Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - Exposed form appears only fair, so happy to have ROSENTREA (11) on top. She's a half to three winners and has shown plenty of ability at the trials. Gets in at the bottom of the weights and strikes a maiden that won't take much winning. Can score a debut victory. SONG STORY (4) probably has the best exposed form but didn't run up to it first-up when beaten a long way. Winkers go on first time now and the inside barrier can see him get a nice run in transit. Expecting a much-improved effort. VICTORY CHANT (2) was only grabbed late over 1200m at Belmont and now drops back in trip to the 1000m. Had plenty of goes but the recent efforts stack up nicely in this field. Won't be far away. LADY GONDO (5) wasn't far away on debut when running on from near the back. Can be in the finish once again. MAYBE DIVINE (6) resumes without a trial and is some chance after the 3kg claim.
RACE 2 - I DREAMED A DREAM (9) finished 3.2L away first-up over this course and distance after putting in some much better performances last campaign. Beaten as favourite, he's worth another chance from a good alley and Kyra Yuill in the saddle. Happy to side with him again. HEEZA BEAU (7) makes his debut on his home track after scoring nicely in a recent trial. The second horse from that trial goes around in R1 so we'll have a nice guide heading into this. Looks to have ability and is worth including. SAFE RAPPA (1) got a long way back last start after missing the start. Better than he showed there and is worth another chance. GOOD SONG (4) and HANS CHRISTIAN (5) are both capable of building on sound first-up efforts.
RACE 3 - YES OF COURSE (2) sat up on the speed and faded late in the race, finishing just 1.7L first-up. Fitter for that run and out to a trip where he's won previously. Drawn with options and can return to the winners' stall in this suitable assignment. WARRALEA DIAMOND (1) will be fitter for two trials coming in and put up some good efforts at the end of last campaign. Can take a couple runs to get going, but he did win two on-end here last prep. He appears the main danger. FRIES WITH THAT (3) couldn't back up his win two back when fading from the front, beaten 4.7L last time out. This is an easier race and she'll get every chance to bounce back under the in-form Victoria Corver. PRO IS HERE (5) has been running well in some tougher races of late and the 3kg claim comes in handy. Not to be discounted. CANDIJAY (10) wasn't far away fresh and is worth keeping safe.
RACE 4 - ROCK OF KAHA (4) finished 5.3L behind the top pick last start here but does meet him better at the weights. He loves this track and trip and is sure to give the top pick something to think about in the straight. ST JOHN (6) won narrowly first-up over 1230m and now stretches out in trip. He's never placed second-up which is some concern, but that was the best fresh effort he's ever produced. Wouldn't surprise to see him go on with the job. FEELS DANISH (5) will find this short of her best but this will be a good sighter for future races. Last-start placgetter ANNIHILATOR (2) is drawn to make an impact while LET HER BOOGIE (7) can work into the money stepping back out in trip.
RACE 5 - FINAL SIREN (5) couldn't have been more impressive on debut, bolting in by 5.6L in very impressive style. He looks a galloper much better than this company and if he can run up to what he did last start, he should be remaining undefeated. SPEEDY PYE (7) just missed fresh here a fortnight ago and boasts a handy second-up record. Her record at the trip is some query, but Faithfull knows her well and she's sure to be in the finish. PHENCE SITTER (10) has only been fair her past couple after a brilliant win first-up. The form around her has stacked up nicely and she's shown her ability only 3 starts ago. Big chance if she can recapture the form of her fresh win. MAGNABURMA (3) scored a 1.1L win last start and we'll get a look at that form earlier in the card. Keep safe. ODINAKA (1) can be in the finish first-up.
RACE 6 - ROCAPOZZENE (10) looked to peak on his run first-up when jumping an equal favourite here over the 1000m. He is undefeated second-up however and has won 3/5 at this trip. The inside draw increases his chances and he looks the one to beat. LOOKS (8) was no match for the winner when jumping favourite last time out. He does usually need a run under his belt to get going and loves this course and distance. Kennedy is in good form of late and he'll go very close. SQUILLIONARE (6) has some queries over the trip first-up but it's hard to ignore the form of last preparation when winning in tougher company. She's an adaptable horse so the sticky alley doesn't matter too much. Best form is good enough, just needs to produce it first-up. GOD'S MOMENT (5) wasn't far away last time out and is sure to be thereabouts again. ELITE FIGHTER (2) has won 2/4 first-up and has winning claims.
RACE 7 - OXBRIDGE (8) absolutely bolted in first-up, leading all the way to score by 5L in a very impressive effort. That win was right up to his best form and not many in this field can match that. Should be fitter for the run and drops in weight today. Would just have to repeat his latest effort to be getting the job done. CLASSIC MAGNUS (1) ran on strongly from a long way back fresh and has never missed the placings second-up previously. He's a three-time winner this course and distance and he can sit closer from the inside draw this time. Major player. STORM COMMANDER (2) has been in good form for a while now and may appreciate the slight rise in trip to 1100m. McNaught has options from the draw and he's bound to make his presence felt. AVOIDANCE (3) beat a few of these last time out but does meet them worse at the weights. Hard to ignore winning form though. Keep safe. FIRST LAW (5) can bounce back after a below par effort last time.