Thu, Jun 7, 9:54am by Staff Writer
Racing returns to Flemington this weekend with a nine race card in store. The track looks set to a good rating 4.
It will be the first meet at the venue since May 19 with the rail to be out 6m across the entire circuit.
In Race 7’s Rod Johnson Handicap over 1400m, the Morphettville based Steel Frost leads the 15 strong field as a clear $3.30 favourite.
With Todd Pannell on board, they head back to Melbourne after their most recent outing at Caulfield on March 31 where they finished fourth in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap also over 1400m. Having recorded 6 of his 9 career wins over the 1400m distance, Steel Frost looks set to enjoy his run at Flemington.
Ozi Choice ($5.5) and Morton’s Fork ($7.5) follow next on the market with Ozi Choice having run at Flemington on May 19 in an eight placed finish over 1200m and will welcome his preferred 1400m journey. Morton’s Fork is coming off a four month spell following a comprehensive 4.25L victory at Caulfield over 1700m on January 27.
Miss Gunpowder ($15) presents respectable value considering her last two performances, an 11th and 16th placed finish on soft tracks were preceded by a victory at Bendigo over 1400m on a Good 4 track. Well worth a look in the multiples.
Race 8’s Henry Bolte Handicap over 2000m presents an impressive field led by the Mick Price trained top weight Masculino ($6). He recorded an impressive second place finish last weekend over 1600m at Moonee Valley ahead of favourite Iconoclasm.
The question this week will be whether he can keep the pace over the longer distance, which will be his first at the journey.
In what looks an open race, other horses to look out for include Mazzuro ($8.5), Free Fly Too ($9) and Nothin’ Leica High at $9.5.
The remainder of the card has some interesting line ups in store with notable chances including Propelle ($3.9) in Race 1, Lady Esprit ($6) in Race 5 and Miles of Krishan ($8) in Race 6.
Suggested Bet: Steel Frost to win (Race 7) at $3.30
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