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Blamey Stakes (MR4) – Speediness looks to have a leading chance in this contest after winning both of his starts this preparation. He was strong to the line over 1400m here at his last start and will appreciate the step up to the mile. Centennial Park is yet to win over a mile but is worth chancing here. He ran a narrow second in a group one WFA race over the trip twelve months ago and appears to be well in under the set weights plus penalties conditions. Wall Street is another that looks to be well in in this event, having won the group one Emirates Stakes here in 2010. Although he hasn’t won since, he has been racing well. Green Moon is a class act and will go well fresh, while Pied A Terre is racing well.
Selections: Centennial Park, Speediness, Green Moon, Pied A Terre
Kewney Stakes (MR5) – Mosheen’s win in the Australian Guineas last week gave a huge boost to the form of Shopaholic, who defeated the dual group one winner two starts ago. She is unbeaten this preparation, has drawn well and has Glen Boss aboard. Angel Of Mercy wasn’t beaten far in that race and commands respect despite drawing wide. Brisbane filly Emmalene arguably should have won both of her starts this campaign and did beat several of these, including Shopaholic, here during the spring carnival. Bliss Street is capable of being competitive in a race like this if returning to her best, while Sweet Ella and Empress Rock could be improvers.
Selections: Shopaholic, Emmalene, Sweet Ella, Angel Of Mercy
Newmarket Handicap (MR6) **TattsBet $82,342 Trifecta Jackpot** - This is one of the best races on the Australian racing calendar and a crack field has been assembled for the 2012 renewal. Hay List is arguably the second best sprinter in the world and will be relieved that he doesn’t have to tackle wonder mare Black Caviar. Although burdened with 58.5kg, he is very good and will surely be in the finish. Buffering looks well weighted getting four kilos off Hay List and has raced admirably down the straight in the past. Three year old Foxwedge is another well in on the minimum weight of 50kg. He was a narrow second to star colt Sepoy in the Coolmore Stakes last year over this course and distance. Bel Sprinter, Facile Tigre and Master Of Design were amongst the unlucky runners in the Oakleigh Plate and should run well, while Lone Rock is a group one winner and warrants respect.
Selections: Hay List, Buffering, Bel Sprinter, Foxwedge
Australian Cup (MR7) – Although only nine horses will line up in this race, a high quality field has been assembled. 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain will have his first start since winning the Sandown Classic in November. He has won four of his five starts in Australia and is sure to be finishing strongly. Lucas Cranach is another that will be finishing well and will be hard to hold out. His first up win over 1800m at Caulfield was very good and he had several of these rivals behind him on that day. With there not appearing to be a lot of speed in the race, Glass Harmonium has a strong chance if able to dictate the tempo from the front. He won the group one MacKinnon Stakes over course and distance from the front last year and will be looking for a repeat of that here. Bart Cummings has won this race thirteen times and Illo looks to be his best hope, while Manighar is not without a hope for Peter Moody.
Selections: Glass Harmonium, Americain, Lucas Cranach, Illo
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