Host of runners in Group 1 action headline big weekend; Super Saturday Preview

A big day of racing looms for the team this weekend as we have two runners in each of the Group 1 races on Super Saturday at Flemington.

In the Group 1 1200m Newmarket Handicap we have the up and coming sprinter Bons Away and veteran Voodoo Lad set to line up.

Bons Away is coming off a gallant fourth in the Oakleigh Plate where he drew the carpark and was just outclassed in the final stages of the race.

He galloped well last Saturday and has improved in condition since his last Group 1 assignment but will need the right run from his barrier to have a chance in this race.

Voodoo Lad didn’t handle the tempo behind Nature Strip at his last run but he is a seasoned performer at this level and worked well on Saturday so he could be a bit of a chance at big odds.

Bons Away will be ridden by Linda Meech from barrier four and Mark Zahra will take the ride on Voodoo Lad from barrier five.

We then have Night’s Watch and Yogi lining up in the Group 1 Australian Cup over 2000m.

Night’s Watch has been set for this race this campaign and has been running well behind the favourite for the race, Avilius.

He will need to improve to beat him, but he looks like he has condition wise and we are hopeful he can run well.

Yogi won well at Caulfield first-up and we will expect to use a similar pattern with him in this race.

If he gets the right run, we can’t see why he couldn’t finish in the money.

Damian Lane takes the ride on Nights Watch from barrier seven and Yogi will be partnered by Luke Currie from barrier 15.

Earlier in the day, we have last start Flemington winner Thunder Cloud taking on the Furphy Ale Handicap over 2000m.

The step up in distance will suit him and he seems to come on from his last run.

We will be looking to have him settle midfield with some cover and hopefully running on at the finish.

Craig Williams retains the ride and the pair will jump from barrier eight.

We then have Bold Arial and Golden Halo running in the Incognitus Stakes over 1100m.

Golden Halo trialled well at Cranbourne a couple of weeks ago and has been ticking along nicely since so we think she can run a nice race.

Bold Arial good form down the Flemington straight which is always good leading into these strong races with younger horses.

It would be a great result for her to earn some black type form being a filly by I Am Invincible so we are hopeful she can run well.  

Jye McNeil will take the ride on Bold Arial from barrier five and Linda Meech will take the ride on Golden Halo from barrier three.

In the following race we have 2YO colt Staredown making his debut in the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m.

He is very well bred being a full brother to Single Gaze and has trialled up well.

This is a very strong edition of this race so it will be tough for him to win it on debut, but we will be looking for him to run well and then give him an easier assignment to get his maiden out of the way.

John Allen will take the ride on Staredown from gate 10.

Then we have talented filly The Closer running in the Group 2 1400m TAB Kewney Stakes.

She worked well on Tuesday morning and seems in very good order so we think she will run very well.

Mark Zahra takes the ride from barrier three.

In the final event of the day on Super Saturday we have three runners.

Sopressa, Think Bleue and Naantali will tackle the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy over 1600m.

Sopressa is looking to get over much further ground so we are just looking to see her run on at the finish.

Think Bleue ran on well in the same race as Naantali last start and the step up to the mile will suit her and so will the Flemington track.

She will improve with the run, but we think she can run a nice race.

Naantali has been holding her form well and was unlucky miss out on a Group 3 win last start.

She looks well but will need some luck in the run but if she gets it, we think she can win.

Sopressa will be ridden by Harry Coffey from barrier six, Think Bleue by John Allen from barrier eight and Naantali by Damian Lane from barrier three.