Feature Race Preview October 6

Epsom Handicap (SR7) – After running first and second in the Group One George Main Stakes a fortnight ago, Shoot Out and Rangirangdoo are well fancied to take out this race, but there are several stats that don’t bode well for their chances. No horse since Super Impose in 1991 has carried 57.5kg or more to victory in the race, while there has only been one galloper aged six or older win the race in that period as well. Having said that, both appear to be in good form and will be competitive. Fat Al disappointed as a long odds on favourite last week but can bounce back in this race. He looks well weighted on 52kg, is trained by Gai Waterhouse (who has won six of the past nine renewals) and is well up to this class based on his performances prior to last week’s flop. Ambidexter is closely matched to Fat Al having beaten him by a narrow margin in the Theo Marks last month, while Kontiki Park can be excused after finishing midfield on a leader biased track at Newcastle last time out.
Selections: Fat Al, Shoot Out, Ambidexter, Rangirangdoo 

Turnbull Stakes (MR7) **TattsBet $116,092 Trifecta Jackpot** - Green Moon gets his chance to stake a claim for the Cox Plate in this race following two impressive runs this preparation. After rattling home into fifth in the Memsie Stakes, the Robert Hickmott trained galloper finished a close second in the Feehan and looks well placed here over what is arguably his pet distance. The son of Monteju has three wins and second from four races over 200m and is well placed under the set weights plus penalties conditions of this contest. Linton and Sneak A Peak were finishing strongly in the Feehan and will appreciate the step up in trip that they get here. Last year’s winner December Draw should run another good race from a gun draw after finishing third in the Group One Underwood Stakes at his last run, while Voila Ici was also good in that event. Despite having drawn poorly in barrier 15, Southern Speed warrants respect having proven herself one of the top WFA horses in the country.
Selections: Green Moon, Sneak A Peek, December Draw, Southern Speed 

Metropolitan Handicap (SR8) – Gai Waterhouse looks to have a strong hand in this event with unbeaten imported galloper Glencadam Gold likely to start as favourite. His last start win in the Newcastle Cup was good, but he got an easy lead and will have to work much harder to get to the front here. Lamasery was impressive in beating several of these in the Hill Stakes a fortnight ago and has been racing in great form. He was third in this contest twelve months ago and can be in the finish again. Curiously, six of the past ten winners of the race were unplaced at their last start and five of them started at 16/1 or bigger. Polish Knight could have a knockout chance having run second in the Group One AJC Derby over course and distance earlier in the year, while Chris Waller has a strong hand with last year’s winner The Verminator, as well as Permit, Stout Hearted and Kelinni.
Selections: Lamasery, Polish Knight, Glencadam Gold, The Verminator

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