Group 1 action comes in South Australian on Saturday with Morphettville staging the TAB Classic and Schweppes Oaks.
On a big day of racing, Flemington and Randwick also both have strong programs to look forward to.
We’ve picked out the best bets for your weekend.
FIDELIA ($2.35 ClassicBet) ran at Sandown last start and it was a very impressive win. She was huge at Caulfield first-up for 210 days off an only okay barrier trial. She didn’t look ready to go from the mounting yard and sat second-last the fence before weaving her way through the field and savaging the line. She was well-backed last start at Sandown and couldn’t get clear room between the 500m-200m, but when finally clear scored an outstanding win as she really attacked the line like there’s more to come. I’m confident this is a horse we can continue following through her preparation.
HUSSYBAY ($3.61 TopBetta) is third-up with Jamie Kah aboard and the figures point to him. He was impressive last start winning over 1400m, and while it looked as if he may have peaked with 20m to go, the blinkers go back on so maybe it was a concentration thing once he hit the front. A Shin Rook got the soft run last time and scored while Balf’s Choice was back in 5th. Guizot was 2nd in that race and has franked the form with a win at Warrnambool on Wednesday so the form stands up. Hussybay ran the best race he has for quite some time when defeating Flying Krupt who had placed her two previous runs in Melbourne. I’d be surprised if the winner came outside of this trio, but with Kah flying and Hussybay set to improve with blinkers back on, he’s the way to play.
Race 6 – Schweppes Oaks
Race 7 – TAB Classic
AL MAH HAHA ($4.01 ClassicBet) was a good thing beaten last start after sitting three deep without cover for the trip and coming four wide on the bend with top weight of 62kg. Despite the tough run, he just kept coming over 1200m following a four-week break, and he now steps back up to 1400m which is the distance he won the Country Championships Qualifier over. Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire goes aboard and gets the horse in with 2kg less than last time and that will make a big difference late as he digs deep in the straight.