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The Melbourne Mail: Flemington – 22nd of June 2024

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Just two weeks until the Winter Championships Finals and contenders should be gearing up.

STARLIGHT SCOPE winning the VRC Member Jennifer Lefebvre Trophy at Flemington in Australia.
STARLIGHT SCOPE winning the VRC Member Jennifer Lefebvre Trophy at Flemington in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

We're deep into the Winter series now and with just two weeks until Finals Day at Flemington, it's time for a few to stake their claim.

One who has Silver Bowl winner written all over him is Craig, luckless here last time off a big win at Bendigo, he goes up very short in the market and isn't a betting proposition on Saturday.

Another former import that looks a far better betting target is Lionel, who should have Banjo Paterson aspirations and no doubt Ciaron Maher would've been thinking this off his Australian debut at Mornington over 2000m, running on strongly from back in the field to grab third.

The sectionals there say he was left with far too much to do, understandable given his stage of the campaign, and the market certainly took it on board, sending him out a $6 chance in the Andrew Ramsden next time out.

Awful there, he was eased out of the race, and with nothing emerging in the aftermath, it does require a significant leap of faith to back him again here, but we'll try and make the case to do so.

His overseas form has the pieces to suggest he's a handy stayer- a listed winner in 2022 at Goodwood, he ran to 106 on that occasion before tackling the Irish Derby, sent around as a 16-1 shot but blowing up and finishing a long last.

He then resumed with a good third for the Gosden's and ran to 109 on the R&S scale, a new peak and one that would almost certainly win this race.

The run at Mornington rated 104 on the same scale and given he was off some 18 months, I think the last start flop can be forgiven. He's had another jump out since and we're getting the same $6 this start in a much easier race while also dropping 3kg.

For the each-way play, we'll roll forward to Race 4 where a group of evenly bunched mares will be looking to put their hand up as Leilani Series Final contenders.

The one that makes appeal at the prices is Starlight Scope, who has been racing very well against the boys in three runs this campaign, running three strong ratings all above the 100 mark.

While technically up to a Bm90 here, she's back against her own sex having been very competitive with some good males, and she did work a bit early on a solid tempo last start at Sandown.

There doesn't look to be much pressure here and she should be able to get to the front with minimal fuss. As is often the case, she's double figure odds and should be giving a huge sight.

 

THE MELBOURNE MAIL

Bet of the day: Race 2 No. 8 - LIONEL at $6.50

Each-way play: Race 4 No. 2 - STARLIGHT SCOPE at $11 & $3.30


Racing and Sports

Flemington

Saturday, 22nd June 2024

2
12:25
(local)

Boys to the Bush Community Trophy

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: Qlty
AUD $150,000
2540m TURF GOOD
2
12:25
(local)
AUD $150,000
2540m GOOD

Boys to the Bush Community Trophy

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: Qlty


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 3. BORN A KING (GB) 7yo G
FRANKEL (GB) - FAIRWATER (USA)
JOHN ALLEN
CHRIS WALLER
$21
59kg
Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Paramount Racing, I Bruce, Magic Bloodstock Racing, F Cook, C Cook, R Smith, N Greenhalgh, M Greenhalgh, M Digby, T Corkhill, A Caminiti, Lamphee Racing, L Caminiti, Felgate Holdings, R Ive & Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd

Sales Information

2nd 9. TARAMANSOUR (IRE) 7yo G
DANSILI (GB) - TANOURA (IRE)
BLAIKE MCDOUGALL
PHILLIP STOKES
$9.5
55.5kg
Regal Bloodstock, R Livori, Mrs M Livori, K N Good, R Pezzano, P J Bongiorno, Dr C M Duncan, Mykonos, M W Silva, C Hill, D B Mortison, Forest View, Colmum Racing, A Lewin, Mrs C E Mckelvie, M Mckelvie, PB's Last Chance, P T Heinz, Franks Crew & Regal International Racing

Sales Information

3rd 5. PORT GUILLAUME (FR) 7yo G
LE HAVRE (IRE) - KEIRA (FR)
PATRICK MOLONEY
BEN, WILL & JD HAYES
$26
56kg
Lindsay Park Bloodstock (S Steel), Hong Kong Bloodstock (A Fan), J Damiano, Jump into The Bool (D Hendry), T Deutsher, Lindsay Park 11 (P Liebenberg), M Norton, King Frog Racing (M Norton), T Carman, T Dwyer, D Johns, Aus Racing Tours Warrnambool (J McGauran), N Roylance, M Mclean & J Ferguson

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4th 6. FERAGO (AUS) 7yo G
FIORENTE (IRE) - VODISSA (AUS)
TOM MADDEN
PATRICK F RYAN JNR
$10
55.5kg

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5th 10. QUEEN TAKES KING (NZ) 7yo M
CHARM SPIRIT (IRE) - EGERIA (IRE)
MICHAEL DEE
CIARON MAHER
$12
54kg

Sales Information

6th 11. MIRZANN (IRE) 4yo G
CAMELOT (GB) - MUNIZA (IRE)
BEAU MERTENS
CHRIS WALLER
$4
54kg

Sales Information

7th 4. ABERFELDIE BOY (AUS) 4yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - ABSOLUTE JOY (NZ)
JYE MCNEIL
R GRIFFITHS & M DE KOCK
$4
57.5kg

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8th 2. MOUNT POPA (IRE) 9yo G
MAXIOS (GB) - MIMALIA (USA)
LUKE CURRIE
M, W & J HAWKES
$16
60kg

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9th 8. LIONEL (GB) 5yo G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - GRETCHEN (GB)
ETHAN BROWN
CIARON MAHER
$8.5
56kg
FF 1. LET'SROLLTHEDICE (AUS) 4yo G
DUNDEEL (NZ) - HANNAH IN A HURRY (AUS)
BLAKE SHINN
DANNY O'BRIEN
$7
60kg

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