Today's Racing Preview with Chris Scholtz

Chris Scholtz previews the Flemington and Rosehill meetings on November 6 with selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

NATURE STRIP Picture: Steve Hart


For Value

RACE 3: (13) Vitruvius

RACE 4: (7) Decent Raine

RACE 5: (10) Ghodeleine

RACE 7: (6) Age Of Chivalry

RACE 1: 9-7-5-6

RACE 2: 1-3-2-4

RACE 3: 13-6-11-5

RACE 4: 7-6-3-15

RACE 5: 10-2-1-8

RACE 6: 1-9-3-6

RACE 7: 6-11-8-2

RACE 8: 9-4-2-10

RACE 9: 14-8-11-4

COLETTE Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

ROSEHILL November 6

Best Bets

RACE 7 (5) SHALATIN: Sometimes in this game you have to believe what you see and it certainly applies to this youngster after his remarkable debut effort to finish fifth in the Kirkham Plate (1000m) at Randwick on October 23. Coming off one polytrack trial, he settled a long last from a wide gate before making up lengths, running splits from the 600m that were among the fastest of the day with his last 200m two seconds quicker than anything else in the race to be beaten only 1.75 lengths behind Ojai. Drawn to be a lot closer in the run this time and with his expected natural improvement it will be interesting to see what he is capable of in this good field.

RACE 8 (6) TRICKY GAL: She might not have won for some 14 months but is there an unluckier mare racing anywhere in Australia? Since that win she's been placed in seven black type races including her second to Savatiano in this race last year and most recently her first-up second in the G3 Nivison whern she should have beaten the classy Minhaaj. You can add her last start seventh in The Invitation over 1400m at Randwick to her luckless list after being blocked for a clear crack from the 300m. This is her chance and she'll love any give in the track.

RACE 10 (7) BLESK: Has come back in career best form with two excellent performances on the Kensington track at Randwick, going under by a lip first-up over 1250m then hitting the line hard for a strong 1300m win last time on October 20 under 59kg. Has a lot more to offer with a 2kg drop in weight and the step up to 1400m on this bigger circuit in his favour.

For Value

RACE 3: (6) Another One

RACE 5: (10) Five Kingdom

RACE 9: (5) Kinloch

RACE 1: 6-4-7-2

RACE 2: 6-7-10-12

RACE 3: 6-3-4-9

RACE 4: 8-4-2-3

RACE 5: 10-3-2-17

RACE 6: 6-13-3-4

RACE 7: 5-1-8-2

RACE 8: 6-1-4-3

RACE 9: 5-8-1-4

RACE 10: 7-9-1-13

AGE OF CHIVALRY Picture: Racing and Sports


Noted Trial Runners – 6

ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Seleque (R4); Mount Brilliant (R7); Blaze A Trail


WYONG SATURDAY: Senza Dubbio (R3); Miss Can Do (R5); Bring Glory (R8)

GOSFORD TUESDAY: Denetta (R2); Miss Connie (R2); Made By Khan (R6)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Lackeen; Southern Lad; Comrade Rosa; Easy Rosie; Authentic Jewel; Captivare; Katalin; Black Duke; Rubamos; Zarastro; Send Me A Legend; Mazu; Buzz 'N' Joe; Dehorned Unicorn; Bella Rouge; Winning Business; Satin Ribbons; Soarhi; Sachello; Art Cadeau; Rebel Rama.


ROSEHILL October 22: The two 2YO heats were competitive but the times were average. MOUNT BRILLIANT, by Redoute's Choice, won the colts heat narrowly (54.78; 34.88).

HAWKESBURY October 18: In the open heats over 800m Godolphin's DESTINATION (47.51; 32.82) did all that was required to post a smart win.

WARWICK FARM October 15: Unraced Capitalist filly MISS CAN DO impressed winning her heat in fast time (43.25; 33.77). This was her best effort in three trials and she looks ready to go to the races.

WYONG August 2: The honours in the 845m heats went to the promising BRING GLORY (49.08; 32.94) from the Brett Partelle stable. He's won three of his first five starts and is certain to build on that record.

ZAAKI Picture: Michael McInlally/Sportpix


Eligible Blackbook Runners – November 6

ROSEHILL SATURDAY: Shalatin (R7); Tricky Gal (R8); Flat Heaven (R9)

FLEMINGTON SATURDAY: Starelle (R5); Charms Star (R5); Our Heidi (R4); Hungry Heart (R8) 

EAGLE FARM SATURDAY: Ligulate (R6); Ruuca (R8)

ASCOT SATURDAY: Vadette De Star (R5)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Spirit Of Gaylard; Superstorm; Vianello; Minhaaj; I'm Thunderstruck; Elusive Express; Montefilia; Belluci Babe; Shihonka; High Supremacy; Kiss The Bride; She's Ideel; Atishu; Yearning; Hitotsu; Love Tap; Mr Mozart; Animate; Entriviere; Contemptuous; Jamaea.

Blackbookers – Selected October 30/November 2

(Follow for next 3 starts)

ALEGRON: He'll be top grade next year.

APRIL RAIN: Luckless again! Another forgive run.

BORN A KING: Best to come from this Frankel import.

FLAT HEAVEN: Ready for a suitable sprint.

HUNGRY HEART: Firm track and 2000m is all she needs.

JUAN DIVA: Nice improver. Well placed in something easier.

LAW OF INDICES: Excellent Australian debut. Better for it.

ROCK: Strong over 2000m first time. Going well.

VALAQUENTA: Going well enough for a suitable sprint.

Racing and Sports

Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.