Silver Slipper (SR5)
– With the Golden Slipper now just over a month away, the best juveniles are beginning their campaign for the $3 Million race and a good field has been assembled for this event. The Gerald Ryan stable has always had a big opinion of Charlie Boy and he trialled well enough here last week to suggest that he will go close to winning this. He was forced to dig deep to win his first start in November but got the job done and can keep his unbeaten record here. Never Can Tell could be his main danger having dug deep to defeat the highly regarded Whittington in the Canonbury Stakes a fortnight ago, while Kuroshio and Whiskey Allround are professional two year-olds that will be in the mix. Sweet Idea hasn’t missed a place in four starts and will run well but will certainly come on for the run.
Selections: Charlie Boy, Never Can Tell, Whiskey Allround, Kuroshio
Australian Guineas (MR7) **TattsBet $100,000 First Four Jackpot**
- All Too Hard could hardly have been more impressive in winning both start this preparation against older horses and is clearly the one to beat in this race, where he is rated lengths better than his rivals. Albrecht has disappointed at both of his runs in Melbourne to date but there is reason to believe that he will improve here. He was too far back off a slow pace last time out but will be ridden closer from a good draw and the race is sure to be run at a good speed with a capacity field. Sheer Talent won the the C.S Hayes Stakes well last time out and has always looked like he would relish a mile but his chances have been diminished by drawing the outside gate. Ajeeb scored a strong win at Sandown last time out and could run a cheeky race, while fillies have had a good record in this recently and You’re So Good represents the fairer sex in this year’s renewal.
Selections: All Too Hard, Albrecht, Ajeeb, Sheer Talent
Hobartville Stakes (SR6)
– Last season’s champion two year-old Pierro has his first start since running third in the Cox Plate. He has trialled well and is clearly the highest rated horse in the race but come up against some very smart race fit rivals. Rebel Dane is one of those, having taken his career record to four wins from as many starts with an incredible victory in the Royal Sovereign Stakes last time out. He unleashed a dazzling turn of foot to come from last as they turned in that event and will get a good run in transit from gate two. Mulaazem bypasses the Australian Guineas in Melbourne to run over his preferred trip here and is sure to run well up on the speed. Proisir improved with every start last campaign and will be competitive, while Derby hopefuls It’s A Dundeel and Solemn will be running on strongly at the finish.
Selections: Rebel Dane, Pierro, Mulaazem, It’s A Dundeel
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