Heart Of The Oak hasn’t been seen at the races since April, but she is an above-average mare and can make a winning return at Rosehill today.
The now four-year-old daughter of Sebring has recorded one win and one second placing from two previous fresh attempts, and was set some pretty lofty targets during her recent autumn preparation.
Having won three races in succession, she ended her campaign with midfield results in the Group 1 Surround and the Group 3 PJ Bell, and that form is more than adequate for something like this.
Pletto will take winning form into Race 2 at Belmont today and looks well placed to make it two in a row.
The Playing God mare hasn’t missed a placing in seven career starts and resumed this time for a credible third behind Dark Mission, before comfortably beating her rivals at this course and distance last time out.
Fitter third-up, I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again.
This is an outstanding edition of the Missile Stakes and perhaps understandably, multiple Group 1 winner mare Melody Belle has opened our favourite.
Her first-up record hasn’t been as strong, however, and I think that Flit can and will be winning at a lovely price ($6 at publish).
A Group 1 winner in her own right, Flit returned several typically strong performances in the autumn, highlighted by a first-up win in the Group 2 Light Fingers and her second placing behind Splintex in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint.
She’ll have conditions to suit today and can fight out the finish.
Talented South Australian sprinter Octane will be tested down the Flemington straight today and I can’t wait to see what he can do.
The I Am Invincible gelding has won five of his last six race starts and resumed this time for a credible fourth at Morphettville, before recording very impressive wins at his last two appearances.
He’s at peak condition for this contest, is drawn to get some cover and can finish over the top.