Saturday racing in Victoria this week returns to headquarters with a big meeting at Flemington.

The weather is expected to be horrid– and that means form may not stand up!

Rail Position: Is true all way
Track Condition: rates a good 4 (but that could change on race day)


Race: 1- Chairman's Club Open Hcp 1600m

Date: 6/5
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Flemington

ARTICUS has been in and out of the stable for several months now and hasn't won for some time. But he seems right now. Watch market. MASTER OF ARTS by contrast, is his stablemate and he has been in work for a long time. Always runs well this grade and chance again. EXTRA ZERO is as old as I am but he still has a real zest for racing. Will get back and loves this track. Each way.

The Early Crows Top Tip: EXTRA ZERO


Race: 2- Vintage Crop Open Hcp 2800m

Date: 6/5
Time: 12:35pm
Location: Flemington

De LITTLE ENGINE is just a dour, reliable long distance stayer. So this trip suits. And he's up to better grade than this when he's on song. Looks well placed. LUCQUES has found form recently and that means he will be up on the speed and prove tough to run down. REFECTORY is another tough as boots old stayer who returned to form to win similar race last start. This actually is a little tougher but he's in form.

The Early Crows Top Tip: De LITTLE ENGINE


Race: 3- Phar Lap 2YO Fillies Plate 1100m

Date: 6/5
Time: 1:10pm
Location: Flemington

FREEZE OVER won well on debut then faltered in better grade. Drawn deep here so may head to the grandstand side. Has the form to be in this. AMASTRYKER was terrific in easier race on debut when hitting line well enough for 2nd. Fitter now, more experienced and ready to rumble. VIVENDI right down the bottom, is reported to have chops and may be the value runner worth throwing in here.

The Early Crows Top Tip: AMASTRYKER


Race: 4 – Comedy King BM 90 Hcp 1400m

Date: 6/5
Time: 1:50pm
Location: Flemington

NEVIS has had two low key runs this time up. Bigger track and fitter now, expect improvement. HERE TO THERE has great form this campaign, starting 3 times for a win in similar grade and 2 second placings. Must be considered. Each way. DEJA BLUE must be sooo tough. She's been up a long time and is an in and out type. Is ready for an 'in' run here.

The Early Crows Top Tip: HERE TO THERE

Race: 5- Indian Summer BM78 3YO Fillies 1200m

Date: 6/5
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Flemington

OVERSTEP is 4th up here. Has taken time to hit straps but no excuses now. Down in grade and drawn the fence. Each way. DIVINE QUALITY is second up here after winning on debut. Big rise in grade but did win initial race with authority. SALLYBROOK is in career best form winning last start, yes a much easier race, but is finding the line well.

The Early Crows Top Tip: OVERSTEP

Race: 6- Women Trainer’s Hcp Females BM 84 2000m

Date: 6/5
Time: 3:10pm
Location: Flemington

What a terrific lineup. ZASORCERESS runs like this track will suit. Has had a few goes this time around so is super, super fit and in the very much in form Darren weir camp. Should, especially with the weight relief, get home very hard late. HOT RUBY just keeps bobbing up. Must be a very tough mare as she’s had a lot of racing recently yet still shows zest, fight and gets in the money. YULONG BABY was placed 2nd up last time in and represents the class in the race. Is 2nd up here but has wide draw and big weight

The Early Crows Top Tip: ZASORCERESS


Race: 7- Open 3YO Hcp 1400m

Date: 6/5
Time: 3:50pm
Location: Flemington

URBAN RULER has mixed it with the best of his age and although a rung behind them, may be a rung above these. Horrid draw here and is 2nd up but track should suit. FANFARON has foot on till. This is 4th start this campaign. Drawn perfectly and should be right in the fray. This is easier than last start 4th over 1600m. GOOD THERAPY is in career best form having won twice in recent weeks. They have been in easier races but the wins were completed with some authority. Looks up to this.

The Early Crows Top Tip: FANFARON

Race: 8- Open Flying Hcp 1000m

Date: 6/5
Time: 4:25pm
Location: Flemington

A quick look at the field and you say, yep UNDER THE LOUVRE wins comfortably as he loves this track and is grades better than his rivals here. But he does have a lofty burden to contend with. Gets some relief from Ben Thompson’s claim but will need clear passage to swamp these. Is a Gr 1 winner though. CRYSTAL DREAMER is just so honest and gives every start. Two runs this time in have been tip top efforts in this grade. Hard to tell if the inside will be better than the outside but if the outside holds its own, then that will suit this bloke. BULLPIT gave weight to some of his arch rivals including Crystal dreamer last start and they crossed the line within a length of each other. In this he meets them all substantially better.

The Early Crows Top Tip: BULLPIT

Race: 9- True Version BM 78 Hcp 1600m

Date: 6/5
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Flemington

ELITE TIGER gets a much needed weight relief here and looks a big threat. His form is just first rate for a race like this. The win 2 starts back said he’s better than these and meets Kapset better at the weights for narrow loss last start. KAPSET is honest and is in career best form this time up. Has a bit of weight to contend with but has earned it and drawn to cop a decent run with cover. KANSAS SUNFLOWER has that touch of brilliance that she shows every now and then and at the weights here following a display of her talent to win in easier grade last start, you sense she might finish powerfully again.

The Early Crows Top Tip: KANSAS SUNFLOWER


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