2019 Alister Clark Stakes Night Preview

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Race 1 - 6:30pm

Adapt Australia Plate (1200m)

Kings Brook was not disgraced at black-type level during the Spring Racing Carnival and this is the weakest race that she has contested since her last win at Bendigo. She has trialled nicely ahead of her return to the races and she maps to get a lovely run in transit with Andrew Mallyon in the saddle.

1.5 Units Kings Brook

Race 2 - 7:00pm

DraftKings.com Plate (1000m)

Sisstar made her racing debut in the Bumble Stakes at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day and finished fourth behind Bella Rosa, Lankan Star and Champagne Boom. The form coming out of that race has been strong and she has trialled nicely ahead of her return to the races. A repeat of her debut effort would make her tough to beat.

2 Units Sisstar

Race 3 - 7:30pm

Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge Heat 16 (955m)

Non Paear has won a heat of the Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge in the past and she finds herself in a very winnable edition of the race on Friday night. She was tough after having no luck behind Spirit Of Aquada at The Valley last start and the majority of her best form has come over this short course sprint trips. Michael Walker can settle her right on the speed and she will prove tough to beat.

2 Units Non Paear

Race 4 - 8:00pm

Kate O’Sullivan Cup (1600m)

This is one of the toughest race of the night and you can make a case for all eight horses in this field. Herecomesmybaby is a horse that has a consistent record and she does looke well-placed in this contest. She didn’t have a great deal of luck at Ladbrokes Park last start, but she maps to get a better run in this contest with Damien Oliver in the saddle.

1.5 Units Herecomesmybaby

Race 5 - 8:30pm

Gallagher Bassett Handicap (1600m)

I think one of the most interesting runners of the night is Divanation. She hasn’t been seen at the races for nine months and she had only had the two race starts, but there is a little bit of star quality. She has trialled nicely and if she returns to the races in the same form she showed in her maiden racing campaign, she will prove very hard to beat.

3 Units Divanation

Race 6 - 9:00pm

Listed Abell Stakes (1200m)

Kemono found the line strongly first-up in the Bob Hoysted Handicap at Flemington first-up and he should take good improvement from that performance. The step-up to 1200 metres is ideal for him, his two previous wins have come over this trip, and he will get the last shot at them with Mark Zahra in the saddle.

3 Units Kemono

Race 7 - 9:30pm

Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m)

There is no doubt that the horse to beat in the Alister Clark Stakes is Global Exchange and he has opened as a clear favourite with Ladbrokes. He leaped from a benchmark 58 win at Werribee to win the Autumn Classic in simply dominant fashion and the step-up in trip suits. The wide barrier draw might actually prove to be an advantage as Ben Melham will be able to get him up and running a long way from home. I think he will win this contest and go into the Australian Derby as a genuine contender.

Stars Of Carrum is the interesting runner. He won the Moonee Valley Vase at big odds at this trip on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day last year and there is no doubt that the step-up in trip will suit. He wasn’t disgraced in the Australian Guineas and this is a weaker race.

3 Units Global Exchange

Race 8 - 10:00pm

P.J. O’Briens Irish Pub Handicap (2040m)

Her winning record is poor, but this does look like an ideal contest for Clean Acheeva. Her last start effort at The Valley was better than it looks on paper and her win before that at Stony Creek was excellent. She maps to get the run of the race with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle and she is well and truly over the odds at her current price.

1 Unit Clean Acheeva