Welcome to Turnbull Stakes Day and Happy 28! That’s right the wonder mare #Winx is aiming for her 28th consecutive Victory at Flemington. Most horses struggle to win a handful of races in their career and a percentage never make it to the track! She is a super freak so sit back and enjoy the ride while it lasts. All good things most come to an end and I dare say this will be her last preparation. Winx will win with a leg in the air on Saturday before lining up for the greatest 2 minute of sport #Coxplate. 4 in a row awaits Winx in the famous race as does equine immortality. She will be remembered as one of the greats and it’s been a pleasure to watch as a racing and sports fan. Big weekend for Chips In Racing Grand Final weekend with a stack of winners. I Am A Star and Leonardo Da Hinchi saluted at the valley while Santa Anna Lane, Catch Me and Maximus rounded out a fat weekend for the #chips
Race 1 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes: With a field of first starters with several unseen it’s a hard ask and it’s always a throw at the stumps despite looking at trial form, breeding, or market moves. Something small on The Astrologist who is trained by Tony McEvoy. Good strong trial win at Flemington.
Race 2 Antler Luggage Stakes: Ranier gets his chance to break through after running enormous at his last two. He was beaten by the smart Nakeeta Jane who subsequently ran well in The Group 1 Flight Stakes, he is a sectional monster running a crazy last 200m despite getting beat. Caught wide previously. Barrier 3, Hugh Winx Bowman, James Cummings, $3.50 good value.
Race 3 Paris Lane Stakes: Most open event of the meeting. Half the field is at $5 with many many many different form lines meeting here. I’m prepared to forgive Plein Ciel who was awful at Newcastle last start. Was vetted but no issues. Was solid second up at Caulfield winning in a strong race and ingood time. Can bounce back here.
Race 4 UCI Stakes: I am not a Richmond fan but I am sticking with A Fighting Fury around the $20 mark. Two starts back hit the line nicely behind Leonardo De Hinchi before a forgive run off a slow tempo at latest. Will appreciate the bigger track and I think he represents good each way value.
Race 5 Turbull Stakes: $1.16 actually offers value ($1.22 with a boost!) for the great mare Winx. With most runners rated over 100 this is actually one of her toughest tests to date on paper. However, I don’t think she will be tested. Winx will make it 28 and we will watch in amazement again. Caulfield Cup favourite Kings Will Dream will fill a minor placing and I expect Youngstar and Ventura Storm to be thereabouts. Grunt the query.
Race 6 Gilgai Stakes: A cracking field will be scorching down the famous straight six. From barrier 8 Dreamforce can take a sit just off them with cover and sprout wings late. Never missed a place fresh and the son of Fastnet Rock doesn’t know how to run a bad race. $7 represents great each way value.
Race 7 The Bart Cummings: Three from three in Australia and he looks the real deal. Avilius has a ridiculous turn of foot with the distance the only query. He has form around Brimham Rocks who was beaten a pimple in The Group 1 Metrop. 58.5kg a tough ask over an unraced distance, but I think it is a weak field and I am happy to stay in his corner.
Race 8 Edward Manifold Stakes: Sticking with the First Light Racing representative here Aristia around the $12 mark. Despite the wide barrier (12) the daughter of Lonhro looks perfectly placed here over the 1600m. She ran the fastest 200m in The Guineas Prelude, she will be savaging the line and she will appreciate the long Flemington straight. Damian Lane and Ellerton/Zahra are a deadly combination.
Race 9 Blazer Stakes: Let’s finish the day on a winning note! A competitive and open race but I am with one that will hopefully get you out of jail or one that will order you the Chinese. Savatiano was outstanding first up as favourite before covering more ground than Bourke and Wills at Newcastle in The Tibbie Stakes. Form around this race has stood up and the run at Newcastle was ridiculous good. Competitive race, but she is a promising mare by Street Cry.
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Tony James Edser