Melbourne racing has again put on a difficult nine-race program but we think we have found a few good things at headquarters. We are hoping Vassilator will get things off to a good start in the opener while we are also keen on Boom Time and Ken’s Dream later in the card.
Looks like we are on a Soft 5 with the rail out 3m the entire circuit.
QUADDIE PICKS ( 6-7-8-9):
1,2,3,4 – 4,11,13 – 1,5,6,7 – 1,2,4,11
VASSILATOR came with a booming finish to win at this track on Anzac Day and we think he can repeat the dose here. The son of Zacinto was at huge odds that day but came from last at eh 800m to win by a length at the finish. Beau Mertens sticks and but the big concern is the fact he goes up 4kgs from that win. Still, he’s our on top selection.
1st: No1 VASSILATOR 2nd: No4 Winning Partner; 3rd: No9 Mirette; 4th: No10 Black Label Lady
We think REGIMEN is worth another go. She hasn’t had a great deal of luck lately and last start was once again one of those runs that could have easily ended up with her winning. Instead, racing against the boys, she finished a close fourth to Sedition after making up steady ground in the straight. Back to her own sex does suit.
1st: No2 REGIMEN 2nd: No4 Grey Shadow; 3rd: No6 Miss Vixen; 4th: No1 Egyptian Bullet
ÉCLAIR CALLING (NEXT BEST) looks well suited in this race. He gets 2kgs off thanks to Chris Caserta’s claim and will only have to carry 53.5kgs and drops in class from his previous outing. On that occasion at Caulfield at the end of April, Éclair Calling kept coming in the straight but couldn’t beat the very promising Flying Murty. Has plenty of potential himself and is the one to beat.
1st: No14 ÉCLAIR CALLING 2nd: No8 Another Bullseye; 3rd: No1 Boxachocolates; 4th: No2 Guizot
Going for some value here with PRIMA worth an eachway ticket. The gelding likes racing in or near the lead and last time out was forced to make an early move before facing out over the 2000m. Back to 1800m here looks ideal as it was two runs back when third to the handy No Commitment. Mitch Aitken’s 3kgs claim is a big help.
1st: No6 PRIMA 2nd: No7 Jake’s Hill; 3rd: No9 Laughing Heir; 4th: No10 Balcazar
One of our standout picks for the day is BOOM TIME (BEST BET). The Caulfield Cup winner put in a slashing performance when resuming a fortnight ago at this track and should have won. Enduring a tough trip with 60kgs on his back Boom Time still had the audacity to fight on doggedly to beat all bar Tarquin which enjoyed a far better run in transit – and 6kgs less on his back! Drawn three with Lachlan King’s 3kg claim to help, Boom Time still have to carry 59kgs but this is his distance and should prove too classy for these.
1st: No1 BOOM TIME 2nd: No6 Tarquin; 3rd: No9 Hursley; 4th: No3 Montauk
RICH CHARM is a seriously good horse and is too classy for this lot. The five-year-old was brilliant last start when Pat Moloney timed his run to perfection despite dropping the whip to nail Keen Array right on the line. Meets that horse 1kg worse off but he is a classy customer and loves the Flemington straight, winning twice from three starts under these exact conditions.
1st: No1 RICH CHARM 2nd: No2 Keen Array; 3rd: No3 Derryn; 4th: No4 Malibu Style
It was hard to ignore the effort of ROMANESQUE in the Warrnambool Cup last time out. The stallion was back last in the 2350m event for most of the trip but saved a stack of ground by cutting the corner on the home bend. Kicking clear, he was in front for a good part of the straight before the flying Gallic Chieftain and Yogi nailed him on the line. This is now harder and the extra distance looks right up his alley. Gets the services of talented apprentice Fred Kersley. Likely to get back from barrier 15 but expect him to finish strong.
1st: No13 ROMANESQUE 2nd: No4 Sherlock Holmes; 3rd: No11 Big Hammer; 4th: SCRATCHED - No1 Self Sense
KEN’S DREAM (NEXT BEST BET) is a quality galloper and dropping back to this distance looks ideal for him. The gelding has been racing in sensational for of late and comes into this off a second to the quality galloper, Lite’n In My Veins at Morphettville. Prior to that he was close up to Widgee Turf and Waging War and was only three lengths off Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket! The Darren Weir galloper likes Flemington and with Brad Rawiller aboard gets the nod from us.
1st: No6 KEN’S DREAM 2nd: No1 Pilote D’essai; 3rd: No7 So Si Bon; 4th: No5 Moss ‘N’ Dale
Hard to go past Iconoclasm but we do have a few concerns over him at the short quote. He is definitely the one to beat but GROUNDBREAK is worth a ticket at the $7.50 being shopped around by most corporates. The Team Hawkes galloper finished second to Iconoclasm last start when third-up and should be peaking for this today. Barrier nine is a bit tricky but with only 54.5kgs on his back and out to 1600m, we’re happy to back him eachway in the final event on the card.
1st: No4 GROUNDBREAK 2nd: No1 Iconoclasm; 3rd: No2 Lord Sundowner; 4th: No11 Denero