Fifty Stars wins the 2020 Blamey Stakes (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)

Fifty Stars wins the 2020 Blamey Stakes (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)

Likely Fields: Super Saturday

Super Saturday is fast approaching and it is set to be a cracker with good weather predicted and big fields in the Flemington features. Both Group 1s have great depth and are each fascinating races.

The $1.25 million Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap will need the weights raised with topweights Nature Strip and Bivouac likely to bypass the event. Zoutori is the highest weighted horse that we know is running with 55kg slotted to him currently.

The topweight in recent years of the Newmarket has had to have at least 57kg so given that expect a raise in the weights come acceptances time. If raised 2kg as we predict then favourite September Run will carry 54kg. Still awaiting riders for a few horses but the list below are likely starters.

ZOUTORI (Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra) Luke Currie
CELEBRITY QUEEN (Grant & Alana Williams) Willie Pike
SEPTEMBER RUN (Chris Waller) Craig Williams
FLIT (James Cummings) Damien Oliver
ELITE STREET (Daniel Morton)
KEMALPASA (Richard & Chantelle Jolly)
IMAGING (Chris Waller) Damian Lane
SWAT’S THAT (Leon & Troy Corstens) Jye McNeil
DALASAN (Leon McDonald & Andrew Gluyas)
BELLA VELLA (Will Clarken) TBC
STANDOUT (Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou)
BROOKLYN HUSTLE (Jason Warren & Dean Krongold)
AGE OF CHIVALRY (Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra) TBC
PROPHET’S THUMB (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Craig Newitt
INDIAN PACIFIC (Neville Parnham) Brad Parnham
BOLD STAR (Gordon Richards)
SIRIUS SUSPECT (Saab Haasan) Jamie Kah
HALVORSEN (Robbie Griffiths & Matthew De Kock)
PRAGUE (Annabel Neasham) Mick Dee
AMISH BOY (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace)

The TAB Australian Cup is the other Group 1 to be run at Flemington on Saturday and again we are expecting big numbers to be accepting.

Fifty Stars is the current favourite after his slashing second in the Darley Blamey Stakes and is likely to shorten in the market as he looks for back-to-back wins in the race.

Dual winner Harlem will contest his fourth TAB Australian Cup whilst 2017 winner Humidor will also appear in the race. Homesman and Paradee will pay the late acceptance fee to guarantee their spots in the race.

Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet is very unlikely to be running in the race with the track condition predicted to be firm.

HARLEM (Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Michael Walker
FIFTY STARS (Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig) John Allen
SHARED AMBITION (Chris Waller) Mark Zahra
HUMIDOR (Chris Waller) Damian Lane
STEEL PRINCE (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Jamie Kah
HOMESMAN (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Jye McNeil
WARNING (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Damien Oliver
NONCONFORMIST (Grahame Begg) Luke Currie
PLATOON (Neville Parnham)
NEUFBOSC (Neville Parnham)
CHAPADA (Mike Moroney) Daniel Stackhouse
PARADEE (Danny O’Brien)
SAN HUBERTO (Matt Cumani) Dean Yendall
DEFRIBILLATE (Patrick Payne) Billy Egan
ANGEL OF TRUTH (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) Willie Pike

The three-year-old fillies will do battle in the TAB Kewney Stakes which has had a distance change this year going up to 1600 metres. This race will feature Kennedy Oaks winner Personal. Meanwhile, Odeum will resume in the March Stakes. The likely fields for other features at Flemington are listed below.

PERSONAL (Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Damien Oliver
NO RESTRICTION (Archie Alexander) Declan Bates
CHICA FUERTE (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Mark Zahra
ISLAND JOY (Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra) Damien Thornton
MISS GUGGENHEIM (Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr) Jye McNeil
PERFECT WORLD (Anthony & Sam Freedman)
IMPECUNIOUS (Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young)
YES BABY YES (Leon & Troy Corstens)

SO SI BON (Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Mark Zahra
ODEUM (Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr) Michael Walker
ICONOCLASM (Danny O’Brien)
PRETTY BRAZEN (Tony & Calvin McEvoy)
PLEIN CIEL (Danny O’Brien)
RICH HIPS (Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young)
HOLBEIN (Steve Richards) Willie Pike

QUANTUM MECHANIC (Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr)
LUNAKORN (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Jamie Kah
RE EDIT (Chris Waller) Damien Oliver
MOONLIGHT MAID (Mitch Freedman) John Allen
SPANISH REEF (Ken & Kasey Keys)

WOLVES (Greg Eurell) Jye McNeil
PAULELE (James Cummings) Damien Oliver
GUARDIAN SPIRIT (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Mark Zahra
ENCOUNTABULL (John Sargent) Michael Walker

OXLEY ROAD (Peter Moody) Luke Nolen
RANTING (Leon & Troy Corstens) Jamie Kah
PINKHAM (Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr) Michael Walker
NIGHT RAID (Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr)
MOZZIE MONSTER (John Sadler) Mick Dee
SMOKIN’ VAL (John O’Connor) Damien Oliver
RAINBIEL (Anthony Chibnall) Dean Holland
BELLA NIPOTINA (Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Willie Pike

Flemington has Super Saturday, but Randwick has the A-list horses going around with two Group 1s and some hot Group 2s that will have huge impacts for markets for the Golden Slipper and T.J. Smith Stakes.

The highlight race of the day is the Randwick Guineas and whilst we are expecting a small field, it’s going to be all eyes on New Zealand star Aegon and whether he keep his unbeaten record intact. He will be a dominant favourite and will be no surprise to see him firm up this week to start with a '1' in front of his name.

AEGON (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman) Hugh Bowman
NORTH PACIFIC (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) James McDonald
MO’UNGA (Annabel Neasham) Tommy Berry
PELTZER (Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou) Tim Clark
THE ELANORA (Chris Waller) Nash Rawiller
LION’S ROAR (John O’Shea) Brenton Avdulla
HARMONY ROSE (Mark Newnham) Josh Parr
BUCHAREST (Chris Waller)
WHEELHOUSE (Chris Waller)

The weight-for-age Canterbury Stakes is the other Group 1 event at Randwick over 1300 metres. This race will see up and coming star Masked Crusader tackle his first race at the elite level.

MASKED CRUSADER (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) Tommy Berry
SAVATIANO (James Cummings) Hugh Bowman
DREAMFORCE (John Thompson) Nash Rawiller
VICTOREM (Jenny Graham) Kerrin McEvoy
SAMADOUBT (Bjorn Baker) Josh Parr
DAWN PASSAGE (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott) Tim Clar
IMAGING (Chris Waller) James McDonald
KEMENTARI (James Cummings)

Whilst not a Group 1, the Challenge Stakes will feature some of the best sprinters in the world including Australian Racehorse Of The Year Nature Strip as he clashes with Bivouac yet again. A couple of horses here will be dual nominated in other races on the day, notably Wild Ruler and Haut Brion Her.

NATURE STRIP (Chris Waller) James McDonald
BIVOAUC (James Cummings) Glen Boss
EDUARDO (Joseph Pride) Nash Rawiller
JUNGLE EDGE (Mick Bell) Jade Darose
THE ODYSSEY (Kelly Schweida) Steph Thornton
HAUT BRION HER (Chris Waller) Kerrin McEvoy
SPLINTEX (Mark Newnham)
WILD RULER (Peter & Paul Snowden)

The two-year-olds will also feature heavily on Saturday with the traditional Golden Slipper line ups the Todman Stakes for the boys and the Reisling Stakes for the fillies. No doubt the winner of the Todman will shoot to Golden Slipper favouritism. Expect a lot of the nominations in both races to also be in the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra on the Sunday.

PROFITEER (Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr) Hugh Bowman
STAY INSIDE (Richard & Michael Freedman) James McDonald
HOME AFFAIRS (Chris Waller) Nash Rawiller
ALPINE EDGE (Toby & Trent Edmonds) Glen Boss
REMARQUE (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) Tommy Berry
ROCKET TIGER (Scott Spackman) Kathy O’Hara
DIRECT (Llyod Kenewell) Kerrin McEvoy
TIGER OF MALAY (Richard & Michael Freedman)
BACCHANALIA (James Cummings)

SWIFT WITNESS (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott) Tim Clark
LOVEMETENDER (Anthony Cummings) Regan Bayliss
VIANELLO (James Cummings)
GSTAAD (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes) Tommy Berry
FLYING WITNESS (Annabel Neasham) Jason Collett
JOYOUS LEGEND (Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou) Kerrin McEvoy

NB: All fields listed are Indicative only and subject to change.