Rubisaki. Photo by Steve Hart.

2021 A.R Creswick Stakes Day Tips & Preview

There are nine quality races to get around at headquarters this Saturday afternoon and we have completed our homework and offer our thoughts and betting plays below.

Our full 2021 A.R Creswick Stakes Day Tips & Preview can be read here.

Race 1: 2YO Handicap (1420m) 11:45am
No. 7 Somewhat Fabulous

A tricky way to start the day with not a lot of exposed form to sift through with these young ones.

Somewhat Fabulous made a winning start to her racing career when scoring in a Benchmark 64 at Morphettville and hopefully she can continue that unbeaten record to kick start our day on a winning note.

Race 2: Adam Lindsay Gordan Handicap (2540m) 12:20pm
No. 6 Master Chum

Master Chum was third in the Listed City Of Adelaide Handicap when resuming from a spell at Morphettville.

He followed up that effort with an eighth at Group 3 level before being narrowly denied at Flemington last start.

At this stage of his prep, he should be ready to peak and should get a nice run in transit from barrier four.

Race 3: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1000m) 12:55pm
No. 1 Express Pass

Express Pass has not been far away in both his starts so far this prep, going down by the barest of margins last Saturday at Sandown to Zipping Boy.

I really like the step back to 1000m with the winkers coming off and the blinkers added.

Race 4: Benchmark 90 Handicap (1420m) 1:30pm
No. 4 Witchfulthinking

Witchfulthinking was a dominant winner by 2.75 lengths at Warrnambool two starts back before finishing within half a length of the very smart Snickerdoodledandy at this track and distance two weeks ago.

The four year old mare has been placed in 10 of her 19 career race starts and looks well placed yet again in a race of this quality.

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Race 5: Benchmark 90 Handicap (1620m) 2:05pm
No. 1 Galaxy Raider

The big weight will be lumped with Galaxy Raider in the fifth at Headquarters but he is a horse that is racing very well right at the minute.

He kick started this campaign with back to back placings and has not been far away in his subsequent two runs at Flemington.

The eight year old will be nearing peak fitness at this stage in his prep and I’m happy to take on the favourite who is stepping up to this grade for the first time.

Race 6: Sir Henry Bolte Handicap (2000m) 2:45pm
No. 2 Reuber

Reuber has been placed in his last four in a row which includes being runner in his last three.

The chestnut colt was beaten two lengths by Namakwa last time out at this track and distance but he gets a three kilo swing in the weights for this race.

Luke Currie climbs aboard for the first time.

Race 7: Listed A.R. Creswick Stakes (1200m) 3:25pm
No. 13 Maha

They were a little sharp for Maha when she resumed from a spell at Caulfield three weeks ago but the talented three year old will only improve off that effort.

She was beaten just over a length in the Group 3 Red Roses behind Written Beauty down the Flemington straight at the tail end of her last campaign and she will appreciate the step up to 1200m.

Blinkers have been added for the first time which should sharpen the filly up and she represents great value at double figures.

Race 8: Brian Beattie Handicap (1420m) 4:00pm
No. 11 Rubisaki

Rubisaki has been excellent in all of her runs so far this prep including a placing at Group 1 level in the Robert Sangster in Adelaide.

She was beaten less than half a length at this track and distance last start and she meets the winner of that race, Yulong January, two kilos better at the weights.

Drawn to get a lovely run in transit with Michelle Payne in the saddle.

Race 9: Jack Styring Sprint (1100m) 4:32pm
Boxed Trifecta 1/5/7/10

Let’s box them up and have a crack in the last!