Saturday 21 March
Here is the best for this weekend.
From the Sportsman
: Thursday at 11am, Track Dead (4). Rail True. Prediction is for some showers tomorrow but at the moment it is on track to be a Good (3), weather permitting.CAULFIELD
: Thursday at 11am, Track Good (3), Penetrometer: 5.16. Rail Out 7m. Track had no rain this week and is expected to be a Good (3) on Saturday at this stage with a reasonably fine weather forecast.DOOMBEN
: Thursday at 10am, Track Dead, Rail Out 2.5m. Track has had 14mm of rain in the past 36 hours with rain and 28 degrees expected for the next few days.OAKBANK
: Thursday at 11am, Track Good (3), Rail True. At the moment the Track is looking like being a Good (3) on Saturday but weather is overcast this morning with the chance of a shower this afternoon. Forecast is for fine weather for both Saturday and Monday's meetings.ASCOT
: Thursday at 9am, Track Good, Rail Out 12m. Track has had no rain this week and the weather forecast is for fine weather so track should be Good.
MOONEE VALLEY (tonight) CAULFIELD
Race 1: 6 Heyington Honey Race 3: 11 Yarra Park
Race 6: 5 First Militia Race 6: 9 Majestic Point
8 Rolling Stock Race 7: 3 Kariba Kariba
13 Fenceline Race 8: 1 Camp Kalani
14 Shrogginet DOOMBEN
Race 7: 3 Meld Race 2: 2 Zahite
6 Lotsa Grunt 4 Belboah
7 Monsieur Oloroso Race 6: 2 Devastating
13 Shibboleth Race 8: 1 Dance Hunter
Race 8: 2 High Intensity 8 Monashee Knight
5 Sizzled 10 In My Sights
Race 1: 8 Espom Downs Race 1: 3 How Discreet
9 Mega Hill Race 9: 12 Montego Bay
Race 7: 1 Racing To Win NEWCASTLE
GOLD COAST Race 1: 9 I Love King
Race 1: 9 Prince Cochise 12 Friskarlie
Race 2: 1 Betoulli Race 3: 3 Subreilly
11 Liberty Mist Race 4: 16 Dame Danehill
14 Straight Dancing Race 10: 8 Raspberry Licorice
Race 6: 10 Medium 'n' Rare ASCOT
15 Molly's Memory Race 4: 3 Northwater Boy
Race 8: 14 Hyaline 7 Doyoudare
Race 9: 3 Mistress Of Dreams Race 7: Melrose Prince
11 Buddha Babe
BEST:BEST: Douro Valley
(Flemington R5 No. 1) will find this much easier than the Australian Cup last run. He finished second to Master O'Reilly in the Caulfield Cup in the spring and at his last run over this course and distance beat Maldivian in the Naturalism Stakes. Each way all day at the $5.00 on offer.LAY:Sliding Cube
LAY: (Randwick R4 No. 2) looks to me like she's going to end up being a pretty one-dimensional type of filly/mare. She'll lead and win her fair share, but I don't think she'll be doing it over 1400m. She looked tired at the end of 1200m last time whereas there are others in this field I expect to be improved for their last run. Happy to fill the bag up at around the $3.50.
- Acey Ducey
(Randwick R1 No. 1) - Tuesday, Kensington track, 9m out, going good, 1000m in 1:05, last 600m in 36.1secs. He was a run short last time and will strip fitter here.ROSEHILL
(Randwick R8 No. 9) - Tuesday, Course proper, 18m out, going good, 800m in 55.73. Looked in great order and will prove very hard to beat on Saturday according to John Moc.BROADMEADOW
- Fritz's Princess
(Randwick R6 No. 12) - No. 2 grass, 6m out, going good, 800m in 50.9, last 600m in 36.85. Nicely weighted to cause an upset in the Galaxy.CAULFIELD
(Caulfield R1 No. 9) - Tuesday, steeplegrass, going good, 800m in 54 neat, home the 600m in 38. Looks vert fit and keen, says George Lucas.FLEMINGTON
- Goldfield Ashes
(Caulfield R6 No. 13) - Tuesday, dirt, going good, 800m in 54.26, last 600m in 25.81. Working impressively under the care of Brian Mayfield-Smith and will have the services of Craig Newitt for his first-up assignment.
- early mailHot Danish
(Randwick R9 No. 1) - Impressive win at first-up at Rosehill. Class mare, and looks too good for this lot.Vigor
(Caulfield R3 No. 4) - Looked good winning at Moonee Valley last time. Up in class, but very promising and can make it two straight.Jeuneanje
(Oakbank R8 No. 4) - No luck when placed at Cheltenham last start. Gets the run of the race here, so expect her to atone.
(Randwick R2 No. 10) - returns to racing with a solid barrier trial under his belt when a close second to talented stablemate Allaboutus at Hawkesbury on March 10. Although this son of Rubiton is yet to win first-up, he has not missed a place in the three times he has resumed. The gelding does his best when they get along up front which is precisely the circumstances he will encounter this weekend. Hails from the astute Greg Hickman barn and will want for nothing in the jockey department with Peter Robl to steer.
Barrier trial teaserRim Of Fire
(Newcastle R4 No. 3) - is destined for the big time. That being the case, he'l be streets ahead of his rivals in this, especially after his latest barrier trial win where he accounted for his highly-rated stable partner Lorne Dancer. Blackbook this one, he'll pay to follow
It's a big day on the Gold Coast on Monday
for the running of the Magic Millions. If you can get there for the first on the 10-race card have a little on Mr Chairman
(R1 No. 18
). He placed a couple of times in Victoria before going to the paddock and returns here after 49 weeks. Led all the way in a Rosehill trial on March 8 then given an easy time trialling on March 18. Upwards of 20/1 and if he gets into the field he's worth a punt.
Bred to winFreedom March
(Randwick R3 No. 10) - has already been specked in the Golden Slipper markets firming from 100's into 33's in some quarters. The filly was purchased by Woodlands at the 2007 Easter Yearling Sale for $475,000. She is the first foal of a Zabeel threequarter-sister to Activation and a half-sister to NZ's Champion Sprinter/Miler Coogee Walk. The cerise has had plenty of success with this family including Crawl, Marching and Old Man. Crown Lodge has won five Kindergarten Stakes including the last two. It's significant that two of their five winners went on to claim the Golden Slipper, Guineas in 1997 and Forensics (by Flying Spur) last year.