There are nine races on the card to round out the Flemington Carnival on Saturday for Stakes Day.
Our 2020 Stakes Day Preview can be read below.
Race 1 - 12:25pm
Benchmark 80 Trophy (2000m)
Somerset Maugham has put together a really good CV so far in his short 11 race career to date.
He has now won his last three on the trot and has earned a crack at the better ones in the opening race of the day on Stakes day.
Hopefully he can start our day on a winning note.
1 Unit Somerset Maugham
Race 2 - 1:00pm
Listed Amanda Elliot (1400m)
Deep Speed couldn’t have been much more impressive when he scored at The Valley last start by two lengths as the short priced favourite.
He still has a bit of learning to do as he was having a good look around and laying out in the straight but he can win this on class alone.
2 Units Deep Speed
Race 3 - 1:35pm
Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m)
Reykjavik has raced in Group 1 company at his last couple including a fifth, beaten just 1.6 lengths in the Sir Rupert Clarke behind Behemoth.
He has a very good record over the 1400m at Flemington and has drawn well in barrier two.
1 Unit Reykjavik
Race 4 - 2:15pm
Nova100 Trophy (1600m)
Right You Are is yet to miss a place in seven career starts which has included four wins.
The son of So You Think finished his last prep with a win at this track and distance carrying 62kg and he looks really well placed to kick start his campaign with a win.
2 Units Right You Are
Race 5 - 2:55pm
Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m)
Both horses I originally had selected have been scratched so I’m happy to be with Chapada each way at a healthy price.
He went to another level at the end of his last prep and has carried it on this time in.
He was not disgraced in the Caulfield Cup carrying the light weight and although he is being asked to carry the 58kg here, he will get a nice run in transit from barrier four.
1/2 Unit E/W
Race 6 - 3:35pm
Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic (1200m)
Bivouac has been excellent in his two runs this prep including his runner up finish in The Everest last start.
The last time he raced at Flemington, he was a dominant winner of the Newmarket Handicap by 2.5 lengths in one of the performances of the year.
He is being asked to carry 4.5kg more in the Darley Sprint Classic than he did that day but he clearly the one to beat in a race that lacks a whole heap of depth.
5 Units Bivouac
Race 7 - 4:15pm
Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (1600m)
Paradee did the chasing in the Tesio Stakes at The Valley last start when Sovereign Award shot away around the bend.
She did not not corner all that well and she will be much better suited at Flemington where she has one win from as many starts.
1 Unit E/W Paradee
Race 8 - 5:00pm
Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)
This is a cracking edition of the Mackinnon Stakes with many different form lines to work out.
Dalasan has been racing very consistently this prep, as he has throughout his whole career really.
I like the fact that they have dropped him back down to 2000m and he is much better suited to Flemington in my opinion.
Melody Belle has won her last two in a row in New Zealand including her second Livamol Classic in as many years.
She is a 2000m specialist in my opinion and her racing pattern is perfect for Flemington.
There may be a question on her handling a really firm track but I love that she has been set for this race specifically.
1/2 Unit E/W Dalasan
3 Units Melody Belle
Race 9 - 5:45pm
Seppelt Drumborg Grand Handicap (1100m)
Plaquette will have a large field to navigate through in the final race of the day at Flemington but she is clearly a horse with ability.
Jamie Kah is riding in fantastic form of late and she can give the daughter of Exceed and Excel a nice run throughout from barrier eight.
1 Unit Plaquette