IT is Group 1 Australian Cup day at Flemington on Saturday and a strong nine race card awaits.
There’s listed races everywhere you look, so you don’t need us to pump up the meet. Let’s just get into the tips.
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Race 1 – Benchmark 90 (1000m)
Sunday Escape presents as an excellent winning chance in this race. The horse has great third-up form and progressed nicely from a poor resuming run to only just miss out on February 23 in the 55 Second Challenge at the Valley.
Race 1 tip: Sunday Escape to win ($9 at Neds)
Race 2 – Benchmark 90 (1800m)
Kings Will Dream is hunting a fifth-straight win and looks hard to beat. The four-year-old has been progressing nicely throughout this campaign and looks well suited to this grading.
Race 2 tip: Kings Will Dream to win ($2.15 at William Hill)
Race 3 – Benchmark 84 (1400m)
King’s Command won nicely last-time out and while it jumps slightly in grade, the win was strong enough to suggest it can be competitive. The Commands gelding has a good record at the track and we’re backing it to go back-to-back at Flemington.
Race 3 tip: King’s Command to win ($7 at Sportsbet)
Race 4 – Sires’ Produce (1400m)
Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig runner Nasaayim is chasing a hat-trick and we’re backing it right in. The horse dug in strongly to win at Caulfield last-start in a quality race, and while this is the filly’s toughest task to date we have plenty of faith it will be hard to beat.
Race 4 tip: Nasaayim to win ($5 at Sportsbet)
Race 5 – Kewney Stakes (1400m)
The undefeated Summer Sham is going to be hard to catch here. The three-year-old loves to spear out and win it from the front and it won’t have any trouble doing that here. Summer Sham looks poised to make it four on the trot.
Race 5 tip: Summer Sham to win ($7 at William Hill)
Race 6 – Newmarket Handicap (1200m)
Supido put together a sensational run in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up, rounding out the first-four in a highly competitive race. The horse drops a huge 6kg for this race and has two wins from five second-up attempts. Bodes well for a great run.
Race 6 tip: Supido to win ($13 at Neds)
Race 7 – Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m)
Spanish Reef was great upon resumption at this track on February 17 and a great second-up record of a win and a placing from two attempts boosts our confidence. The four-year-old mare drops 3kg coming into this race, which is another key factor.
Race 7 tip: Spanish Reef to win ($3.80 at Crownbet)
Race 8 – Australian Cup (2000m)
Gailo Chop is favourite heading into this race for several good reasons. The Weir runner has not been beaten across two runs this campaign and has two wins from four third-up attempts. A deserved favourite that thrives at this distance.
Race 8 tip: Gailo Chop to win ($2.90 at Ladbrokes)
Race 9 – Incognitus Stakes (1100m)
The undefeated Vainstream resumes in this race, and while it will be a step-up in class the likes of which the horse has not seen, it can surprise. The horse is fresh off a three length trial win at Cranbourne and has yet to have a horse finish within a length of it.
Race 9 tip: Vainstream to win ($9.50 at Ladbrokes)