There is a big day of racing at Flemington with nine races and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes the feature of the card.
With rain forecast the track rating of a Good 4 could be downgraded but there would need to be a lot of rain at Flemington.
The false rail is at nine metres for the entire circuit and the weather is forecast for the day to be overcast.
QUADDIES Races: 6-7-8-9
SKINNY PLAY: 2,5 / 4,5 / 1,2,7,10, 12,15 / 4,5,7,9,11,14
WIDE PLAY: 1,2,3,5 / 1,4,5,7,9,13 / 1,2,6,7,10,11,12,15 / 4,5,7,8,9,11,14
BEST BET: R6 No2 Exocet
NEXT BEST BET: R7 No4 Hartnell
BEST ROUGHIE: R8 No15 Clemency
R1 12.10pm MARIBYRNONG TRIAL STAKES 1000m
SPLASHETTE did have a trial and she raced with the leaders when running third over 800m on a Heavy 8 at Cranbourne on September 19. She is a daughter of Testa Rossa and has Craig Williams riding so she should go well fresh.
INQUIRY will be sharply improved on his sole trial when he was tardy out of the gate before finishing third over 850m in a trial at Randwick on September 19. Godolophin’s Nos 1 rider James McDonald rides him at his debut.
DAMASCUS DAME was given a solid trial when winning over 800m at Cranbourne on September 19. That was the daughter of Denman’s second hit-out. She was a $60,000 yearling purchase and appears ready.
SELECTIONS: No13 MADEENATY, No15 Spalshette, No7 Inquiry, No10 Damascus Dame.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Damascus Dame.
R2 12.50pm POSEIDON STAKES 1400m
OUTBACK RAIN steps up against the males after giving an enormous run first-up when finishing third to the smart filly Exocet over 1400m here September 17. She only needs a bit more luck after being caught three deep last start to figure here.
ZUNBAQA ran a strong race against the males to finish fourth to Detective over 1400m here last start on September 10. Damian Lane is sticking to her and she has the same weight on 54kg and has drawn well in (6).
BENZ is a South Australian galloper who comes here with big wraps having won at four of his five starts. Top Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn rides and he drops a kilo to 56kg on his last-start win over 1200m at Morphettville on September 17.
SELECTIONS: No5 STYLEMAN, No13 Outback Rain, No12 Zunbaqa, No2 Benz.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Outback Rain.
R3 1.25pm UCI STAKES 1800m
THROSSELL was the $6 favourite in a deep race when finishing third to Detective over 1400m here last start on September 10. He gets his chance here from a good gate in (2) and has Nicholas Hall as the new rider.
HIGHLAD is to make his Australian debut here. He comes here with big wraps after winning at his two starts back home in New Zealand and he hails from one of NZ’s top stables. Damien Oliver will ride but he has a horror draw in (18).
SELECTIONS: No6 Rocketeer, No1 Throssell, No7 Highlad.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Highlad.
R4 2pm GILGAI STAKES 1200m
UNDER THE LOUVRE will be another sprinter who will be flying home. He too is well weighted here under the handicap conditions on 57kg. He is race fit after having two runs under his belt and top Melbourne rider Dwayne Dunn sticks to him.
FAATINAH scored a strong first-up win in the Group 2 Bobby Lewis here last start on September 10. Stable jockey Michael Walker is the new rider here, but the four-year-old is not as well weighted here under the set-weight conditions on 57kg.
STRATUM STAR is a tough campaigner from the stables of leading trainer Darren Weir. He is fresh here after last running at the Gold Coast on July 2 where he was a $3.40 favourite and ran third over 1400m. Craig Williams will pilot.
SELECTIONS: No2 THE QUARTERBACK, No1 Under The Louvre, No4 Faatinah, No3 Stratum Star.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Under The Louvre.
R5 2.35pm| THE BART CUMMINGS 2500m
ALMANDIN scored a big win when racing away by two lengths over 2400m at Caulfield on September 24. Damien Oliver keeps the ride and he will again carry 55kg and has drawn ideally in gate (5). Respect.
ALOFT is an imported stayer who gave a good sight when finishing third over 2040m at Moonee Valley on September 3. Kerrin McEvoy replaces Damian Oliver who rides the stable-mate Almanadin and would expect a bold showing.
EXCESS KNOWLEDGE can improve on his last start eighth to Jameka in the Naturalism (2000m) at Caulfield on September 17. He is now fitter and the distance will suit this imported stayer with Mark Zahra keeping the mount.
SELECTIONS: No1 ALMOONQITH, No3 Almandin, No8 Aloft, No2 Excess Knowledge.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Almoonqith.
R6 3.15pm TAB EDWARD MANIFOLD STAKES 1600m
SELECTIONS: No2 EXOCET, No5 Eleonora, No10 Waterloo Sunset, No9 Whyouask.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Whyouask.
R7 3.55pm YELLOWGLEN TURNBULL STAKES 2000m
R8 4.35pm BLAZER STAKES 1400m
FRENCH EMOTION faces a wide gate but is a model of consistency. She ran hard when running second to Alaskan Rose over 1400m at Caulfield on September 17. Ben Melham is the new rider and she rates as a danger.
CLEMENCY (Best Roughie) has an excellent second-up record and will be sharply improved on her first-up start when finishing seventh to Alaskan Rose over 1400m at Caulfield on September 17. Nicholas Hall replaces Dwayne Dunn.
SELECTIONS: No10 Manageress, No12 French Emotion, No15 Clemency.
VALUE RUNNER: No15 Clemency.
R9 5.15pm PARIS LANE HANDICAP 1400m
FEDERAL will be one of the main dangers on his last start close third to Sons Of John in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick on September 17. Godolphin’s No. 1 rider James McDonald rides here and can combat the wide alley in (15).
SANTA ANA LANE has drawn well in gate (6). Was a great run when finishing a close third to Keen Array over 2200m at Caulfield on September 17. Goes up a kilo to 55kg and again will be strongly fancied in betting.
AKAVOROUN was racing well in Queensland and will be suited at this trip. Last start ran fifth as a $3.20 favourite at Eagle Farm on August 6. He drops from 59.5kg to 56.5kg and has the in-form Mark Zahra to steer.
SELECTIONS: No11 ULMANN, No4 Federal, No9 Santa Ana Lane, No5 Akavoroun.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Akavoroun.