Wegobam (Image: Racing Photos)

Malua fillies strive for early upset

Malua Racing is looking to begin Saturday's Flemington meeting on a winning note with expectations high for two improving fillies striving for late season three-year-old metropolitan victories. 

"Wegobam was impressive two starts ago at Werribee, winning quite comfortably, and then was awfully unlucky at Warrnambool last start when she got held in on the fence and I think if she had clean air, she would have fought out the finish," Sutton said.

"Canadian Gold is having just her third-ever career start. She was good at Flemington last start running a nice third and if she had taken some improvement from that, she will be up there as well."

Sutton also spoke of the remaining Malua runners at Flemington on Saturday.

Heka Express (Race 5):

"She's an honest mare and she always tries her hardest at the races. She didn't get things to go her way last time at Sandown, she was caught wide off the track and had to do it the hard way. She was probably a little disappointing but if she gets the right run, she can definitely run a race."

Estoril Park (Race 6):

"She's a nice filly. She's been a little bit stiff her last couple not to come away with the win. She's going really well at home. We're dropping her back from the 1300 metres to the 1100, which will definitely suit. She's a filly that's doing everything right and with a bit of luck she will be up here as well."

Succeed Indeed (Race 7):

"She was unlucky last start at Caulfield. They just crawled in front and made it very difficult for the backmarkers and she was stuck on the fence. Lachie King said if she had clean air she would have been close in the finish. Stepping up to 2000 (metres) is a plus and back to Flemington is a plus."

Spring Choice (Race 9):

"He had a little setback earlier in the week - nothing major just something with one of his feet. If he's 100 per cent, we'll take our place."

The Corstens' team is also hopeful of pushing up the Stradbroke Handicap claims of The Astrologist via Saturday's Listed Chief De Beers at Doomben.

"He's first-up and he's been given the visitors' draw (13) on Saturday," Sutton said. "He's a horse that tends to roll forward in his races so it will just depend on how the race is run and whether he gets across easy enough."