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Flemington R1 No.4 Berkeley Square
It’s hard to go around the favorite Berkeley Square (4) after his eye-catching debut. He didn’t help himself at the start there and his momentum was also halted at a critical stage at the business end. He’s drawn to advantage in barrier 3 and Craig Williams should give him every favor in the run. The only knock for me is he may be over bet due to the blackbook hype.
Craig Williams (59kg)
3yoG (b) Territories x Bahamas
Randwick R4 No.13 Conqueror
Keen on Conqueror (13), with the three-year-old taking on the older horses here early in the season. He’s had just the one start, in a midweek maiden on the Kenso, but it proved to be a strong maiden. He won by 0.43L over Seven Veils with Dashing Legend in third. Those two ran the quinella in the G2 Reisling at their next start. Meanwhile, She’s Extreme was in fourth, going on to win at G1 level later in the autumn. Conqueror has trialled very nicely heading into his return.
William Pike (53kg)
3yoC (br) Churchill x Dixie Chick
Doomben R5 No.4 Ocean Treaty
I blackbooked Ocean Treaty (4) last start after her narrow defeat here in a Benchmark 85 when resuming. She has trialled since and last preparation won second-up here over this trip beating Stardome. Ben Thompson rode her on that occasion and only needs to do something similar here to get the prize.
Ben Thompson (56kg)
Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted
6yoM (b) Ocean Park x Striker
Murray Bridge R5 No.2 Reckoning
Been knocking on the door in stronger races across the border and looks perfectly placed here. Drawn well and claim helps.
Ben Price (59.5kg)
6yoG (b/br) Domesday x New Sensation
Flemington R6 No. 1 – Countofmontecristo
Veteran Singaporean import Countofmontecristo (1) hasn’t won for a long time but there’s been some encouraging signs in recent runs. He’s drawn ideally, gets in well after Logan McNeil’s 3kg claim and SA trainer Travis Doudle has had some success in recent raids. If he can settle a little closer I think he could run into the finish and Flemington should suit.
Logan McNeil (61kg)
9yoG (b) Echoes of Heaven x Replicate
Randwick R9 No. 7 – Sofika
Import Soffika (7) should be ready to show her best third-up at a mile after two runs over seven furlongs. She was beaten 3.49L last start at W’Farm on a Heavy 10, but hit the line pretty well under 61kg.
Tim Clark (55kg)
Richard & Will Freedman
5yoM (b) Zoffany x Rosika
Doomben R8 No.10 Boomtown Lass
Chris Anderson has found the right race for BOOMTOWN LASS (10) which was cluttered up at Eagle Farm and always goes better at Doomben. From a good gate Steph Thornton can pick her position and be hard to get past in the straight.
Mrs Stephanie Thornton (53kg)
7yoM (b) Spirit of Boom x Boomalicious
Murray Bridge Race 1 No.14 Pretty Reliable @ $13
Debutant for the Alexander stable with Vorster booked, and showed enough in a jump-out last month to warrant being up to this race.
Barend Vorster (55.5kg)
Gary & Dean Alexander
3yoF (b/br) Reliable Man x Avec Joie
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