Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - TOURISTIC (1) looks to find the right race today third-up and out to the 2000m. Found the line late with the 60kg when second over 1800m at Rosehill on November 11. Maps well again and no excuses here. LYRICAL GANGSTER (10) racing well in much easier company and hard fit now fifth-up. Returned good figures when swamped them late for an overdue nose victory at Randwick Kensington over 1800m on November 2. Confidence high and has no weight for this. NEW REPUBLIC (6) much better run second-up when caught the eye late to run fifth over 1800m at Rosehill two weeks ago. Extra trip suits and looks a solid top-three contender. Group 2 placegetter AUSBRED RISING SUN (8) has needed the three runs back and was far from disgraced when fifth over 1900m at Rosehill at the latest. Extra distance suits and no shock if he won this.
RACE 2 - TRIBECA STAR (2) promising Matt Dunn-trained gelding who looks set for a big prep. Covered ground from the wide gate when a tough 0.6 len winner in this grade over 1200m at Rosehill on November 4. Maps well for this and should have little trouble with the extra weight and trip. UNRELENTING (4) third-up today and won third-up in the past. Much better run when rattled late to finish third over this trip at Rosehill on November 11. Can race closer from the gate and due for a change of luck. ZOUATICA (5) made big jumps last preparation and loved the fact they brought him to town to trial. Will lead and take some catching.
RACE 3 - CONTEMPORARY (8) has excellent third-up figures and indicated a win was imminent after finishing off strongly when second over 1200m at Rosehill on November 11. Should be able to race closer to the speed from the gate and take holding out. TORONOMICA (10) finally draws a gate at his third run back. Set an impossible task from barrier 19 when 16th over 1500m in The Four Pillars at Rosehill on November 4. Smart on his day and has a good record this track and trip. Big improver. PLUNDERING (6) gritty return with the 59kg when fourth over 1200m at Rosehill on November 11. Undefeated second-up and look for him late. WITH YOUR BLESSING (3) third-up today and won third-up previously. Two runs back have been full of merit and looks ready to win now.
RACE 4 - ROCKETEER GIRL (10) speedy mare starting to hit her straps. Went out hard and proved too sharp late when a gritty winner over 1200m at Canterbury on November 17. Will hold a forward position and figure prominently. SHADOWS OF LOVE (7) got herself out of jail last start and after scratchings this appears a far more suitable contest. Could be cast from the draw but still looms as a major threat. LEANDRA (11) was good through the line first up and with further improvement expected, she has to be included in the main chances.
RACE 5 - EAU DE VIE (11) improving mare who finished unplaced in the G3 Adrian Knox last prep. Fitter after two runs back, including latest long neck victory over 1350m at Wyong in easier company on November 11. Undefeated this track and has the upside to win third-up. Maps well and will take catching. BURNING NEED (4) covered plenty of ground third-up when a tenacious third in the Four Pillars over 1500m at Rosehill on November 4. Trained on the track and all five wins have come at this course. Looks a serious player. VICTORY LANE (7) trained on the track and total forgive at latest when started from barrier 20 to finish 14th in the Four Pillars at Rosehill over 1500m on November 4. Go on previous runs when assessing his chances.
RACE 6 - Group 3 winner RISE OF THE MASSES (7) has won this course and pay to forgive latest when had to do too much work early from a wide draw before tiring to run 12th over 1400m at Flemington on November 7. Can get control early and prove hard to run down. SUBSTANTIAL (9) fitter after two runs back and made up many lengths late when a solid sixth at Flemington over 1400m on November 7. Has come back well and the mile suits now. KING OF THE CASTLE (3) backs up quickly after holding on well to run fourth over 1850m at Newcastle last Saturday. Hard fit and this is his pet distance.
RACE 7 - Group 2 winner OSIPENKO (3) has had an interrupted prep and kept fresh for this. Solid run two back when third to Mr Brightside in the G1 Makybe Diva over the 1600m at Flemington on September 16. Kept ticking over with a recent 900m trial at Rosehill on October 27. Gets the right run and looks hard to hold out. Group 1 placegetter DETONATOR JACK (9) looks ready to win and is undefeated over the mile. Strong through the line when third over 1800m at Rosehill in the Five Diamonds on November 11. At his top now and no excuses today with the blinkers added. Multiple Group 2 placegetter WATERFORD (11) meets some of these better at the weights today and should get the right run from a soft gate. Has been costly this time in but don't underestimate.
RACE 8 - INSURRECTION (8) progressive sprinter who strips fitter after working hard from the wide gate when resuming to finish fourth over 1100m at Randwick on November 7. Well drawn for this and will take plenty of holding out from the inside gate. Group 2 placegetter DRAGONSTONE (6) has a solid fresh record and will relish the fast tempo anticipated today. Last appeared when a sound third to BUENOS NOCHES in the G3 Show County Quality over 1200m at Randwick on August 19. Fitted with two trials and look for him motoring late. Group 3 winner RECOMMENDATION (7) went out hard and stuck on well late when second over 1100m at Randwick on November 7. Fitter now and no surprise to see him ridden off the speed here. Group 3 placegetter QUICK TEMPO (10) returned in good order when stalked the speed for a gritty victory over this journey at Randwick on November 7. Undefeated this track and can sit off them and pounce late.
RACE 9 - CHOLANTE (12) fitter now after a big jump in grade when a plugging sixth over 1200m at Rosehill on November 4. This looks easier and gets every chance from the good gate. ACAPPELLA SUN (10) underrated mare who motored late from last on the turn when resumed with an eye-catching fourth over 1000m at Randwick in stronger company on November 7. Has no weight with the claim and looks great value. HEADWALL (5) promising 1000m sprinter resuming. Undefeated at this track and looks primed for this with two solid trials under his belt. Maps well and looks a genuine top-three contender.
RACE 10 - FALL FOR CINDY (11) is a distance specialist at her top now fifth-up. Chased hard when third to I'MINTOWIN over 1500m at Rosehill in this grade on November 4. Will need a good ride from the draw. DANAUSTAR (5) Maher/Eustace-trained gelding building a nice record in Victoria. Looks up to this after scoring a dominant on-speed win over 1203m at Kyneton on November 8. Expected to go forward again from the sticky gate and distance suits. IMA SHELBY (2) wasn't beaten far at Moonee Valley last start and that piece of form leaves him right in the hunt. Keep safe.