It’s a matter of “where to look” with an incredible amount of Group 1 racing across Flemington and Royal Randwick.
I hate going the “early crow” but the Vic Husslers training combination of Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes could be in for an unforgettable day at Flemington with a stack of key runners highlighted by Fifty Stars in the Group 1 Australian Cup (Race 8). Fifty Stars, won this race last year, has had two runs this campaign and is now fully fit after storming home last start for a terrific second in the Blamey Stakes. He loves Flemington and at around that $4.50 quote looks great value.
Bet: Fifty Stars to win
Owners in the Queensland Rogues should take great interest in the Group 3 Kewney Stakes (Race 9) at Flemington on Saturday. The Fastnet Rock filly Personal lines up in the Kewney as favourite and is from the all powerful Dabernig/Hayes stable.
Fastnet Rock is not only one of the world’s great sires, but also versatile – producing champion sprinters and stayers, Personal actually won the VRC Oaks (2500m) last Spring. The Queensland Rogues owners drafted the Fastnet Rock/Alice Island grey colt into their team and he’s been all business during the breaking-in process.
TRL TRAINERS IN SLIPPER CLASH – Royal Randwick
There’s no more in-form stable than Michael and Richard Freedman who’ll represent the NSW Tycoons in The Racing League. And this weekend they’ll take on the Vic Husslers Mick Price/Michael Kent Jnr when their star two-year-old colts clash in the Todman Stakes.
Stay Inside, trained by the Freedman’s takes on Profiteer who’s prepared by the Price/Kent Jnr team. Stay Inside and Profiteer are currently undefeated, obviously that will change on Saturday and currently bookmakers have them equal favourites for the Todman.
Michael Freedman believes Stay Inside has thrived since his last start win and will again appreciate the sting out of the ground. They’ll be wary of the other star two-year-old Remarque, who opened at juicy odds and was quickly crunched by the early shoppers into a clear third pick.
TIP. Whoever wins the Todman stick with it in the Golden Slipper in two weeks time.
Written Tycoon has taken the breeding world by storm and continues to produce high class winners like Written Beauty, who’ll be tested against some of the country’s best sprinters in Saturday’s Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.
Written Beauty has won five of her six starts, was unbeaten last preparation but will need to keep improving to beat the likes of Nature Strip who appears to have a stranglehold on the race. Queensland Rogues owners will be cheering for Written Beauty after they picked up the precocious Written Tycoon/Tornado Miss colt in January’s TRL Draft.
BET: Written Beauty – Place Bet
BUNBURY CUP DAY
There’ll be a few WA Black Heart owners making the road trip on Saturday to Bunbury Cup Day with a total of three listed races on the program and the Cup worth an attractive $120,000.
TRL trainers will be to the fore on the day, Ben and Dan Pearce have a great chance with Dig Deep in the listed Bunbury Stakes (Race 8) . Dig Deep was terrific winning at Ascot two starts back and with a little luck from gate 9 in a big field should be in the finish. Black Hearts’ trainer Todd Harvey presents the unbeaten Triple Missile in the listed Breeders Classic (Race 6). Todd has a big opinion of this horse and believes he can win again.
We are going to stick with Qld Rogues trainer Chris Anderson who delivered for followers last week when we tipped Gemelon Bolt which duly saluted at the Sunshine Coast. Anderson prepares Hallowed Girl, who’s looking to make it three straight wins when she steps out in the Cascade Plate (Race 7) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Try and catch the video of Hallowed Girl’s last start win…I’m sure you’ll be impressed it was ridiculously easy with Larry Cassidy all smiles easing down to the line after sitting near last and storming home. At around that $6.50 quote Hallowed Girl looks to be a great play.
BET: Hallowed Girl
You can join Chris Anderson, along with the likes of Gollan and Heathcote train your horses for just $200.