Racing returns to Flemington after the Oakleigh Plate and Blue Diamond meeting at Caulfield for the running of the Group 1 Australian Guineas.
The weather forecast is fine and the rail will be at the true position. The Penetrometer at 4.89 and a Good 4 anticipated.
Co-trainers John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes, and jockey Dwayne Dunn, join forces here with TOP ME UP. The three-year-old drops in class after two sound efforts in the Group 3 Manfred and C S Hayes stakes. He started the New Year on a perfect note with a fighting win over 1200m at Pakenham three starts ago. The son of leading sire Exceed And Excel has the pace to dictate terms to his opposition of take a box seat.
Data Point has been in top form and was flying home but the post proved too close when narrowly failing to catch the winner, Daniela Rosa, at Sandown last start. The Lonhro colt drew 14 on that occasion, but will jump from three in this race. He has not been out of the prizemoney at his three starts and he hails from an astute stable in Mick Kent.
Sistine Spirit looks worthy of the rise in class from a fillies only race first-up where she had no luck before finishing fifth over 1200m at Moonee Valley. The stable took her to Adelaide for her last preparation for a crack at the Adelaide Guineas (1600m), where she finished fifth in higher company, at her final start. She won at her sole start over 1400m and she could appreciate the step up in distance.
Lazumba broke her maiden status at Werribee at her last start, but she has shown plenty of promise at her seven starts. This is a sharp rise in class, but she did donkey-lick them by 3 ½ lengths over 1420m first-up.
Palace Tycoon resumes without blinkers on for leading trainer Peter Moody. He won two on the bounce on Victorian provincial tracks before he was taken to Flemington where he flopped at his last start and was spelled. The son of Testa Rossa has compiled a good record of two wins and three placings at nine starts and should be given another chance to make amends on his last Flemington run.
Top Me Up 1, Data Point 2, Sistine Spirit 3, Lazumba 4.
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