FREE FLY TOO - This lightly-raced gelding by Teofilo resumed his current campaign when beaten 4-1/2 lengths by Flying Murty at Pakenham, that horse then went to Caulfield and won in Saturday class. In that first-up run he came five wide on the turn but the wide run and the 60kg told in the run home. Next start, his last run he carried 60kg at Geelong over 1525mM and won despite having a decent bumping duel when he came off the rails early in the straight, he was unbalanced for several strides after that. Hinchin Time which ran second to him then went to Pakenham and won. He drops a massive 8kg after the claim for Fred Kersley and his soft track form reads (2:1-1-0). Play him with Masculino (good sections last start) Groundbreak (wide and strong last start) in exotics for a good return.
WINNING PARTNER - Putting our faith in Michael Dee to get Winning Partner into clear air from the inside draw to kick us off with a winning start to the day. He cost himself on debut missing the start before a spell. He then rose sharply in grade taking on the Listed Queen Adelaide stakes first-up where he only got warm late, both starts over the short 1050m and on each occasion he’s looked like he’d thrive getting out over longer trips. Fitter for the run and multiple gear changes that could be the key to having him a bit closer, if he finishes off like last start I doubt they’ll hold him out. There’s not much between the top three behind him and I wouldn’t be leaving Mirette out of any exotics.
ANOTHER BULLSEYE - Keen to load up this race around the two main chances. There’s nothing better than when you find a mare in career best form and that’s what we have here with Another Bullseye, she’d been a little inconsistent through earlier preparations but she’s come rock solid this time in and there’s no reason she’s not just coming to her top at her fourth run in from a spell. The wide gate is some concern but there doesn’t look a great deal of speed in the race so if she can roll forward and have a touch of luck early she’ll take some stopping. Go hard on her and save on Éclair Calling. He was luckless second-up behind the smart Flying Murty and after just six starts he has good up-side. From the good gate he is a clear danger.
BOOM TIME - There’s no surprise to see early money for Boom Time and the $2.90 around still looks generous odds. He was a stone-cold certainty beaten first-up from a spell where he was trapped out three-deep facing the breeze the entire race and he still gave a big kick to only go down in the last few strides. He’s always been a horse that improves off his fresh run and for a Caulfield Cup winner back to this grade he gets in extremely well with only 59kg after the claim. Drawn to do no work in the run just off the speed, if Lachlan King doesn’t get boxed in from the home turn they won’t beat him. There’s not a lot between the rest, I’d be playing exotics with Hursley on the quick back-up and Dodging Bullets could be the value runner.
CHEQUERED FLAG - I can see the Darren Weir stable winning the last three races but there isn’t a lot of value in the last two. This looks a tough race but I’m keen to back both Weir-trained runners for a result and I’ll be building a wide trifecta around them. Chequered Flag is airborne this preparation. When they brought him in I’d be guessing they thought they had a quality horse for the jumping season but what he’s done his last few starts suggests he still has good upside on the flat. He raced like a two-miler last start only doing his best through the line and he’s had two strong hurdle trials since which is a key part of the stable's training of stayers over this part of the season. He’ll be in the first half and tough to beat. Big Hammer has had his issues but looks ready to go right on with it this time in, he’s only peaking and the trip looks ideal. Back them both and include Sly Romance in any exotics.