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Banjo Paterson Series Final (MR5)
– 2010 VRC St Leger winner Exceptionally showed that she was getting back to her best form when finishing second to Turnitup over 2000m last time out and will be tough to beat in this contest, being sure to appreciate the step up to 2600m here. The Ekraar mare has strong form over this sort of distance and is sure to be in the finish. Despite disappointing at her last start, Swooper could be the biggest danger. She was second in this race last year and had strung back-to-back wins together prior to her flop here two weeks ago. Streaky Fella won that race convincingly from Crabs and that duo are also sure to run well.
Selections: Exceptionally, Swooper, Streaky Fella, Crabs
Winter Championship Series Final (MR6)
– Menados has put together an impressive career record, with four wins from six career starts and he is sure to run well in this contest. The Nigel Blackiston trained galloper appeared to win with something in hand at Flemington a fortnight ago and will be tough to beat if showing any sort of improvement on that run. Gail has a good record at Flemington and has been racing well enough this preparation to suggest that she will be competitive in this company. Well drawn in barrier four, she will run well. Population may have flopped last time out but had to carry 60kg there and drops to 55kg for this event. He looks a big price based on his previous run, where he was only beaten a length and a half by Chosen To Fly. That opponent, and the Peter Moody trained There’s Only One, have won their past two starts and warrant respect.
Selections: Menados, Population, Gail, There’s Only One
Sprint Series Final (MR7)
– Former Queensland galloper Ready To Rip makes his first appearance for champion trainer Peter Moody in this event and is sure to run a good race. Despite being untested down the Flemington straight, he has won three of four first up, has won over the distance and doesn’t mind the cut out of the ground. Gossip Girl was a strong winner over course and distance last time out, albeit in a fillies and mares race, and deserves respect. She is dropping 4kg from that run and has leading hoop Glen Boss aboard. Beyond Pardon and Verdasco have both run well down the straight here in the past, while Perturbo won this race last year and appears to have been set for it again.
Selections: Ready To Rip, Perturbo, Gossip Girl, Broken
Rivette Series Final (MR8)
– Champion trainer Peter Moody saddles up two runners in this race and it is interesting that stable jockey Luke Nolen rides Aliberani. After breaking her maiden in good style at Ballarat two starts back, she won at Sandown on heavy going and is clearly progressive. Stablemate Dayita has been racing consistently and is drawn well in barrier one, but carrying 60kg is no mean feat for a three year old filly. Danny O’Brien’s Kiwi recruit Thorn Star could be worth another chance after disappointing as favourite at his last start. She showed promise on her Australian debut and any improvement on that run could be good enough here. Imoto and Barbie Dazzler are both last start winners and could build on those successes.
Selections: Aliberani, Thorn Star, Dayita, Imoto
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