Fourth time lucky for Loving Gaby? Weekend Preview

Talented filly Loving Gaby will contest her fourth Group 1 in a row this Saturday at Randwick as she takes on the 1600m Champagne Stakes.

The daughter of I Am Invincible has improved with every start since being in Sydney and we have no doubt the step up to 1600m will not trouble her as she is a scopey, big striding, strong and tough filly.

She hasn’t shown any signs of being at the end of her prep so we are confident she will run well.

James McDonald will take the ride from barrier seven.

Earlier in the day at Randwick, we have Etana running in the Group 3 JHB Carr Stakes over 1400m.

She has been putting in some great performances in some good races without earning any black type form so it would be great to see her get some here.

Tommy Berry will take the ride from barrier 10 and we think she has a great each way chance.

Our final runner at Randwick is Naantali in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m.

She finally got her deserved black type win at Caulfield last start so we’ve opted to have a throw at the stumps and see if we can’t get her some Group 1 form.

We have varied her training program between the beach, the track and the treadmill to keep her fresh and it is not an overly strong edition of the race so we are hopeful she can run a place.

Mark Zahra will take the ride from barrier five.

Down at Caulfield, our first runner of the day is Grey Shadow in a handicap over 1100m.

She has been going along nicely and has good fresh form, so we are expecting her to run a nice race.

John Allen takes the ride from barrier nine.

We then have Liveinthefastlane running in a 1600m handicap for three-year-old fillies.

From her barrier, we are hoping she can jump well and punch forward and the step back down in grade will be appreciated so she shouldn’t be too far away.

Later in the day we have Golden Halo in an 1100m handicap.

She arguably should have won last start and had excuses first-up, but this race looks ideal for her.

She has drawn well to be able to sit just behind the leaders and hopefully swoop home.

Harry Coffey takes the ride from barrier one and we think she will go close.

In the following race we have Kemono running in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap over 1400m.

He ran well behind Naantali last start over this track and distance and we are going to change things up a bit and race him closer to the speed.

It’s not an overly strong race so he should go well.

John Allen will ride from barrier seven.

Our final runner for the day at Caulfield is Nights Watch in the Group 3 Easter Cup over 2000m.

If he runs to his best, he has a top chance in this race, but he has struggled to find that form this Autumn.

He didn’t handle the wet track in Sydney so we’ve brought him back to Caulfield, which is track he enjoys, and we are hopeful he will go well.

John Allen will take the ride from barrier five.

On Sunday we have Zabalan taking on the 2000m Stawell Cup.

He’s has a great preparation so far, winning first-up and then running well at Caulfield last start but we’ve been waiting to get him out to 2000m.

He will relish the step up in distance and he’s drawn well so we think he will go well.

John Allen will ride from barrier nine.