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 4m, entire circuit
Track Condition: Good 4
QUILISTA is very fast on her day and goes good first up. Resumes here and should be in the hunt all the way. JUST HIFALUTIN won well similar race 2 runs back. Will get back and run on in this one while SWIFT SIS was great 2nd up winning a slightly easier race. Fitter now and rates highly.
OUTRAGEOUS resumes here. Has been racing in much better grade and doing OK. The spell should have helped him and he resumes here in a race he can win. BLINDER also resumes and was in great form prior to spelling. Big show. JUMBO OZAKI is reported to be brilliant and 2 wins from 2 to date exemplify that. Is up in grade though.
PELICAN has won 2 of 3 starts and did so last start charging impressively late in a handicap where she had the most weight. Equal set weights scale here is in her favour. TALENTED is strong too and has shown good ability in 2 starts thus far. Bound to be strong late as she covered ground last start when 2nd. VARDA is another star Godolphin 2YO who won impressively on debut. Big show too.
This might be a nice race for LADY HORSEOWNER who resumes. She won first up as a baby and was trapped wide when not far away in the Gr 1 Blue Diamond. Hasn’t raced since then, a year ago but did look good in recent trial. THINE IS THE POWER should be good with a name like this. Has been right on the cusp while getting fit in recent starts. Sure to be in this finish. APERITIF is down from Sydney and has talent. Will like this track and can run on hard.
Tip: LADY HORSEOWNER
Topweight BELGRAVIA hit the line nicely when resuming this grade last start. is bred to stay and is 2nd up here so looks likely to appreciate this track and run home hard. WETAKEMANHATTAN has been improving each start this time up culminating with a game win this grade last start. A lot suggests he can do same here. DIALECTIC made good ground from the back at Aussie debut last start and will be fitter for this. Will like the trip more too. Will be right in this finish.
Good luck. Such a hard race to find the winner. Probably will box ELECTRIC HARLIE, the English import LORD GODODDIN, HUSSY’S GLOW who is very fit and the in-form VON MYSTIC. Can’t help you any further.
Tip: LORD GODODDIN
Strong field. WIDGEE TURF is so honest and reliable. Drawn perfectly and should be able to conserve energy and sprout his wings late again. His stablemate, CHAMOIS ROAD has drawn the fence and is probably his best rival here. is also racing well and is in fine form. HELLOVA STREET is from Tassie and is that island’s star galloper. So he must be strongly fancied, despite this horror draw.
Tip: CHAMOIS ROAD
This is a terrific race. Sure the disparity between the top horses and the lesser ones in enormous but it will be a truly run affair. Don’t be surprised if Godolphin quinella this. HARTNELL and ALIZEE are superstars and both excel this journey. Both are Gr 1 winners this trip and both are in super form. Old Happy Clapper is fascinating. He ran his heart out, with a career-best gut-busting effort when he sped away mid-race trying to steal a march on the great mare last start. She ran him down and he was massively brave. If he has pulled up OK or taken something positive from that, he looms large. But she has a habit of breaking hearts. HAWKSHOT is the lead and will run at a brisk pace here. looks likely to keep rolling. Looks the winner.
Form for MASTERING was first rate for this until inexplicable failure here over 1400m. Since won trial easily. May have been an anomaly so worth another chance. TBILISI has had plenty of racing of late but did win a slightly easier race last start so is holding form well. VILLA SARCHI is very fit and in form this company. Bound to be in the firing line in a very open race.