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Race 1 - 3:00pm

#LoveTheHorse (1100m)

Eleven juveniles will step out in the first at Flemington on Saturday and of the acceptors, only two have race day experience.

These two-year-old races full of debutants are not for me and I am happy to watch.

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Race 2 - 3:40pm

Off The Track Program Sprint (1100m)

Bam’s On Fire worked home well to finish third in BM70 company when resuming at Ballarat and is primed to win the second on Saturday. The Universal Ruler mare was a strong and consistent performer last time in and typically enjoys good improvement with a run under her belt. With even luck, it’s tough imagining any of these rivals getting the better of her.

3 Units Bam’s On Fire

Race 3 - 4:20pm

Christmas Giving Tree Plate (1720m)

Living The Dream has been a strong and consistent performer this time and strikes another very winnable race at HQ on Saturday. The Mitch Freedman-trained entire hasn’t missed a place in five starts since resuming and has continued to improve as the bar has been lifted. His last-start performance and win over a mile at The Valley was utterly dominant and a similar run would see him winning again.

4 Units Living The Dream

Race 4 - 5:00pm

December Twilight Handicap (1400m)

Rolls has returned to racing in excellent form this time and looks tough to beat in the fourth on Saturday, at a nice price ($7 at publish). The Lindsay Smith-trained gelding has recorded two wins and as many placings from his four starts since resuming and was last seen saluting, albeit in a weaker race at Warrnambool. He’s drawn ideally in barrier 4 and does look up to a city race of this calibre.

1 Unit E/W Rolls

Race 5 - 5:40pm

Living Legends Trophy (1100m)

Superhard will take good improvement into his second campaign task and will be tough to beat in this wide-open dash down the straight. The former Weir galloper settled close to the pace when first-up at Ballarat and was entitled to weaken late but managed to finish within three lengths of the rock-hard fit William Thomas. He should be able to get cover from out wide and he can finish over the top of his rivals.

2 Units Superhard

Race 6 - 6:15pm

Flemington Family Lawn Handicap (1800m)

Sure Knee failed to justify her favouritism when third over a mile at The Valley last time out, but her form this time has been excellent and a return to HQ could prove the difference in a return to winning form. The Snitzel mare finished two lengths fourth in the smart Greyworm when resuming and won over 1700m here on Melbourne Cup Day most notably. She’s rock-hard fit and has most of these rivals covered on class.

4 Units Sure Knee

Race 7 - 6:50pm

Summer On The Roof Garden Handicap (2530m)

Defibrillate has barely put a hoof wrong all campaign and looms as the one to beat in the seventh at Flemington on Saturday. The Shocking gelding recorded four wins in succession from August through November and was last seen finishing a close second behind quality stayer Creedence at Ballarat. He’ll see out the trip, is rock-hard fit and could enjoy the run of the race launching from an inside gate.

2 Units Defibrillate

Race 8 - 7:25pm

Say Hello To Summer Racing Trophy (1200m)

King Of Hastings returned the worst performance of his career when fourth at Ballarat last time out, but he has form around some outstanding horses and will be tough to beat down the straight at HQ. The Ilovethiscity gelding ran second behind subsequent Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth in the McNeil Stakes when resuming in August and a repeat of that effort would see him far too good for this field.

4 Units King Of Hastings

Race 9 - 8:00pm

The Lounge Trophy (1400m)

Morrissy has stripped fitter for three runs this time in and won’t be offered a better opportunity to return to winning form in Saturday metro company. The Snitzel entire has missed a placed only a handful of times through eleven career starts and was last seen finishing third in BM78 company at The Valley. A return to Flemington should play into his strengths, as will be booking of leading hoop Craig Williams to ride.

2 Units Morrissy

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