Autumn Stakes (MR6) – Despite being beaten as an odds on favourite at Warwick Farm last time out, Knoydart deserves another chance in this race. He was awfully unlucky in that event and never got enough room to unleash the sharp turn of foot that had carried him to a five length maiden success a start earlier. Darley have a knack of producing strong contenders for the big carnivals and he could be another one. Three of the first four from last year’s Victoria Derby begin their new campaign in this contest and the one that looks best suited here is Derby runner-up Super Cool. High Shot was an impressive maiden winner in October and could be up to this grade and will be running on strongly, while Red Inca has race fitness on his side.
Selections: Knoydart, Red Inca, Super Cool, High Shot
C.F. Orr Stakes (MR7) – This race looks to be between old stager King Mufhasa and new kid on the block All Too Hard, who is bidding to become the three year-old to win the race first up from a spell since Surround was successful in 1977. The half-brother to Black Caviar proved himself a top level galloper by taking out the Caulfield Guineas before finishing second in the Cox Plate last year and is apparently more forward than he was when resuming at his last preparation. King Mufhasa is a ten time winner at the top level and proved that he hasn’t lost any of his ability despite being an eight year-old with a dominant group three win in New Zealand last time out. He will be ridden forward from the inside gate and the younger horse will have to run him down. Pinwheel is arguably the horse best suited over this trip of any of the nine runners, while Mr Moet and Mawingo look to be the other place chances.
Selections: King Mufhasa, All Too Hard, Pinwheel, Mawingo
Carlyon Cup (MR8) – Prairie Star had a rushed preparation during the spring, by all accounts, but didn’t disgrace himself when finishing fourth in the group one Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington and can build on that here. Fellow import Manighar showed considerable improvement under an Australian handler last year to win this event and Prairie Star’s European form is much better than that of most of his rivals. 11 year-old Good Ba Ba is a seven time group one winner over this trip and will appreciate the step up from 1000m after finishing strongly as his past two, but hasn’t won for over three years. Lord Of Brazil has race fitness on his side having scored his third win from his past four starts three weeks ago, while Foreteller and Budriguez are place chances.
Selections: Prairie Star, Lord Of Brazil, Good Ba Ba, Foreteller
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