Hungry Heart will take good improvement into her second campaign start and the Tea Rose Stakes looks a lovely race for her.
The Frankel filly raced well during her two-year-old season, but she always gave the impressive that she’d be better at three, and she was unlucky not to win when she stormed home to finish second in the Furious Stakes.
With the improvement from that effort and out to the 1400m, she’ll take a power of beating.
Taikomochi has been a model of consistency this campaign, and I am more than happy to stick with him in the Kingston Town Stakes, at around the $11 mark.
Taikomochi placed in both the Winter Stakes and the Winter Challenge when resuming this time, and he was rewarded for his form with a lovely win in the Premier’s Cup Prelude third-up.
He was last seen finishing a length and a half behind Mugatoo in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup, and I think that this looks like a perfect opportunity for him to bounce back into the winner’s stall.
Three-year-olds have a good record in the Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, and rarely do we see one step out that is as good as Tagaloa.
The Lord Kanaloa colt enjoyed a glittering two-year-old season, highlighted by his outstanding win (at odds of $31) in the Neds Blue Diamond here at Caulfield.
He performed well in two subsequent starts in Sydney in autumn, including the Golden Slipper, and he’ll enjoy good improvement from his first-up run for third in the McNeil Stakes last month.
He gets in well at the weights, the rise in trip looks as though it will suit and at around the $10 mark, he looks a lovely bet.
Lyre was unlucky not to win The Heath here three weeks ago, and the Neds How Now Stakes looks the perfect opportunity for her to go one better.
The Lonhro mare is a Group 1 winner at this track and distance, and she was typically strong and consistent last time in, running in the minors of both the Robert Sangster and The Goodwood most notably.
She’s drawn ideally, weighted well and is just one of the best horses in the race.