Fri, Sep 14, 10:15am by Staff Writer
Flemington is the venue for Melbourne racing on Saturday. The rail is in the true and the track was a good-3 at acceptances with minimal rain forecast for race day.
The Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) is the feature event of the day with Darren Weir looking to saddle up four runners including last year’s winner of the race, Humidor ($4.20) who comes off an impressive last start win in the Group 1 Memsie (1400m) – his first victory at Caulfield. He’s a three-time winner at Flemington, a four-time winner over the mile with two wins from three starts over the track and distance.
Kings Will Dream ($4.40) has had two runs this campaign and both certainly could not be missed. Both were over the 1400m at Caulfield so the step up in distance on the bigger track should be in his favour. Black Heart Bart ($20) was sixth but only beaten 1L in the Memsie while Tosen Basil ($35) makes his Aussie debut with no wins coming from his ten previous first-up attempts in Japan.
Kementari ($3.70) was beaten by a nostril in the Memsie after doing it tough in the run, and although beaten his run was arguably the most impressive in the race. All his runs have been good this prep without winning so the stable will be hoping to change that here given his potential stallion value.
Happy Clapper ($7) was a touch disappointing in the Memsie when strongly supported in the market although his trainer – Pat Webster – believes he’ll be better suited on the spacious Flemington track.
Comin’ Through ($11) was a G1 Doomben Cup (2000m) winner in the winter and he resumed with a tough G2 win while Grunt ($14) is third-up from a spell and the last time he was at this track, he won the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in the autumn beating Peaceful State who franked that form with a good return last week.
The G2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) is one of the other feature races of the day with a field of nine to tackle the Flemington straight.
Kemono ($3.60) had a bit of a boom on him when first-up but he didn’t really live up to that when seventh of 12 in the G3 Heath (1100m) although he was only beaten 1.6L. Stable mate First Among Equals ($9) finished alongside Kemono and he was a winner here in the Listed Straight Six (1200m) during the autumn.
Rich Charm ($3.80) – a popular winner over this track and distance during the Flemington carnival last spring – has seven wins over the distance and he should be fitter for his first-up run in The Heath.
Crack Me Up ($9) was a G3 winner during the Sydney autumn but he’s zero from six when first-up, and Saturday will be his Flemington – and Melbourne – debut.
Hey Doc ($3.50) has three wins at the track, one of those being in the G3 Aurie’s Star (1200m) of last year, Grande Rosso ($26) finishing third in that race but he’s now in the hands of Team Snowden and he’s first-up after a Listed win at Doomben before a break. The Snowden’s also line up with Dothraki ($15) who has a bit of a non-winner’s tag and while he did win four runs back, that was on protest. I’m Wesley ($20) is a consistent galloper who has six wins and six minors over the 1200m.
Suggested Bet: Looking for Brutal ($2.35, race 4, number 3) to continue his unbeaten run although this is by no means a walk in the park. He caught everyone’s attention when winning by 5L on debut while punters were split on his effort when taking out the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) on the ‘bias’ Moonee Valley track a few weeks ago. Not sure if barrier one is ideal either but he’s the current G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) favourite and he should be ready to cement that on Saturday.
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