2. Mr. Mozart Even though his career is four and 15 years old, he’s still a long way from the finished product. He needs to start curbing his overrun as he’s in better company, but there’s a depth to his form lines that’s hard to ignore. Snitzel’s son went down first in the last pre-season in the Theo Marks, despite doing so many things wrong. Five weeks later he ran second to Vilana. 5. Quantico has spent 48 weeks on the sidelines recovering from a minor injury so he’s sure to improve with the run but the lightly driven six-year-old is devastating on his day. Respect that he started his last race in single digit odds at the G1 Newmarket. 3. Gravina is very real and will run at his level. He comes into The Hunter third from the last start and he plans to get a soft run.
How to play it: to win Mr. Mozart.
RACE 6 – 3:20 PM INGLIS MILLENNIUM (1100m)
14. Kundalini is a striking filly and she ran after her looks, her price tag and her pedigree right from her debut, merging engines with Don Corleone. We will already have a guide to this form reference from earlier in the discussion. This promises to be executed even better and this is where the barrier to their chances seems significant. Jason Collett, who rode her in the debut, can sit down and let the rest take care of itself. At that price you have to stand in their corner. That’s not a knock on the talent of 8. Learn to fly. She just faces a much more difficult draw to overcome. It’s not as easy as on the debut when she parked outside the leaders and late on she fended off all challengers and got away on the line. The price is the other obvious downside. 10. Lazzago made a big impression after winning the debut at Randwick and braving a late race drift. She was strong through the line, so the promise of a race actually run fits. She has since tried cute too.
How to play it: Kundalini wins.
RACE 7AM – 4PM TAB LIGHT FINGERS POLE (1200m)
1. In secret got better with every run in the spring, culminating in a devastating win in the G1 Coolmore down the Flemington Straight. With Zougotcha scratching, there’s not much meat left on the bone as far as her price tag goes, but she sits alongside Giga Kick as the best sprinting three-year-old we have right now. The only small concern is that this time she missed the start in both classes. If she can jump and settle behind the speed, she should be too good from there. 6. North Star Girl wasn’t far from In Secret in the Silver Shadow before winning the Furious Stakes. Maybe she didn’t see the mile after that. I love the way she ran through the line in the last Test win. 11. Sunshine in Paris is the wild card.
How to play it: to win in secret; Quinelle 1.6
RACE 8 – 4.40 PM TAB APOLLO POLE (1400m)
1. Anamoe should justify his odds-on-odds to resume a winner, just as he did in the last prep in the spring equivalent of the Apollo Stakes, the Winx Stakes. There was no speed in this race, it turned into a sprint home, but Anamoe still proved dominant at the finish. It looks similar without a designated leader on paper. Anamoe has shown in the past that he can settle anywhere. Wouldn’t be surprised if James McDonald strode forward and parked outside the leader. Back to the Winx Stakes about Spring, 11. Fan Girl ran a fantastic second there coming from the end of the field. Tasked with turning the tables on Anamoe but she should be able to get a few pairs closer and the promise of a dry tracksuit. 12. Hinged can find herself up front as a standard leader. That looks like a big benefit.
How to play it: Anamoe wins.
RACE 9AM – 5.20PM ROBRICK LODGE TRISCAY RODS (1200m)
1. Beat thatThe record of three wins in 21 starts doesn’t do her justice. She has placed in three G1s, two of them behind Nature Strip. Hence the maximum weight she is supposed to carry here. The five-year-old is also a proven first-up performer. Be very lenient with their placings at the end of last prep as the runs were better than they looked. Looked sharp recently winning a trial at Hawkesbury. 2. Norwegian bliss was placed exceptionally well by Nathan Doyle throughout her career. She got her first taste of the final campaign at Caulfield and was beaten by less than a length. Goes wide but has no natural leader. Or is 12. Kir Royale sent to the front? Chris Waller trying to get her to calm down, ridden with cover on the last start and she won.
How to play it: Beat this to win.
RACE 10AM – 5.55PM WILD OAKS SPRINT (1300m)
Two factors define short odds 4.Waterford slightly worrying: the 1300m is as short as he wants and the inside pull. He won’t want to be buried on the fence again without being able to click through his gears. We’ll leave that to James McDonald. To counter what’s hard to deny when assessing Waterford’s chances is the advantage he still holds. He has won four of his five starts in Australia and has only had six starts overall. 13. Think about it is in a similar upward spiral. Justified even money in the last Rosehill race, albeit just a little. He also has four wins from five starts and he was unlucky in the one loss.
5. Much much better seems to be the runner the market has missed.
How to play it: Waterford wins
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