Sir John Monash Stakes (MR6) **TattsBet $200,000 Trifecta Jackpot**
- Although no current stars line up in this race, it has the makings of a great contest, with a capacity field and two group one winners facing the starter. 2010 Singapore International Sprint winner Green Birdie is one of those and will be making his first appearance in Australia since contesting the Ascot Vale Stakes on Victoria Derby day in 2006. Although this is a big step down in class for him, he is an eight year-old now and could need the run first up but will be right in the mix if anywhere near his best. Eagle Falls is the other galloper to have won at the top level and he is of great interest here. He won a group three race on his reappearance last time out and is also a group one winner over course and distance. He is well in under the Weight For Age conditions and is drawn well. Platelet and Le Societe both boast last start wins here, albeit in restricted class, but are progressive and have race fitness on their side. Second Effort has won seven from seven on slow and heavy tracks and is an obvious danger with Glen Boss aboard.
Selections: Eagle Falls, Le Societe, Second Effort, Green Birdie
Winter Stakes (SR6)
– See The World sets the standard for this race having shown an impressive turn of foot to post strong wins at each of his past two starts. Although he is yet to be tested over further than 1200m, his style of running suggests that 1400m shouldn’t be a problem. Christian Reith has won three of his four starts on the Joseph Pride galloper and will be sure to get the best out of him. King Lionheart is an honest performer who always gives his best and will surely give another good account of himself after going around in two trials in preparation for this. He is two from two over this trip and Nash Rawiller will be able to give him a perfect run from the inside gate. Queensland galloper Startsmeup has run well in Sydney in the past and won his reappearance on Ipswich Cup day but will find this much tougher. He is awkwardly drawn in barrier 12 but has in-form hoop Jeff Lloyd aboard and will figure in the finish in he is near his best. Three year-old filly Embark was more impressive than her margin of victory would suggest last time out, has plenty of scope for improvement and can’t be dismissed.
Selections: See The World, King Lionheart, Embark, Startsmeup
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