Festival Stakes (SR6)
– With Kerrin McEvoy electing to ride Galah over the stables two other runners, Galah looks as though he will be hard to beat off the minimum weight in this event. All three of the four year-olds runs this preparation have been good and his forms stacks up well around Group One performers Hallowell Belle and King’s Rose. From gate three, he will be sure to get a good run behind the speed and be hard to beat. Matthew Smith’s Cabernet was a good winner of the Summoned Stakes at Sandown last month and can be competitive here, while last year’s winner Monton can improve on recent performances back at his favourite track. Last start Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Darci Be Good and track specialist Triple Elegance are both good place chances despite their awkward draws.
Selections: Galah, Cabernet, Monton, Darci Be Good
George Moore Stakes (BR7) **TattsBet $96,439 Trifecta Jackpot**
– Belltone produced a big run first up last campaign to be beaten just half a length in the BRC Sprint at Doomben during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and should be able to win this event with a replication of that effort. Although his first up record isn’t flash with just one win from eight first up runs, the Kelso Wood trained galloper is getting better with each preparation and should get a good run from the inside gate. Morning Captain appears to be well placed stepping back in trip after a month off the track, while Phelan Ready will be flying home at the finish. The 2009 Golden Slipper winner hasn’t won for over three years, but will settle back in the field and by flying home at the finish with Adebisi and Audacious Spirit set to ensure the race is run at a good speed.
Selections: Belltone, Phelan Ready, Morning Captain, Audacious Spirit
Kingston Town Stakes (PR8)
– Luckygray is widely regarded as the best horse in Western Australia and he can win his second race at the top level here following a fast finishing second in the Railway Stakes two weeks ago. He was last at the turn in that race but flew down the outside to be beaten less than a length. The Gino Poletti trained gelding is in much better at the weights in this Weight For Age contest – meeting his rivals as much as 6kg better off – and won’t get as far back from barrier four. Playing God, who has won the past two renewals of the race, is sure to run well again after finishing four in the Railway Stakes and is another much better in at the weights. Victorian raider Wall Street has won four races at the top level but hasn’t won since taking out the Emirates Stakes at Flemington two years ago, while Ranger and Chester Road look like good place chances.
Selections: Luckygray, Playing God, Wall Street, Chester Road
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