VRC Members Day at Flemington Tips, Race Previews and Selections – 7/16/2022
Nine races were held this Saturday in Flemington to celebrate VRC Members Day.
We’ve applied the rule across the entire program and offer our best bets below.
Race 1 – Trevor Clarke Handicap (1000m)
Race open to start, so I’ve got something small on Lascars in the double digits.
This lightly raced son of Sepoy has contested far tougher races than that, finishing second on his debut in a Stakes Track and Distance race in the spring before picking up at Caulfield where he struggled to compete in the Blue Diamond Prelude.
Recent try form has been good though, especially last month at Randwick beating a promising guy at home. Draw well, put Damien Oliver in the saddle and rise to the challenge.
Bet now: Lascars
Race 2 – Ken Cox Handicap (1700m)
Thalassophile is a consistent guy who looks set to win again for Chris Waller.
The Not A Single Doubt daughter has been around for a while, but she’s maintained her form to regain a spot in four of her last five starts, including an impressive performance in the Silver Bowl Final here a few years ago. weeks on the mile.
This shape around Cardinal Gem and Arran Bay stacks up pretty well, and given the terrain it has built up, 1700m doesn’t seem like a problem.
Bet now: Thalassophile
Race 3 – RMBL Investments Rising Stars Final (1600m)
I was with Zousonic two weeks ago in the Leilani Finals and I’m not about to go down.
The speed didn’t suit her that day as she came back and never gained much ground, but with a more authentic tempo expected and up to the mile, I think she can atone.
This race was obviously a lot tougher, and she is on form on this trip with a win and a place under her belt. Gets on well with the claim and should be able to save the best for last.
Bet now: Zousonic
Race 4 – Flemington Cup 1849 (2800m)
I don’t know what to make of this race on paper, but if it’s a true endurance contest, Through Irish Eyes simply wins.
The four-year-old Tavistock was last seen at Eagle Farm in second place in the Brisbane Cup, a race he probably deserved to win after coming undone in the closing stages when beaten narrowly by Irish Sequel.
Back at 2800m, a refresh seems like a plus, and he loves running here in Flemington. You obviously have to respect the team and if the pace is real, I trust Jamie Kah to do the job.
Bet Now: Through Irish Eyes
Race 5 – Byerley Handicap (1800m)
Tricky race, but I look in the direction of Quang Tri despite the clumsy draw.
We haven’t seen this girl enough to say what she’s truly capable of, but she’s won her last two starts at Swan Hill and here at Flemington in impressive fashion.
Her last victory came on the mile where she ran three without cover and still found plenty on the last furlong to gain by a length. Other than that, I doubt 1800m is a problem, and provided she handles the extra weight, I can’t find any reason why she won’t win.
Bet now: Quang Tri
Race 6 – Sir Eugene Gorman Handicap (1000m)
Squid Game is a horse that does a lot of harm, but the turn of his foot almost always makes him a threat.
The Patrick Payne three-year-old has been through both sets this time around, most recently at Caulfield where he gave up a start and didn’t really have much wiggle room down the straight, finishing at three faultless lengths of Inundation.
This race was still full of merit given his horrible running pattern, and the times he clocked over the last 600 meters deserve huge respect. Well drawn with Craig Williams now in the saddle, he will be tough to beat.
Bet Now: Squid Game
Race 7 – HRV Members Handicap (2000m)
How good is Mankayan?
Back-to-back wins at Caulfield and Sandown suggest he’s on course for bigger and better things in the spring, and he can certainly stand out as a player to watch by scoring a hat-trick against some of them.
His win in similar conditions last time out was nothing short of dominating, and I expect we’ll see a similar performance given his new record. He’s placed twice in the 2000m and clearly Matthew Cartwright has good connections.
Bet now: Mankayan
Race 8 – KA Morrison Handicap (1400m)
Alongside another in search of her triplet, My Yankee Girl.
I was smitten with her victory here two weeks ago in the Rivette final where she overcame a three position to get up and win against Rioyuki just before the post.
She loves bites off the ground and was a comfortable winner on the heavyweight at Sandown two backstroke. Jye McNeil is sticking, and from the low draw I think the pair can cool down and really save the best for last.
Bet Now: My Yankee Girl
Race 9 – LV Lachal Handicap (1200m)
Florescent Star isn’t winning out of turn, but she should find it a little easier coming out of Victoria Spring a few weeks ago when she was beaten by a length by Sirius Suspect.
Zoustar’s daughter just ended up on the wrong part of the track at the finish, which she will probably still have to overcome here after swerving.
Still, she has a class advantage over some of them and has also found the silver twice on heavyweight courses before. Loves 1200m and she is as honest as can be.
Bet Now: The Fluorescent Star