Things will be hotting up again with the mercury expected to rise to 32C for this meeting. Some showers and cool weather though beforehand sees a Soft 5 rating forecast but would expect that to improve to a Good 4. The inside rail moves out to 10 metres after the six metre pad was used last week where racing appeared to be fair. There is some interest with the imports racing over 2100m and in the two and three-year-old races.
No 5 SUPERGRASS (Best Roughie) Flashed home to snatch third place in a 1200m maiden at Kyneton on February 11. That was a good effort at debut and gets senior rider Luke Nolen to steer here.
No 2 KNOCKOURA Has been placed at past two starts this campaign. Latest eased in betting from $2.70 to $4.20 before finishing second over 1200m in a maiden at Yarra Valley on February 4. Racing well and gets a change of rider with apprentice Michael Dee the new pillion.
No 7 RED IS THE ROSE Has looked promising filling placings at her two starts. Latest ran on into third over 1300m in a maiden here on February 8. Regan Bayliss retains the ride.
No 6 THUNDER CLOUD Was a big drifter from $9.50 to $16 before finishing second over 1300m maiden here on February 8. Hails from the yard of leading trainer Darren Weir and respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 SUPERGRASS
No 1 ESHTIRAAK Has won at his past two starts and hails from a top juvenile yard. Latest cruised to a half-length win over 1200m here on February 1. Ace jockey Damien Oliver has been booked to ride again and goes up 1kg to 58kg.
No 2 COPPERGATE Came in for specking at $11 before flashing into second place over 1200m in a $250,000 restricted race at Caulfield on February 4. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn stays on board.
No 4 SUNQUEST Gets a nice weight drop down 1.5kg to 55.5kg here on second to Eshtiraak over 1200m here on February 1. Regan Bayliss stays on top and pays to keep safe here.
No 3 FENG CHU Bound to be improved off first-up fourth in a 1000m Group 3 on February 4. Has not put a hoof wrong at his three starts and this colt can figure here.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 FENG CHU
No 2 SERACENA (BEST BET) Is a beautifully bred filly who was unlucky not to win when running second over 1400m here against her own age and sex on February 8. The extra 200m will suit her to the ground and she gets ace jockey Damian Lane to ride her again carrying the same weight and back against her own age and sex.
No 3 THAT RINGS A BELL Sydney form has been top shelf and respect here.
No 10 BONUS D’ORO Has appeared luckless at two starts and gets a chance here.
No 1 DANCING HARE Shown deft ability and was given a quiet Flemington jump out.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 DANCING HARE
No 11 RISING RED Resumed off a 50-day break to zoom home late and snatch second place over 1600m at Moonee Valley on February 10. Ace rider Dwayne Dunn sticks to the three-year-old here who drops 2kg to 54kg.
No 8 RICHARD OF YORKE Is a British import who gave a good effort to capture fourth over 2100m here on February 8. Damien Oliver keeps the ride for top Sydney trainer Chris Waller and looks to have claims again.
No 3 OUR COVENANT Is another British import, but he has not been seen since winning over 2400m at Bendigo second up on May 6. Senior rider John Allen rides on 59kg but is obviously a talented stayer.
No 2 SHERLOCK HOLMES Will reap benefit from his Australian debut over 2040m at Moonee Valley when finishing a luckless seventh on January 21. Gets Steve Arnold to ride on 60.5kg and respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No 3 OUR COVENANT
No 9 CONSOMMATEUR She came in for some support first-up before flashing into third over 1400m against her own sex here on February 8. Important bonus is Craig Williams sticks and she goes up a kilo to 57.5kg.
No 4 ROBERT DE HERO Cruised to a comfortable 1 ¾ length win over 1450m at Kilmore on February 9. Gets Katelyn Mallyon staying on top and is down a kilo to 59.5kg. Will be hotly fancied.
No 6 VALTIMOR Was challenged and fought well when running second over 1400m here last Wednesday. He is on the quick back up and should get a soft journey from gate one.
No 3 DEVILSHLY Has been so honest and with Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim will carry 57.5kg here. Fought on last start when finishing second over 1500m here on February 1. Will be in the firing line.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 ROBERT DE HERO
No 5 HANDSOME THIEF (NEXT BEST BET) Gave a flawless debut when smashing his opposition by 1 ¾ lengths over 1200m in a maiden at Moonee Valley on January 27. He hails from the top stable of Darren Weir and was plunged from $6 into $3.70 at his debut. Looks most talented and can repeat the dose here.
No 7 CHATEAU CHEVAL Honest as the day is long and will be moving forward at the end.
No 2 SLUMBERLAND Living up to her early promise with two strong country wins.
No 10 GOLD FONTEIN Keeps on keeping on and will be right in the finish again.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 SLUMBERLAND
No 1 ASHDAM Can lead again and prove hard to beat carrying 58.5kg with Mitchell Aitken’s 3kg claim. Strode away to a 1 ¼ length win here second-up over 1300m on February 8 and can repeat.
No 2 TOP ME UP Gets some relief with a class drop here and he goes up 3kg to 58.5kg. Latest ran a solid sixth over 1400m at Flemington on January 28. He has top jockey Dwayne Dunn to ride again.
No 6 SULLIVAN BAY Dictated from the front and held off attacks to win over 1400m at Morphettville on February 8. Does go up 4kg here to 58kg for his drop in class but makes good claims.
No 5 OVERBERG Has drawn perfectly in gate four to be in the box seat. Has an outstanding first-up record of three starts for two wins and capped his last campaign on a high at Pakenham back in September.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 OVERBERG
No 7 CEYLON She has never missed a place at four starts. She will be ready first-up after winning as a $1.75 favourite at her final start over 1600m at Cranbourne on November 25.
No 2 SEBRING DREAM Gets a big drop in class here on her 12th in the Vic Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on November 3. Her spring campaign was a first-class effort and she has Damien Oliver to steer here.
No 1 CHAT TO MAGGIE Is a seasoned mare up against a few talented fillies. She will charge home again after her last-start seventh at Caulfield over 1100m on February 4. She carries 56.5kg with the 3kg claim.
No 5 LADY EFFORT Have switched to senior jockey Mark Zahra after her seventh over 1600m against her own sex here on February 1. Freshened and pay to give her another chance on 57kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 CHAT TO MAGGIE