MATT Stewart identifies five classy horses — four at Moonee Valley, one at Rosehill — who will run well on Saturday and be significant players this spring.
Rosehill Race 7, No. 2
Trainers: Peter and Paul Snowden
The Snowden’s have had enough top 3YO colts in recent times to know when the next one comes along and Paul Snowden says this one has “X factor.’’ Blue Diamond runner-up in the summer. Has been trialling brilliantly.
SPRING AIM: THE GOLDEN ROSE
Moonee Valley Race 3, No. 1
Trainers: Team Hayes
Could easily have highlighted Limestone, Ramooz or Garrard in same race. Classy group resuming. But Tulip might have the most scope for races like the Thousand Guineas. Great pedigree, all quality.
SPRING AIM: THOUSAND GUINEAS
Moonee Valley Race 5, No. 1
Trainer: Rob Hickmott
Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner not sighted since that win and (ambitiously) at $21 to go back-to-back. Had niggles that have had to be sorted out. Suggest he’s not classy enough to be a repeat Cup winner but this is the first stepping stone.
SPRING AIM: MELBOURNE CUP
FRANKEL MY DEAR
Moonee Valley Race 6 No. 11
Trainer: Rob Laing
Famous for being famous as the first Frankel to race Down Under. Huge effort that day, coming from well back off slack tempo at Flemington and now the focus is on if he can win a major race.
SPRING AIM: CAULFIELD GUINEAS
Moonee Valley Race 7 No. 10
Bit hit and miss from the barriers but very fast and classy. Betting says will win this and then become a spring factor.
SPRING AIM: MOIR STAKES
Originally published as Fab five with even higher spring expectations
Source: sports dailytelegraph