Race 1 - 12:15PM $150,000 IRRESISTIBLE POOLS & SPAS N E MANION CUP (2400 METRES)
This just looks so well set up for ALLERGIC. He showed his class all the way up to Group 1 level last campaign and while he hasn't won this time up, he's been right there in unsuitable races. Maps to be just off pace in a handy position all way and I suspect his class gets him just in front of OUR CENTURY who is the emerging talent.
Race 3 - 1:30PM $125,000 QUICKWAY CONSTRUCTIONS DARBY MUNRO STAKES (1200 METRES)
You just have to love winners and this TACTICAL ADVANTAGE is just that. He's strung together his own little picket fence winning his past 4 and although this is a Listed event, under the conditions he looks very well in. Should be able to sit in about 7th spot until straightening at which time his tenacity will drive him down the outside to victory over the luckless STAR OF MONSOON.
Race 7 - 4:10PM $3.4million LONGINES GOLDEN SLIPPER (1200 METRES)
Seven last start winners - and an even spread of genders with 8 apiece. Very well-matched field and this should be a torrid battle down the running between speed and backmarkers. So who do we go for? Well I think the backmarkers hold the key. I know HOUTZEN and SHE WILL REIGN are very fast, but PARIAH, CATCHY, FORMALITY, FROLIC and DIAMOND TATHAGATA have long legs and big engines. They will be part of the chasing pack. She Will Reign has drawn 13 and in 60 runnings of this great race no horse has ever won from 13. Plus she looked uneasy in the wet last start when 2nd, so I like CATCHY. I think she is the type to run a fast and strong 1400m and on this track that's a must. Her final 200m when winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond was stunning and I think she just finds a fast lane out wide on race day and zoom, zoom, zooms home from Pariah who will be in the fighting line the whole way.