Nine races will be run and won at Flemington on Saturday, May 21, with the Listed Straight Six headlines the program.
The rail will be set out six metres around the entire course and at publish, we’re faced with a track rated in the Good (4) range.
Race 1 - 11:50am
Fanfave Handicap (2500m)
Reflect The Stars clearly needed her first start back this time, but she’ll take plenty of improvement into this race, and she is the one that I want to be with.
The daughter of Starspangledbanner returned some eye-catching efforts in strong company last time in, finishing sixth in the VOBIS Gold Heath when resuming this time.
The rise in trip suits and she is drawn to receive a lovely run.
3 Units Reflect The Stars
Race 2 - 12:25pm
Donate @ NJT.org.au Handicap (1400m)
He faces a rise in class, but I thought that Lethal Thoughts was very impressive on debut and he rates as key winning chance again.
The Maher & Eustace-trained colt settled off the pace at Sale on debut, mustering a nice turn of foot to strike.
He’s another who will only improve into this race and we can have an each-way play at the price.
12 Units E/W Lethal Thoughts
Race 3 - 1pm
TROA Supports NJT (2000m)
Flash Feeling returned to winning form over 1700m here at HQ last time out, and he looks well placed to make it two in a row this weekend.
The Iffraaj gelding has missed placing only once in his last five trips to the races and he was rewarded for his consistency with what was the best performance and win of his career last week.
He’s rock-hard fit, the 2000m should suit and with even luck, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
4 Units Flash Feeling
Race 4 - 1:35pm
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Trophy (1400m)
This is a drop in class for the consistent Defining and she can return to winning form.
The Not A Single Doubt filly has recorded two wins and two second placings from her four starts back this time, she was last seen finishing second behind the undefeated Illation in the Nitschke Stakes.
There isn’t a horse of that calibre engaged in this contest and Defining is my best bet on the program.
6 Units Defining
Race 5 - 2:10pm
Ecycle Solutions Trophy (1100m)
Karacasu is a quality galloper and I am confident that he is a key winning chance at Flemington on Saturday.
The South Australian sprinter has returned plenty of pleasing performances throughout his career and has missed placing only twice in eight starts.
He steps out this week third-up, this is a big drop in class from his most-recent effort in Group 2 company, the Jollys only send their horses interstate when they seriously rate their chances.
5 Units Karacasu
Race 6 - 2:45pm
PFD Food Services Plate (1800m)
Welsh Legend is ready to do something third-up at Flemington on Saturday.
The Camelot mare has been a great horse for the Waller yard throughout her career and she has picked off some nice races along the way.
She steps out this week third-up, the big track and 1800m are ideal and she is a horse than tends to improve noticeably with a couple of runs under her belt.
3 Units E/W Welsh Legend
Race 7 - 3:25pm
Listed Straight Six (1200m)
The Straight Six is always a highlight of the early winter in Victoria and a classy field of sprinters will assemble at HQ on Saturday, including Front Page.
Front Page has been a revelation for the Duryea stable throughout his career, and he truly has stamped himself as one of the best country-trained sprinters in Australia.
Further to that, he has been excellent down the straight previously, and he returned from a decent spell to record a dominant win in the Wagga Town Plate earlier this month.
With any improvement, I think he’ll be hard to beat.
4 Units Front Page
Race 8 - 4:05pm
TCL TV Handicap (1600m)
This is one of the stronger races on the program and some serious black type talent are engaged in this BM100 mile.
He hasn’t been at his best this time, but there is also no doubt that Junipal has improved with each of his three starts, and I think that he’ll be ready to strike.
A brother of multiple Group 1 winner Palentino, Junipal is Stakes-performed, and he was last seen filling the minors in the VOBIS Gold Mile.
2 Units E/W Junipal
Race 9 - 4:40pm
Off The Track Community Trophy (1100m)
This isn’t the easiest way to end the day from a betting perspective, but I think a horse like Hypersonic is up to winning.
Hypersonic won at Ballarat when resuming this time, and while he didn’t show a lot second-up at Caulfield, the addition of blinkers last time out resulted in a solid effort.
He steps out this week in peak order and should get every chance down the straight.
2 Units E/W Hypersonic