R1 12.25pm THOROUGHBRED CLUB MERSON COOPER STAKES 1000m
HERRERA - The $100,000 Adelaide sales’ graduate trialled well over 800m at Cranbourne on November 7 to come from behind and win by ¾ of a length.
MIKUNI is an Adelaide colt who is going to have benefitted from his maiden run when finishing second over 1000m at Morphettville on October 22. He raced greenly that day and has the experienced Luke Currie to steer.
VINLAND is a stable-mate to Mikuni and on his trial warrants respect. He won over 800m at Morphettville on November 11 at his sole public appearance. He was a $350,000 Premier Inglis sales’ graduate.
SELECTIONS: No12 HERRERA, No1 Mikuni, No4 Vinland.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Explicitly.
R2 1pm YARRAMALONG RACING CLUB STAKES 1500m
SOVEREIGN NATION has been as honest as the day is long. He deserves a win here on his last-start second to Murt The Flirt over 1400m at Flemington on November 1. He drops 3.5kg to 54kg here, with Dwayne Dunn to take the ride.
REDKIRK WARRIOR is a former Hong Kong galloper who captured the eye with a big first-up run in Australia when storming into second place over 1200m at Moonee Valley on October 21. He drops 3kg to 54kg and gets Craig Williams to pilot.
ROYAL RAPTURE has been up for a while but continues to be consistent. Latest last of six in the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on October 22. Would forget the run and go on his previous good form on the wider tracks.
STRATUM STAR gets his chance here in a small field after being outgunned when finishing 13th in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 29. Brad Rawiller goes back on and would respect under his 59kg.
SELECTIONS: No5 SOVEREIGN NATION, No4 Redkirk Warrior, No2 Royal Rapture, No1 Stratum Star.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Sovereign Nation.
R3 1.35pm LADBROKES SANDOWN CUP 3200m
QEWY is an international galloper who has impressed at his two starts in Australia. He led throughout to win the Geelong Cup before running a great fourth to Almandin in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 1. He faces very moderate opposition here and his English trainer Charlie Appleton has toasted a most successful stay down under. He gets to add another trophy here to his luggage.
MURPHY'S DELIGHT kept on well when last seen and may not have stopped improving yet. His strike-rate is relatively poor but he may still be capable of running a place for the Chris Waller stable.
DE LITTLE ENGINE has been running in better races than this and he ran with great credit at the carnival. A definite player if taking to the step-up in trip.
SWACADELIC ran a good race from off the pace on Melbourne Cup day. That looks a hot race but he needs to improve again to be involved in the finish. An each-way hope.
SELECTIONS: No1 QEWY, No5 Murphy’s Delight, No3 De Little Engine, No4 Swacadelic.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Murphy’s Delight.
R4 2.10pm OTI RACING DOVETON STAKES 1000m
O’MALLEY was a brilliant winner over 955m at Moonee Valley at his last start on October 22. He is a noted short-course horse and he drops to only 54kg here with top lightweight jockey Craig Newitt to ride.
JUNGLE EDGE fought hard late to go down to O’Mallley over 955m at Moonee Valley on October 22. He gets his chance to extract revenge drawn in gate (9) and dropping a kilo to 54kg.
BROCKHOFF eased from $2.70 to $3.20 before finishing third to O’Malley over 955m at Moonee Valley on October 22. O’Malley was firmly backed that day and will have admirers again but so will this bloke and he will be fitter.
VEZALAY was totally outgunned and blew out the door from $19 to $31 when finishing 15th to Sheidel in a Group 3 at Flemington down the straight 1100m on October 29. Better suited around a bend here.
SELECTIONS: No6 O’MALLEY, No8 Jungle Edge, No11 Brockhoff, No5 Vezalay.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Brockhoff.
R5 2.45pm CITY OF GREATER DANDENONG TWILIGHT GLOW STAKES 1400m
PROMPT RESPONSE ran a great second behind the clever winner Jennifer Lynn over 1400m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day. Damien Oliver replaces Kerrin McEvoy and she carries the same weight on 55kg.
HEAR THE CHANT should relish the rise in distance to 1400m after finishing ninth in a Group 3 down the 1100m straight at Flemington on Oaks day. She won a Group 3 at her prior start over 1200m and is fit.
ANGHARAD is now fit with two solid starts under her belt. She did not have much luck before finishing sixth over 1200m at Moonee Valley on October 22. Craig Williams replaces James McDonald, so she will lack nothing in horsemanship.
SWORD OF LIGHT gets her chance here. She is on the quick back-up after running a solid fourth over 1400m at Flemington last Saturday. Damian Lane replaces Stephen Baster and she goes up to 57.5kg after carrying 54.5kg last week.
SELECTIONS: No5 PROMPT RESPONSE, No2 Hear The Chant, No10 Angharad, No1 Sword Of Light.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Sword Of Light.
R6 3.25pm LADBROKES SANDOWN GUINEAS 1600m
MORTON’S FORK (BEST BET) was charging home and just missed the major prize when finishing second to Comin’ Through in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 29. Craig Williams again rides the Godolphin-trained three-year-old in a milder field here than he met last start. He looks well suited under the set-weight conditions on 57kg.
SELECTIONS: No1 MORTON’S FORK, No8 Jennifer Lynn, No3 Ruthven, No5 Fomo.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Fomo.
R7 4pm QUAYCLEAN ZIPPING CLASSIC 2400m
ALMOONQITH backed up and won the Sandown Cup (3200m) here last year from the Melbourne Cup. He ran a cracking sixth to Almandin in the Melbourne Cup on November 1 and he looks suited at weight-for-age on 59kg.
WHO SHOT THEBARMAN ran a great second to stable-mate Grand Marshall in the Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) before his strong fifth to Almandin in the Melbourne Cup last week. He is back to his best and has Hugh Bowman to steer.
BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE is a Godolphin-trained mare who gave a cracking sight at her Australian debut to run seventh to Almandin in the Melbourne Cup. Chad Schofield replaces Damian Lane and would expect her to be a good chance.
SO SI BON is the sole three-year-old in this race and as such he gets in with 50.5kg under the WFA conditions. He ran a terrific fourth to Prized Icon in the Victoria Derby (2500m) on October 29 and has Craig Williams to ride here.
SELECTIONS: No3 ALMOONQITH, No1 Who Shot TheBarman, No7 Beautiful Romance, No8 So Si Bon.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Beautiful Romance.
R8 4.40pm KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES 1300m
LUCKY HUSSLER was not suited on the soft track when finishing ninth to Rebel Dane in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 21. Better suited here under weight-for-age on 59kg on bigger track.
UNDER THE LOUVRE is a Group 1 winner who can bounce back to win following his strong fifth to Rebel Dane in the Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 21. He is better suited on this bigger course.
ILLUSTRIOUS LAD has been in outstanding form this campaign and notched a brilliant win in Group 2 over 1200m at Flemington on October 29. The stable is running red hot and he is a horse on the rise here.
FAATINAH can continue to improve and with Regan Bayliss he gets a chance here to show up again after his second over 1200m at Flemington on November 1. He makes each-way appeal.
SELECTIONS: No1 LUCKY HUSSLER, No2 Under The Louvre, No4 Illustrious Lad, No7 Faatinah.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Faatinah.
R9 5.20pm MYPUNTER.COM ECLIPSE STAKES 1800m
ALASKAN ROSE has been racing well but without much luck. She gave a good effort to run fifth to Jesse Belle in last Saturday’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m). Carries no weight on 54kg again here.
TUCANCHOO was at long odds at $18 when she ran a solid second to Fabrizio over 1800m at Flemington on November 1. Fabrizio is touted as a future star and on that effort he looks strong.
COOL CHAP has put in two good runs. Latest he ran a half-length second to The Chairman over 1800m at Flemington on November 3. He drops 2.5kg to 54kg and is a light-weight chance.
LIDARI is again burdened with top-weight on 59kg but he ran a good race when caught deep to finish ninth to Fabrizio over 1800m at Flemington on November 1. He is a danger again.
SELECTIONS: No11 ALASKAN ROSE, No8 Tucanchoo, No13 Cool Chap, No1 Lidari.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Tucanchoo.
R10 5.55pm LE PINE FUNERALS SUMMONED STAKES 1500m
SILENT SEDITION (NEXT BEST BET) looms as the best chance to win here. She is now fully fit and trainer Andrew Noblet has called this her grand final and aborted a trip to Perth for the Railway Stakes. She is back against her own sex and goes up a half kilo to 58kg on her strong third in the Group 3 HKJC Sprint 1400m at Flemington on November 1.
SELECTIONS: No2 SILENT SEDITION, No12 Shillelagh, No5 Kimberley Star, No4 Vital Importance.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Vital Importance.