The running of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Underwood Stakes are the highlights from a colourful card of racing.
The weather will be overcast, but the track perfect at a Good 3. The rail will be at the true position.
BEST BET: R5 No1 Whispering Brook
NEXT BEST BET: R8 No2 Black Heart Bart
BEST ROUGHIE: R9 No6 Alpha Miss
QUADDIES Races: 6-7-8-9
SKINNY PLAY: 1,2,3,6 / 1,7,9,11 / 2,6,7 / 1,6,12,14
WIDE PLAY: 1,2,3,6,8,9,10 / 1,6,7,9,11,12 / 2,6,7,11 / 1,3,6,7,11,12,14
R1 12.30pm THE ALFRED HOSPITAL PLATE 1100m
MAGIC ALIBI is a young Sydney mare who kicked off her campaign with a strong third in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on September 10. Leading Melbourne jockey Damian Lane gets the ride here against her own sex.
SUPER CASH is returning here from a campaign in Adelaide where she ran sixth in the Group 2 Ubet Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 7. Has a good first-up record and top Melbourne jockey Craig Williams rides from a good gate in five.
JALAN JALAN is another highly-rated mare who showed she was on key for a big first-up effort with her half-length second in a 1000m trial at Pakenham on August 25. Luke Currie rides and she has an excellent fresh record.
TINA MELINA is having her first start for new trainer Chris Waller. She was given a soft trial in preparation for her Melbourne debut finishing fourth over 900mn at Rosehill on September 10. Brad Rawiller rides and respect.
SELECTIONS: No6 MAGIC ALIBI, No4 Super Cash, No5 Jalan Jalan, No1 Tina Melina.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Tina Melina.
R2 1.05pm ITALKTRAVEL HARRY WHITE CLASSIC 2400m
THE BANDIT is a Japanese stayer who was a huge run first-up when held up in the straight before finishing fourth over 1514m at Moonee Valley on September 3. Drops six kilos to 54kg and gets Craig Williams as the new rider.
BLACK TOMAHAWK chased hard but was unable to catch Lucques as a $3.70 favourite over 2500m at Flemington last start on September 10. Apprentice Michael Dee rides at 54kg and is tough.
O’LONERA loves this track, with a record of five starts for three wins and a third. Is rock hard and can bounce back on seventh to Lucques over 2500m at Flemington on September 10.
ASSIGN has a perfect score of one start for one win here. Ran ninth over 1700m at Flemington at his last start on September 10. Stable jockey Katelyn Mallyon goes back on top.
SELECTIONS: No8 THE BANDIT, No5 Black Tomahawk, No7 O’Lonera, No4 Assign.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 O’Lonera.
R3 1.40pm MONIEK SAMBOR TILE IMPORTER HANDICAP 1700m
ROYAL RAPTURE is flying, chasing a fifth straight win here and he has beaten some smart types along the way. With apprentice Ben Allen’s claim he carries 58kg, which is a kilo less than last start when he won over 1700m at Flemington.
LONGERON has a great record of seven starts for two wins and four thirds at this track. Latest ran a solid third over 1700m here on August 27. Is up 1.5kg to 58.5kg, but is most honest.
BIG MEMORY is going to take a lot of benefit from his first-up start when running 1 ¾ lengths third to Royal Rapture over 1700m at Flemington on September 10. Stays on the same weight on 58kg.
PILOTE D’ESSAI is becoming popular with bookmakers but is worth another chance. The British import was beaten for speed when running fifth to Royal Rapture over 1700m at Flemington on September 10.
SELECTIONS: No1 ROYAL RAPTURE, No3 Longeron, No4 Big Memory, No8 Pilote D’essai.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Big Memory.
R4 2.15pm INGLIS CUP 2000m
KEVIN’S TIME was plunged into a $1.80 favourite and won as such running away to win by 3 ¼ lengths over 1600m at Pakenham on September 14. Down to 56kg here and has a new rider in Mark Zahra. Can repeat.
PAY UP BRO raced away to win by three lengths over 1400m at Pakenham on September 14. His clash with Kevin’s Time should be enticing and he has senior rider Nicholas Hall replacing an apprentice.
KIFAAH is raised in class here but he did win well over 1600m at Pakenham on September 1. Apprentice Regan Bayliss keeps the ride and he again carries 56kg, but is drawn (12).
CRAVEN IMAGE has won twice and been placed twice at his four starts. He is elevated to this class following his smart win over 1590m at Wodonga on September 12. Luke Nolen is the new rider and down to 56kg.
SELECTIONS: No8 KEVIN’S TIME, No3 Pay Up Bro, No6 Kifaah, No7 Craven Image.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Kifaah.
R5 2.55pm SCHWEPPES THOUSAND GUINEAS PRELUDE 1400m
WHISPERING BROOK (Best Bet) ran a huge race at her Melbourne debut to narrowly go down to Merriest in the Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 3. Nicholas Hall is the new rider and she was unbeaten at her prior five starts at home in Western Australia. She is a star filly.
SELECTIONS: No1 WHISPERING BROOK, No11 Leotie, No5 I Am A Star, No3 Samara Dancer.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 I Am A Star.
R6 3.35pm LADBROKES CAULFIELD GUINEAS PRELUDE 1400m
SARACINO is a New Zealand galloper who started his Australian campaign with a stylish win in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes down the straight 1200m at Flemington on September 10. Damien Oliver rides again and a top chance.
ARCHIVES was most impressive first-up when wound into a strong finish to run second to Saracino in the Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 12. Drawn wide in (12), but has Craig Williams to offset draw.
SACRED ELIXIR careered away to a 3 ½ length win in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) to cap his two-year-old career in style at Eagle Farm on June 11. Damian Lane gets the ride here at his Melbourne debut.
SEABURGE is a Group 2 VRC Sires Stakes winner who had no luck when finishing fifth to Detective over 1400m at Flemington on September 10. Was held up and worked home strongly.
SELECTIONS: No2 SARACINO, No6 Archives, No1 Sacred Elixir, No3 Seaburge.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Seaburge.
R7 4.15pm YULONG PARK SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES 1400m
UNDER THE LOUVRE did not have a lot of luck when a $5 favourite and finishing fifth in the Group 2 Bobby Lewis Stakes at Flemington on September 10. He gets back so the gate (12) is not an issue and is now having third start back so fully primed.
VOODOO LAD can be wayward but he does go well for jockey Chris Parnham. He won over 1200m at Moonee Valley impressively as a $2.30 favourite at his last start on September 3 and makes strong appeal despite drawing (10).
BON AURUM will carry no weight on 52kg and is now wound up. He showed second up he was set for a big campaign with his brilliant win in The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington on September 10. Kerrin McEvoy is the new rider due to his light weight.
TIVACI is a talented galloper who will be improved sharply for his second in the Group 2 Bobby Lewis Stakes at Flemington on September 10. Patrick Maloney keeps the ride and he again has no weight on 52kg.
SELECTIONS: No1 UNDER THE LOUVRE, No7 Voodoo Lad, No11 Bon Aurum, No9 Tivaci.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Tivaci.
R8 4.55pm HYLAND RACE COLOURS UNDERWOOD STAKES 1800m
BLACK HEART BART (Next Best Bet) is a three times Group 1 winner who hit the front maybe too early and was a victim as a red-hot favourite when beaten by stable-mate Palentino in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 10. Brad Rawiller is back from suspension and rides him again in his chase for a fourth Group 1.
SELECTIONS: No2 BLACK HEART BART, No6 Awesome Rock, No7 He Or She, No11 Lucia Valentina.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 He Or She.
R9 5.25pm MYPUNTER.COM HANDICAP 1100m
HELLBENT was backed from $3.20 into $2.90 favouritism when collecting the money as a 1 ½ length winner over 1005m at Sale on September 11. Drops 5kg to 54kg and gets top jockey Craig Williams to steer.
SHEIDEL is a smart mare and if she gets any breaks will be there. She is down in class on first-up fourth in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 3. Dylan Dunn’s 2kg claims reduced her impost to 56kg.
ALPHA MISS (Best Roughie) ran a fair race when finishing eighth first-up in the McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 3. She won the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) here and would suggest to watch the betting.
MURT THE FLIRT has an outstanding record fresh of three starts for three wins. He drops 4.5kg to the minimum on 54kg and has drawn perfectly on the rail with Chris Symons to steer.
SELECTIONS: No12 HELLBENT, No1 Sheidel, No6 Alpha Miss, No14 Murt The Flirt.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Alpha Miss.