When the Royal Blue silks carried by Cross Counter won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, one of world racing’s great hoodoos was broken. The blue colours have been flying of late, particularly in Australia under James Cummings’ care. Here’s our look at Godolphin’s key chances for both VRC Oaks Day (Thursday) and Emirates Stakes Day (Saturday) at Flemington.
Flemington – Oaks Day
2. Viridine @ $8.50 – Returns from a let up and races well fresh. Has won at Group 2 level in the past and is a winner of 4 from 11. One to watch.
11. Bandipur @ $18 – Wasn’t far away at Caulfield last start and has been freshened since. Has a win and a second from two runs down the straight. A great hope at a great price.
4. Cloak @ $21 – Drops in weight and class after a disappointing last start effort at Moonee Valley. Was narrowly defeated at Group 3 level earlier this campaign and has the ability to feature in the finish.
14. Waka @ $8 – The only filly in the race, and coming off a nice win at Sale last start. This is a big step up in class, but she gives the impression that she will appreciate the extra ground.
2. Gongs @ $17 – English jockey William Buick rides in what is a positive booking. Gongs has been disappointing this preparation, but is drawn to get a nice sit off the speed in what is likely to be best part of the track at that stage of the day. Could be a knockout threat.
5. Multaja @ $15 – He looked set for a big Spring when an impressive first up winner back in August but hasn’t come on as expected. Has been freshened up for this race and has a nice outside draw. In the mix.
Flemington – Stakes Day
9. Wagner @ $10 – Has won 2 from 4 this campaign and Craig Williams will ride. This is a very open race and with some luck in running from a bad gate, Wagner can fight out the finish at nice odds.
10. Spectroscope @ $15 – Narrowly defeated when resuming at Randwick in the wet. Drawn to get a soft run for William Buick and has good second up form. A good chance at a nice price who will appreciate some rain.
12. Interlocuter @ $20 – Comes back in distance and drops 4kg from a disappointing last start effort at Caulfield. A forward showing fresh would not surprise.
5. Jungle Cat @ $11 – Prepared by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Charlie Appleby. Jungle Cat had won 4 on the trot including the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (below) before finishing down the track in the Toorak Handicap last start. Drops back in distance to 1200 metres and it would be a brave punter to leave him out.
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7. Kementari @ $7 – Has endured a luckless campaign and could have easily won 2 – 3 races. Made a huge run to circumnavigate the field for a fast finishing third in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes last start (below). He will be hard to beat if the race is run at a strong tempo.
1. It’s Somewhat @ $19 – Has drawn the inside gate and Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy should get a soft run. Has won at Group 1 level in the past and the step up to 2000 metres will suit.
3. Blair House @ $2.30 – Fought out the finish in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes with stable mate Benbatl last start (below). Another star prepared by Charlie Appleby who will only need to run to that level again to win this.