The big guns are out in action this Saturday at Flemington.
Talented types such as Aloisia, Cliff’s Edge and The Everest winner Redzel are all in action on a bumper card at Flemington, which includes the Group 1 Lightning Stakes.
Randwick also hosts some quality racing with the Apollo Stakes and we have free tips and form for the best races this Saturday.
Flemington free tips & form
Race 1. (12:30) The Asian Executive Stakes (1100m)
#10 – Pierro Belle @ $3.10 – BET NOW
Tony McEvoy lines up Pierro Belle, which is on debut.
The daughter of Pierro scored an impressive trial win by 2.5 lengths at Morphettville and that trial form should stack up nicely.
The McEvoy stables have been running hot with their juveniles and we’re expecting plenty of money to come late.
Race 4. (14:15) Goodwood Racecourse BM84 (1600m)
#7 – Kings Will Dream @ $2.10 – BET NOW
Kings Will Dream has won both starts since coming over from Europe and bigger things are to come for the import.
Trained by Darren Weir, the four-year-old was a winner at Pontefract in July last year before coming to Australia and he has impressed straight away.
His first win in Australia came by three lengths and his second came by two lengths at Ballarat.
This is a rise in grade, but he’s heading in the right direction.
Race 5. (14:50) Royal Ascot BM90 (1200m)
#3 – Ken’s Dream @ $4.40 – BET NOW
We think Handsome Thief is the best horse in the race but drawing the inside down the Flemington straight isn’t ideal and Ken’s Dream is the better value.
The Weir-trained sprinter finished fourth behind Thronum in the Australia Stakes last start and prior to that he was a winner at Flemington by 2.5 lengths.
Drawing wide in barrier 14 will allow him to hunt the outside rail and finish with a burst of speed.
Race 6. (15:25) Tab Vanity Stakes (1400m)
#6 – Anchor Bid @ $13 – BET NOW
This might not be the best distance for Anchor Bid, but the odds are worth taking the gamble.
The three-year-old filly looked good last preparation, winning two of her seven starts and competing against the likes of Royal Symphony and Pinot.
It has enough tactical speed to be a factor over the 1400m and current favourite Aloisia won’t be suited by the distance either and she’s paying $2.80.
Race 9. (17:25) Vork Racecourse Handicap (1400m)
#3 – Royal Rapture @ $21 – BET NOW
This is a wide-open field and the odds around Royal Rapture represent good value.
The eight-year-old might be getting long in the tooth, but he has a great second up record of seven starts for three wins and he wasn’t far off a nice field last start.
Four of his 15 wins have come at Flemington and we think that he can recapture his best form and cause an upset in the last.
Randwick free tips & form
Race 1. (12:45) Tab Highway Handicap (1800m)
#1 – Mate Story @ $1.80 – BET NOW
Mate Story was a good winner in the Highway Handicap last time out and that came against a harder field than this.
The Jean Dubois-trained four-year-old has now won three of his 10 starts and despite rising in weight for this, the easier field should account for that weight difference.
$1.80 is short, but he should get punters off to a winning start.
Race 2. (13:25) Pierro Plate (1100m)
#2 – Legend of Condor @ $3 – BET NOW
Gerald Ryan lines up Legend of Condor, which was a stylish winner on debut at Randwick.
That came in October last year, but the two-year-old colt has been prepared with a recent trial win at Rosehill and he’s yet to be beaten in either a trial or race day start.
Bookmakers opened him at $3.90, but that price was quickly snapped up and he has been heavily-backed throughout the week.
He could be untapped and he should get every chance from barrier three.
Race 4. (15:10) Southern Cross Stakes (1200m)
#2 – Deploy @ $3 – BET NOW
Deploy has yet to miss a win or placing from four fresh up starts and his recent trial was good enough to be considered a winning chance.
The Ryan-trained five-year-old has won eight of his 17 starts in a quality career to date and he’s a three-time winner on this track.
He’s also a four-time winner at this distance and we believe he’s got enough speed fresh up to handle the likes of Clearly Innocent and Dothraki.
Race 6. (16:25) Apollo Stakes (1400m)
#3 – Endless Drama @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Chris Waller lines up Endless Drama, which ran on well for third behind Lanciato last start.
The imported six-year-old finished third in the Apollo Stakes behind Winx last year and he has a great chance to improve on that result with Winx sidelined.
His performance during The Championships was poor, finishing last of 20 runners at Randwick, but he’s better suited against this level of opposition.
$5.50 is a fair each way price from bookmakers.
Race 8. (17:45) Light Fingers Stakes (1200m)
#3 – Alizee @ $1.85 – BET NOW
Alizee resumes here after running third behind Aloisia at Caulfield last spring.
The James Cummings-trained filly finished second in a recent trial which was encouraging and despite having never won at this distance, she should fire here.
Her consecutive wins on this track last campaign were top quality and she should only have one main rival to beat.
Kiwi filly Melody Belle has class, but Alizee has bigger targets in sight.
Race 9. (18:20) Mostyn Cooper BM85 (1200m)
#8 – Suncraze to place @ $1.85 – BET NOW
Suncraze has yet to miss a win or placing in 10 career starts and although he faces a rise in class, that record must be respected.
The four-year-old has been competing in the Highway races and with great success. She has yet to finish worse than second and was very unlucky not to win the Highway Anniversary.
$1.85 to place won’t last long.