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THE SWEET SMELL OF SPRING

The first of the spring Group races….ahh nothing is sweeter, well, except maybe the first beer after Friday arvo knock off.
Sydney hosts the Group 2 Missile Stakes and Flemington in Melbourne is home to the Group 3 Aurie’s Star on Saturday so there’s double the reason to not write yourself off too bad the night before.
Let’s work our way down the coast and start with Royal Randwick in Sydney.
The $175,000 Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) may have attracted just nine sprinters but geez there’s a couple of crackers in the line-up.
Set to steal the show is Messene according to the bookies, last year’s winning hoop Tommy Berry riding the Hawkes-trained seven-year-old.
He was runner-up to Waterhouse’s nice mare Sweet Idea last year before two Group 1 ninths, not much to go on there, but has had two eye-catching trials before his return.
Think there’s plenty more value in this field though and my tip is for there to be a blow-up in the Missile in the form of Temple Of Boom. Get it? Blow up in the Missile? Yeah, you’re about as impressed as my Tinder date last weekend, but who doesn’t embellish their profile a bit? #notthatripped #sorryladies
That’s right, Gollan’s good old boy from Brisbane is back for another campaign and he’s got as much as a zest for racing at nine-years-old as Hugh Hefner has for those blonde bombshells that obviously keep coming at him for his personality and dress sense.
He’s the warhorse in the field but comes off a blistering four length trial win at the track from late last month, and held his own in his last official start when fourth to top class mare Srikandi in the Straddie.
What else tickles my fancy aside from a Wallabies win in the Bledisloe Cup this Saturday?
Don’t mind Waller’s Frenchie Weary first-up after he won the Group 2 Expressway Stakes in his resuming run over the same distance at Rosehill last campaign and hard to ignore Lord Leofric completely who has won three on the trot this time in.
Now let’s road trip down to Melbourne, yes it’s full of hipster wankers and coffee shops but it’s also home to the spring’s best racing.
The first on the card is the $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) where there’s a dozen to choose from.
Race favourite is Shiraz, and doesn’t a glass of that on a cold winter’s night sound nice?
The money is coming harder and faster than the money for Hawthorn to win the AFL Premiership in this clash for Tony McEvoy’s six-year-old who has won his two most recent runs at Rosehill.
He travels from the Gardens to the Royal and he’s in the right form for it.
Races best fresh so will need to keep firing on all cylinders to salute for the punters, that’s usually what the drugs are for right?
He’s got the form, the inside alley and Oliver on his back but will he win it?
Will be tough to beat and the 54kg is super light, four kilos less than his winning weight last time out.
That said, you don’t get where I am in life taking the favourites in every race so let’s go for the value and tip an upset from the other end of the field.
She’s no Black Caviar but hell I’m no Exceed And Excel so looking at this smart six-year-old at a juicy $26 has me more excited than the remaining Bachelorettes – yep I’m a confirmed sucker thanks Channel 10.
Drawn midfield in barrier seven and comes off a fifth at Caulfield behind Group 1 winner Smokin’ Joey in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
She was well beaten in that run but still brave and her form at Flemington is good (9-0-4-1).
She also drops from 56.5kg to 54kg, which should see her improve.
So dust off your leather shoes lads the top class races are coming, it’s time to get race day fit by hitting the beers a little harder and increasing those bet sizes!

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