Chelmsford Stakes (SR6)
– Somepin Anypin should get to the front relatively easy in this race, with Ginga Dude the only runner likely to challenge him for the lead. He won his only start over a mile relatively easily and will be in the finish. Secret Admirer looks the one to beat however, after producing a slashing first up run behind Pinwheel in the Warwick Stakes. She beat many of these rivals in that event and should have their measure again. Lights Of Heaven is to the same level as Secret Admirer and should improve on her run in the Warwick Stakes, while Lamasery was also outstanding in that race. He had a terrible run in transit but battled on strongly to the line and will be suited by the step up in trip.
Selections: Secret Admirer, Somepin Anypin, Lamasery, Lights Of Heaven
Makybe Diva Stakes (MR6)
– This race sees the return of numerous spring feature race contenders, but Southern Speed will be hard to beat with two runs already under her belt this campaign. Last year’s Caulfield Cup winner showed that she was back to her best with a soft Listed win at Morphetville two weeks ago and proved herself up to the best Weight For Age gallopers during the autumn and will be hard to beat here. Only two horses have successfully won this contest first up from a spell in the past 30 years and imported gallopers Mawingo and Manighar will be attempting to improve that record. Both won over this trip fresh during their last preparation before going on to group one glory. Shenzou Steeds has good form over this trip but is stepping up considerably in grade, while Midas Touch is a knockout place chance with two runs under his belt. December Draw and Moudre bear watching after long injury layoffs.
Selections: Southern Speed, Manighar, Shenzou Steeds, Mawingo
Bobbie Lewis Quality (MR7) **TattsBet $113,438 Trifecta Jackpot**
– Multiple group one winning mare Mosheen begins her Cox Plate campaign in this contest but has to carry the heavy burden of 59kg. Although she has won two of her three first up starts and finished third in the other, it will be a big ask for her to give weight away to the rest of the field. One horse that appears to be well weighted is Shanghai Warrior. Despite having his rating lifted 20 points for his win over Golden Archer in the Aurie’s Star over this course and distance, he is only 1kg over the minimum weight and still appears to be improving. He has missed a place only once in his career and looks a solid eachway bet. We’re Gonna Rock wasn’t beaten far by Black Caviar at his last start and has good won down the Flemington straight in the past. Ahdashim appears to have been set for this race on the back of two barrier trials and will give a good account of himself, while Title has been racing well and will be in the finish, especially if there is any give in the ground.
Selections: Shanghai Warrior, Title, We’re Gonna Rock, Ahdashim
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