This is an outstanding meeting with superstars Black Heart Bart and Chautauqua racing on the nine-race card. Black Heart Bart chases his first Group 1 for 2017 in the C F Orr Stakes. Then there are the two-year-old colts and geldings and fillies clashing en route to the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes in the Diamond Prelude heats. The track is rated as a Good 3 and with fine weather and the rail back at the true after being at nine metres last week all augurs well for competitive racing.
No 6 HIPPARCHUS Won in brazen fashion over 1800m at Flemington on January 28. He was backed from $3.70 into $3.10 favouritism that day and he drops from 59kg to 54kg here. Chris Waller-trained stayer with strong claims of repeating.
No 4 NOZOMI Kicked home strongly to win the Great Western Cup (1850m) on January 22 by 1 ¾ lengths. He is raised in class here but he gets Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy to ride and drops 5kg to 54.5kg
No 11 PRIMA Was not far away when running ninth over 2000m at Flemington on January 14. Apprentice Ben Thompson rides again and he will carry a mere 52kg again so he makes plenty of appeal as a light-weight chance.
No 9 OUR BOTTINO Is riding high and gave a strong effort to run a close second over 1700m here on January 26. Again has no weight on 54.5kg and has a change of rider with Dean Yendall the new pillion.
VALUE RUNNER: No 11 PRIMA
No 2 PEACOCK Set the scene for a big effort here with a first-up fifth against top sprinters in the Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 27. Back against his own age and has Craig Williams to steer.
No 1 ATTENTION Won the Queensland Sires last campaign. He drops back to his own age here after finishing fifth in the Expressway Stakes (1200m) against the older sprinters at Rosehill on January 28. Ace jockey Kerrin McEvoy takes the reins.
No 4 SNITZSON Delivered an impressive win against 3 & 4YOs at Flemington over 1400m on January 1. Has been a smart sprinter and he looms as one of the chances down 1.5kg to 56kg on his last start. Mark Zahra rides.
No 6 KNOWABLE Hit the line strongly when posting a smart win at $18 against his own age over 1400m at Flemington on January 28. He does rise 2kg here to 56kg and meets some talented types but must respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 PEACOCK
No 3 CATCHY Could snare favouritsim for the Blue Diamond with a win here after blowing away Property over 1100m here as a $1.80 favourite on January 7. Property then won a Blue Diamond Preview heat. Craig Williams rides.
No 1 LIMESTONE Has won at her two subsequent starts since running third to Catchy first-up. Latest won the fillies’ heat of the Blue Diamond Prelude and is piping hot for her rematch here. Excellent draw in gate three.
No 4 ROOMOOZ Is another talented daughter of Fastnet Rock who underlined her readiness with a 5 ½ length win in a 1040m trial at Geelong on January 30. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn rides in this crucial assignment.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 ROOMOOZ
No 4 PARIAH Is a well-bred colt who posted an imposing debut win in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on January 28. He accelerated very well that day and hails from a strong 2yo stable. Great claims.
No 2 PROPERTY Won the Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) in style after going down to the most talented Catchy at his debut. Craig Williams rides and he is again going to be right in the firing line in what is a deep race.
No 7 MARSUPIAL Was heavily backed into a $1.80 favourite before erasing his opposition with a 2 ¼ length debut win over 1200m at Canterbury on January 20. Melbourne jockey Ben Melham rides the Godolphin-owned youngster at his Caulfield debut.
VALUE RUNNER: No 7 MARSUPIAL
No 5 FUHRYK Had no luck when held up at a vital stage in the race before finishing fourth over 1100m at Flemington on January 28. She was the $4.80 favourite that day and she gets top jockey Craig Williams to ride her here at her return.
No 6 NAVAGIO Defied a betting drift to beat Jennifer Lynn over 1100m at Flemington on January 28. She eased from $8.50 to $11 that day and has now won twice from her past three starts. Makes good appeal.
No 1 JENNIFER LYNN Bound to strip much fitter than she was first-up when running second to Navagio over 1100m at Flemington on January 28. Group 1 winning jockey Damian Lane replaces Brad Rawiller on her here and she can repay those who took the $2.70 last start.
No 11 FACTS Showed plenty of flair to win easily at her debut over 1009m at Yarra Valley on January 10. She was the $2.70 favourite that day against her own sex and gets top apprentice Ben Thompson to ride here.
VALUE RUNNER: No 11 FACTS
No 1 CHAUTAUQUA Holds the key to this race as the glamour sprinter. Looks to be back to his best on a recent trial where he ran third over 900m at Rosehill on January 31. His win at Shatin had to be seen to be believed last autumn.
No 6 SUPER CASH Has been specked at longer odds and she does have an outstanding record of two wins and a third at three starts fresh. She likes this track and distance with one start for one win. Keep safe here.
No 8 I AM A STAR (Best Roughie) Has proven to be an outstanding filly winning the Group 1 Myer Classic at Flemington last spring and running second in the Thousand Guineas. She gets Craig Williams to ride here and she has a good record fresh.
No 3 HELLBENT Had little luck first-up when a $2.35 favourite before finishing third over 1000m at Flemington on January 28. Damian Lane keeps the ride on the Darren Weir-trained sprinter in what is a tough test.
VALUE RUNNER: No 8 I AM A STAR
No 1 BLACK HEART BART (BEST BET) Will love his return to the Heath with a record of four starts for three wins and a second here. Malaguerra beat him in the Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 27, but that was first-up and he will be improved by the change in tracks and extra 200m here. Can repay those who took the $2.50 last start by winning the first Group 1 for 2017.
No 4 MALAGUERRA Is a Group 1 performer and looking to keep the wood on Black Heart Bart.
No 12 DIVINE PROPHET Given two solid warm-up trials and goes very well fresh.
No 10 JAMEKA Class mare and will be powering home.
VALUE RUNNER: No 10 JAMEKA
No 2 BURNING FRONT (NEXT BEST BET) Gives trainer Darren Weir a strong hand in this race also saddling Real Love and Humidor. Once he strikes his peak he usually holds it and he chases a hat-trick here after very clever wins over 1600m and 1500m here and at Moonee Valley. He drops 3kg to 57kg here on his last start Valley win and Brad Rawiller keeps the ride on the gelding.
No 11 REAL LOVE Most solid run first-up and has a superior second-up record.
No 5 GRANDE ROSSO Is absolutely flying and searching for a hat-trick of city wins here.
No 6 HUMIDOR Charged home like a bull last start and has an unblemished record second-up.
VALUE RUNNER: No 11 REAL LOVE
No 2 ABBEY MARIE Is unbeaten at her three starts. She won the Group 2 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at her last start last autumn. Has heaps of ability but has issues and will be sure to be wound up for this race first-up.
No 1 SILENT SEDITION Classy mare who capped her spring campaign with a win in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) at Sandown in November. She goes well fresh and will be improved on her jump out here on January 31.
No 10 AMERISTRALIA Looms as one of the good chances in this mares’ race. She won very well as a $2.70 favourite over 1200m against her own sex at Moonee Valley on January 21. Dwayne Dunn rides here again on 55kg.
No 8 KAYJAY’S JOY Found her opposition far too slick down the straight 1000m at Flemington first-up when running tenth on January 28. This is more to her liking back against her own sex and around the bend over 1200m.
VALUE RUNNER: No 8 KAYJAY’S JOY