RACE OF THE DAY
There may be some richer races going around in Melbourne on Saturday, but the last at Rosehill could determine which horses could dominate the three-year-old guineas races in the autumn.
We could even see a few of them in Canberra on Black Opal Stakes day for the Canberra Guineas.
While the Rosehill race isn't restricted to three-year-olds, there are several top-line youngsters in action.
Topweight Better Than Ready resumes at the scene of his last win - the listed Brian Crowley - and can go on with it.
Another resuming is the speedy Ichihara, which won at group 2 level as a juvenile.
He was soundly beaten by Better Than Ready in the Brian Crowley but gets a nice three-kilogram claim here.
Then there's Raceway, which hasn't raced since losing to Ichihara in September.
He was Golden Slipper favourite at this time last year and a return to his best will see him very competitive. Of the older horses, Whitlam and I'm Cool look the best.
BET OF THE DAY
This frustrating four-year-old hasn't raced since producing a poor effort in the group 1 Epsom Handicap in October 2012.
But one thing we do know about the Chris Waller-trained gelding is that he's brilliant first-up, which means he's a great chance of winning on Saturday against a small but talented field.
LAY DOWN YOUR LOBSTER
$10 win Rosehill race 5, No.1 Said Com
He gets a generous claim thanks to apprentice Alysha Collett and will carry just 2.5 kilograms over the minimum.
Was given a 900-metre trial on January 22 and was brilliant when winning first up last time in. Too good.
$5 win Caulfield race 8, No.16 Minnie Downs
Over the odds here based on her most recent performance when a short-neck second to Danish Whiskey.
Races again here over the 1400, drops three kilos and Glen Boss is on board.
From a wide barrier she'll be put to sleep before winding up and storming home.
$5 win Rosehill race 7, No.7 Matignon
Pushes out to 1400m after showing some speed late over the 1200 last start.
She has no weight here and while she's up against a very handy horse in She's Clean, Matignon will given her a struggle for a long time.
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