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By Adam Hamilton

BUZZ Aussie three-year-old Lumineer’s quest to continue his unbeaten streak headlines a stellar and fascinating start to Melton’s Nights of Glory Carnival at Melton tomorrow (Saturday) night.

ADAM HAMILTON casts his eye over the feature races on the card:

VICTORIA DERBY (Race 7)

Can’t tip against LUMINEER (6) in his quest for ninth win from as many starts, but he’s drawn wide at by far his biggest test. POSTER BOY (7) has always looked elite and his heat win was enormous. Needs luck from outside draw, but sure to run well. SPANKEM (4) returned to winning form in his heat and draws well again. MARAETAI (3) is untapped and ran a super race against Lumineer in heat. CODY BAILEY (1), COLT THIRTY ONE (11) and THE DEVILS OWN (13) also have some claims in hot field.

SUGGESTED BET: Lumineer to win if he gets to $2.80 or better. Saver on Maraetai at $9 or better.

GREAT SOUTHERN STAR (Race 6)

Daunting race for punters. Emerging mare RED HOT TOOTH (3) has been heavily-backed and looks the leader, but this is a huge step-up for her. I’m going with SPARKLING SUCCESS (10) despite the back row. His past two runs have been huge. KYVALLEY BLUR (6) returns from terrific NZ campaign and flew in a trial against the pacers last week. TEMPORALE (8) needs luck from inside back row, but is flying. SPEEDING SPUR (13) would win at his best, but comes into this with form query. DARYL BOKO (2) and ON THUNDER ROAD (4) also command respect.

SUGGESTED BET: Sparkling Success at $5 or better.

LADYSHIP CUP (Race 5)

Ripper race, but OUT GOLDEN GODDESS (1) is all class, unbeaten in four runs this campaign and looks leader from the pole. Should win. Her stablemate AMERETTO (8) will follow her throughout is all class. Obvious threat if she’s primed first-up. Purdon/Rasmussen pair A PICCADILLY PRINCESS (10) and PARTYON (2) are next best. CARLAS PIXEL (3) could place.

SUGGESTED BET: Our Golden Goddess to win.

4YO BONANZA (Race 8)

Looks a real match in two between OUR LITTLE GENERAL (1) and STARS ALIGN (3). Going with OUR LITTLE GENERAL to use the pole, lead and run them ragged. STARS ALIGN will be fitter for first-up win, is tough and will make a real race of it. JILLIBY KUNG FU (7) would’ve been favourite from a good draw, so keep him safe at odds from gate seven. BEACH SURGE (6) is a raw talent with place claims.

SUGGESTED BET: Our Little General to win at $1.90 or better.

CASEY CLASSIC (Race 4)

Veteran champ LENNYTHESHARK (1) will be fitter for late-closing second to Heaven Rocks in Ballarat Cup last week. Drawn to lead and win from the pole. SAN CARLO (2) is an exciting talent going places. First-up from a break and expecting big run. BLING IT ON (5) caps his Hunter Cup prep, but will need luck to win from out in gate five. MESSINI (3) is flying, but up in grade. Place hope.

SUGGESTED BET: Trifecta 1 to win from 2,5 for second and 2,3,5 for third.

SUMMARY

BEST BET

R5 n1 Our Golden Goddess

BEST VALUE

R6 n10 Sparkling Success

BEST ROUGHIE

R7 n3 Maraetai

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