Form student, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Saturday’s Flemington meeting, with horse racing tips & analysis for all nine races on the card. Good luck, punters!
Rail Position: Out 6m, entire circuit
Track Condition: Good 4
CHAMPAGNE BOOM was one of the star early season juveniles. Gets back and runs home hard. This track suits. ST EDWARD’S CROWN has been runner-up in both starts to date and looks a likely improving type. Will be dashing late. WITCHFULTHINKING won easily out of town on debut and seems to be very quick. Big show.
Nice even affair and most have a legitimate chance. FLYING KRUPT gets a 2kg weight relief here and that makes a world of difference. Big player. As is the inform CATH’S VILLAGE who won 3 in a row then not disgraced this grade when 2nd. JOSEPHINE SEA is racing in career best form and should be flying at them late.
Tip: FLYING KRUPT
OUR LUCA resumes here and drawn the rail side. Has a tremendous record first up and is in well here after the claim. Good chance. TONSOR has speed and won 3 straight before failure in tougher race last start. Can show up. INVINCIBLE AL doesn’t win often but always races boldly and goes well this track. Big show too.
Tip: OUR LUCA
NOT ENOUGH EFFORT is disagreeing with his name as he’s won all 4 of his races thus far including here this grade last start when sitting just off the pace. Should test these again. HALVORSEN is in great form and is honest as the day is long. Won well in slightly weaker company last start and is 3rd up here. DES MOINES chased home Not Enough Effort last start when 2nd and meets him better at the weights so must rate a show.
Tip: NOT ENOUGH EFFORT
It does look like the in-form horses lay claims to this race. FIVE KINGDOM resumes here and has great firt up form. Gets a 3kg claim to help as well. ANGELIC SPIRIT resumes here also and last campaign was racing well enough to warrant a thought. DEBT COLLECTOR has placed 7 of past 8 starts so is consistent.
Tip: FIVE KINGDOM
Can BOOM TIME bounce back? The Gr 1 Caulfield Cup winner is at his pet trip here and if he ran up to his best he’d win easily. But recent form has been woeful. May be retired if he runs poorly here. HOME BY MIDNIGHT is reliable enough this grade to run into a place. And is well weighted after the claim. CHOUXTING THE MOB has won 3 of past 4 in weaker grade. Terrific form means he’s a show.
Tip: BOOM TIME
Strong field. MAWAANY MACHINE needed the run when resuming and well back last start. Fitter now and suited this journey. ONE MORE TRY won 3 on the bounce last campaign then spelled and opened up with a pleasing 6th. Is fit again now. SIR PIPPIN will like this track as he winds up late and is very fit. Big show.
Tip: ONE MORE TRY
The topweight here STREETS OF AVALON is racing in tremendous touch. So much so connections wanted him to start in the Gr 1 Stradbroke. This is a lot easier than that level. HELLOVA STREET is a very consistent galloper. Resumes here and has always raced well fresh. Gets claim to help also while FIRSTHAND ran a beauty to grab 3rd similar when resuming last start and is fitter now.
Tip: STREETS OF AVALON
ARISTOCRATIC MISS is suited here and is in great form. Stormed home to just miss a slightly tougher race and will love this track. SURE KNEE likewise is suited to this course and recent form including brilliant finishing burst to just fail last start, suggests a bold showing. ORCEIN can’t be left out either as he likes to run on and there is early pace here. Big danger.