2020 Memsie Stakes Day Preview

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Fri 28th August 2020

Spring is in the air with a high quality 2020 Memsie Stakes Day card assembled, in a day that will no doubt shape campaigns for many runners going forward. Let’s take a look at some of the main events…

Race 6 – Group 3 The Heath 1100 (1100m)

This looks wide-open with a number of runners hitting this first up, with Lyre and Superstorm (2) having early market support. Superstorm (2) is probably the best horse in the race but won’t be wound up for this, and I’d be keen to take him on.

Lyre (14) has to be in consideration after running in some quality Group races last prep without much luck, with Diamond Effort (13) and Crystal Dreamer (1) mapping well and looking like good each way propositions. Garner (6) also ticks a lot of boxes if they’re able to run on.

Watch: Lyre flash down the outside and just miss in the Group 1 TAB Classic last preparation.

Race 7 – McNeil Stakes (1200m)

This is a very hot race with some of the best three-year-olds in Melbourne going around, including favourite and Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa. He put together a very strong two-year-old season and always looked like he’d be a better three-year-old, and could very well blow this field away if he’s wound up.

If you’re willing to take him on, then Vain Stakes winner Our Playboy (3), and runner up Ranting (11) look like they could run big races. Flying Award (7) is very smart and has been spoken about as a Caulfield Guineas horse, and Immortal Love has run impressive times in his two wins. This will be a great watch, and will shape the spring for many of these.

Watch: Our Playboy salute in the Vain Stakes last start, getting the best of Ranting.

Race 8 – Heatherlie Handicap (1700m)

Another cracker of a race that’s tough to find a clear pick in, with Sircconi (8) and Game Keeper (14) prominent in the market. Sircconi (8) just went down in the P.B. Lawrence last start and won’t mind the rise in trip, and the same can be said for Game Keeper (14), who is on a possible Caulfield Cup path if he can win his way in.

The other wound up and ready to go is Plein Ciel (11), who had every chance to win last start at short odds against Think We’re Due (12) who maps well to get a suck run behind the leaders.

The wildcards are the classy returning stayers, with one time Melbourne Cup favourite Constantinople (3), and Mirage Dancer (2) lining up here.

Watch: Think We’re Due hold on against Plein Ciel last start.

Race 9 – 2020 Memsie Stakes (1400m)

This is a hot field. There’s been a lot of talk in the media from trainers and connections that this will be run at a far better speed than the P.B. Lawrence, with Glenfiddich (15), Begood Toya Mother (10), and Streets Of Avalon (5) sure to pour it on from the outset.

Savatiano (13) had a peach of a ride from Damien Oliver when winning the P.B. Lawrence, with Arcadia Queen (12), and Cascadian (9) running on well. They’ll be right in it, with favourite Behemoth (7) and Mystic Journey (11) trying to run over the top of them late.

Watch: Behemoth’s huge win in the Spring Stakes over Dalasan last start.

For a full runner-by-runner analysis of the 2020 Memsie Stakes, click here.

The Shorties

Punters are confronted with a few short-priced favourites on the card, namely Windstorm (1) in Race 2, and Rubisaki (1) in Race 10. Will you be taking the skinny prices on offer?

Windstorm (1) is a class runner, part of the Bob Peters Western Australian raiding party in the cerise and white. His record speaks for itself and the camp have opted for a 2kg claim rather than sticking with Willie Pike. Maps to get well back, and it will be an entertaining battle with Nick Ryan’s Express Pass (11) as they run on.

Rubisaki (1) looks a slightly more safe option for mine in Race 10, with a bulletproof record and more class than anything else in the field. She usually returns in good order first up, and will be flying home late if the track is allowing them to run on.

I’d be looking at the track pattern of the day before going chips in, even though Showmanship saluted out wide against the grain in the last event on P.B. Lawrence Day.

Watch: Showmanship get home out wide in the last at Caulfield. Will Rubisaki do the same?


From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.