Raceday focus: Flemington preview

BEST BET
RICH CHARM (R5, No.4 $3.50)
Flew home when he resumed for fourth at Caulfield in the Group 3 The Heath. He loves the straight and his outside draw also suits his style of racing.
NEXT BEST
BRUTAL (R4, No.3 $2.50)
The step up to 1400m should suit this brilliant colt and from barrier one he's going to take catching.
NATIVE SOLDIER (R8, No.3 $3.40)
Wins don't come more impressive than his last one at Caulfield where he showed great speed from the outset and kept on going for an easy win.
BEST VALUE
MERRIEST (R6, No.8 $6.50)
Resumed with tough on speed effort to win over 1200m at Moonee Valley. She can handle 1400m at Flemington and looks a good each-way bet.
THE TRAINER
JAMES CUMMINGS
MULTAJA (R2, No.4 $4.20)
'The Moonee Valley race was a real speed battle and the rider said she might have preferred being ridden more conservatively. I'm satisfied that it's the right thing to bring her back to 1100m. The Flemington straight should suit her. She has the action, the style and the depth.'
FLOW (R3, No.3 $5)
'Dual acceptor Flow continues to thrive and will relish the 1400m.'
INTERLOCUTER (R3, No.4 $21)
'He's been gelded since his last preparation and he looks better for it. If he can recapture the form he showed last spring it would be nice. He might now be up to stakes company.'
KEMENTARI (R7, No.11 $4.80)
'He's the fittest he's been this campaign and his work on Tuesday morning reflected that. His gallop on the course proper at Flemington was what I wanted to see. Since the Memsie Stakes run he's been really bright and he looks confident stepping up to the mile.'
ENCRYPTION (R8, No.1 $16)
'We've put blinkers on him to give him more confidence. He's tightened up noticeably since the McNeil Stakes and with the blinkers on he's open to more improvement. He's giving weight to some nice horses here, but he has experience down the straight at Flemington and he's a Stakes winner.'
SPRING WATCH: STARS TO FOLLOW
FLEMINGTON
BRUTAL (R4, No.3)
3yo colt (O'Reilly - Alberton Princess)
Trainers: Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes.
He's been brilliant and brutal in his two starts for two wins, both over 1200m. He led throughout to win his debut at Caulfield and then last start at Moonee Valley, he looked beaten but rallied hard to grab Tavisan on the line when he probably wasn't entitled to. Breeding suggests 1400m should suit. This will determine whether he stays on the Caulfield Guineas path.
Target: Caulfield Guineas
HUMIDOR (R7, No.3)
6yo gelding (Teofilo - Zalika)
Trainer: Darren Weir
He's in been in the top echelon of gallopers for 18 months now and he's nominally number two in the land. He won his third Group 1 last start in the Memsie Stakes. He stretched Winx in last year's Cox Plate and Darren Weir suggests he's going better than ever.
Target: Cox Plate, Emirates Stakes.

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TOSEN BASIL (R7, No.4)
7yo stallion (Harbinger - Careless Whisper)
Trainer: Darren Weir
The best credentialed Japanese galloper to make his debut in Australia. He's a dual Group 2 placegetter at home and a Group 1 Hong Kong placegetter. He's being aimed at the major Cups.
Target: Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup
KINGS WILL DREAM (R7, No.10)
5yo gelding (Casamento - Road Harbour)
Trainer: Darren Weir
He won his five Australian starts earlier this year but his two losses this time in suggest he's a far better horse with fast-finishing efforts for a fourth in the Lawrence Stakes and a third in the Memsie Stakes. He's a legitimate Caulfield Cup favourite.
Target: Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup.
GRUNT (R7, No.12)
4yo stallion (O'Reilly - Ruqquaya)
Trainer: Mick Price
A little of the gloss has gone off him with his two starts this time in but Mick Price has been adamant he wasn't suited by 1400m at Caulfield. He's back to the scene of his greatest triumph, the Flemington 1600m in the Australian Guineas, and look for him to re-emerge as a major spring player.
Target: Caulfield Cup
NATIVE SOLDIER (R8, No.3)
3yo colt (Sepoy - Belong To Many)
Trainer: Darren Weir
Emerged as a likely star with his extraordinary win at Caulfield last start in the McNeil Stakes, where he showed incredible early speed and kept on going. Weir has always been buoyant about his capabilities and believed he could be a spring player but he was taken back with that victory as the horse had improvement to come.
Target: Caulfield Guineas
FURRION (R9, No.15)
4yo gelding (Camelot - Acquainted)
Trainer: Darren Weir
He should be five from five as he was unlucky when he was beaten. Resumed with remarkable win at Geelong coming from a long way back out wide for easy win. He's an exciting staying prospect.
Target: Bendigo Cup
RANDWICK
REDZEL (R4, No.1)
6yo gelding (Snitzel - Millrich)
Trainers: P & P Snowden
Australia's best sprinter resumed with a typically tough but comprehensive win in the Concorde Stakes. He won this race last year before he won The Everest, and he's on track to do the same again.
Target: The Everest
BRAVE SMASH (R4, No.2)
6yo stallion (Tosen Phantom - Tosen Smash)
Trainer: Darren Weir
He finished third in last year's The Everest and Weir has tunnel vision for that race this year. He'll strip fitter for his first-up third in The Heath at Caulfield and he'll be competitive.
Target: The Everest
WINX (R6, No.6)
7yo mare (Street Cry - Vegas Showgirl)
Trainer: Chris Waller
What can be said about this phenomenon that hasn't been said before. She looked as good as ever when she resumed cruising home from at what one stage looked to be a slightly concerning position in the Winx Stakes. Win 27 in a row beckons.
Target: Cox Plate
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