Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - THIRSTY GUEST (3) is racing in a great vein of form this time in. Went close to bringing up the hat-trick last start at Gawler but found a couple sharper. Not as tough this time and is drawn well. Leading player. QUANG TRI (1) wasn't beaten far first up at Flemington despite her finishing position and then followed it up with a gutsy front-running effort at Pakenham. Open to further improvement at this stage of the prep as she steps out to a winning trip. Can play a major role. YURI ROYALE (2) warmed to his task nicely late in the run home here last start when finishing midfield. Is a third-up winner and gets the key booking of leading hoop Jake Toeroek. Worth serious thought. MIDNIGHT MASS (6) progressed nicely last start at Naracoorte when knuckling down gamely to get the verdict. Tougher this time but can continue to improve. Don't dismiss. DANISH FORTUNE (4) battled on gamely into the minors last start at a big quote. Drawn favourably and deserves safekeeping.
RACE 2 - DEEPFLOAT DIVA (2) has hit the ground running, kicking off his career with back-to-back wins. Has done it at both ends of the candle and has in-form hoop Jake Toeroek piloting again. Inside gate only increases his chances. No reason he can't bring up the hat-trick. WALK LIKE AN ANGEL (5) is a nice filly resuming for Andrew Gluyas. Impressed in her debut prep, scoring in her second start before placing against a handy lot. Hasn't been seen at any public trials in readiness but is expected to have taken the right steps forward. Jason Holder reuniting is a positive. Looks one of the main hopes. DUBENENKO (1) only warmed to her task late here last time out, managing to grab a minor cheque. Smart type on her day. Don't take lightly. KINETIC JEWEL (6) is ticking along nicely in her debut prep and there's no reason she can't play a major role in this.
RACE 3 - MASTER AT ARMS (7) caught plenty of eyes fresh here last start when rattling home to narrowly miss. Strips fitter with that run under his belt and is drawn to settle much closer to the action this time from the inside marble. Bold showing anticipated. SUGGESTIVE MISS (9) was denied a lip of resuming a winner two back at Murray Bridge. Wasn't quite able to back it up last time when just missing the frame but is expected to be nearing his peak third run in. Expected to go well. MISS MUCINNI (2) was only fair when resuming here at the latest. Capable of much more an is expected to be better on the back of that hit out. Can give this a big shake. MISS REMSKI (3) has been thereabouts in her last two after scoring at Balaklava. Goes well over this trip and warrants good thought. PIVOTAL FORCE (4) hit the line hard at Murray Bridge when just missing a top-three finish. Gets a key jockey switch to Jake Toeroek, who has saluted aboard twice. Can't dismiss. TOSEN WATER (5) next best.
RACE 4 - SIR KINGSFORD (5) had no trouble repeating the dose on his rivals last start here when scoring with a bit up his sleeve. This rise in trip should cause no concerns, having already scored over a similar journey. Kayla Crowther sticking another bonus. Big chance to bring up the hat-trick. LIGHTS OF BROADWAY (9) has been equally impressive in her last two starts, putting a healthy space to her rivals here at the latest over this trip. Only needs to hold her form to be very competitive. AMMO AMOR (2) dug deep to get into the frame here at the latest, only beaten a long neck. Goes well here. Right in the mix. Cases can also be made for DARLAMAX (1) and VINO DECASA NOSTRA (3) on best figures. Don't underestimate.
RACE 5 - BRISTLER (3) is a promising gelding from the Richards & Moyle barn ready to make his return after enjoying a successful debut prep. Shoulders his share of ability and strips fitter for a handy trial win in readiness. Bright return anticipated. SGHIRRIPA (2) didn't have much go his way when resuming here last start but his class still shone through. Sure to be better from the hit out and a better gate suits. Will be giving this a shake. Multiple Group 3 place-getter HOPE AT HAND (4) makes her return and while she's yet to score fresh, she's never missed the frame. Goes well over this journey and strips fitter for a soft trial. In the mix. CELSIUS STAR (1) is a likely improver that deserves consideration on best figures.
RACE 6 - POINTLESS PRAISE (1) backed up his maiden win with a solid chase into the placings here last start. Open to further improvement and high-striking hoop Jason Collett sticks. Can atone. SUPERIOR SAM (3) hasn't taken a step wrong in her last two and was a barnstorming winner here last start. Open to further improvement at this stage of the prep. Watch for her doing her best work again late. DUAL FUEL (9) never looked likely here at the latest but did manage to make plenty of ground in the run home. Can take closer order from the low draw this time and will prove hard to stop with a similar turn of foot. PRICILLA'S CHOICE (2) is ticking along soundly and can be thrown in the mix on best efforts.
RACE 7 - RICH MEMORIES (7) is yet to strike this time in but was only beaten a head two back at Warrnambool. Less impressive last start when sent out public elect but has been kept fresh for this and the booking of Todd Pannell reads favourably. Bold showing anticipated. JUNGLE SENSATION (2) has struggled to find the frame of late but has been tackling tougher opposition back over the border. Is aided at the weights with the 1.5kg claimer engaged. Can give this a shake on best efforts. CHOSEN MISS (9) returns and goes well fresh, placing in all three attempts. Has been a while between drinks but is more than capable on her day. Kayla Crowther piloting is a good push for her chances. In the mix. LANCELOTTO (6) next best.
RACE 8 - CHIPSON (8) has hit the line hard in his two runs back after leaving himself with too much to do. Jacob Opperman reuniting is a positive, having saluted twice aboard. Can atone. GHETTO SUPASTAR (4) drifted back last time but wound up nicely to finish just half a length away from the winner at Geelong. Plenty to like about that last run and is expected to be playing a prominent role at the business end. FREE VINO (10) broke through for a deserved maiden win in the most comprehensive of fashion last start on the Parks surface. Not much tougher this time and Jason Holder sticks. One of the key hopes. WHISKEY 'N' WOMEN (2) returned with a bang at Murray Bridge when scoring by a head. Was running away from them in the first-up win, so he should appreciate the extra trip. Expect him to go back from the draw and be saved for the final shot at them. Also hard to ignore the form of JENKINS (1). Needs to be considered.
RACE 9 - ARRAN BAY (4) stuck on gamely into a midfield finish last start at Caulfield when tackling G3 company. Not as tough this time and is a winner at this venue. Best efforts put him right in the thick of it. PARTY PRINCESS (10) is yet to strike through this time in but has been holding her own against stronger opposition in Victoria. Will enjoy this easier task and will benefit linking back up with Jason Holder. Sure to be very competitive. PUDDING (5) bounced straight back to form last start here when digging deep to score by a neck. Tougher this time but is drawn favourably again. Don't dismiss. Group 3 placegetter CAPTAIN ENVIOUS (3) raced on the speed from the outset last start and finished third over 2100m at Horsham. Needs to be at his best to beat this field but he deserves his chance.
RACE 10 - KENTUCKY CASANOVA (4) resumes after enjoying a successful time of it last time in. Is a speedy and talented type on his day. Strips fitter for a recent trial win and gets the key booking of leading rider Jake Toeroek. Expect him to take some beating. BUBBLE OVER (7) was a determined winner fresh at Murray Bridge but just struggled to follow it up here at the latest. Usually goes well third up and is drawn favourably. Can atone. OCEAN REWARD (5) warmed to his task nicely late here when resuming last start, narrowly missing a minor cheque. Improvement to come and Todd Pannell sticks. One of the chief contenders. STRUCK BY (2) lacked a fitness edge late when falling shy of the frame here fresh. Shoulders a terrific record second up and has more than enough early dash to offset the outside alley. Expect him to give backers a bold sight. OH MO (6) returns short of a preferred trip but with plenty of speed engaged you can expect to see him doing his best work late. Keep safe.