THE first of two amazing racing programs tonight features the Group 1 $1 million Mankato Stakes over the flying 1200-metres.
$120,000 MSC SIGNS HANDICAP. 2040-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 EXTRA ZERO; 5 Dodging Bullets; 3 Red Alto; 1 Guardini.
BEST ROUGHIE: 7 DARABAD.
SUGGESTED BET: EXTRA ZERO to win.
EXTRA ZERO is a veteran but this is his best trip, last time he raced here ran close and unlucky 4th this trip in June. Worth a lot of thought. DODGING BULLETS is ready to win, followed 3rd in Bairnsdale Cup with 2nd Odean, Caulfield last time. The one to beat. RED ALTO worked hard before tiring 8th Folkswood, Cranbourne Cup. This easier. Respect.
$120,000 COUNTRY CUP. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 CARRAIG AONAIR; 8 Rock Of Mahal; 4 Rib Eye; 7 Laughing Heir.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 REFULGENT.
SUGGESTED BET: CARRAIG AONAIR each-way.
CARRAIG AONAIR is in good form, won Sandown before 2nd there and 2nd Flemington behind the smart Silvera. This looks ideal, go well. ROCK OF MAHAL has won 2 of past 3, latest tracked the speed before easy win Cranbourne. Go well. RIB EYE has won 2 of last 3, latest led throughout in strong $50k race at Moe. Chance again here. LAUGHING HEIR ran 3rd to Rib Eye at Moe latest run when closing late. Respect.
$120,000 SWEENEY ESTATE AGENTS HANDICAP. 1500-metres.
SELECTIONS: 4 SHARDS; 5 Fox Hall; 8 Imperator Augustus; 7 Give Us A Go.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 BLACK SHEEP.
SUGGESTED BET: SHARDS each-way.
SHARDS is a former Godolphin horse now with Team Hayes, flashed home from last when 3rd Moss N Dale, SA, last time. Big run that, keep in mind here. FOX HALL promising galloper, won 4, second 4 times from just 11 starts. Big win Cranbourne last time. Hard to stop. IMPERATOR AUGUSTUS form in Melbourne and Sydney very good. Latest 2nd Steel Frost, Caulfield. Chance here.
$120,000 MITCHELTON WINES HANDICAP. 1000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 7 RASPBERRY ROSE; 5 Smart Coupe; 1 Madeenaty; 6 Nature Strip.
BEST ROUGHIE: 3 TABBING.
SUGGESTED BET: RASPBERRY ROSE each-way.
ON debut RASPBERRY ROSE came from last to win by a big space down the middle of the track on soft ground at Pakenham. Looked very impressive. SMART COUPE has raced twice for two all-the-way wins Wangaratta and Sandown. Spell, resuming here, go well from good gate. MADEENATY has raced in much better races than this. This right trip, last start 3rd Super Too, MV. Chance.
$120,000 55-SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 3. 955-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 LADY ESPRIT; 12 Rebel Miss; 13 Mile High; 8 King’s Bay.
BEST ROUGHIE: 7 PETITE’S REWARD.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Trifecta: 3 – 7 – 8 – 12 – 13.
LADY ESPRIT likes this track, three runs back 3rd Missrock, Heatherly, Listed Norman Carlyon 1000m. That’s hot form for this. Go close. REBEL MISS has won 4 of 13, trained in Sydney, last start 6th at Randwick, before that won Warwick Farm, 1000m. MILE HIGH SA-trained 4YO won 4 of 11, won two on end before 2nd Morphettville last time. Goes quickly. KING’S BAY a former South African hasn’t raced for four years, watch very closely.
$120,000 THE EMERSON HANDICAP. 2040-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 SMART AS YOU THINK; 4 Falika; 5 Sebring Dream; 2 Pygmy.
BEST ROUGHIE: 8 TOKEN OF LOVE.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella: 4 – 5 – 6.
SMART AS YOU THINK was solid 4th G2 Stocks MV before brave 2nd Falika, Cranbourne last time. Meets that horse 1.5kg better here. FALIKA was impressive winning Flemington before strong win again Cranbourne. Meets second horse worse at the weights this time. Can still win. SEBRING DREAM first-up 5th Caulfield was good before won here beating Violate. Strong winning chance. PYGMY is a Sydney raider, ran 6th Randwick last time.
GROUP 1 $1 million MANIKATO STAKES. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 VEGA MAGIC; 9 In Her Time; 1 Chautauqua; 10 Viddora.
BEST ROUGHIE: 8 ENGLISH.
SUGGESTED BET: VEGA MAGIC to win.
VEGA MAGIC is a super-sprinter, won G1 Goodwood, resumed with win Listed Regal Roller, then won G1 Memsie before 2nd The Everest when should have won. Hard to beat. IN HER TIME fabulous mare always tough to beat, 2nd G1 Stradbroke, 3rd G1 Tatt’s Tiara during Brisbane carnival. Won both starts this prep, G2 and Sydney Stakes. CHAUTAUQUA champion in his day, charged late 4th The Everest. Won this race two years ago. Can win again.
$120,000 BAISI FASHION GROUP HANDICAP. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 HELLOVA STREET; 1 Bassett; 12 Suspense; 3 Miss Gunpowder.
BEST ROUGHIE: 9 WELL SPRUNG.
SUGGESTED BET: HELLOVA STREET each-way.
HELLOVA STREET is a high-class Tassy sprinter, resumed, led tired late 3rd Badajoz, Caulfield. Fitter now, has very serious record, hard to beat. BASSETT fitter again now, gate 1 helps, last start 4th Rich Charm in better race than this. Go well. SUSPENSE much improved run here last time when grabbed last stride 2nd So You Too. Chance. MISS GUNPOWDER class mare also fitter now, last time 3rd G3 Northwood Plume, Caulfield, last start. Go well.
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