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Flemington Race 8: Myer Classic 1600m

30/10/2015: The good draw, the Hugh Bowman-Chris Waller combination and the 3kg handicappers ratings advantage on the field suggests Royal Descent is the A selection. Forget her run in the Caulfield Cup as she was wide all the way. This is the easiest race Royal Descent has encountered for quite some time and if she cannot win, with average luck, then it's almost retirement time. Abidewithme beat Set Square first up and that mare followed up with a blinder in the Turnbull Stakes. Since then she has contested two open grade Group 1 events and has been held up in both. If the track is conducive to the run on horses she is in this with a top chance. Stay With Me trounced last week's Moonee Valley winner Jameka and if that isn't a worthwhile form reference what is? Her biggest problem is the class rise against two tough mares like Royal Descent and Abidewithme but dare I say it again: she is the lightly raced improver whose potential is untapped. Don't leave her out of your quadrellas. Miss Rose De Lago is a terrific mare who takes full advantage of being able to control a race out in front and if allowed to dominate with soft sectionals will be mighty tough to run down.

Flemington Race 8. RaceTime: AEDT 16:35, 31/10/2015

RACEMAPMyer Classic 1600m
Front Runners (2) Miss Rose De Lago.
On Pacers (5) Royal Descent, (8) Vergara, (12) Fenway, (13) Solicit.
Mid Fielders (3) La Passe, (4) Atlantis Dream, (7) May's Dream.
Get Back (1) Abidewithme, (6) Azkadellia, (9) Slightly Sweet, (10) Politeness, (11) Amicus, (14) Jessy Belle, (15) Stay With Me.
PACE COMMENTS It looks like Rose De Lago will get the lead without too much trouble as I don't expect my on pacers to race outside their on pace comfort zone at Group 1 level. This means the pace might not be hectic early. For mine this causes problems for the mid fielders that could be overcome but real problems for the back markers. At this level it's not always about pace but more about class but two of the main chances, Politeness and Azkadellia, will need to be really good to give this field a start and a beating.
CHANCESMyer Classic 1600mOrderMargin
Royal Descent PLUS: Placed nine times from nine distance starts, wide all way in Caulfield Cup, Waller Bowman combination. A 0
  MINUS: Nil.    
Abidewithme PLUS: Two wins at the distance, has been unlucky in the run both races this campaign, clear class drop. B 0.25
  MINUS: Gets back.    
Stay With Me PLUS: Distance winner, won three races from six starts, beat Jameka easily last start. C 0.75
  MINUS: Gets back, class rise.    
Miss Rose De Lago PLUS: Likely leader who won easily last start, distance no issue, seven wins on good tracks. D 1.25
  MINUS: Class rise.    
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