Prime Minister’s Cup (QR7) **TattsBet $86,047 Trifecta Jackpot**
- Listen Son ran his heart out in this race last year to be beaten 2.5 lengths after working hard to get to the front from his wide draw. He has a great second-up record and will find things much easier from gate three this time around. Mid Summer Music has the best form going into the race, having chased home the likes of Atlantic Jewel, Foxwedge and Hay List at her past two starts. She has won three of her four starts over this trip, loves the sting out of the ground and will appreciate a big step down in class. If she gets any luck from barrier 15, she will go close. Carry Me Bluey and Parables have strong place claims, while Celtic Dancer is a knockout chance over his favoured course and distance.
Selections: Listen Son, Mid Summer Music, Celtic Dancer, Carry Me Bluey
Hollindale Stakes (QR8)
– Imported galloper Mawingo made a huge impression when winning his first Australian start over a mile in grand style. He has strong group form in Europe and could well be up to a race like this. Foreteller’s last run was full of merit when he rattled home from the back against a strong on pace bias. He has two wins from three goes at this trip and is a leading chance. Kiwi raider Shez Sinsational made a big impression in Queensland last year during the winter carnival and has returned with several Group one wins under her belt. Despite having to contend with an awkward draw and a rain affected surface, she will run a big race. Wall Street will find this much easier than the races he has been tackling down south, while old boys Triple Honour and Scenic Shot will be running on at the finish.
Selections: Foreteller, Mawingo, Shez Sinsational, Triple Honour
South Australian Derby (AR7) **TattsBet $15,121 Exacta Jackpot**
- Although this race doesn’t appear to be the strongest Group one contest of the year, it has brought together a relatively even field. Anthony Cummings won this last year with Shadows In The Sun and looks to have another leading contender this year in Strike The Stars. He was fourth in the ATC Derby at his last start and should get a good run from barrier three. Zabeelionaire has always looked a stayer of promise and ran a great race to finish fourth in the VRC Derby at just his fifth start last spring. He produced a withering finishing burst to win at Caulfield last time out over 2000m and will run well. Pelicano has strong claims having won his last three starts, including a 2400m win against older horses a fortnight ago. The traditional leadup to this race is the Chairman’s Stake and Heaven’s Riches and Cornell are the two to take out of that race.
Selections: Zabeelionaire, Strike The Stars, Pelicano, Cornell
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