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Track: Flemington | Distance: 1200m | Race Type: Group 1 Open Handicap | Rail Position: +4m | Current Track Conditions: Good 4| Prizemoney: $1.5 mil

No rain forecast for Thursday to Saturday, so the track should race perfectly.

Quality G1 sprint won in recent years by the likes of Bivouac, Sunlight, Redkirk Warrior (2), Brazen Beau, Lankan Rupee, Hay List, Zoutori, Roch N Horse & In Secret.


Historical Profiling (last 12 years)

  • 1st up (2/32), 2nd up (6/98), 3rd up (4/27), 4th+up (0/21)
  • 14-day break (5/58), 21-day break (5/64), 28-day break (0/16), 30-90-day break (1/10), 100+day break (1/24)
  • Settled 1st-4th (9), Settled 9th-11th (3)
  • 3yo (5/35), 4yo (1/54), 5yo (3/51), 6yo (2/28), 7yo (1/7), 8yo (0/3)
  • Colt (3/22), Filly (2/9), Gelding (6/89), Entire (0/25), Mare (1/33)
  • SP Under $3.80 to $7 (6), $13-$21 (4), $31 (1), $101 (1)
  • Weight 50.5kg (2), 51.5-52.5kg (5), 54kg (1), 56.5-58.5kg (4)
  • Beaten Margin Last Start under 3L (10)
  • Career Starts 8-16 (9), 21-25 (3)
  • Never raced at Flemington (2/19)
  • Last Start Racetrack Melbourne Sat (10)
  • Last Start Race Class G1 (11/129), G2/G3 (1/34)

Barriers 3- 8 have produced 8 of the past 9 winners


Below average speed expected and interestingly this is a race dominated by those on pace. However the flipside to that is a Northerly wind expected which will help horses with cover and swoopers who get cover during the race.

Imperatriz & Cylinder provide the early pace.

Magic Time, The Astrologist, Master Fay, Skew Wiff, Benedetta, Sghirripa forward of midfield.

Rey Magnerio, Ruthless Dame, Bella Nipotina back of midfield.

Its Our Time, Espiona and Buenos Noches out the back.


1. Imperatriz – 9 wins and 1 second from past 10 starts. Solid win in The Lightning and will improve into this. The one to beat.

2. Bella Nipotina – Failed in this race last year, but has good straight track G1 placings on her resume. Would want rain to be a genuine danger.

3. Buenos Noches – Has an excellent straight track record, including 2nds by a nose to Giga Kick and by 0.5L to Imperatriz. Has plenty of historical negatives to overcome in this race. 4yos have only won once the past 12 years, and entires haven’t had a winner yet. Comes from a last start Sydney run at G2 level. Blinkers on a negative for the trainer and maps to get a long way back in a slowly run race.

6. Magic Time – Talented mare who won the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last start over 1400m. Difficult to win his race first up.

12. Sghirippa – Bolted in to win the G3 Standish this track/ trip 2 starts back, then only beaten 2L in the Oakleigh Plate.

14 . Cylinder – Multiple G2 winner as a 2yo and 3yo and G1 placed as a 2yo and 3yo. Was solid in the Lightning first up. In the mix.


1 – Imperatriz
2 – Bella Nipotina
14 – Cylinder
12 – Sghirippa
6 – Magic Time


How the straight is playing from a bias perspective (rail or grandstand side) will be important.

Currently no bet.


Big G1 Winners (Betfair SP Price)


2023 Australian Derby: Major Beel $53.63

2020 Empire Rose Stakes: Shout The Bar $32.60

2020 Melbourne Cup: Twilight Payment $28.26

2022 Blue Diamond Stakes: Daumier $23.00

2024 Oakleigh Plate: Queman $19.15

2022 William Reid Stakes: September Run $19.50

2021 Randwick Guineas: Lion’s Roar $18.95

2021 Coolmore Classic: Krone $15.50

2022 Australasian Oaks: Glint Of Hope $13.55

2023 TJ Smith Stakes: I Wish I Win $12.80

2023 Lightning Stakes: Coolangatta $12.69

2020 Metropolitan Handicap: Mirage Dancer $11.18

2022 Surround Stakes: Hinged $11.00

2020 Manikato Stakes: Hey Doc $10.32

2023 Blue Diamond Stakes: Little Brose $10.24

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