Feature Race Preview August 10

Missile Stakes (SR5) – Rain Affair has failed to win a race since claiming the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Rosehill 16 months ago but looks well placed to end the drought in this contest. He eased to a 9 length barrier trial victory over Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep last week, goes well fresh and will appreciate any give in the ground. His stablemate Title is another galloper that runs well on rain affected going and will be in the finish, while Mic Mac is much better suited here after being asked to carry big weights in handicap events at his past four starts. Hay List is the best performed horse in the race but hasn’t shown his best form for a long time.
Selections: Rain Affair, Mic Mac, Title, Hay List 

Aurie’s Star Handicap (MR7) – This race has traditionally been the launching pad for many good horses into the spring and while the field doesn’t boast any stellar names, it appears to be an even contest. Luckygray is comfortably the best horse in the race having won twice at the top level and it will be interesting to see how he goes for new handler Robert Smerdon. He will be better suited over further than 1200m but has won four from five first up and warrants respect. South Australian sprinter Riziz has won two in a row and is unbeaten down the Flemington straight. He has the advantage of being race fit and will be hard to beat. Temple Of Boom has good form here and will appreciate any give in the track, while Australian Guineas winner Ferlax has still only tasted defeat just once in his five-start career.
Selections: Riziz, Luckygray, Ferlax, Temple Of Boom 

The Rosebud (SR6) – Eurozone and Bull Point met at Rosehill last month, with the former coming out on top by just under a length and there is no reason to think he can’t repeat the dose again. The Cummings stable has a big opinion of the horse and he gets the services of leading hoop Hugh Bowman. Nash Rawiller gets off Bull Point to ride Watabout and she warrants respect having won three on the bounce but may struggle against these smart colts. Dissident was tried at the top level as a juvenile with some degree of success and it is interesting that he resumes in Sydney this preparation.
Selections: Eurozone, Bull Point, Dissident, Watabout

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