Race 1 - 3:00pm
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.
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