Deane Lester’s Flemington Best Bets


FLASH FEELING produced a whirlwind finish to win over 1700 metres at Flemington last Saturday and is well placed for consecutive wins when he runs in the Super VOBIS 3YO Handicap (2000m). The John Sadler trained colt is enjoying a fruitful campaign with two wins and two placings from six outings, and appears ready to step up to the 2000 metres of this race. He’s a progressive horse that has the best turn of foot in the race and can win again.


ISRAELITE BAY scored a soft first-up win in maiden company at Cranbourne recently and appears good enough to step up to this class and run well when she contests the 3YO Fillies Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m). The daughter of Sebring showed good talent in her first campaign which included a 2nd behind the group one performer BON’S A PEARLA over 1400 metres in September last year. She will have derived fitness and confidence from the Cranbourne victory, appears drawn for a sweet run with Melbourne’s leading rider Jye McNeil in the saddle and makes strong appeal as the value bet of the day.


The feature race at Flemington is The Straight Six (1200m) and provides a great opportunity for talented galloper FRONT PAGE to win his second stakes race down the Flemington straight course. As a three year old, the Geoff Duryea trained gelding won the 2020 Creswick Stakes in dashing fashion. His career stalled for nearly 18 months due to minor injuries and COVID boarder restrictions, however the son of Magnus was back to his brilliant best with a dynamic win in the Wagga Town Plate (1200m). This looks a very good option for him to ride the speed, use his sharp acceleration to put this field away and record his sixth win from just 12 career starts. It’s a competitive meeting but FRONT PAGE represents the best bet of the day.

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