Oakleigh Plate (MR6) **TattsBet $150,000 Trifecta Jackpot**
- Boom Darley sprinter Sepoy faces a big task against the older horses with top weight of 58kg here and will have to be at his best to win. Bel Sprinter has tasted defeat just once in his career and gets 4kg off his younger rival. Everything that he has done indicates he is a star in the making and he is capable of winning with everything in his favour. Last year’s winner Eagle Falls returned to form with a dominant win in the Rubiton Stakes last time out and should again run well, while First Command is not without a chance. Satin Shoes is unbeaten both first up and over this distance. She will run a good race at big odds.
Selections: Bel Sprinter, First Command, Satin Shoes, Sepoy
Blue Diamond Stakes (MR7) **TattsBet $12,629 Exacta Jackpot**
- Samaready has made a big impression in both of her wins to date and looks the most likely winner, although she also looks short enough in the market. She spanked several of these fillies here two weeks ago and it’s hard to see any of them turning the tables on her. The Travelling Man was very impressive in winning the Colts and Geldings Preview on Australia Day is a likely danger if he has improved for that run, while Jimando appears to be the other leading male. No Looking Back had her Magic Millions form franked by Driefontein in Sydney last Saturday, while Mama’s Choice was a decisive winner of the Chairman Stakes at her only start. She will be partnered by Dwayne Dunn, who has won the race four times.
Selections: The Travelling Man, Samaready, Mama’s Choice, No Looking Back
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Peter Young Stakes (MR8)
– This race shapes as an important trial for the Australian Cup, with many of the leading fancies engaged in this contest. Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed is the one to beat after two outstanding runs to date during this preparation. She chased Black Caviar home at her last start and has a fitness edge on most of her rivals. Manighar was ultra-impressive in winning over a mile first up and should again run a big race, being suited by the step up in trip. Illo worked home strongly in the Orr Stakes and is capable of running into a place, while Glass Harmonium and Lucas Cranach bear watching on their way to Flemington.
Selections: Southern Speed, Illo, Manighar, Lucas Cranach
Mannerism Stakes (MR9)
– Let’s Be Happy ran well in a group three contest here a fortnight ago when finishing third, but can improve on that effort over an additional 200m here. Draw a little closer to the rails, she should get a good run and be powering home at the finish. Slow The Flow finished just ahead of her last time out and will again be competitive but may not be as well suited by the 1400m trip. I’m Discreet has two wins and two places from her four second up runs and should improve markedly on her first up effort, while Princess Narine and Vintedge are capable of running into a place.
Selections: Let’s Be Happy, I’m Discreet, Slow The Flow, Princess Narine