R1 11.50am Racing Photos Handicap 2000m

Raw Impulse has appeared impressive at notching his past two wins. He was five to six deep but pulled away to a 3 ¼ length to claim an imposing win over 1800m here at his last start on April 23. He drops 2.5kg in weight to 56.5kg.

Golden Mane hails out of the in-form stables of trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig. He has been up for a while but continues to race with enthusiasm and was working to the post strongly after being caught deep when he ran third to Doctor Care over 2000m at this course in April. With Regan Bayliss’ 1.5kg claim will carry 56kg.

Doctor Care beat Golden Mane comfortably last start over 2000m here in April. But he does rise sharply in weight up 5kg to top weight on 59kg. The five-year-old gelding is a product of Victoria’s hottest yard – Darren Weir – and he continues to be consistent.

Spur On Gold hails out of a noted staying yard and he pulled away inside the last 100m to post a comfortable two length win over this distance at Flemington last Saturday. He butters up again here and drops a half kilo for his win in a lower grade.

SELECTIONS: No5 Raw Impulse, No3 Golden Mane, No1 Doctor Care, No9 Spur On Gold.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Spur On Gold.
Raw Impulse - 1pt @ 1.40

R2 12.25pm Phil Sly Memorial Plate 1100m

Blue Tycoon is a son of Australia’s leading juvenile stallion, Written Tycoon. He was having his second start when he broke through as a heavily backed $2.40 to post a gutsy win over 1050m at Morphettville. He carried 58kg to win which is the same weight he carries today and he will have stable jockey Michael Walker on top.

Zelamore is a son of Australia’s champion sire, Snitzel, and he showed great pace at his third start before being caught just before the line over 1100m at Bendigo earlier in May. He carried 58kg on that occasion and drops to 57kg with top Melbourne rider Craig Newitt as the new hoop.

Gimlet enjoyed the mud when posting a fighting win over 1000m on a heavy track at Warrnambool on May 3. The filly was well fancied at $3.80 favourite, will strip fitter for the experience, and with a good gate (four) rates with claims here.

Bringaroo is a stable-mate to Blue Tycoon. The colt rates as a good chance on his smart win over 1135m at Geelong on a soft track on Boxing Day. He was a $3 favourite when he ran unplaced at Flemington over 1100m at his last start.

SELECTIONS: No1 Blue Tycoon, No4 Zelamore, No7 Gimlet, No2 Bringaroo.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Zelamore.
Blue Tycoon - 1pt @ 3.80

R3 1.00pm Arvanitis Philanthropy Plate 1200m

A Lotta Love gives WA jockey Chris Parnham a chance to bounce back into the winner’s list after being laid off through injury. The four-year-old mare dead-heated for first with Mefnooda over 1200m at Mornington when racing against her own sex at her last start. She races well when fresh and drops 3.5kg to 54.5kg.

Japhils will again carry a feather-weight aided by apprentice Ben Thompson’s 3kg claim on 51kg. The four-year-old mare was backed from $10 into $5.50 but the plunge misfired when she ran a 2 ½ length eighth to Kayjay’s Joy over 1100m here on April 30.

Khutulun was specked from $8.50 into $7.50 when she chased steadily to run second to Burning Front over 1514m at Moonee Valley at her last start in October 2015. With the 3kg claim of in-form apprentice Ben Allen, she has a featherweight on 52kg first up and she goes very well fresh.

Danestroem was most honest last campaign. The six-year-old trialled well to post a smart win over 800m on a heavy track at Cranbourne on May 9. She is out of the stables of Mick Kent, who last week won the Australasian Oaks and has the impressive stats of two wins and three placings at eight starts first up.

SELECTIONS: No4 A Lotta Love, No5 Japhils, No3 Khutulun, No1 Danestroem.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Nadeem Lass.
A Lotta Love - 1pt @ 4.40

R4 1.35pm Comdain Handicap 1400m

Lyuba will benefit from the 3kg claim of in-form apprentice Ben Thompson with her weight reduced to 55kg – a kilo above the limit. The three-year-old filly should get strong support on her last start second to Abbey Marie over 1440m here on April 23.

Elegant Queen defied a drift in betting ($7.50 to $9) when posting a 1 ½ length over 1200m at Mornington at the beginning of May. That was the daughter of Nicconi’s second win on the trot, she drops 2kg to 54.5kg and has Dale Smith retaining the ride.

Air Apparent should relish her drop back to fillies’ class. The daughter of Snitzel gave a great effort against the males when finishing fourth over 1400m at Flemington at her last start. She carried 56kg last start, drops to 54kg and has drawn perfectly on the rail.

Miles Of Krishan kicked off her career in style with a ½ length win over 1200m at Sandown on April 27. The daughter of Snitzel drops 2kg to 54kg here and she has Craig Newitt taking over on the reins.

SELECTIONS: No1 Lyuba, No6 Elegant Queen, No7 Air Apparent, No9 Miles Of Krishan.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Elegant Queen.
Lyuba - 1pt @ 3.40

R5 2.15pm Peter Jackson Handicap 1400m

Volcanic Ash has the ability to combat a wide alley (14) here first up. The Mick Price-trained Magnus four-year-old gets a relief on weight with Ben Allen’s 3kg claim reducing his impost to 59kg. He has won five times and been placed second three times at his 12 starts.

Show A Star gave plenty for his backers who took the favourite odds at $3.20, going down fighting to Mr Pago over 1435m at Geelong on April 12. With Damien Oliver under suspension, apprentice Jordan Childs gets the leg up by trainer Matt Cumani. He carries a nice weight on 57kg.

Thinking Of You can redeem herself here on her last start flop. Trainer Darren Weir has freshened the four-year-old mare and has booked comeback jockey Chris Parnham to steer. This mare goes well when fresh.

SELECTIONS: No1 Volcanic Ash, No7 Show A Star, No14 Thinking Of You.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Niminypiminy.
Volcanic Ash - 1pt @ 6.50

R6 2.55pm The Jericho Cup in 2018 Handicap 2000m

Unbreakable gives Godolphin trainer John O’Shea a strong hand. The three-year-old has won two of his past four starts, including last start when he upstaged his rivals for a 2 ½ length win over 1800m on April 30. He carried 58.5kg that day and drops to 54.5kg with the 1.5kg claim of apprentice Michael Dee.

Duke Of Boneo comes into this race with a good win over 2060m at Cranbourne in late April. He carried 59.5kg that day and drops to 56kg with apprentice Jordan Childs as the new rider. He should get a soft run from his gate (seven) and is worth a thought despite a rise in class.

She’s Got Speed is an improving filly who was well liked at $3.80 when she ran third over 1600m at Caulfield on April 30. Glen Boss rode her that time on 54kg, which is the same weight she carries today. She has finished in the money at five of her nine starts.

Bo Bardi is a lightly raced daughter of top sire Fastnet Rock with a win and a placing at her four starts. The three-year-old was having her first start over 2025m when she boxed on well to finish third at Cranbourne on April 22. Ben Allen keeps the ride and she carries only 51kg with his 3kg claim.

SELECTIONS: No1 Unbreakable, No2 Duke Of Boneo, No6 She’s Got Speed, No7 Bo Bardi.
Unbreakable - 1pt @ 2.60

R7 3.35pm Yellowglen Handicap 1200m

Bassett makes claims in a very wide open betting affair. He had a hard run and tired when fifth to Divine Mr Artie over 1200m at Caulfield. With apprentice Ben Allen’s 3kg claim, he drops 2kg to 55kg and he has drawn perfectly to get a soft run in gate two.

Nudierudie was resuming and showed a strong kick when she won by ¾ of a length over 1100m at Caulfield in April. She was at juicy odds of $14 that day and again has the services of Melbourne hoop Dwayne Dunn to steer, carrying 1.5kg more on 55.5kg.

Divine Mr Artie defied an alarming betting drift from $4 to $8 when he beat Nat’s The Boss and Bassett over 1200m here on April 30. The three-year-old rises a kilo on his last start to 54.5kg with Michael Dee’s 1.5 claim and he has drawn well in gate three.

Ability will be seeking revenge after charging home late as a $4.80 favourite but failing to catch Nudierudie over 1100m at Caulfield first up at the end of April. The colt drops a half kilo to 55kg here and has a superior draw in gate five.

SELECTIONS: No1 Bassett, No3 Nudierudie, No2 Divine Mr Artie, No4 Ability.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Nat’s The Boss.
Bassett - 1pt @ 5.50

R8 4.15pm Brett and Mark Wilson Sprint 1100m

Rich Jack looks to have good claims in a tough third leg of the quadrella. The six-year-old was resuming off a 275-day break when he gave a good sight to finish fifth to Supido over 1200m at Flemington on April 25. Supido now is one of the top fancies in next week’s Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

Lonrockstar has been about the place and bears thought here in an open event. He resumes off a 35-day break after running head-on into the smart Bullpit and Beau Rada over 1000m at Sandown on April 9. Better suited here despite his wide alley (13).

Olivier is chasing a hat-trick here. He fought on despite tiring to score a narrow win over 1100m at Caulfield on April 30. That day he eased to $9.50 before punters specked him into $9. Ben Thompson’s 3kg claim will see him carry 52.5kg here.

SELECTIONS: No8 Rich Jack, No4 Lonrockstar, No11 Olivier.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Written Up.
Rich Jack - 1pt @ 8.00

R9 4.50pm Tile Importer City Timber Handicap 1600m

Nevis was chasing a hat-trick and was backed into a $2.70 to do so, but he was disappointing when running fifth to Turnitaround over 1700m at Flemington on April 25. He struck a firm track that day and should appreciate the softer going here as a Northern Hemisphere import.

Lord Durante looks now to be at his peak after a strong second to the talented Charmed Harmony over 1400m at Caulfield on April 30. He only rises a kilo to 55kg here and he has drawn well in seven.

Refulgent was having his second run back from a spell when he ran home strongly to finish third to Charmed Harmony over 1400m at Caulfield on April 30. The stallion carried 52.5kg that day with the claim of apprentice Michael Dee. Senior Dean Yendall rides him at 54kg here.

Hollywood Bound hails out of the stables of Chris Waller. Waller has gone for the claim of apprentice Michael Dee to reduce his gelding’s weight to 52.5kg and he rates highly with a 6.5kg drop in weight on his last start second over 1600m at Caulfield.

SELECTIONS: No1 Nevis, No8 Lord Durante, No11 Refulgent, No14 Hollywood Bound.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Guest Of Honour.
Nevis - 1pt @ 5.50