We’ll be treated to another exciting nine-race program at HQ on Saturday afternoon, headlined by the Listed Kensington Stakes.
The rail will be set out nine metres around the entire course and at publish, the track is rated in the Good (4) range.
Race 1 - 1:43pm AEDT
Kennedy Plate (1100m)
Parlophone hasn’t been seen at the races since September, but she is an outstanding filly and can make a winning return at Flemington on Saturday.
The daughter of I Am Invincible broke her maiden in a 1000m handicap at Ladbrokes Park when resuming last time before putting paid to an open field of sprinters in the Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville second-up.
She finished midfield in a couple of black type races at the end of her prep, but clearly flies fresh and will take beating in this.
4 Units Parlophone
Race 2 - 2:18pm AEDT
Summer Twilight Racing Trophy (1600m)
Saccharo is on the short back-up from an impressive performance and win at this track and distance last week, and he can win again.
The Magnus gelding has improved with each of his three starts back from a spell, culminating in his eye-catching run and comfortable win last week.
He gets some relief in the weights this week, is drawn well and can win again.
4 Units Saccharo
Race 3 - 2:53pm AEDT
Polytrack Handicap (1100m)
Li’l Kontra is another horse that is on the short back-up this weekend and I think that she’ll relish a return to the Flemington straight.
The Krupt mare is yet to win in two previous runs down the straight, but she did finish fourth in the 2019 edition of the Coolmore Stud Stakes, and she’s returned some nice efforts in tough company this time in.
She was just over a length from the winner in BM82 company at Morphettville last weekend and will get some relief in the weights this week.
1 Unit E/W Li’l Kontra
Race 4 - 3:28pm AEDT
Lexus Summer Event Trophy (2000m)
This is a rise in class for Swift Sure, but he looks to be a horse of ability and he can win again.
The three-year-old son of Vancouver has had just three career starts, finishing second in each of his first two before comfortably breaking his maiden last time.
He harbours plenty of upside and is drawn to receive every chance from barrier 3.
2 Units Swift Sure
Race 5 - 4:08pm AEDT
Furphy Refreshing Ale Trophy (1600m)
Over Exposure has stripped fitter for two starts back from a spell and is ready to win.
The Team McEvoy-trained gelding finished fifth, a little over two lengths behind Sirius Suspect when resuming at Pakenham, and he was last seen finishing third behind Vassilator over 1400m here.
Getting out to a mile is ideal and he is my best bet on the program.
5 Units Over Exposure
Race 6 - 4:50pm AEDT
Incognitus Plate (1400m)
Viral has been luckless at his past two runs but has still managed to be right in the finish, and he gets another chance to win at Flemington on Saturday.
The Al Maher gelding needed a couple to tune up when resuming this time, but powered home to finish second in BM84 company here two back before another tough run for third behind Never Again at Caulfield last time out.
That horse has since franked the form by winning the Chester Manifold Stakes last weekend, and this is a far easier race than that.
4 Units Viral
Race 7 - 5:35pm AEDT
Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m)
Prezado has improved for two starts back this time and the Kensington Stakes looks the perfect feature race for him.
His record down the Flemington straight is outstanding, and he won three races in succession last time in, all here, most notably.
He filled the minors in the Listed Carlyon Stakes when resuming this time, finished half a length behind the talented Fabergino at this track and distance last time out, and is reportedly in peak condition of this contest.
4 Units Prezado
Race 8 - 6:05pm AEDT
Seppelt Drumborg Trophy (2000m)
She is a few weeks between runs, but Re Edit looks to have gone to another level this preparation, and she is up to winning again at Flemington on Saturday at a lovely price ($8 at publish).
Re Edit charged home to only just miss in the Inglis Bracelet when resuming here in November, before finishing over the top of her rivals in BM78 company at The Valley.
She was set a big task with 60kgs here last time out, but ran home well again to finish second.
She is in top form for this race and will be ridden by Damien Oliver.
4 Units Re Edit
Race 9 - 6:35pm AEDT
Venue Mode Plate (1200m)
This looks to be a race in two between Mystery Shot and Terbium, but I am happy to side with the latter, given his fitness edge.
Terbium recorded a lovely win at Gawler when resuming this time, beating home the likes of Sizzlefly by five lengths, and he was last seen finishing fourth, just a length and a half behind the talented Sword Of Mercy at Caulfield.
I’m eager to see what he will do down the straight at HQ.
3 Units Terbium