RACE OF THE DAY
BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING STAKES
She's back. The horse we've all come to love and adore returns to the track for her first race since narrowly keeping her perfect record intact at Royal Ascot eight months ago.
She's looking to become the first horse in Australian racing to win a race named after itself, as well as the first to win the Lightning three times in a row.
And she's a dead cert if what trainer Peter Moody says is true.
Apparently she's in the best condition she's ever been in and her blistering exhibition gallop at Caulfield last month put to rest any concerns Moody had that Black Caviar wasn't ready to race again.
She should win her 23rd in a canter against this small field.
Expect it to be business as usual on Saturday, and although she's way too short to back, just seeing her light up the track is worth celebrating.
BET OF THE DAY
A multiple group-race winner, Red Tracer is almost unbeatable in the wet, with a perfect record of five wins on slow tracks or worse.
Saturday's Rosehill surface is tipped to be a slow six, and with Red Tracer set to race in the second, the track shouldn't have dried out too much when she steps out for this group 2 for mares.
The state of the track gives Red Tracer the edge ahead of the gutsy Steps In Time, and it should be these two that lead the field into the straight.
Both are resuming, so it could come down to which one is most forward this preparation.
LAY DOWN YOUR LOBSTER
$10 win Rosehill race 2, No.2 Red Tracer
Not only does this mare have a brilliant wet-track record, she's very good first-up. She's won three of five at the start of her campaigns, and the 1200m looks perfect as she's recorded almost half of her wins over this trip. Hugh Bowman will get the run of the race from gate two. She looks the goods.
$5 win Rosehill race 6, No.4 Ichihara She had it all against her first-up when running a gallant sixth here on a heavy track over 1100m. Will no doubt be fitter for that run and pushes out to the 1200m, which should suit. She's unbeaten second-up and this consistent filly can salute at odds.
$5 win Flemington race 5, No.4 Legcut Despite finishing down the placings at her past three starts, this Mornington-trained filly showed enough to suggest she'll enjoy the push out to 1400m in this group 3 for three-year-old fillies. Has been racing against a very good bunch of horses of late and will find this easier. Will be dashing home and can run over the top of these.
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