Popular race-by-race meeting preview The Leg Up (by Thoroheads) provides in-depth summaries, tips and suggested bets.

Popular race-by-race meeting preview The Leg Up (by Thoroheads) provides in-depth summaries, tips, suggested bets and suggested quaddies.


Tough race to kick off this Melbourne Cup Day program with the sparks set to fly early, courtesy of an abundance of gate speed included in this short-course maiden. We were quite taken with the recent seven-length Lark Hill trial win of KRAMDEN, who showed blistering gate speed to cross and lead, before cruising to the line in fast time. 3kg apprentice Mollie Clark is likely to employ similar ‘catch me if you can tactics’ and, providing she doesn’t overdo it, should have her rivals chewing on her dust. KRAMDEN all the way on debut. DUTCH SPY showed a bit when last in work and looked in good order when winning a recent Bunbury trial. Will be the one charging late and this fellow looms as the logical danger at his first run this prep. First-starter AMALIEMOO is unbeaten in two trial outings and we liked the way she worked through the line at Lark Hill last time. Drawn to enjoy a nice run just off the pace and should play a role late, while PHAROAH’S TRIUMPH was well fancied on debut and stuck on well after working hard early to lead from a wide alley. She can race on pace and figure in the finish again.

Tips: 9-2-11-6
Suggested Bet: (9) KRAMDEN each way.


One of our best bets for the day arrives in this race with the Dan Morton-trained RED NOIRE a standout. Had no luck when well fancied at Northam two back before filling the minor placing against some smart opposition here last start. Has obvious ability and this assignment isn’t as strong as what she’s been facing. With even luck in running RED NOIRE wins. Well bred filly IMAGINARY is the runner we are most concerned with, having overcome a setback in running to finish fourth in a good form race at Belmont last start. Better suited at the six furlongs and she should enjoy every chance from barrier one. First-starter SHIBUYA CROSSING caught the eye at his recent Lark Hill trail when doing his best work late in the heat. Drawn to get a sweet run in transit and he hails from the right stable also, while another first-starter ELLIOT BOY has performed well at the trials and should also get a cozy run jumping from a low draw.

Tips: 11-13-10-5
Suggested Bet: (11) RED NOIRE to win.

RACE 3 HOT FM MAIDEN 2:31 PM (1410M)

Today appears to be the day for Lou Luciani’s ZEFIRO to break through at his fifth start this prep. The four-year-old, who wears the famous maroon and white Heytesbury Stud colours, has been beaten less than a length in similar assignments to this at his past two outings and was only collared in the final strides by the fast-finishing Danehills Daughter here last time. ZEFIRO looks ready to win and with even luck in running should be too good. Beautifully bred filly VERY TEMPTING goes in for second on the strength of her debut effort here last Thursday week. We liked the way she hit the finish line over six furlongs and will no doubt appreciate stepping up in distance. SIR VATICAN had no luck when trapped wide in a similar race to this here last Thursday week, but he showed some depth to stick on well in the straight and finish only two lengths from the winner. Wide gate hinders his chances but he shouldn’t be left out of your exotics, while NOT AGAIN KEN comes out of the same race and also had no luck, being held up for a run at vital stages. Don’t be surprised to see him run a cheeky race at odds.

Tips: 2-15-3-5
Suggested Bet: (2) ZEFIRO each way.


Despite appearing to have every conceivable when a beaten favourite at Ascot on October 19, we’re going to give WESTERN TEMPLE another chance, with the Dream Ahead three-year-old stepping up to a mile for the first time. A son of 2011 Perth Cup winner Western Jewel, WESTERN TEMPLE should be afforded a sweet run in transit by quality hoop Glenn Smith from the reasonable draw and we’re happy to lock him in on top. CORRENTE has been knocking on the door for a while now and appeared to have the race in her keeping at Northam on October 23, however, she wanted to lay inwards under pressure in the straight and cost herself victory, going down narrowly. CORRENTE appears to be the only horse capable of upsetting our on-top selection. SPIRITUAL LIFT is next best, despite a couple of disappointing results at her past two outings. This looks a good option for her and her best form puts her right in the finish, while FLYING MOMENT is the interesting runner, stepping out over a mile having not started in 75 days. Did win a trial her on October 21 and is capable of figuring at her best.

Tips: 9-8-7-3
Suggested Bet: (9) WESTERN TEMPLE to win.


We were bullish about the chances of three-year-old filly MICA LIL here on October 20 and the David Harrison-prepared youngster delivered in spades, coming from back in the field to score a dominant win over this journey. Gets in just above the limit weight stepping up into Class 3 company and this filly appears to be well placed to win again. MICA LIL a standout. Jockey Jason Whiting may have given punters a guide by opting to ride MAKATIES KEEPER ahead of MAJOR MAMBO, and we’re going to follow ‘The Fish’ in by locking in MAKATIES KEEPER for second. Was unlucky at Northam last start when charging home late only to be squeezed out of the finish, and she does race well here, at her home ground. We have been tracking the progress of MAJOR MAMBO this prep and he looks ready for a peak performance at his third run back, while SUPER HUNTER was pipped on the post first up here on October 20 and simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race. A must for your exotics.

Tips: 9-7-4-2
Suggested Bet: (9) MICA LIL to win.


The Team Giadresco-trained ALL SETTLED was heavily backed here on October 20 and the smart money looked spot on when he hit the front half-way up the straight. Couldn’t quite sustain the effort all the way to the line though, with Lord Ludlow kicking back to win narrowly. This race looks a great option for ALL SETTLED, dropping back to six furlongs and jumping from a low draw, and he looks the one to beat. We’re expecting an improved showing from three-year-old BLOCK AND TACKLE after two unplaced runs this prep. Got back to last but was doing some good work late at Ascot last start and he did win his maiden here over this distance back in April. Keep safe. LONE CHOICE is a horse we have a bit of time for and he races for the first time in 160 days. Worked home under a hold in a recent Lark Hill trial and we’d be surprised if he doesn’t finish in the top four, while PUBLIC SPIRIT found it difficult to make up ground in an on-pace dominated race here on October 20 but still did a good job to finish just over two lengths from the winner.

Tips: 1-8-4-3
Suggested Bet: (1) ALL SETTLED to win.


An even line up has come together for the feature Class 5 event on the program and we’re looking for GIGIDY GIGIDY GOO to return to winning form at good odds. Didn’t get a lot of galloping room in the straight here on October 12, when finishing just over two lengths from the winner in Graduation Handicap company, and he was unbeaten at this track in two starts prior to his last outing. GIGIDY GIGIDY GOO is trending in the right direction and we’re keen on him each way. BIG CAROLINE is clearly the horse to beat, however, and will more than likely start favourite. Competed well to place third in Graduation Handicap company here on October 12 and her form all prep has been really solid. Will take some holding out. SASSO’S CIRCUS has his share of ability and upped his game when joining the powerful Durrant stable last campaign. Yet to miss a place in four previous first-up attempts and look out for him charging home late, while SCOTTY BEAU hit the line hard to place over this distance in Class 3 last start and must rate among the main hopes on the strength of that performance.

Tips: 7-1-2-8
Suggested Bet: (7) GIGIDY GIGIDY GOO each way.


Very keen on the chances of gifted three-year-old ROUGHEAD in the lucky last race of the day. Was considered a winning chance when resuming at Ascot on October 19, however, he was shuffled right back in running before making up many lengths to finish fourth. That was some effort, and providing he doesn’t encounter similar issues in running, ROUGHEAD should comfortably take care of these. Team Giadresco’s SAINT STEPHEN comes out of the same race as ROUGHEAD and you can forget he went around also, as he simply couldn’t get a crack at them at any stage in the straight. Suited stepping up to the seven furlongs second up from a break and SAINT STEPHEN is a must for your exotics. Former eastern stater IRON BOSS was well supported at his WA debut recently and will no doubt be better for the run under his belt. We’re expecting an improved showing from him, while talented staying type GAUGED races for the first time since the WA Derby in April and has the class to produce a top-four finish fresh.

Tips: 7-3-2-1
Suggested Bet: (7) ROUGHEAD to win.

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