Star mare to kick off Autumn campaign against Winx; Weekend Preview

Group 1 winning mare Aloisia will begin her Autumn campaign on Saturday in the 1400m Apollo Stakes against the best horse in the world, Winx.

It’s safe to say we won’t be heading to Royal Randwick with big winning expectations, but this is mostly just a run to bring on the daughter of Azamour and hopefully peak for the Coolmore Classic second-up and then maybe head to the Doncaster.

She has trailed up well and has a nice draw so we are hopeful she can run a nice race.

Aloisia will be ridden by Tim Clark from barrier two.

At Flemington on Saturday we have a big book of runners with the first being last-start winner Enigman.

Enigman will run in the Singapore Turf Club Trophy over 1200m down the straight, of which the son of Myboycharlie already has some good form over.

He runs best when he is fresh, so he has had a nice gap between runs, and we think he will run well.

Mark Zahra takes the ride once again and they will jump from barrier five.

We then have two-year-old filly Charleise making her debut in the Talindert Stakes over 1100m.

She is a nice filly that has always shown ability at home, so we are looking forward to seeing her run.

There is always a query over whether the two-year-olds will handle the straight but if she does, we think she will run well.

By Foxwedge out of Adio, Charleise is a big, strong filly who was bred by the Barham’s who also bred Merchant Navy.

Linda Meech rides from barrier 10.

Our next runner is the talented filly, The Closer, who will run in the 1400m Group 3 TAB Vanity.

The Dundeel filly has had a very good start to her career culminated by winning the Vobis Gold Stockade at third and most recent start.

We are quite hopeful she can push on to bigger and better things further down the track in her career.

She will improve on whatever she does on Saturday but the conditions at Flemington will suit her and we think she will run well.

Linda Meech will take the ride from barrier two.

We then have Extra Brut running in the G3 1400m CS Hayes Stakes.

We are still learning about this former Weir galloper, but he has settled in well at Caulfield and trialled nicely last Monday.

This distance is short of his best, but he has had some great success at Flemington, and we would expect him to be hitting the line strong.

Aquis stable jockey Michael Walker will take the ride from barrier four.

On Friday night at Moonee Valley we have another nice hand of runners with the most notable being another two-year-old debutant, Isa Rocket.

She is a nice filly who has turned the corner in recent weeks and is very sharp and professional.

Damian Lane will take the ride from barrier seven and we think she will run a nice race.

We also have the stable favourite Kaching running in a 1600m handicap.

He ran very well last start at Caulfield in a stronger race and he has some good form at the Valley.

Damian Lane will take the ride on him also from barrier nine and he shouldn’t be too far away.

Our final runner of the night is Bondeiger who is another former Weir galloper and will contest the Listed Torney Night Cup over 2500m.

He is an older horse who has been racing in good form and we are hopeful he can run well and start a nice partnership with us.

He will be ridden by John Allen from barrier seven.

On Sunday at Werribee our most notable runner is last start winner Liveinthefastlane who will run in a BM58 over 1600m.

She is a nice progressive little filly and we think this will be a god stepping stone for her to continue on to some better things.

John Allen will ride from barrier two.