Dubious set for shot at Group 1 WFA glory; Weekend Preview

Talented colt Dubious is set to take on the older horses for a shot at his maiden Group 1 in this Saturday’s Kingsford-Smith cup over 1300m at Eagle Farm.

He won well at Doomben last start when we thought he was underdone fitness-wise, so he will have improved going into this race and he gets a significant weight advantage being a two-year-old.

Nikita Beriman has shed the weight and will ride him from barrier 14.

Also up at Eagle Farm, we have Lite’n In My Veins contesting the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup over 1600m.

He travelled up to Queensland during the week and has settled in well.

He has drawn awkwardly but he is going well, and we think he has a good chance.

Jamie Kah will take the ride from barrier 14.

Down at Flemington our first runner of the day is Dr Drill in a BM84 handicap over 1800m.

He has put in two good runs since joining the stable and this race looks ideal for him so we think he has a great chance.

Craig Williams will take the ride from barrier three.

Our next runner at Flemington is Azuro in The Andrew Ramsden over 2800m.

This step-up in distance is ideal for him and we think he will relish it.

He has been working well and should be as fit as he’s going to get so hopefully he can run well and earn himself a ticket into the Melbourne Cup.

Jye McNeil will take the ride from barrier 15.

Our final runner at Flemington is Blonde Choice in the Furphy Ale Plate over 1100m.

She won very well at Wangaratta last start, so we thought she deserved another shot in town.

This is a very strong race but we still think she can run well.

Stable apprentice Teo Nugent will take the ride from barrier five.

Up in Sydney at Randwick we have Wealthy Wolf running in a handicap over 2000m.

He is a nice progressive horse that has continued to improve with racing.

We are hopeful he can run well here and progress on to the Queensland Derby.

Sam Clipperton rides from barrier 14.

We then have running Paulita in a 1500m handicap.

She has trialled up well and is ready to kick off her Australian career.

We think she will improve from the run, but we are hoping to see her hitting the line strong.

Billy Owen will take the ride from barrier four.

On Sunday at Sandown, we have a big book of runners with the first being Kisilina making her debut over 1200m.

She is a nice progressive filly who will improve with experience and into her next preparation, but she has shown a bit at home and we think she is good enough to kick off her career in town.

Jye McNeil will ride from barrier seven.

We then have Euroman running in the Ladbroke Odds Boost Hurdle over 3400m.

After winning his maiden over the jumps last start, he has been going very well and we think he will be hard to beat here.

Steve Pateman will take the ride from barrier eight.

In the following race, Chequered Flag will contest the 3900m Australian Hurdle.

He was very impressive breaking his maiden over the jumps at Warrnambool and put in a good run in Adelaide last week.

We think he is a talented galloper and will be hard to beat.

John Allen rides from gate seven.

We then have Delusions running in a BM64 handicap for three-year-olds over 1300m.

We were happy with her first-up run and think she has improved off the back of it.

The step up to 1300m is ideal and we think she will run well.

John Allen will take the ride from barrier 11.

Our final runners for the weekend will be Thunder Cloud and Another Eclipse in a 2100m BM84 handicap.

Thunder Cloud has been ultra-consistent this preparation, but it would be good to see him get another win on the board.

He has been going well and we think this race is ideal for him.

Another Eclipse will appreciate the step up in distance but he will need to improve on his last run to have a winning chance.

Thunder Cloud will be ridden by Craig Williams from gate nine and Another Eclipse will be ridden by Jamie Kah from gate four.