Saturday Racing Preview February 2

Manfred Stakes (MR3) – Albrecht emerged as a top class 3 year-old during the spring after finishing 2nd in the Group One Golden Rose at just his fourth start in his first preparation, and should be too good for his rivals here. He is rated much higher than his opposition and is well suited by the set weights plus penalties conditions of the race. Royal Haunt has won two from two in much lesser company but warrants respect representing the powerful combination of Peter Moody and Luke Nolen. In a race that looks devoid of speed, he is likely to go to the front and could get a good run. Hosting was a very impressive maiden winner last August and was immediately put away for the autumn. He trialled well in January and the booking of leading jockey Craig Williams is significant. Sheer Talent showed some promise during his last campaign and could run into a place.
Selections: Albrecht, Royal Haunt, Hosting, Sheer Talent 

W.J Adams Stakes (MR4) – There appears to be plenty of speed in this race despite their being only seven runners, with Canali and Diamond Earth set to make the running from the inside two gates. First Command has won two from two this campaign and has a great record at Caulfield and over this trip but has to give a stack of weight away to his rivals this time around. South Australian mare Avoid Lightning drops 6kg from her first up run at Moonee Valley and will get a good run from barrier four. She is the one to beat, while Eight Bills and Light Express are better in at the weights than they were at their last starts and are capable of being in the finish.
Selections: Avoid Lightning, First Command, Eight Bills, Canali 

QTIS Three Year-Old Handicap (BR9) **TattsBet $100,000 Trifecta Jackpot** - General Exhibit has missed a place just once in seven career starts and looks sure to run well again in this contest. He stuck on well to be beaten less than a length last time out at Eagle Farm after being forced to work hard to get across from a wide gate. Drawn better in gate four this time around, the Helen Page trained galloper will go close to winning if he can reproduce the run that saw him beaten only narrowly by Heza Jetsetter on a heavy track in November. Tear It Up has won two races from as many starts and has trialled impressively in preparation for her reappearance, while Noogoora Burr and Regular could be competitive after running well in the Magic Millions Guineas. Smasher was an impressive maiden win for Rob Heathcote in January but will have to overcome a wide draw in barrier 16.
Selections: General Exhibit, Tear It Up, Noogoora Burr, Smasher

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