Saturday’s Flemington meeting will be the third metropolitan race program in three days and trainer Darren Weir still remains the major player.
After successes right through the week Weir is again poised to have a strong influence on the nine-race fixture.
In the Kensington Stakes the trainer will be represented with Flamberge, Hellbent and El Divino.
Bookmakers reacted quickly to the reappearance to racing of Hellbent (Race 7, No.4) by installing the sprinting talent at $1.65.
“I’m very happy with him and his ultimate autumn goal will be the Oakleigh Plate later in the autumn,” Weir said.
However, while Hellbent may be favourite for the listed event, no doubt the appearance in Melbourne of the all-conquering Winx’s little brother El Divino (Race 7, No.8) will draw much interest at headquarters.
El Divino was formerly prepared by Gai Waterhouse but connections of the colt believe a training regime at the beach, which Weir can supply at Warrnambool, is the best tactic for the horse going forward.
A Randwick winner early in his career, El Divino, arguably the best-bred horse at the meeting, has drawn gate one and will be aided by having Damien Oliver on board for his Victorian debut.
Poised to strike
Saturday’s Inglis Dash, worth $250,000, looks to be the toughest of all races programmed over the Australia Day week.
With all of the runners graduates from Inglis Sales, bookmakers have installed Fuhryk (Race 6, No.15) as the nominal favourite following his amazing strike-rate of four racetrack appearances for three wins.
Successes at Wodonga and twice at Moonee Valley have labelled the filly a high-class sprinter of the future.
Sydney trainer Chris Waller looks poised to win the final race at Flemington with Hipparchus (Race 9, No.3).
The stayer looks well placed here after his remarkable effort to finish second after being so far back at Moonee Valley last time.
The 1800 metres looks ideal and the bigger and more spacious Flemington will also be on his side.
And it would seem two high-class horses who will race in Adelaide and Sydney on Saturday could well have a hand in major autumn assignments in the next month or so.
Strategic Demand (Race 3, No.4) is poised to make it four in a row in the Sprint Handicap at Morphettville and another success could bring the five-year-old over the border for some rich pickings in Melbourne.
At Rosehill, Music Magnate is all the rage for his return to racing in the $200,000 Expressway Stakes.
Having only his 14th race start, Music Magnate is already a Group 1 winner. He has trialled brilliantly of late and a successful return is very much expected.
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