Vinicunca have shown above average ability with wins at their only starts and will be putting plenty of pressure on Catch Me.
3 Units Catch Me
Race 7 - 4:10pm AEDT
Ringerdingding worked his way up through the classes last preparation resulting in a last start win in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas at Sandown at the end of the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival. The ex-Darren Weir trained three year old is now under the Chris Waller banner and will be given every chance by James McDonald. Social Spin is stepping up sharply in class but gets his chance after wins at Flemington and Caulfield. Declares War is the winner of his last three starts in restricted class and Dealmaker will be fitter for one run back from a spell.
2 Units Ringerdingding
Race 8 - 4:50pm AEDT
Land Of Plenty joined the Group 1 winners club during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival with a swooping victory in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield. Land Of Plenty put in an eye catching first up run for third in the Australia Stakes over 1200m at The Valley and gets his chance to find the Group 1 winner’s stall again in the C.F. Orr Stakes. Kementari is resuming and will get a chance to prove himself after failing to find the winner’s stall during the Spring. Whispering Brook kept her winning momentum going with her victory in the Australia Stakes and D’Argento has good first up form.
2 Units Land Of Plenty
Race 9 - 5:30pm AEDT
A tricky race to end the day but we will stick with the favourite, Avilius, who is having his first run back after running down the track in the 2018 Melbourne Cup. The James Cummings trained import showed plenty of ability in the early part of the Spring and looks suited here. Trap For Fools showed his class with an all the way win in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and will be in it for along time. Night’s Watch and Ace High have both won first up in the past.
2 Units Avilius
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