Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Flemington meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Soft 6
Rail Position: Out 3m entire circuit
AKTOLGALI was strong winning at Bendigo two starts back then he was not beaten far in nice race here last start. This no harder and he will go close.
TANAKA SON has shown enough in three runs in South Australia to suggest he has ability. Must always respect stable juveniles and he is a major player.
MAMOOL was solid when placed at Geelong on debut. Sure to be better from that outing and although still eligible for maiden company would not leave out.
Going to give I’M THUNDERSTRUCK another chance in this. Was just grinding away late at Caulfield last start when started odds on. Third-up and he can bounce back in this.
TUVALU resumes from spell. He won his two starts at first prep by big margins and he is a promising gelding. If forward enough he will be the one to run down.
DIVINE DIOSA won with something in hand at Caulfield two starts back then was nabbed right on the line here last start. Only needs to hold that form to be right in the mix.
SIR DAVY should have been right in the finish here last start when held up in bunched finish. Cannot leave him out of winning chances.
Tip: I’M THUNDERSTRUCK
LINDHOUT produced a sharp turn-of-hoof to come from behind for dominant win here last start. She will get back and give them a start but she has the finish to win again.
AIDENSFIELD comes into this primed to find best form third-up from spell. Held minor placing here last start and although drawn a little awkwardly can figure in finish.
GALGANI has been racing in super form this time in. Won fresh at Hillside then has followed up with a couple of sound placings. That form good enough to be a factor.
DON’TTELLTHEBOSS was strong to the line and beat Lindhout here two starts back then she was not beaten all that far in similar race here last start. A must for first four players.
VEGAS KNIGHT is racing well enough to get away with this. Won here three starts back then has been close up in his two runs this track since. Drawn to get the perfect run in transit and can return to winners stall.
SCHABAU resumes from spell. He looks the best horse in the race and loves Flemington. If he is forward enough after a long spell he will give this a shake.
PANCHO chased home steadily when ran into second spot at Caulfield last start. Not been all that far off them in last couple and although drawn a little awkwardly must consider.
DR DRILL was placed in nice race at Morphettville two starts back then just battled on the heavy ground last start. He is better than that and can run into a minor spot in this.
Tip: VEGAS KNIGHT
ZORRO’S DREAM is so honest racing in super form. Strung together two straight wins before four placings since. He gets his chance to return to winners stall in this field.
HASSELTOFF resumes from spell. Been placed in both first-up tries and he raced consistently throughout last prep. Will be better over further but watch for him to be powering home late.
ISLAND JOY is another fresh from a spell. She has won first-up and she took on some nice races last time in work. She may run a cheeky race at odds.
REMASTERED comes into this ready third-up from spell. He has been beaten less than 2 lengths in both runs this time in and must include in winning chances.
Tip: ZORRO’S DREAM
DICE ROLL won first three starts to begin this prep then he was left in front here last start and just did not finish race off last start. Look for him to be ridden a little quietly in this and he can return to winners stall.
DEGRAVES was bit green after taking over here last start but he still won convincingly. Sure to be better from that outing and no reason he cannot win again.
ADELAIDE ACE impressed winning the Swan Hill Cup two starts back then he was beaten less than 2 lengths here last start. Racing well enough to be included in place chances again.
HI STRANGER just missed here first-up then his run better than finishing position suggests here last start. Third-up from spell and a must for exotics.
Tip: DICE ROLL
Well deserved win for EXPRESS PASS here last start after a couple of solid placings. Steps up a touch in class but he can measure up.
DIRTY THOUGHTS resumes from spell. Won first three last time in work and if she is forward enough for this will be right in the mix.
ROCK PROPHET won here three starts back. Not disgraced here last start behind The Astrologist and he can sneak into a minor placing.
Tip: EXPRESS PASS
SOUTH PACIFIC demolished them here last start when took over soon after straightening. If he holds that form he should win again.
SWEET THOMAS kept grinding away last 200m and proved too smart at Rosehill last start. He will keep chasing from the corner and looks a definite danger.
ROYAL CROWN finished too well to win two back then chased home the smart Grand Promenade here last start. Drawn ideally and that form good enough to get away with this.
LOFTY HEIGHTS has been racing in consistent form with a couple of placings leading into this. Will be giving them a start but he can run on into minor spot.
Tip: SOUTH PACIFIC
SEB SONG just found one a touch too smart here last start but he stayed tough and held second spot beaten less than a length. Drawn perfectly and gets chance to go one better.
FOXY FRIDA is racing in super form having won three of her last four starts. Last couple have been wins on this track and she looks major player again.
SEINERS EXPRESS finished too well to win here last start. That was strong win and he finds a similar race here and no reason he cannot win again.
BAGLIONI was not beaten all that far here last start. Drawn to get the ideal run from inside gate and he will be right in the mix.