Fri, Jul 20, 12:10pm by Staff Writer
Racing is at Flemington on Saturday where the rail is out three-metres and the track set to be in the good range.
Darren Weir and Chris Waller dominate racing at the best of times and in race eight – an open handicap over 2000m – they line up with eight of the 15 runners, Weir himself with five including top weight and last start winner Pacodali ($6.50). A winner of six from 20, he beat Sixties Groove ($2.60) on that occasion who has since come out and won by over 3L at this track and distance when a short odds-on pop. Bondeiger ($35), Master Zephyr ($34) and Tall Ship ($126) round out the Weir quintet but aren’t given much hope according to the markets.
Sayed ($10) disappointed last start when sent out a solid favourite in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill but he was a late drifter pre-race, finishing fifth of fifth in the end. Jaminzah ($19) has won two of his past three, his most recent run when midfield to Pacodali at Caulfield while My Nordic Hero ($16) finished fifth in that race but has a win and two seconds from his previous three Melbourne runs.
Trap For Fools ($9) was third to Pacodali and Sixties Groove in what was his second run in Victoria, and he’s building a good record with ten wins and six minors from his 24 career starts.
Kilimanjaro ($8.50) – for Team Williams – is a lightly raced rising seven-year-old gelding having his tenth career start and fourth in Australia, and given he’s a Team Williams horse, he’s a big watch.
Jaameh ($15) surprised many – including perhaps the Hayes/Dabernig camp – when winning his first Australian start at Caulfield at the juicy odds of 40-1.
Danny O’Brien has a liking for his home track and he lines up with De Little Engine ($46) and Second Bullet ($19) here. De Little Engine is first-up after a bit of a fruitless three-run campaign during the spring but he did put together a string of good runs around May last year including back-to-back wins at Flemington while Second Bullet was second to Sixties Groove at his most recent outing, beaten over 3L.
Morton’s Fork ($13) made solid ground late but was never a winning factor when fifth of 14 in the Listed Winter Championship (1600m) at this track and he steps out to the 2000m for the first time in his career. Lord Durante ($91) is having his 81st career start, his last win being back in October 2016.
Race six sees a field of 11 tackle the 1100m Flemington straight with Brave Song ($3.50) resuming from a spell for Team Snowden. He was a well-backed first-up winner last campaign and he makes his Melbourne debut here.
Order of Command ($3.30) has been backed into early favouritism and might be a horse on the way up. He was good when only 1.5L from Nature Strip last start over 1200m but the query here may be the drop back to 1100m.
Ducimus ($4.50) was scratched last week but he’s set to line up here alongside stable mate Poseidon’s Pool ($12). Double Jeopardy ($10) has finished behind Nature Strip at his past two runs but was a winner when fresh before that while Kennedy ($7) is second-up after finishing at the tail of the field when resuming.
Street Tough ($20) has won two of his three career starts as trainer Scott Brunton looks to continue his success from last week (at Caulfield) after Mandela Effect greeted the judge for the Tasmanian-based trainer.
Suggested Bet: So Splendid ($3.10, race 2, number 7) might be becoming a bit frustrating for punters but third-up here she can bounce back. She was ok when fresh after being sent out favourite before running on well and perhaps peaking on her run when third to Tornado Girl in Sydney. She was runner-up over this track and distance during the spring and with the claim, hopefully she can salute.
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