Race 1
1st Mahalic $4.60
2nd Comprende $6
3rd Lady Esprit $8
4th Pierrette $10

Comments...
Mahalic won well on debut at Flemington early last month. Worse then midfield and put them away. With race experience, especially down the straight, it has a terrific chance.
Comprende blitz his trial at Morphettville back on the 24th October winning by close to 5 lengths. The stable must have a good opinion if bringing him straight to Melbourne.
Lady Esprit trialed 1.8L behind Fontiton who demolished her rivals with ease in one of the most impressive debuts I have seen, so to get within 2L seems to be a fair reference.

Not overly keen to launch in here.

Betting Strategy...Tough betting race
Small bets on top 3 to win

Race 2
1st Spirit of Heaven $8.50
2nd Girl In Flight $4.50
3rd Precious Gem $7.50
4th Entertains $11

Comments..
Spirit of Heaven has been held up both starts since coming off a freshen up. Two starts back came from midfield and was held up at a crucial stage and was unlucky. I think the 1700m will suit, should get a nice run from barrier 4. And I dreamt she won this race
Girl in Flight is another that has been a touch unlucky this campaign. Last start in the Group 2 Tristarc was slowly away and wasn't far away from some very good mares. Won at the distance draws well but does go up in weight. Big threat.
Precious Gem got back and ran on very well behind Suavito, I think that might be a decent form reference for this race.

Betting Strategy...Good betting race
Spirit of Heaven to win
Saver on Girl in Flight
Box trifecta with top 4

Race 3
1st Renew $26
2nd Order of the Sun $3.40
3rd Don Doremo $9
4th Rebel Rising $9

Coming off a run in the Caulfield Cup, Renew was given no chance. Squeezed early, then wouldn't settle after that and ended up being relegated to the tail end of the field. Given all that he did run through the line ok, and this isn't a Caulfield Cup quality field. Should get a decent run midfield, might be a chance at huge odds.
Order of the Sun drops 1kg of its run in the Bendigo Cup. Will go to the front and try and dictate terms. If it gets an easy time in front, could run away with it. Won over the distance.
Don Doremo is improving with each run and looks like extra distance will suit. Should get a soft run. The last start win at Geelong over 2400m was good. Can figure.

Betting Strategy...Good betting race
Renew eachway

Race 4
1st The Quarterback $3.40
2nd Spy Decoder $4
3rd Al Aneed $19
4th Bon Rocket $19

The Quarterback ran 2nd first up on a slow track carrying 61kg, a tough ask for any horse but followed that up with a soft win at Seymour. With a bit of tempo will tough to beat running on from midfield.
Spy Decoder was terrific winning last start at Kensington after being held up. Has form behind the likes of He's Your Man, Hooked and Chautauqua. Drawn beautifully in 4. Big danger.
Al Aneed has had two runs on a slow track this campaign, beating home The Quarterback in the first up effort. The stats don't read well on a Good track but has had excuse for most. Gets a 1kg swing on The Quarterback this time round and should be fit.

Betting Strategy...Good betting race
The Quarterback to win
Quinella top 2


Race 5
1st Recalculate $31
2nd Ms Mazetti $6.50
3rd Risen From Doubt $9
4th Law $3.80

Who doesn't like an underdog story. Well here is it! Recalculate coming from a last start maiden win at Moe on a slow track and put them away over the 1000m. Yes that was a maiden at Moe but did run under a length behind Bondeiger at Sandown back in April. Struggled to find clear running that day and ran on nicely once it got it.
Ms Mazati has form against Rich Enuff back in April beating him home after jumping awkwardly. After that beat Inkulu home, who had previously won in a field with Bondeiger. Trialed recently and bolted in by 2.5L.
Risen from Doubt wide no cover last start stuck on well behind Law who got a great run, I think it can turn the tables.

Betting Strategy...Great betting race
Recalculate eachway
Ms Mazetti to win

Race 6
1st Fitna $12
2nd Wine Tales
3rd Sea Spray
4th Hijack Hussy

Fitna looks terrific value in this race. In its first race start at Flemington raced greenly, then had a freshen up and ran 2nd 1.25L behind Magicool at Seymour. Had another freshen up and smoked the field in a Wangarratta maiden, winning by 5 lengths. Looks to be improving every run, will be on speed can figure.
Wines Tales was good last start running along rails to score. Gets another good run and can do much the same here again.
Sea Spray jumped awkwardly when beating home Azkadellia, fought hard to hold on. I don't think you can look to much into Azkadellia's last run, given another terrible ride. I think the form might stack up better then it looks.

Betting strategy...Good betting race
Fitna to win
Saver Wine Tales

Race 7
Melbourne Cup preview and betting strategy to be posted Tuesday morning

Race 8
1st Admire Inazuma $12
2nd Stipulate $8
3rd Pheidon $6.50
4th Tuscan Fire $101

Comments...
Willing to forgive Admire Inazuma's first up run in Australia, never traveled well and was pretty much eased out of the race. Should learn from the first up run and improve. Showed great consistent form over in Japan prior to that. Think he might be better then what we saw. Draws well. Happy to take him at the $12
Stipulate coming off a run in the Caulfield Cup and not disgraced. Was held up and could have been prominent with a bit more luck. Does lug 60kg but is the class runner of he race. Maps well.
Pheidon has shown recent form against He's Your Man who ran a ripping race in the Mackinnon. Just got the job done last start at the valley but showed fight. Should lead and might be hard to run down.

Betting Strategy...Tough betting race
Small bet Admire Inazuma
Small bet Stipulate

Race 9
1st Iconic $8.50
2nd Target In Sight $4.25
3rd Phelan Ready $26
4th Eight Bills $34

Iconic was massive in the Manikato against the best sprinters in the land. Like many had a case to argue that he could have been closer with more luck. Comes here dropping 3kg. Prior to the Manikto run knuckled at the start at Caulfield but still managed to run 1.5L off Rubick over 1000m. Best value of the day.
Target in Sight has done nothing wrong, beat In Cahoots home last start at Caulfield after sustaining a long wide run. In Cahoots ran behind the superstar Deep Field since and wasn't far from him. Clear second pick.
Phelan Ready was ok first up and closed the raced off after being second last and over racing. Last time down the Flemington straight was 2.2L behind Hay List albeit back in 2012. Might just not like corners?
Eight Bills just keeps winning. Was 3 wide no cover but ran home strongly to score last start at the Valley. Place chance at big odds.

Betting Strategy...Great betting race
Iconic to win
Quinella top 2

Race 10
1st Griante $12
2nd Rose of Choice $4.40
3rd Sino Eagle $14
4th Ava's Delight $17

Comments
Griante's last run was a complete forgive. Reports verified that he was found to have thumps. Prior to that scored well against Girl Guide who has run bravely against Sweet Idea twice since then. Needs luck from the barrier but can be prominent.
Rose of Choice was wide last start in the Group 3 Nivision and subsequently pushed forward as a result. Hit the front 300m out and ran a gallant 3rd behind Avoid Lightning. Gets the rails and second up record is good and appreciates the distance.
Sino Eagle was ok battling on for 3rd behind The Messina Nymph 2.75L last start after a freshen up. Prior to that was caught wide in what was a forgive run. Two starts back was good sitting on the pace beaten 1.4L by Tigers Tees in the Group 3 Aurie's Star. Can improved second run in off a freshen up.

Betting Strategy..
Griante to win
Box top 4 in trifecta