Feature: IASBet.com’s Gerard Twomey’s Expert Comments
Racing Analyst Gerard Twomey casts his eye over the big meeting at Flemington.
With substantial rain forecast in Melbourne on Friday night and Saturday punters will be well advised to hone in on wet trackers at the Makybe Diva Stakes meeting at Flemington.
“In the Let’s Elope Stakes both Tonic and Believe ‘N Achieve represent value chances. In the Danehill Stakes, Soul reads well on his last start second to Golden Rose winner Toorak Toff, he won well on debut down the straight on affected ground and the 1200m looks ideal. Nicastro looks well placed in race 4, he will relish the likely good tempo set by Jungle Ruler and is crying out for 1400m.”
“Sydney visitor Danleigh is the obvious favourite in the Maybe Diva, he loves soft ground and having had two runs in from a spell his fitness could well be the telling factor. Vigor looks the likely leader with no obvious pacemaker in the race and he did win this last year. Heart Of dreams is fitter and will race in a forward position but from his wide barrier he may get caught wide in running. Keep an eye on the Lloyd Williams horse Alandi who will appreciate the soft going but a slow tempo will be against him.
“Top wet tracker Doubtful Jack resumes in the Bobbie Lewis and his clash with emerging superstar Love Conquers All provides the highlight of the meeting; I am expecting Doubtful Jack to measure up to Group One company this preparation.”
Twomey also offered some ideas for the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick. “This race will become a real battle of tactics with no genuine speed in the race. Theseo should get an easy lead and now that he’s second up we can expect big improvement from him and he may be able to dictate terms. Metal Bender should get the box seat i behind Theseo, while Triple Honour will be charging home but the slow pace could work against him” said Twomey.