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Melbourne Mail: Flemington - 6th August 2022

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The first new season Saturday kicks off at HQ and a hint of Spring is in the air with the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap headlining the card.

NICOLINI VITO winning the Lachal Hcp at Flemington in Australia.
NICOLINI VITO winning the Lachal Hcp at Flemington in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Flemington fittingly plays host to the new season with a fascinating little feature sprint, bringing horses from either side of the country to tackle the Victorians. I'm hoping the West Aussie can get the job done with Stageman possessing a good first up record and attractive form lines through the likes of Elite Street and Celebrity Queen. He'll need to run to his best (around 110) to win but I think he'll suit the straight and provide strong resistance to King Of Sparta and Sirius Suspect.

The standout bet of the day is a relatively obvious one in the form of Nicolini Vito in Race 8. He got under my guard first up over 1200m but the win was impressive, knocking off a very much in form Bill The Boxer down the straight and posting a new peak rating of 103.

He put up a picket fence last preparation and I think he can continue to go through the grades, with the 1400m at Flemington looking ideal. He draws ideally in barrier four to sit in behind the speed and I think he'll justify the short but backable price of $2.30.

He will be popular, as will one in the last who looked fantastic winning first up at the midweeks. He's lightly raced and looks a rightful favourite, however there's one especially that I think should be much closer in the market.

Zipping Boy has had two runs back with original trainer Jerome Hunter for two seconds and I personally think Celine waited too long to push the button last time which arguably cost him the win. A more aggressive Will Price goes on now and still claims 1.5kg. Back up to 1100m should suit third up and it wouldn't shock to see him run his honest race and get into the money again, with $6 available for a place.

MELBOURNE MAIL

Bet of the day: Race 8 #4 Nicolini Vito @ $2.30

Value play: Race 9 #4 Zipping Boy @ $27/6


Racing and Sports



Flemington

Saturday, 06th August 2022

8
16:30
(local)

The Skyline Lounge Hcp

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $150,000
1410m TURF SOFT
8
16:30
(local)
AUD $150,000
1410m SOFT

The Skyline Lounge Hcp

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 11. TURN ON THE CHARM (FR) 5yo G
CHARM SPIRIT (IRE) - SHENDAYA (FR)
ALANA KELLY
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$26.00
52.0kg
Australian Bloodstock, A Tjolle, R S Chilov, Hon. W R Haylen Q.C., K R Rowbotham, R G Powell, T M Mibus, M R Dixon, Just For Fun, Turn On The Charm, D F Degenhardt, Lucky Eight Racing, Rj Thomson, Dr S Ozeer, Cobra Fly, Sewgoolam Racing Connection, R F Kean, Mrs A C Kean, I J Nichol & Mrs S Nich

Sales Information

2nd 3. WINNING PARTNER (AUS) 7yo G
DAWN APPROACH (IRE) - LADY FRERE (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
T & C MCEVOY
$11.00
56.0kg
Glenvallen Investments Pty Ltd (Mgr: F L Li) & Seymour Bloodstock (Mgr: D S Thomas)

Sales Information

3rd 9. MR EXCLUSIVE (AUS) 7yo G
MAGNUS (AUS) - PURPLE BUTTERFLY (AUS)
TATUM BULL
MATTHEW BROWN
$7.00
51.0kg
Browns & Kirks (Mgr: S D Brown), Mrs E D'Abaco, B D'Abaco, A T Kritikides, Cranley Street Brothers (Mgr: A J H Hicks), Mrs L M Brown, B J Evans, Mrs N Edwards & A Edwards
4th 4. NICOLINI VITO (AUS) 5yo G
NICCONI (AUS) - SHE'S CHERRYRYPE (AUS)
DANIEL STACKHOUSE
BEN & JD HAYES
$1.90
55.5kg
5th 2. DESERT ICON (FR) 6yo G
SEA THE STARS (IRE) - PLUME ROSE (GB)
BRETT PREBBLE
CHRIS WALLER
$31.00
57.5kg

Sales Information

6th 8. ZOLTAN (NZ) 5yo G
IFFRAAJ (GB) - EBONY BABE (NZ)
LINDA MEECH
SYMON WILDE
$9.00
54.0kg
7th 5. BAM'S ON FIRE (AUS) 7yo M
UNIVERSAL RULER (AUS) - IM YOUR FIRE (NZ)
JOSH RICHARDS
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$11.00
52.0kg
8th 6. WILLIAM THOMAS (AUS) 8yo G
NICCONI (AUS) - GIRLS ROCK (AUS)
BILLY EGAN
J W PRICE
$16.00
54.0kg

Sales Information

9th 1. MAKRAM (IRE) 5yo G
MAKE BELIEVE (GB) - SPONTANEOUS (IRE)
MARK ZAHRA
BEN & JD HAYES
$21.00
58.0kg

Sales Information

10th 7. SHANDY (AUS) 7yo M
FIORENTE (IRE) - PORTLAND PAIJE (AUS)
DANIEL MOOR
CLAYTON DOUGLAS
$31.00
54.0kg

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