With the rail out 9m at Flemington, expect the flat side to be in use for straight racing and those drawn closer in to hold the advantage.
When assessing all races, runners that can position closer to speed should also reap the benefits.
Below are two selections that appear likely to capitalise on these particular factors.
Race 2 Tip #4 Rainer $3.60
Maps beautifully from the luxury draw in gate 3, where he can jump and be close to speed in the running line.
Likely leader Yulong January will be cutting across the face of the field from the outside draw and this will inject enough speed for the inside-to-mid draws to find a spot.
Rainer must have showed plenty of ability last prep when chosen out of the deep Godolphin talent pool to represent “Team Blue” in one of Melbourne’s premier early 2YO races, the Maribyrnong Plate.
This indicates a stack of talent and to be raiding Melbourne again, the stable must be full of confidence.
Last start at Warwick Farm over this 1400m distance, he got back and charged late after a chequered run when just missing.
The speed map has him a lot closer in this and from a more favourable striking position closer to speed and no worse than midfield, he should simply blow these away. Yes.
Race 6 Tip #3 Perast $7.50
With the rail out 9m at Flemington for Saturday's card, i’m convinced the favoured lane for straight racing will revert back to the flat side as opposed to the popular grandstand side lane in recent times.
That said, Perast should get a dream run down the flat section, where from gate 4 he has the tactical speed to lead and tuck in just behind.
To run a strong straight six at Flemington, it takes a stout one and this colt is exactly that.
He's very well versed at riding the speed or close to, and simply grinding the opposition down.
He is the best mapping horse of the day, with the current $7.50 in betting perfectly acceptable.
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