The Melbourne autumn carnival steps up a notch with the running of the Chairman’s Stakes, Manfred Stakes, and W J Adams Stakes. The two and three-year-olds are warming right up now for the big Group 1 races coming up later next month. Plenty of action here on the track rated as a Good 3. The rail is at nine metres after being at six metres here on January 26. The weather is forecast to be fine.
No 2 ZASORCERESS Mowed down My Obsession to post a strong win over 1600m at Moonee Valley on January 21. She does rise sharply in weight up 4.5kg to 55kg, but she again has Damian Lane to steer and will charge home.
No 1 MISS IT AND A BIT Drops back to mares’ class after running a fair fifth over 1600m at Moonee Valley on January 21. With Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim she will carry 58kg and rates as one of the better chances here.
No 6 PRIMEIRO Ran a sound second over 1600m at Ballarat on January 25. On the quick back up here and will carry the same weight on 56.5kg with Thomas Sadler to ride again.
No 5 MY OBSESSION Is a most honest mare and again a chance against her own sex here. She carried 52kg with Ben Allen’s 2kg claim last start when running second over 1600m to Zasorceress at Moonee Valley. Up 2.5kg here with Allen’s claim.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 MISS IT AND A BIT
No 2 DODGING BULLETS Has been reliable to his backers and blasted back from an unlucky second in the Koriot Cup to win over 1700m here on January 16. Ben Thompson’s claim sees him carry 58kg up 4kg on his last win.
No 7 SIR PROSPECTOR USA expat who gave an imposing first up run and was backed from $6.50 into $5.50 when running fifth over 1800m at Sandown on January 18. He drops 6.5kg to the limit on 54kg and pay to watch betting.
No 3 HURSLEY Was at long odds at $21 but ran home strong to grab third place over 2040m at Moonee Valley on January 21. Craig Williams again rides and he drops 3kg to 57kg here and looms as one of the main chances.
No1 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Gave a fair effort with no weight on 54kg to run 10th over 2000m at Flemington on January 14. Ben Allen is the new rider and his 2kg claim sees him carry 58.5kg here. He is capable of improvement.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN
No 2 CHANCE TO DANCE Ran a good third over 2000m at Flemington on January 28. Was a drifter from $5.50 to $6.50 and when he did wind up finished off strongly. Ben Melham is the new rider and looks suited this trip on a quick back up.
No 1 BIG MEMORY Suffered a laceration to his tendon when finishing 13th in the Group 3 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on December 17. Has Melbourne Cup winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy here to steer and bears thought.
No 3 LORD VAN PERCY Only plugged away when finishing 11th in the Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on January 1. Gets a new rider with Ben Allen and his claim will see him carry a mere 52kg, which is a big weight drop.
No 7 HARDERN Went to Randwick and was backed into $4.20 but did not fire when running eighth over 2400m on January 14. Chris Symons is the new rider and gets a 2.5kg weight decrease down to 54kg here.
VALUE RUNNER: No 7 HARDERN
No 1 JUKEBOX Scored a stirring debut win over 1100m in a maiden at Geelong on January 12. He won easily by 1 ¼ lengths with two-lengths to the third horse. Craig Williams again rides and he drops a kilo to 57kg in a small field.
No 2 PERAST Is a son of champion sire Snitzel who won brilliantly at debut over 1100m at Scone on January 15. The Newcastle-trained two-year-old will be ridden by the experienced Steve Baster at his Melbourne debut.
No 6 COPPERGATE Gave a good effort to run second in a 1040m trial at Geelong on January 30. Has drawn to get a soft run in gate one and will have the services of ace jockey Dwayne Dunn to call upon. Watch betting.
No 5 CAPTIVATOR Had no answer to the winner Jukebox when finishing fourth over 1100m in a maiden at Geelong on January 12. Eased in betting from $10- to $14 that day but does get Damien Oliver to steer here.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 CAPTIVATOR
No 5 FORMALITY Is a beautifully bred two-year-old who kicked off her career in style with a slashing debut win over 1100m in a fillies’ maiden at Werribee on January 5. She won by 4 ¼ lengths and was backed into a $1.44 favourite.
No 6 PAGEANTRY Was steady at $4.20 before posting an imposing 1 ¼ length win against her own sex and age in a maiden at Seymore on January 23. Damien Oliver is the new rider replacing Daniel Moor and is a big danger.
No 4 TIME AWAITS Rallied in style to post an impressive debut win over 1000m at Morphettville on October 1. She was sent to the spelling paddock and returns here. Has top Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn to ride.
No 3 SPOILS Run peaked when she ran fourth in the Blue Diamond Preview here on January 26. Was backed from $10 into $8 that day in the Group 3 juvenile race, but Oliver is off and replaced by Ben Melham.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 PAGEANTRY
No 1 MORTON’S FORK Capped his campaign with a dominating win in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas on November 12. Highly promising three-year-old embarking on his autumn campaign and has Craig Williams to ride here.
No 2 HEY DOC Won the Stutt Stakes and ran third in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas before running fourth in the Carbine Stakes at his last start on October 29. He is a high class three-year-old and expect a bold showing fresh.
No 6 DERRYN Was raised to the elite level when running seventh in the Coolmore Stakes down the straight 1200m at Flemington on October 29. Has the blinkers off for his comeback and would respect as he has talent.
No 7 GRATWICK (Best Roughie) Ran a strong race to win over 1200m against his own age at Moonee Valley on January 21. Damien Oliver will ride the three-year-old here and he makes appeal at longer odds. Drawn well in five.
VALUE RUNNER: No 7 GRATWICK
No 8 TURBO MISS Is a smart mare resuming for top trainer Darren Weir. She last ran when finishing ninth over 1400m at Flemington on April 25. She has apprentice Ben Allen to ride and his claim drops her weight to 53.5kg.
No 9 COOL SNITZEL Has changed yards from Darren Weir to David Bridoake. Was racing well in the spring and early summer in 2015 before form tapered off last spring. Give another chance with tongue tie removed.
No 3 DANUKI Was steady in betting at $6 and ran a fair race when finishing third over 1200m here on January 7. Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim sees him carry 58.5kg, which is a winnable weight in this class.
VALUE RUNNER: No 8 TURBO MISS
No 1 FAATINAH (NEXT BEST BET) Has a stand out record of three wins from three starts when racing fresh. Not raced since running fifth in a Group 3 at Sandown on November 12. He won the Group 2 Bobby Lewis in the early spring and makes very strong appeal. Regan Bayliss rode him to win the Bobby Lewis and rides him gave at his return.
No 2 THERMAL CURRENT He ran a ripper down the straight 1000m at Flemington to win last start. Record here poor but on that effort he warrants a chance.
No 8 LADY ESPRIT Racing in a purple patch and can figure despite rise in class.
No 3 MISS PROMISCUITY Forgive her for her spring campaign. Start afresh here.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 THERMAL CURRENT
No 5 DUKE OF BRUNSWICK (BEST BET) Has been a model of consistency and looks to get a very good chance here to add to his record. Finished a close third in the John Dillon Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on January 26. Top jockey Damien Oliver rides again and he carries no weight on 54.5kg. He has drawn well again in three and looks a star bet.
No 11 SHOW A STAR Fitter for the run and go well here.
No 4 SMART DART Racing in peak form and the longer trip is okay.
No 9 TRY FOUR Stayer who could go well fresh.
VALUE RUNNER: No 11 SHOW A STAR