AVA’S DELIGHT’S GROUP 1 CHANCE
DARREN Weir’s pursuit of a group 1 win in Victoria continues at Flemington today.
Puissance de Lune had had been his big hope, but the grey could had to be satisfied with two close group 1 seconds.
Now it is the turn of four-year-old mare Ava’s Delight to try in the $500,000 Myer Classic, 1600m, this afternoon.
The Chris Waller-trained Red Tracer is the hot shot in the event.
Three-year-old filly May’s Dream should also get her turn in, but she has to make her presence felt today’s group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes, 2000m – the traditional lead up to the Oaks.
She has been a firm favourite all week.
Weir also has comeback Lonhspresso engaged in the group 2 $300,000 Yellowglen Stakes, 1200m.
She was third first-up from a lengthy break and did enough to suggest she can be in the finish.
THE GENERAL OUT TO MAKE STATEMENT
BRITISH General is out the make a stated in the group 3 $200,000 TAB.com.au Stakes, 1400m.
Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan is looking for British general to make to wins in a row and earn a ballot exemption for next Saturday’s group1 $1m Emirates Stakes, 1600m, at Flemington
BALLARAT LEADS INTO CUP DAY
BALLARAT Turf Club provides the ideal lead in to the Melbourne Cup Day with a seven-event program at Sportsbet Ballarat on Monday.
The opening event is at 1.35pm.
The Stawell stable of Terry and Karina O’Sullivan appear to have a strong hand with four runners - first starter Must You Go in the SITA Australia Fillies and Mares Maiden, 1200m; Saint Ferdinand in the Evergreen Turf Maiden, 1600m; Haluva Storm in the Hygain 0-58 Handicap, 1600m; and Respect Me in the Sportsbet Fillies and Mairs 0-64 Handicap, 1600m.
BALLARAT STABLE BEST BETS
MAY’S DREAM (Darren Weir): relatively short priced favourite for the Wakeful Stakes, but looks the real deal. Flemington R2 on Saturday, November 3
LONHSPRESSO (Darren Weir): never easy second-up, but had to impressed by her first run from long break. Worth an interest. Flemington R8 on Saturday, November 3
BRITISH GENERAL (Dan O’Sullivan): always gives his best and and again will be at front for a long time, Flemington R9 on Saturday, November 3
BALLARAT STABLE FIRST STARTERS
BENRAY (Darren Weir): God’s Own-Vassilli 3yo colt. Mortlake, R2 on Saturday, November 3
RACING HARADA (Darren Weir): Haradasun-Racy Alice, 3yo colt. Mortlake, R2 on Saturday, November 3
BALLARAT STABLE WINNER IN PAST WEEK
LEVEROCK (trained by Darren Weir): maiden, 1600m, at Moonee Valley on Friday November 1
MR SOMMERVILLE (John Sadler*): 0-64 handicap, 1600m, at Bendigo on Wednesday, October 30
DOING OUR BEST (Darren Weir): benchmark64 handicap, 975m, at Swan Hill on Monday, October 28
Quick trip (Darren Trip); fillies and mares maiden, 1400m, at Hamilton on Sunday, October 27
KING BUDDY (Darren Weir): benchmark78 handicap, 1200m, at Hamilton on Sunday, October 27
HURDY GURDY MAN (Darren Weir): Hamilton Cup, 200m, at Hamilton on Sunday, October 27
ASSET HOUND (Glen and Barry James): 3yo maiden, 1200m, at St Arnaud on Saturday, October 26
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED (Mandy Shillito) 0-58 handicap, 1200m, at St Arnaud on Saturday, October 26
MONEY CHASER (Glen and Barry James): maiden, 1100m, at St Arnaud on Saturday, October 26