OFTEN described by racing purists as the best day’s racing on the Australian calendar, the Victoria Derby Day program is nothing short of sensational:
GROUP 3 $200,000 CARBINE CLUB STAKES. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 7 LEVENDI; 1 Snitzepeg; 10 Lord Sundowner; 2 Beau Geste.
BEST ROUGHIE: 11 OCTABELLO.
SUGGESTED BET: LEVENDI to win.
LEVENDI promising colt, form great before took on G1 Caulfield Guineas, held-up, unlucky 6th behind Mighty Boss. Go close. SNITZEPEG was dominant winner last time Listed Gothic Stakes, Caulfield. Run well again. LORD SUNDOWNER was very brave when led and close 2nd Caulfield last time, and BEAU GESTE is a smart NSW galloper racing well enough to figure here from an inside gate.
GROUP 2 $300,000 WAKEFUL STAKES. 2000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 10 TEODORA; 5 Hiyaam; 6 Rimraam; 1 Bring Me Roses.
BEST ROUGHIE: 4 LUCKY LOUIE.
SUGGESTED BET: TEODORA each-way.
TEODORA has raced three times for wins at Ararat and Bendigo before 4th G3 Ethereal behind Pinot. Raced wide, super effort. Fitter now and sure to run well. HIYAAM also lightly-raced, followed strong 2nd G2 Edward Manifold with strong 3rd G3 Thereal, Caulfield. Strong claim from good draw. RIMRAAM ran on hard when 2nd Pinot, G3 Ethereal, Caulfield. Strong claims again. BRING ME ROSES was dominant at Flemington in the Edward Manifold last time. Rates highly again.
GROUP 3 $200,000 SKIP SPRINT. 1100-metres.
SELECTIONS: 5 NIETA; 1 Sheidel; 2 Savanna Armour; 4 Desert Lashes.
BEST ROUGHIE: 10 CONCEALER.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella/Trifecta: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 10.
NIETA not much went right Melbourne debut at Caulfield when 3rd Fuhryk. Still a good run, better for that experience, has imposing record in Sydney. Hard to beat. SHEIDEL brilliant mare, speed to burn, won Oakleigh Plate this trip at Caulfield. Gate 1 no issue, run well. SAVANNA ARMOUR form won two G3 races on end Caulfield before tired G2 Tristarc at 1400m. Back to right trip, run well.
GROUP 3 $300,000 LEXUS STAKES. 2500-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 HARLEM; 7 Cismontaine; 6 Vengeur Masque; 1 Ecuador.
BEST ROUGHIE: 10 KELLSTORM.
SUGGESTED BET: HARLEM to win.
HARLEM is an import, brilliant winner Caulfield, G3 Naturalism before 5th G3 Bart Cummings. Ran very well 8th Boom Time, Caulfield Cup last time. This suits. CISMONTAINE led when 3rd Big Duke, St Leger in Sydney, last week led again and run down late 3rd MV Cup. Very fit, chance. VENGEUR MASQUE strong and impressive winner Geelong Cup last time. Has a chance again on that form. ECUADOR veteran, tough, trip no issue, worth thought.
GROUP 1 $1 million COOLMORE STUD STAKES. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 5 VIRIDINE; 16 Catchy; 18 Formality; 6 Jukebox.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 KEMENTARI.
SUGGESTED BET: VIRIDINE each-way.
VIRIDINE is a Godolphin runner unbeaten 4 from 4. Sprinted brilliantly to win G2 Roman Consul last time. Looks hard to beat in an unbelievable race. CATCHY brilliant filly, won G2 Danehill this track/trip, latest 3rd in G1 Caulfield Guineas. Back to 1200m no issue, go very well. FORMALITY another brilliant filly, brave leading throughout Caulfield last time, G3 Blue Sapphire. Go well. JUKEBOX top colt, brave second Formality last time. Chance.
GROUP 1 $500,000 MYER CLASSIC. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 GLOBAL GLAMOUR; 5 Silent Sedition; 3 Foxplay; 16 Shoals.
BEST ROUGHIE: 9 DAYSEE DOOM.
SUGGESTED BET: GLOBAL GLAMOUR each-way.
GLOBAL GLAMOUR is top class won 5 of 12, last start worked hard on-pace and still won G2 Tristarc Stakes, Caulfield. This trip ideal as is her gate. SILENT SEDITION very good in G2 Gilgai down the straight before drew wide, excellent effort 5th Global Glamour G2 Tristarc. Better drawn this time. FOXPLAY is top-class Sydney mare, followed 4th in G1 Epsom with 7th G2 Tristarc when favourite. Go well. SHOALS 3YO filly, gets big weight relief, form fantastic, has a real chance.
GROUP 1 $1.5 million VICTORIA DERBY. 2500-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 ACE HIGH; 7 Weather With You; 2 Tangled; 5 Main Stage.
BEST ROUGHIE: 12 GREYCLIFFE.
SUGGESTED BET: ACE HIGH to win.
SYDNEY colt ACE HIGH has excelled once getting to longer trips. Led throughout on both G3 Gloaming, 1800m, then G1 Spring Champion Stakes at 2000m. Has been set for this, good gate. WEATHER WITH YOU in astute Kiwi stable, impressive staying effort to win Geelong Classic. Tough to beat from perfect gate. TANGLED has strong Sydney form, 2nd G1 Spring Champion and 2nd G3 Norman Robinson, Caulfield. Go well. MAIN STAGE can also win.
GROUP 1 $1 million KENNEDY MILE. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 TOSEN STARDOM; 6 Egg Tart; 10 Sovereign Nation; 5 Tom Melbourne.
BEST ROUGHIE: 11 SO SI BON.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella/Trifecta: 1 – 5 – 6 – 10 – 11.
TOSEN STARDOM was quite brilliant carrying big weight and charging to win the G1 Toorak. Japanese import in the right stable and finally got his act together. Looks tough again. EGG TART brilliant Sydney-trained mare, has been a run behind all prep, got the run but peaked when 7th in G1 Toorak. Fitter now, right trip, go well. SOVEREIGN NATION goes well this track, nothing wrong with last start 2nd Tosen Stardom, G1 Toorak when came from last. Respect. TOM MELBOURNE is racing well, always some hope. Good barrier helps.
GROUP 2 $300,000 TAB MULTIPLIER STAKES. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD; 11 Rich Charm; 2 Keen Array; 10 Malibu Style.
BEST ROUGHIE: 7 MISSROCK.
SUGGESTED BET: ILLUSTRIOUS LAD each-way. Box Trifecta: 1 – 2 – 7 – 10 – 11.
ILLUSTRIOUS LAD is flying, ran very well midfield G1 Goodwood, spell, narrowly run down Super Cash, G2 Schillaci, Caulfield. Fitter now, likes the straight, go close. RICH CHARM keeps raising the bar, unlucky held-up 4th Badajoz before out and charged to win Caulfield last time. This harder again but he just keeps getting better and better. KEEN ARRAY bounced back to form with strong win G2 Gilgai this track/trip, then grabbed last stride by Rich Charm, Caulfield last start. Chance. MALIBU STYLE good sprinter, straight track suits.
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