Down in Melbourne, the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (Race 7) over 1200m should be a lively affair up the Flemington straight with Victorian Sprint Series Final winner Ruettiger (pictured above) amongst the leading contenders.
The gelding is racing extremely consistently this preparation having not finished worse than fourth in his five runs since April and figures to be right in the finish again over his favoured trip.
Mick Price’s Mighty Like did us a huge favour when upsetting Voodoo Lad first-up in the Bruce Gadsden Handicap and we’ll be looking for him to make his presence felt.
Having elected to bypass the Missile, Ramornie winner and former Hong-Kong sprinter Smart Volatility will be making his first career start down south and looms as the query runner under Tye Angland.
Of the others, Henry Dwyer’s Beirut hasn’t put a foot wrong of late but the mare will also be having her first crack at Flemington and might find this a bit tougher while Magnus Reign chased home Mighty Like last time out and could represent some value at around the 16/1 mark.
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