Persan will take a power of beating in the first at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2021 VRC St Leger Day Tips & Preview

The second of two talent-packed black type cards in Victoria this weekend will be contested at Flemington on Sunday afternoon.

The VRC St Leger headlines the program, but I’ve previewed every race and provided my 2021 VRC St Leger Day Tips below.

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William Newton VC Handicap (2600m) – 1pm
No. 1 Persan

Persan will go around in the first at HQ on Sunday and he will surely take a power of beating.

The Pierro entire was an absolute standout during 2020 and won plenty of excellent races, winning his way into the Melbourne Cup by taking out The Bart Cummings here, and ultimately ending his year fifth in the Race That Stops a Nation.

He won at The Valley when resuming this time, finished second in the Neds Easter Cup last time and is ready to win third-up and getting out to a serious trip.

Auckland Racing Club Trophy (1600m) – 1:35pm
No. 1 Re Edit

Re Edit returned an eye-catching effort when first up from a spell and she can go one better in the second on VRC St Leger Day.

The Camelot mare has been a good horse for the Waller stable since making her debut, and she has picked off plenty of races like this one along the way.

She’ll carry topweight, but she’ll be steered by Jamie Kah and will be flying home late.

WGCDR Ian Bayles DFC (1000m) – 2:10pm
No. 2 Just Hifalutin

Just Hifalutin has also accepted for a race at Caulfield on Saturday, but there is no doubt that she is at her most effective down the Flemington straight.

The Reset mare was the stable star for Enver Jusufovic throughout her career and has actually transferred to Symon Wilde this time.

If she finds anything close to her best form, she’ll be right in the finish.

Listed ANZAC Day Stakes (1400m) – 2:45pm
No. 1 Daily Bugle

Daily Bugle has also accepted into the Group 1 Champagne Stakes field at Randwick on Saturday, but there is no doubt that this is the far softer option, and he’ll take plenty of beating if this is the route taken.

The Press Statement colt has recorded two wins and a second placing from his five career starts so far, winning the Mornington Sires’ most notably, and he was last seen finishing a credible sixth in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’

He’s rock-hard fit and this is obviously a substantial drop in class.

RAAF Centenary (1400m) – 3:20pm
No. 2 South Parade

South Parade has found career-best form this prep and looks well placed to record another win at Flemington on Sunday.

The Sacred Falls gelding placed at his first two back this time and simply hasn’t looked back, winning three races in succession in dominant fashion.

He’s rock-hard fit and this looks the perfect opportunity to transition to weekend company.

Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) – 3:55pm
No. 3 Through Irish Eyes

This race often throws up a couple of serious South Australian Derby prospects and Through Irish Eyes looks the one to beat in this year’s VRC St Leger.

Through Irish Eyes raced greenly on debut at Pakenham in January, but he has continued to improve with racing and as the bar has been raised, culminating in a close-up second behind the talented Liqueuro in the Listed Galilee Series Final last time out.

There is no horse of that calibre in this field and Through Irish Eyes can win.

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The Les Carlyon (1700m) – 4:30pm
No. 4 Warning

I’m going to five Warning a chance to run a race in The Les Carlyon.

Warning won the 2019 Victoria Derby here at Flemington in impressive fashion, but it is fair to say that he hasn’t returned to the same heights in his subsequent preparations.

His best run in spring was a sixth placing in the Turnbull Stakes here, beaten only a length by Verry Elleegant, and I’m confident he’ll improve from his flat first-up run in the Australian Cup.

Flt Lt Peter Armytage Handicap (1700m) – 5:05pm
No. 2 Fatigues

The final race on the card has drawn an open field of three-year-olds and I am going to have a small play on Fatigues.

Fatigues hasn’t won in three starts back this time, but he has noticeably improved with each and let down with a lovely tun of foot to fill the minors behind Annavisto at Caulfield last time out.

I think that is the correct form to follow into this race.