Chester Manifold Stakes
|2||ROYAL IDA||Michael O'Leary||Michael Rodd||15||57.5||105|
|3||VALEDICTUM||Danny O'Brien||Damien Oliver||3||57.5||105|
|4||ITSAMONTY||Dean Lawson||Dean Holland (a)||10||56||102|
|5||ORBIT EXPRESS||Steve McKinnon||Steven King||12||55||100|
|6||SCENIC SILVER||Peter G Moody||Steven Arnold||14||55||100|
|7||COUNT TO ZERO||Robbie Griffiths||Peter Mertens||4||53.5||97|
|8||GROWL (NZ)||David Hayes||Matt Pumpa||13||53.5||96|
|10||ROK POSTA||Nikki Burke||Michelle Payne||1||53||95|
|11||AMERRYKING||John McArdle||Mark Pegus||6||53||93|
|12||SILKY SMOOTH||David Hayes||Craig Williams||2||53||92|
|13||FRIGID||Peter Morgan||Darren Gauci||9||53||89|
|14||UTILITY (NZ)||Pat Carey||Nicholas Hall (a)||7||53||88|
|15||MASTERCRAFT||Leon Corstens||Dwayne Dunn||11||53||77|
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Expect something on the speed to win. Cant see much pace here. Rok Posta, Frigid, Scenic Silver to be handy.
like the express in tis a very honest horse and loves 1400 m will be very hard to beat even with the shite barrier
Yes i agree macca was very unlucky last start, should of brained them.
count to zero for me..should have beat rok posta last start...drawn close to the dulux again here & mertens will get another crack at the same trip same barrier...too good a jockey to give 2 chances to...orbit express the obvious danger...but i would expect 8 or 10/1 for mine & i'll have a big piece of that e/w
Orbit express is value at $7 at the moment and i think because of the barrier it may get out a touch further before the jump.........As long as he is ridden quietly from the barrier the Flem straight should give him plenty of time to pick them up.
I'd say 5 and 10 have scope to improve, where as a few of the others have done their dash. 12 a danger and I like Dunn in the Jockey challenge so I'll take 15 for the exotics.
if the pace was going to be on here i'd give royal ida a good place chance...not making the trip to take in the sights...will appreciate the long flemington straight...but to sprint after an expected slow pace with 57.5 kg's will be a big ask...but one things for sure...if silky smooth claps on the speed??..the old ida will be getting home...ran 4th in this race last year & has been placed 4 from 8 @ flemington...good one for the exotic players
SPEED will be the key to this race. it will be slow due the hoops knowing that if they go quick ORBIT EXPRESS will run over the top.sit and sprint will be the way to bring him undone.WILLIAMS rides FLEM as good as anyone.i can see him looking for the lead with SILKY SMOOTH,then dictate the speed from the front.if so he'll take catching.ORBIT EXPRESS will run the last 400 quicker than the lot of them,but how much will he give away??