Flemington will favour Payne's colt

While the rich Magic Millions races will be front and centre of Australian racing on Saturday, there may be some history being made in the opening race at Flemington.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne will ride and also train $7 chance Templar in the Meadow Mist Plate, giving her the chance to become the first jockey-trainer to win a race at headquarters.

Templar stormed home from last at Sandown to just miss out and the big track at Flemington will certainly be in the colt's favour.

Continuing the Melbourne Cup theme, the youngster is by a former winner of the race, the Irish-bred Fiorente.

The main danger to Templar will be the only filly in the field of nine, Nasaayim, who trailed brilliantly at Wodonga recently.

Current affair

After a series of close-up efforts in recent starts, tough sprinter Thermal Current appears poised to win his first race this summer in the Better Beyond Plate.

Placed twice at Caulfield and once at Sandown, Thermal Current has found younger sprinters with lighter weights too good for him.

A winner of seven races over 1100 metres Thermal Current gets the chance with young apprentice Ethan Brown claiming two kilos on the sprinter, which should make all the difference.

Try again

After breaking a long drought at Bendigo recently, the Darren Weir-trained Sang Choi Bao came down to Sandown and put up an inglorious performance behind El Sicaro, jumping last and not getting around one runner.

He's certainly worth another chance being in the stable of Australia's most successful horse trainer.

Dollar value

The burning question at headquarters on Saturday will be can the South Australian five-year-old, Dollar For Dollar, continue his strong series of victories?

If Dollar For Dollar can win the listed Manifold Stakes it will be victory No. 5, after two wins at Morphettville and victories at Flemington and Sandown.

From gate four he'll certainly get the run of the race.


South Australian mare Federosa returns to Melbourne after an eye-catching run at Moonee Valley two starts back.

After returning home, Federosa beat a strong group of sprinters to win at Morphettville last start. The Richard Jolly-trained four-year-old is back in Melbourne in search of some Victorian prize money.

The horse will get the run of the race from barrier one and will be perfectly positioned when the pressure goes on over the final 200m.

Not so hard

The former Sydney stayer Saddler's Lake may have found the Caulfield track too hard last start when he put up a dismal performance to finish 20 lengths last behind Payroll over this journey.

Before arriving at the Robert Smerdon stable, Saddler's Lake had a good record when prepared by Chris Waller at Rosehill in Sydney.

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