H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (MR4)
– All eyes will be on unbeaten Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles Of Life in this contest, but the South Australian filly won’t get things all her own way. She was brilliant in four runs as a juvenile and sets the benchmark but must give weight to all of her rivals. Fast ‘N’ Rocking is yet to win a race but finished second to Miracles Of Life in the Group One Blue Diamond earlier this yet and meets the filly 2.5kg better off at the weights this time around. He has race fitness on his side having been desperately unlucky in the Vain Stakes behind Safeguard here two weeks ago. Prince Harada made a huge impression winning two from two earlier this season and should be up to this grade, while Pyrrolic and Za Moulin Rouge will be running on well at the finish.
Selections: Fast ‘N’ Rocking, Miracles Of Life, Prince Harada, Pyrrolic
Run To The Roses (SR6)
– This is a cracking renewal of the race, with most of the main protagonists for the Golden Rose lining up here two weeks before the feature event. Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep had no luck at his reappearance when finishing second to Va Pensiero but should be able to turn the tables on that galloper. He will strip fitter for that hit out and is the class runner in the field. Group Two winner Zoustar has trialled brilliantly in preparation for this and appears certain to be in the finish. While several runners in this event have bigger fish to fry later in the spring, his campaign has been geared towards this and the Golden Rose so he will be ready to fire. Eurozone is unbeaten in three outings for master trainer Bart Cummings and he could be something special, while Into The Red and Napayshini were both ultra-impressive winning their most recent starts and could surprise.
Selections: Zoustar, Sidestep, Napayshini, Eurozone
Memsie Stakes (MR8)
– Unbeaten mare Atlantic Jewel makes her much awaited return to the track in this event after a sixteen month injury enforced layoff. The dual Group One winner is without a doubt the best horse in the race but you have to take her fitness on trust, although she did produce a sparkling piece of work at Flemington recently. Four year-olds have a tremendous record in this race and AJC Derby winner It’s A Dundeel and Australia Cup hero Super Cool appear to represent the best chances from that division. Kiwi superstar It’s A Dundeel took all before him during the autumn and he will be motoring home if the speed is on. Happy Trails was unlucky on his reappearance at Morphettville three weeks ago and will be much more forward than most of his rivals, while Ajeeb could run a cheeky race if he gets an easy lead.
Selections: Atlantic Jewel, It’s A Dundeel, Ajeeb, Happy Trails
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