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Stokes Discreet with Flemington runner

Phillip Stokes and owner-breeder David Peacock have had considerable success with ‘Discreet’ horses over the years and have another smart prospect in the form of Far From Discreet, a runner at Flemington on Saturday.

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Cup bred galloper debuts at Warracknabeal

A 3-year-old by Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente (Ire) out of Melbourne Cup placegetter She’s Archie is set to have his first start at Warracknabeal in country Victoria this weekend with trainer Andrew Bobbins having three runners in Saturday’s 1600m maiden contest.

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Stable bragging rights up for grabs in Cup

Irish Sequel (Ire) gets a chance to square the ledger with fellow import Aleas (GB) in the feature race at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on Saturday after chasing his stable companion home in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup at their latest encounter.

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New Zealand breeder's legacy lives on through Polly Grey

In the event that gift horse Polly Grey (NZ) can upset the Zaaki (GB) applecart in Saturday’s Group 1 XXXX Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben, there will be an outpouring of emotion from her New Zealand connections

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Backstretch searches for overs

Another huge weekend of racing in both Queensland and South Australia but I have found the major races at those venues very difficult to decipher - instead, I have settled on a few horses running in lesser events that appear to represent genuine overs.

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Forsman makes changes, but Doomben track major worry

Andrew Forsman has delved into his box of tricks in an attempt to conjure up a form reversal from The Chosen One (NZ) at Doomben on Saturday - The Cambridge trainer will do what he can to get the best out of the six-year-old in the $1m, Group 1 XXXX Doomben Cup (2000m)

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Follow the market movers

Doomben Cup - Zaaki $1.45-$1.50 $5,000 @ $1.50, $3,000 @ $1.50, $1,650 @ $1.50, $1,000 @ $1.50 multiple times - The Goodwood - Extreme Warrior $6-$5 $1,500 @ $5 -.Behemoth $8.50-$7.50 $1,000 ew $8.50 & $3.10 - The Astrologist $15-$9.50 $400 @ $13

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Worth a closer look…

The ThoroughbredNEWS team look at different aspects of the form ahead of another great weekend of domestic and international action. There may or may not be winners, but there are definitely some interesting points of view worth a closer look…

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Brisbane Best

It is another big day of racing in Brisbane and with plenty of competitive events through the day we’re waiting until the last for our best.

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The Melbourne Mail

We are back at Flemington for the Straight Six and it's an appealing betting feature on a card that throws up it's share of interesting opportunities.

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Sydney Specials

No prizes for finding Quintello, but she is clearly the best bet on the program - she went like a rocket first up at Mornington before repeating the dose at Randwick last start over 1400m.

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Flemington to suit Williams pair

Literary Magnate is Flemington bound while trainer Matthew Williams will study the fields at Sandown before committing Toregene to a run on Saturday or Sunday.

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Flying Bethencourt primed for Cup test

The combination of Sydney’s rain-soaked tracks and a trouble-free campaign have catapulted Bethencourt into a purple patch of form that has not only earned him a shot at stakes company, but favouritism for the Lord Mayor’s Cup.

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Trainer losing patience with sprinter

Which Sansom will turn up to race in the Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington? Trainer Phillip Stokes has all but lost patience and admits not knowing “which one will rock up” on Saturday.

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Jolly fillies well fancied in Group Three

Richard Jolly would have to walk away somewhat disappointed if one of his two fillies can’t get the job done in Saturday’s Group 3 David Coles Am Stakes (1200m) as he has the odds-on favourite See You In Heaven and Aitch Two Oh — the only other runner in single figures.

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Imperial Lad chasing Winter finals berth

Cranbourne trainer John Moloney hopes to have two gallopers contesting the Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship on July 2 including Imperial Lad, which runs in the TCL TV Handicap (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

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Pride’s pick-ups poised to pounce

Joe Pride is renowned for his success with tried horses and he will again be looking to work his magic with recent stable addition Mariamia and Hasstobegood (NZ), who arrived in his yard 12 months ago via New Zealand and Melbourne, which both race in the Furphy Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday.

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Improving stayer no Flash in the pan

Co-trainer Gerald Ryan says that up-and-coming stayer Oceanic Flash (NZ) can move a step closer towards a stakes race goal at Rosehill Gardens where he'll contest Saturday’s Fujitsu General Handicap (1800m) with apprentice Tom Sherry in the saddle.

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Halvorsen primed for Goodwood assault

Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock have Halvorsen in career best form and are hoping it will be enough to secure them their first Group 1 win. The sprinter heads to Adelaide on Saturday to run in the The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

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Waller quartet face tough task in Cup

Chris Waller concedes rival runner Zaaki (GB) has a virtual mortgage on the Group 1 Doomben Cup in Brisbane on Saturday but still intends to run Polly Grey (NZ), Kukeracha (NZ), Great House (Ire) and probably Kolding (NZ) in a contest he has won on three previous occasions.

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