Today, Thursday November 5, is the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and Crown Oaks Day 2015 at Flemington Racecourse features a bumper nine-race program to enjoy a punt on.
Showers are predicted throughout the day in Melbourne with a top of 24 degrees and a 66% chance of light rain in the afternoon meaning the current Good (3) Flemington track rating could be downgraded.
Flemington Track Report – 05/11/2015
- Rail: Out 2m Entire Circuit
- Weather: Showers
- Track Type: Turf
- Irrigation: nil last 24 hours, 6mm last 7 days
- Rainfall: 3.8mm last 24 hours, 15.4mm last 7 days
- Penetrometer: 4.78
- Track Rating: Good (3)
Flemington racing for Ladies Day kicks off at 12:05pm (AEST) and continues through until race nine at 5:20pm (AEST).
The headline event on the program is of course the $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) running as Flemington Race 8 at 4:40pm (AEST).
Eleven three-year-old fillies remain in contention after the scratching of the Clarry Conners-trained Ethereal Stakes winner Dawnie Perfect who has gone to the paddock after showing signs of swelling in her leg.
New favourite in Crown Oaks betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% across the full Flemington card today, is Jameka in from $4.50 to $3.60 on the back of her Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) win on Cox Plate Day.
There are two other major support races on the program with the Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m) for the short-distance fillies running as Race 4 and the older mares facing off in Race 7 the Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m).
As well as Best Tote or SP + 20% across the card, Ladbrokes.com.au are also running a Crown Oaks Day bonus, an extra 50% on your very first Fixed Odds win bet in Races 1 – 5 if successful.
Flemington Scratchings – 05/11/2015
Total Scratchings: 21
Race 1 (12:05pm) – $100,000 Red Rock Deli Plate (1700m)
#17e Dane Hussler (10)
#18e Hart (17)
#19e Fair And Equitable (3)
#20e Arianne (15)
Race 2 (12:40pm) – $100,000 Swisse Wellness Trophy (1800m)
#1 Awesome Rock (3)
#2 Best Case (7)
#10 Our Positive Move (1)
#14 Leica Day (15)
Race 3 (1:20pm) – $100,000 Off The Track Subzero Challenge (1400m)
No current scratchings
Race 4 (2:00pm) – $200,000 Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m)
#2 Take Pride (16)
#3 Antelucan (17)
#7 Miss Gidget (19)
#16 Vegas Beauty (11)
#18 Kiss In The Rain (3)
Lots of early scratchings from the day’s first Group race with a field of 14 remaining with Secret Agenda ($4.40) the firming favourite. She’s drawn a treat and now jumps from barrier three down the straight looking to go one better than her back-to-back seconds in Group 3 company over 1200m.
Race 5 (2:40pm) – $150,000 Listed TCL Curved TV Stakes (1800m)
#17e Éclair Shadow (7)
Race 6 (3:20pm) – $150,000 Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m)
#14 Trevinder (6)
Race 7 (4:00pm) – $200,000 Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m)
#2 Lumosty (16)
A bumper field of 20 are still in the mix for the GH Mumm Stakes with the emergency runner Oh So Assertive getting a start after the withdrawal of the Robert Smerdon-trained Lumosty who is saved for Saturday instead taking on the boys in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m). New favourite is market mover Brook Road ($5.50) out to atone for a luckless ninth in the Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) on Caulfield Cup Day.
Race 8 (4:40pm) – $1,000,000 Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m)
#6 Dawnie Perfect (2)
Only 11 left for the day’s feature after Dawnie Perfect was scratched due to swelling and sent for a spell. The Ciaron Maher-trained Vase winner Jameka is the new firming favourite out to be the fifth top fancy to salute since 2008.
Race 9 (5:20pm) – $100,000 Crown Resorts Plate (1600m)
#6 Sadaqa (11)
#16 Cordoba (9)
#17e Prix D’Or (20)
#18e Shintaro (12)