Brut ready for Guineas; Weekend Preview

Last year’s VRC Derby winner Extra Brut will be looking to add another Group 1 to his already outstanding CV in the Australian Guineas at Flemington on Saturday.

He was unlucky first-up in the CS Hayes where he had plenty of gas left in the tank but couldn’t find any galloping room and never got a real crack at the race.

He lines up on Saturday with a good gate to avoid traffic and there is good speed in the race so that will suit him as well.

Extra Brut will be ridden by Aquis stable rider Michael Walker from barrier nine.

Earlier in the day at Flemington we have Isa Rocket running in the Very Special Kids Plate over 1000m.

She was very green at her first start at Moonee Valley, but she has improved with the experience of that run.

She worked nicely with Charleise who finished third in a similar race here a couple of weeks ago and we have opted to put the blinkers on her so we think she can run a nice race.

Isa Rocket will be ridden by Jye McNeil from barrier nine.

We then have Kemono and Stellar Collision running in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap over 1000m.

Kemono has trialled up nicely but this distance is a bit short of his best so we will be looking for him to take a sit in the run and do his best work late.

Stellar Collision is going very well, and the team have put the blinkers on him which seems to have improved him even more.

Co-trainer David Eustace has flagged him as his ‘nap’ of the weekend which translates from British to Australian as best of the weekend.

Mark Zahra will take the ride on Kemono from barrier three and Stellar Collision will be ridden by John Allen from barrier eight.

We then have stable stalwart Lite’n in My Veins kicking off his campaign in a Group 3 handicap over 1400m.

He has been tracking well since being back in work and has every chance to run well but might not have the turn of foot to win the race.

Mark Zahra rides from barrier 13.

Our final runner of the day at Flemington is Kenedna who is making her debut for the stable in the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes over 1400m.

She is a mare that is looking for a bit more ground than this race but this is a nice kick off point for hopefully a trip to Sydney and Brisbane to tackle some of the nice mares races.

She has good form fresh, at the distance and at Flemington so we are hopeful she can run well.

John Allen takes the ride on Kenedna from barrier nine.

In Adelaide at Morphettville on Saturday we have Bondeiger running in the 2600m Lord Reims Stakes.

He was unlucky last start at Moonee Valley last start but still put in a solid performance.

This looks like a suitable race for him and if he can hold his form from last start then we don’t think he will be too far away.

James Winks takes the ride from barrier 10.

On Sunday our most notable runner is Here to There who takes on the 2000m Wangaratta Cup.

He is going really well at home but he is stepping up to 2000m for the first time so there is a query around that.

If he does handle the distance, he will run very well.

Linda Meech rides from barrier four.