This is a champagne meeting full to the brim of top class racehorses and competitive racing. Australia’s best sprinter Black Heart Bart chases his second Group 1 for 2017 in the Futurity Stakes and the high flying two-year-olds Catchy and Property go toe-to-toe in the Blue Diamond Stakes. The rail is at the three-metre position with a track rating of a Good 3 forecast for the meeting.The day will be mild with cloud forecast and a top of 20C.
No1 PILOTE D’ESSAI Won the Pakenham and Ballarat Cups last spring. Will be improved on first-up ninth in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) here on February 11.
No 5 SECOND BULLET Exploded away to score a four-length win over 1800m at his last start here on February 11. Top jockey Damian Lane rides again on 55kg and is now ready for his step up in distance. Good chance.
No 3 BOOM TIME Strung together three impressive wins over a journey in Melbourne before a luckless fifth over 2200m at the Gold Coast on January 14. Gets a change in rider with Mark Zahra taking the reins.
No 4 GOLDSTREAM Italian import who posted a smart win over 2000m at Flemington on January 28. With Damian Lane riding Second Bullet Craig Williams goes on board here and pay to respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 GOLDSTREAM
No 3 DERRYN Bound to be fitter on first-up fourth to Legless Veuve in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) here on February 4. Talented three-year-old from the stable of Team Hayes and can repay his backers here.
No 5 INTO ORBIT Was lifted into Stakes class for the first time and performed admirably when running second to Legless Veuve in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) here on February 4. Will be improved on the run and respect.
No 8 YULONG YONGXING Proved most expensive to his backers when as a $1.80 favourite he ran fourth over 1000m at Morphettville on February 4. He had no luck whatsoever and will have benefitted from the outing.
<12> No 4 GRATWICK Has been kept fresh for this assignment. Won in good style over 1200m at Moonee Valley on January 21. Craig Williams stays on top and he hails from the top stable of Darren Weir. Needs to cross from nine.
VALUE RUNNER: No 8 YULONG YONGXING
No 2 FARSON (NEXT BEST BET) Is a Snitzel three-year-old who appears well suited under the set-weight conditions here. Has won at his past two starts over 1600m in the city. Latest carried 58.5kg to an easy win at Moonee Valley on February 10 and he has won at three of his five starts. Looks imposing.
No 3 CLIFF HANGER Was an impressive last start winner on January 18 and has had two jump-outs to have him primed.
No 11 MISS STRATHALLAN Spread-eagled her opposition for an audacious maiden win at Pakenham this month.
No 1 TRENCHANT Back against his own age after backed last start at Moonee Valley when running sixth.
VALUE RUNNER: No 11 MISS STRATHALLAN
No 1 JENNIFER LYNN She meets Fuhryk 3kg better for finishing fifth to her in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) here on February 11. Gets Sydney’s top jockey Blake Shinn to ride here and can turn the tables.
No 2 FUHRYK Has been flying and will take some beating on her good win in the Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) here on February 11. Ace jockey Craig Williams is to steer again and she has won at four of her six starts. Top danger.
No 3 ELLICAZOOM WA filly making her Melbourne debut. Blazed home to narrowly miss catching Enchanted Dream in the MM 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra on February 11. Blinkers go back on and respect.
No 4 OREGON’S DAY Was first-up when she chased home Fuhryk in the Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) here on February 11. She should relish the extra 200m here and has an impeccable second-up record of one start for one win.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 OREGON’S DAY
No 1 BLACK HEART BART (BEST BET) How can you tip against him after his dominant display to win the C F Orr Stakes (1400m) here a fortnight ago. He is a four-time Group 1 winner and he dominates at this track with five starts for four wins and a second. He meets a similar field at equal weights and should win.
No 6 PALENTINO Was not fancied but charged home late in the Orr Stakes.
No 3 TURN ME LOOSE Ran a gutsy race in the Orr Stakes and looks to be on the comeback.
No 7 ECUADOR Ran home strongly in the Orr Stakes and must command respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No 7 ECUADOR
No 10 JAMEKA Is the Caulfield Cup winning mare and is all class. She blazed home first-up in the C F Orr Stakes (1400m) here a fortnight ago. The extra distance will suit her and she makes very strong appeal.
No 1 STRATUM STAR Won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot in December and then won the MM Trophy (2200m) at the Gold Coast last start on January 14. Damian Lane is replaced by Mark Zahra and respect.
No 2 AWESOME ROCK Won the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last November before resuming with a solid seventh in the Orr Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago. This distance suits him and respect.
No 3 THE UNITED STATES Was the $3.30 favourite at his last start when finishing fifth in the Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington in November. He is a class import and hails from a big punting and successful stable.
VALUE RUNNER: No 2 AWESOME ROCK
No 11 CATCHY She has been awesome and is unbeaten at her three starts. Latest she won the Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) against her own sex on February 11. Craig Williams picked her above three others here.
No 1 PROPERTY He has gone from strength to strength and won the Blue Diamond Prelude against his own sex in style here a fortnight ago. He deserves his place at the top of the market and has ace Hong Kong jockey Joao Moreira replacing Craig Williams to combat his wide gate.
No 4 PARIAH Won at Group 3 level before running a cracking second to Property in the Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) here a fortnight ago. Sydney’s top jockey Blake Shinn rides here and he looms as one of the better chances.
VALUE RUNNER: No 1 PROPERTY
No 3 EXTREME CHOICE Is a dual Group 1 winning three-year-old resuming. Showed he is on track with a smart 800m trial win at Cranbourne on February 8. He carries no weight because of his age on 54kg and makes strong appeal.
No 15 I AM A STAR Nice run fresh when finishing second to Super Cash in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) here on February 11. She has won at Group 1 level against her own sex and will be sharply improved.
No 2 FELL SWOOP Gets Damien Oliver to ride first-up and he ran a close second in this race a year ago. He was warmed up with a smart win over 900m in a trial at Canberra on February 3. Very capable sprinter.
No 5 SHEIDEL She has been a class sprinting mare and she showed she is up to this level with her second to Takedown in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot last start in November. Goes well fresh.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 SHEIDEL
No 2 SILENT SEDITION Is a Group 3 winning mare who was an eye-catcher first-up when storming into second place in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) here a fortnight ago. She will relish the extra 200m and be hard to beat.
No 3 ABBEY MARIE Has won at three of her four starts. She had little luck when held up at the 300m before running eighth in the Bellmaine Stakes here on February 11 first-up. Will take fitness from the run and respect.
No 8 DOMINO VITALE (Best Roughie) Is well drawn in gate four and is flying high with two straight wins in the city. Latest won well over 1600m at Moonee Valley on January 21. Apprentice Beau Mertens rides on 55kg. Each-way chance.
No 4 THAMES COURT Has a superior draw in gate three after jumping from 11 when finishing fourth in the Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) here a fortnight ago. Mark Zahra rides her again against her own sex.
VALUE RUNNER: No 8 DOMINO VITALE