Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, looks at Saturday’s Flemington meeting with horse racing tips and analysis for all nine races on the card. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good 4
Rail Position: Out 2m, entire circuit
MISS VIXEN off the inside here with a huge weight, maybe the one to beat. She is first up but she is quality when she is on. Has fresh form and appeals here. MISS NORWAY is very fast and was a terrific 3rd in BM84 first-up at The Valley over 955. Sure to be in this for a long way. DIAMOND EFFORT is progressive and did win this trip in BM 78 last start. Is very fit and looms large.
Tip: DIAMOND EFFORT
A strong and impressive display by VENGEUR MASQUE first up over unsuitable 1800m suggests the old boy just might be ready to rumble here too. Big weight but he is the class horse. DABIYR just continues to race brilliantly and his 2500m win last start was full of merit. Harder here but that’s 2 wins from past 3 starts. KING OF LEOGRANCE has the perfect draw and he should slide through and sit just behind NAVAL WARFARE from the get-go. Is very talented and is expected to go close.
Tip: KING OF LEOGRANCE
Godolphin youngster DESTINATION looms large here. The team have high hopes for him and he can run on late. Bit plain when 6th last start but this is easier. TIME IS PRECIOUS is down from Sydney where she is unbeaten with a win on debut at Randwick. Must be considered. RIVER NIGHT was thrashed in a stronger race when resuming last start. Before spell had placed this grade.
SYLVIA’S MOTHER was held up but once balanced came with a rush to win a similar race when resuming last start. Looks back even better than before spell and she is top shelf. BENITOITE was well back when resuming in that same race. Before spell was flying winning 4 from 5. FIDELIA fair effort on paper when 8th in the same race won by Sylvia’s Mother but her running was taken from her over the final 100m. Big show here.
Tip: SYLVIA’S MOTHER
Competitive field. Boy, is this a big drop in class for AGE OF CHIVALRY. He was fair when resuming and 6th last start but has been handed an easier task here. Big show. ROCK is smart and goes well fresh. He resumes here and did win 3 on the bounce in Sydney when last in work. YULONG JANUARY must be considered too. He won 4 in a row this grade before gallant stakes placed 2nd. Likes to lead.
Tip: AGE OF CHIVALRY
SOOTHING is all class. She will be tested here first up in a good field with a huge weight but she does love this track and won prior to spelling this trip. GOD OF THUNDER was held up with a big weight when resuming at Randwick last start, yet still got clear and rocketed home to win. This is harder but he is a very good sprinter. CAUSEWAY GIRL hasn’t won for a long time but is a consistent placegetter. Is super fit. Good race.
Tip: GOD OF THUNDER
Good race. Small field but a terrific field. ALLIGATOR BLOOD is the great Aussie hope having bested his NZ rival CATALYST last start taking his record to 9 wins from 10 starts. Big show again. But the Kiwi meets him a kilo better and seems more suited this trip. Great clash again. They won’t have it their own way though because ALABAMA EXPRESS is extremely good and won at Gr 1 level last start. Both SOUL PATCH and CHENIER were very impressive taking ground off the top stars last start when finishing just behind them. Wonderful contest.
FIFTY STARS was responsible for a terrific run when resuming in better company. He wound up 4th over 1400m. This is easier and he is fitter now. SO SI BON is now a millionaire following his good 8th in a strong race when resuming last start. Has drawn the perfect gate and looms as a threat here. GALAXY RAIDER has rushed home to win his past 2 starts and loves this track. This is harder but he is in rare form.
Tip: FIFTY STARS
TANIKO is smart and loving racing at present. She will get back but should gobble this straight race up. Big danger. CHICAGO CUB and BIG NIGHT OUIT are talented sprinters and both hit the line hard.