Today, March 12, ‘Super Saturday’ lights up Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse with the card’s full race scratchings and a detailed track report detailed below.
It is a cloudy day scheduled for Melbourne, but without any rain on the forecast the current Good (4) Flemington track rating is set to stay throughout Super Saturday.
Flemington Track Report – 12/03/2016
- Rail: Out 3m Entire Circuit
- Weather: Overcast
- Track Type: Turf
- Irrigation: nil last 24 hrs, 21mm last 7 days
- Rainfall: nil last 24 hrs, 14.6mm last 7 days
- Penetrometer: 4.91
- Track Rating: Good 4
A bumper nine-race program runs at Flemington across the afternoon, the meeting highlighted by two Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Group 1s.
The card kickoff is scheduled for 12:40pm (AEDT) with the two-year-old fillies facing off in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m), racing finishing up at 5:45pm (AEDT) with the Listed My Kitchen Rules Stakes (1400m) featuring the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Tried And Tired.
Race 6 at 3:50pm (AEDT) is the first of the elite levels, the sprinters facing off in the $1.25 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) where Tiger Tees is out in favour of a Gold Coast assignment.
Then the weight-for-age runners line-up in Flemington Race 7 for the 4:30pm (AEDT), the field for the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) also down to 10 with the scratching of Mourinho.
The full Flemington program and scratchings is below so you can see who is in and who is out before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to place your bets!
Flemington Scratchings – 12/03/2016
Total Scratchings: 12
Race 1 – 12:40pm $150,000 Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m)
- #3 Zamzam (8)
- #8 Gloriette (1)
- #9 Meridan Star (6)
The juvenile fillies face off in the first with the field down to just nine runners after the three early scratchings including one-time favourite Zamzam, the Blue Diamond Stakes third placegetter to run in the $120,000 Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley next Friday night instead. The new top fancy and market mover is Flemington Group 3 winner Concealer ($5 into $3.60) out to atone for her ninth in the Blue Diamond.
Race 2 – 1:15pm $200,000 Group 2 MSS Security Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
- #9 Kinetic Design (8)
The field is down to eight in this set weights clash for the two-year-olds with mile or proper staying potential. A smart line-up assembled and a wide open market with four youngsters paying between $4 – $4.60. Current favourite is Peter & Paul Snowden’s perennial placegetter Detective ($4) who has run second in all three starts to date, including behind subsequent Todman Stakes winner Kiss And Make Up last time out. Legit Slipper form.
Race 3 – 1:55pm $120,000 Listed Goodwood Racecourse Trophy (1100m)
- No current scratchings
The full 13 final acceptors are still in the mix for this three-years-old handicap sprint where the promising Ciaron Maher-trained Lonhro colt Brockhoff ($4.20) has claims on the back of a Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) second at Caulfield. He is top weight with the honest Peter Moody-trained Bassett ($4.60) who was third in the same lead-up, which could be the form line to follow into this easier assignment.
Race 4 – 2:30pm $200,000 Group 2 Incognitus Blamey Stakes (1600m)
- #3 Lidari (6)
Ten milers left in the mix after Darren Weir too Lidari out of the equation, the horse heading to South Australia on Monday for a run on Adelaide Cup Day instead. The clear favourite and market mover is Stratum Star ($2.60) from the same stable who is down in class after a brave second to Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) last start. Mile should suit as the four-year-old has two seconds and two thirds from four 1600m runs to date.
Race 5 – 3:10pm $200,000 Group 2 TAB Kewney Stakes (1400m)
- #10 Cana (14)
- #13 Lopartega (6)
- #15 Miss Wilson (5)
- #16 Let Her Rip (11)
The three-year-old fillies with staying potential and a possible ATC Oaks bid in Sydney next month calling run in this set weights clash, 12 left after the four early scratchings. Heading the markets is Catch A Fire ($4.40), a nicely drawn improver for Lindsay Park shooting for three wins on the trot and coming off the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes win at Caulfield a fortnight ago over the same distance, which she blitzed by two and a quarter lengths.
Race 6 – 3:50pm $1,250,000 Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m)
- #3 Tiger Tees (7)
Tiger Tees is out for Joe Pride with 10 left in the mix for the classic sprint, markets for which are firmly led by Chautauqua ($2.50) coming off the Black Caviar Lightning win and out to improve on his second last year. Big danger in Japonisme ($3.80) for Chris Waller who won last year with another smart three-year-old. Value in the filly Secret Agenda ($13) second-up off a nice Group 3 second at Moonee Valley.
Race 7 – 4:30pm $1,500,000 Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m)
- #4 Mourinho (2)
Mourinho is out and 10 top weight-for-age hopes still in the mix led in betting by the John O’Shea-trained Peter Young Stakes winner Bow Creek and Preferment for Waller who looks well placed at WFA and ready to improve second-up. Also money for the mare Suavito in gate five who won the CF Orr off a lengthy break before a Futurity third last time out.
Race 8 – 5:10pm $150,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m)
- #3 Sacred Eye (12)
Sacred Eye comes out in favour of a Sydney run against the boys in the Phar Lap Stakes on her way to the Oaks during ‘The Championships’. Of the 12 remaining fillies and mares the top weight Noble Protector ($4.20) is favourite first-up, a Group 1 calling for her last autumn after smart Group wins in Melbourne before her Queen Of The Turf third. No spring form, but if she comes back her best she wins.
Race 9 – 5:45pm $120,000 Listed My Kitchen Rules Stakes (1400m)
- No current scratchings
The 10 final acceptors stay in for the closing handicap clash where Yesterday’s Songs, who looks ready to peak third-up, and the honest Tried And Tired battle for favouritism. Good price on the mare Jessy Belle who was chasing home Wawail last week and just needs luck from the barrier here.