Moir Stakes (MR6)
– Buffering is arguably the best sprinter in the country behind Black Caviar and Hay List and looks capable of taking this race en route to bigger and better things during the spring carnival. He has won four of his five first up runs and is drawn perfectly in barrier two, where he will either lead or sit just off the pace. Tiger Tees is the other galloper that will want to race on the speed and he will also be the main danger to the favourite. The Joe Pride trained five year old was ultra-impressive when winning the Concorde Stakes at Warwick Farm at the start of the month but is untested the Melbourne way of going. Platelet ran the best race of her career when finishing second behind Bel Sprinter here a fortnight ago and is a place chance, as is the in-form Ready To Rip.
Selections: Buffering, Tiger Tees, Platelet, Ready To Rip
Stutt Stakes (MR7)
– Unbeaten superstar Pierro will be incredibly hard to beat in this contest, but has been priced accordingly. Looking at his rivals, none have run anywhere near his rating of 114, but he isn’t a betting proposition with this being his first run the Melbourne way of going on the tight Moonee Valley track that has brought many good horses undone in the past. His second up run last time out was also the worst of his career, defeating Epaulette by just a nose. Jimando looks the most likely horse to finish second, having scored a good win at Flemington last time out. His fourth in the Group One Blue Diamond is much better form that any of the other runners in this race. Philippi is unbeaten from two starts but this is a step up in class, while Underestimation will improve for the step up in trip.
Selections: Pierro, Jimando, Philippi, Underestimation
JRA Stakes (MR8)
– Precedence snapped a winless drought stretching back almost two year with his win here two weeks ago and can run well again in this contest. Although he is still topweight, the Bart Cummings trained galloper carries 2.5kg less than he did at his most recent start and lugs only 4kg more than the minimum weight. He loves the track (4 wins from 6 starts here), won this event in 2010 and is clearly in top form. Emerging stayer Excluded has won two of his three starts this preparation and will be looking to win here and get a penalty to force his way into the Caulfield Cup field. He will be tough to beat. Dance With Her ran well enough on her reappearance to suggest that she can figure in the finish, although barrier 16 makes things difficult, while Fruehling and Sabrage are the best of the rest.
Selections: Precedence, Excluded, Dance With Her, Sabrage
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