The running of the million dollar Kennedy Oaks is the time honoured feature event on a day that is supported with a typically strong and competitive Melbourne Cup Carnival program. Most punters would be hurting today after the usual rough results that is associated with a Melbourne Cup program but Chips In is on his toes and up and about. Yesterday we witnessed triumph for Lloyd Williams at Flemington who won the race for an amazing 6th time as an owner and he also jagged the runner up for good value. Love him or hate him you cant question his desire or passion to Chase The Sun and win this great race time and again. He spends 365 days a year buying, selling and researching to find his next Melbourne Cup Champion. Hats off to him!
Kennedy Oaks (Group 1)
1. Aloisia. Thrashed a quality field of Derby contenders at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate in The Vase over 2040m. Back to set weights against her own sex. In the words of Bruce from the 2000 Olympics “Looks the winner”. Push the chips in!
2. Luvaluva. One of only several chances that can challenge the favourite. Sprouted wings on Saturday to narrowly win the Wakeful. Will drift back and have the last crack at them.
3. Bring Me Roses. If you are prepared to forget she went around in the Wakeful she is worth some thought. Would need to grow another leg and find plenty of lengths after Saturday’s performance.
4. Pinot. Quality filly. Won her last two effortless including a dominant win at Flemington over 1800m. The 2000m win a Caulfield in the Ethereal was on a speed lane but she still put the rest of the field to the sword. Will give a big sight for a long way. Top 2.
5. Rimramm. I love the lead up form. Chased gamely behind Pinot in The Ethereal and was only pipped by Luvaluva in The Wakeful. Will be in the finish.
6. Hiyaam. Very consistent filly who has been thereabouts in all the key lead up races. Should drift only a few pairs back from the good barrier draw (5) and gets her chance. Will be thereabouts again after hitting the line nicely in The Wakeful on Saturday.
7. Lucky Louie. Needs to find another gear after failing to make any ground on Saturday. Form leading into The Wakeful has been fair at best. Prefer others.
8. Reliable Dame. One that looks over the odds. The run in The Geelong Classic was a nice trial for this. Last on the corner she sprouted wings and only finished a couple of lengths from the winner. Will love the Flemington straight and the 2500m. Player
9. Sweet Mischief. Blocked for a run two starts ago at Flemington behind Pinot. Form prior was ok. Would need to produce something special. Place only.
10. Four Koalas. This looks out of reach. Best result was two starts ago when 2nd in a Seymour maiden over 2046m. Well beaten at the Valley last start. Couldn’t see it figuring.
11. Circuleight. This may be a throw at the stumps. Another maiden who got beaten Seymour recently. Will appreciate the 2500m but the bar may be raised to high here.
12. Miss Admiration. Unplaced in 6 starts. Needs a taxi.
1. Aloisia ($1.70)
4. Pinot ($6)
8. Reliable Dame ($17)
2. Luvaluva ($8)
5. Rimraam ($15)
6. Hiyaam ($26)
Chips In Best Bet: Flemington Race 8 Number 1 Aloisia (20 units the win @$1.70)
Best Each Way: Flemington Race 3 Number 6 Silvera (6 units the win 4 units the win @$5)
Best Roughie: Flemington Race 1 Number 5 Love In The City (3 units the win 7 units the place @$31)
Next Best: Flemington Race 6 Number 2 Ball Of Muscle (5 units the win 5 units the place @$2.20)
Best Place: Flemington Race 4 Number 2 Night’s Watch (10 units the place @$1.80)
Happy Oaks Day!
Chase The Sun
Tony James Edser