What: Group 1 Memsie Stakes
When: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Time: Race 8 – 4:45pm
The Group 1 $400,000 Memsie Stakes kicks off the unofficial spring racing season and some of the major Melbourne Spring carnival contenders are lining-up.
The 1400-metre race has attracted a maximum field with only Fawkner pulling out throughout the week. Current favourite is Boban which has Group 1 winning experience and the punters have bet it solidly into $4.80 after opening at $5.
Race 8 – New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m)
Volkstok'n'barrel is a New Zealand-trained runner which has been well favoured in the market at $8. The Donna Logan-trained runner had a great campaign last time out and it has won and placed in a fresh up state. The only concern is that Logan said it has been lazy in its work, and it might need some time to mature, but it's classy and could contend for the win.
Boban has the experience edge over many of these runners and it is a multiple Group 1 winner. The Chris Waller-trained gelding is still fit after a good Brisbane Winter carnival, according to jockey Glyn Schofield, so it will be ready to fly and it looked good in two soft trials. After opening at $5 it has been backed into $4.80, which is a touch short for us, but many of these are out-classed.
Temple Of Boom wasn't disgraced when third in the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick last start and a Group 1 win isn't beyond its reach this season. This distance isn't ideal with eight starts for only three placings, but consider at odds of $13 and it could throw some value into multiples calculations.
Race 1 – Cape Grim Beef Plate (1400m)
Crown Oaks winner Set Square will use this race as a stepping stone to bigger things in the spring, but don't discount its chances to win at $10. The Ciaron Maher stables are running hot and Set Square has placed in both fresh up starts to date. Big weight to carry, but it should be running on late and this field isn't anything spectacular.
Danestroem likes to strike fresh up with a record of seven starts for two wins and three placings. The six-year-old gets a 3kg claimer in the saddle which takes it weight to only 51kg and that makes it very tough to beat under the conditions. Jake Bayliss will ride from barrier one and it won a trial to prepare for this. Looks the one to beat at $4 after opening at $4.80.
Kansas Sunflower is another that has been well backed. It opened at $5.50 and currently sits at $4.80 after a solid performance for second in the Rivette Final at Flemington last start. It prefers courses with a longer straight, but consider here and watch the market for any more positive movement.
Race 4 – HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m)
The undefeated Prince Of Brooklyn has been one of the best backed runners of the day. The Mick Price-trained colt opened at $4.40 and has been hammered into $3.20 on the back of solid support. It is already a Group 3 winner on debut and it beat El Greco by 1.75 lengths last start. That form should stack up at this level.
Ready For Victory is a very talented colt which beat a nice horse on debut at Flemington, but it might need the run here. Also a Mick Price-trained runner, Ready For Victory probably should have won the Group 1 Golden Slipper, but it ran wide in the straight and allowed Vancouver to win along its inside. Forgive the Sires' Produce run as it was all too much too soon, but follow it this campaign.
Stream Ahead has been specked at each way odds. The Dough Harrison-trained filly ran on well behind the unbeaten Petits Filous last start and it will carry only 54kg for this. It gets the inside draw as well, so look for a more forward run in transit. $7.50 available with bookmakers.
Race 5 – Theshark.com.au The Heath (1100m)
Rich Enuff returns to the track after dazzling fans in its debut campaign. The Ken Keys-trained horse won three straight before finishing second behind Shooting To Win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and it was simply outclassed in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud. It has drawn the rail for its return and after winning both trials to prepare, it looks very tough to beat.
Bounding has been well backed in from $4.80 to $3.90. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained mare has had two trials for a win and a placing, and even though it has drawn in barrier seven, it looks a strong winning chance at this distance. Rich Enuff has never raced over this short-course distance and that's where Bounding can take the advantage.
Under The Louvre is one of the most underrated horses in Australia and it will get its Group 1 glory sooner rather than later. The Robert Smerdon-trained runner isn't suited entirely by this distance, but look for it to be running on late and put it down in the black book for this spring.
Race 7 – Best Bets Sprint Series Cockram Stakes (1200m)
Right down at the bottom of the page is last-start winner Vezalay, which will likely run as the favourite. The Corstens'-trained mare scored a classy win last start, but it does rise in class. To counter that, it gets into this race at 55kg and even though it has drawn wide in barrier 11, it looks to have a chance at odds of $3.50.
Cosmic Endeavour is a Group 1 winner in the Canterbury Stakes and it has trialled very well for this. The Gai Waterhouse-trained mare has won twice fresh up and even though it will have to carry top weight of 59kg, its class should take it a long way. Weather conditions should suit and punters think it's a chance at $4.50.
Girl Guide is another runner that rarely escapes the top class, so it might pay to overlook its form line. The Hayes/Dabernig-trained mare goes best fresh up and it has won and placed twice on this track. This distance suits and it will have a shot to win in the straight. $6 chance with bookmakers.