The first edition of the All Star Mile is upon us and the new concept highlights racing at Flemington this Saturday, with a bumper crowd expected in attendance. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is out seven metres for the entire circuit.
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Race 1. (12:40) Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Trophy 1200m
5 Just Hifalutin (Bet Now: $7.00 PROMO ODDS) looks to be absolutely flying. Electric turn of foot saw her win two back down the Flemington straight before contesting the Bellmaine several weeks ago where she was most unlucky and should have finished closer when fifth to Princess Of Queens. Was heading towards the Mannerism but has been kept on ice for this, where she absolutely excels.
10 Clarice Cliffs (Bet Now: $2.40 PROMO ODDS) looks suited back to 1200m. She contested the Tressady two weeks ago over 1400m here where I thought Nikita gave her every possible chance in the run and was there to win at the 250m. Just found a better one on the day in Oregon’s Day. How much petrol does she have left in the tank is the query, first look down the straight…wouldn’t want to take anything silly short.
9 Lady Of Flanders (Bet Now: $19.00 PROMO ODDS) is a daughter of Viking Ruler for the Nigel Blackiston team that is resuming. This mare has shown good promise throughout her career, sometimes blacktype potential, but hasn’t quite gone on with it. Hasn’t raced since the Ladies Day Vase at Caulfield when a close up fifth to the talented mare I Am A Star. Usually sprints well fresh and her recent jumpout was encouraging.
Race 2. (13:20) Autumn Trophy 1400m
7 Jumbo Ozaki (Bet Now: $2.50 PROMO ODDS) clearly for me. Phillip Stokes looks to have a Stakes class three year old on his hands. Debuted with an electric win at Pakenham before going to Bendigo last Wednesday where he took on the older horses, overcame traffic difficulties in the straight and still powered to the line in winning, with something in reserve. Looks an exciting prospect and I’d be shocked if he didn’t measure up.
8 East Indiaman (Bet Now: $5.00 PROMO ODDS) looks to be heading in the right direction for Tony McEvoy. Defied a betting drift to break the maiden duck at Pakenham last time, helped by a 12/10 steer from Andrew Mallyon, who had him tucked in behind the speed before angling clear at the top of the straight and he charged to the line like a good horse. Tricky gate and more depth, but he’s a progressive animal.
5 Write Your Name (Bet Now: $8.00 PROMO ODDS) is an Archie Alexander trained three year old who had jumped out well prior to resuming at this track/distance where he was wide no cover for the trip but despite that hard run, he stuck on well and was good in defeat when fourth to Mr Quickie. Tricky draw once again, but if he can overcome it, he’s some sort of chance to beat the Stokes runner.
Race 3. (13:55) TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes 1200m
Good depth to this race. It was hard not to be impressed by the win of 6 Varda (Bet Now: $8.00 PROMO ODDS) on debut at Bendigo, sitting near the speed all the way under Lane before angling into clear air and putting the race to bed quickly. Time and figures stacked up well relative to the day and when the juvenile is carrying the Godolphin blue silks, they just have to be respected.
7 Charleise (Bet Now: $6.00 PROMO ODDS) is a Maher/Eustace trained filly who looked quite soft in condition when debuting in the Talindert, clearly looking like she’ll improve significantly with the run, but despite that, she ran a beauty in defeat when third to the above average Godolphin youngster Microphone. She’s had the look down the straight, fitter and that form looks pretty good for this.
3 Favourite Things (Bet Now: $13.00 PROMO ODDS) looks a handy enough filly for the Hayes/Dabernig team who was good down the straight in the Talindert behind Microphone before going to the Valley where I’m not sure that was her track but she still stuck on and was good when second to Pelican. Back to the straight course should suit, draws to get clear air and is a live chance.
Race 4. (14:35) Furphy Ale Trophy 1100m
4 Assertive Play (Bet Now: $5.00 PROMO ODDS) for me. Phillip Stokes trains this quality filly, who is first up after a somewhat mixed Spring prep. Most unlucky in the Atlantic Jewel at the Valley before several runs where she was hot and cold. Been given a good break and looked to trial up really well at Cranbourne recently. Can sprint well fresh and has a touch of class about her.
8 Aperitif (Bet Now: $6.00 PROMO ODDS) is a daughter of Bernadini for Chris Waller that is five weeks between runs since contesting the Kevin Hayes at Caulfield where the slow tempo was against her and she was never really likely, but she picked up and was good late behind Crack The Code. Been given the freshen up and a recent Flemington jumpout looked more than encouraging to the eye.
2 Beauty (Bet Now: $10.00 PROMO ODDS) is a Tony McEvoy trained filly who is second up here. Took on the mares first up down the straight where she was hard in the market and tried hard but just ran out of puff late behind Swift Sis. Staying at 1100m the niggle because because she seems a filly who wants a tad further and perhaps back around a bend, but she’s got the class/quality.
Race 5. (15:15) Grand Classic Final (80) 2000m
12 Pour Vous (Bet Now: $15.00) on top. For the most part you’re always hesitant putting Team Williams runners on top, but this bloke does look progressive in a rather thin race. He has only had one Australian start, which came over 1800m at Sandown back in August where he ran midfield behind The Passage, who went on to be competitive at Saturday level. Market and tactics will be the guide as to how he’s going.
14 Bering Sea (Bet Now: $8.00) is a progressive son of Pierro for the Rob Hickmott team who looks to be getting better with racing. Did plenty wrong last time at Wangaratta but once straightened up by Jye McNeil, he put them away and won impressively. The form out of that race hasn’t been too bad and he does seem to be on an upward spiral, so giving him respect.
11 El Don (Bet Now: $18.00) is a Peter Gelagotis trained stayer who is second up here. Resumed over 1800m at Sandown where the market didn’t like him at all but despite, I thought he closed off alright from the back behind the above average stayer Steel Prince. Might want a tad further, but the resumption was encouraging and I think Flemington will suit. One for multiples.
Race 6. (15:50) Grand Mile Final (80) 1600m
She’s hard to trust but concede that 14 Remember The Name (Bet Now: $7.00) is likeable here. Hasn’t raced for four weeks since being on speed at this track/distance against the mares and for mine, had every chance behind Pure Scot. Olly jumps back on and from the inside, he has all the options in the world. Probably sits off Gasworx, gets the cart up and has last look.
13 Gasworx (Bet Now: $8.00) is racing in near career best form at the moment for the George Osborne stable. Gave them a galloping lesson two back at Kyneton before going to Sandown where I thought he had every chance in front but was no match late for Simply Invincible, who won here last Saturday, so the form reads well, he’ll likely lead this field and give them something to chase.
16 Red Crown (Bet Now: $51.00) is rising significantly in grade/depth, but the way he goes about it is likeable. Puts himself on speed, tries hard and gives his all. That toughness saw him rewarded with a win over the mile at Sale when given a lovely front running steer from Linda Meech. Harder here, but he’ll give himself every chance from the front and be hard to run down if he doesn’t spend too many petrol tickets.
Race 7. (16:30) Seppelt Wines March Stakes 1400m
If you want to see a horse trialling well, 10 Haripour (Bet Now: $26.00) is Exhibit A. He has looked enormous since joining the Chris Waller stable, formerly with Darren Weir. The Flemington jumpout looked outstanding to the eye before trialling up superbly I thought behind Plein Ciel at Cranbourne last week. Any sort of positive market push and I could easily have something on.
Despite drawing wide, I think 3 Hellova Street (Bet Now: $5.50) gets over rather comfortably if Maskiell wants to burn the candle early. Star Tassie galloper who cracked the $1 Million Prizemoney barrier with a dominant win in the Mowbray Stakes on Launceston Cup Day, dominating from the front and giving nothing else a look in. Won this race two years ago and is going as well as ever.
7 Plein Ciel (Bet Now: $9.00) is a very talented galloper that is having his first run for Anthony Freedman after formerly being with Darren Weir. He had a mixed Winter/Spring prep, highlighted by a win at Caulfield but when tested at Stakes level, for the most part, he was disappointing. Has looked to come back in good order and is very good when produced on the fresh side.
Race 8. (17:10) All Star Mile 1600m
11 Alizee (Bet Now: $3.90) goes on top. Just has to with the form she’s got around her. 3/3 this time in, winning the Expressway two back, comfortably beating subsequent Canterbury Stakes winner Trapeze Artist. Then ran in the Futurity when wide no cover on speed yet still proving far too good. Brave Smash ran well in the Newmarket last Saturday, so the form reads okay. Draw is tricky, but I’ll leave that in the very capable hands of H Bowman.
It’ll be a really remarkable effort by all concerned if 13 Mystic Journey (Bet Now: $4.00) can get the win. She’ll most certainly assert herself as one of the best in the Australia behind Winx if she is to win. The tactics will be fascinating from the barrier. Do they press forward in a race with not a whole lot of early speed, or as Adam Trinder has said, the filly is more dynamic when ridden cold. Whatever the case, I’m a believer she’s very good and can win.
I think the double figures on offer for 2 Hartnell (Bet Now: $9.50) is overs. He’s an absolute beauty for James Cummings who just doesn’t really know how to run a bad race. He ran in the Futurity and looked a little unlucky but not sure he was going to beat Alizee despite being in restricted room. Has shown a real liking to Flemington and the big tick for him is that he can sit much handy to the speed.
Race 9. (17:50) Grand Handicap Sprint Final (80) 1200m
I think 1200m and fresh looks an ideal recipe for the Mick Price trained 5 Mastering (Bet Now: $2.60). This son of Smart Missile hasn’t raced since January 19 over 1400m here where he just didn’t run the trip out and looked to race like a really tired horse behind Bad Wolf. Been given the freshen up and the recent trial win at Cranbourne looked very sharp to the eye.
9 Spirit Of Aquada (Bet Now: $4.00) is a Gareth Andrews trained gelding who looked to trial up really well prior to resuming at the Valley where he was given a 12/10 steer from Melham, getting three wide cover before presenting at the top of the straight and he put them away for an impressive win. He is a very good fresh horse who normally runs flat second up. Hoping the tide turns here.
Not surprised there has been specking for 17 Boss Coni (Bet Now: $17.00). I think the O’Sullivan team has this horse flying at the moment and he’s bursting to win a race. Resumed over 1100m at Stawell where he got back and flashed late before doing much the same at Bendigo, each time clocking some of the better late splits of the race. Eligible for easier, but as we know, these straight races can often throw up a result at massive odds. He could do it with the right run.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Two Number 7 Jumbo Ozaki
NEXT BEST: Race Nine Number 5 Mastering
LONG SHOT: Race Seven Number 10 Haripour
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 10, 13, 14, 16
Leg Two: 1, 3, 7, 10
Leg Three: 1, 2, 11, 12, 13
Leg Four: 5
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