Flemington Preview & Best Bets – Saturday February 18

Flemington Preview & Best Bets

Our form expert provides Flemington tips for today’s horse racing at Flemington Racecourse and gives his best bets.


Flemington Tips 18/2/2023


Race 5 No. 4 ANNAVISTO – ($2.50)

Keen on ANNAVISTO in Race 5. Slight question mark with the long spell but the Price/Kent galloper flies first up and early market support is a good sign. She resumes after a mediocre run in the Group 1 Tatts Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm last winter but was a dominant three length winner when first up at the track and trip last year in the Group 2 Tressady Stakes, going 15.2 lengths faster than standard. The five-year-old has won three of five first up and went 12.5 lengths faster than standard when resuming at her previous preparation, finishing runner-up behind Turaath. The daughter of Reliable Man comes in with a winning trial and ticks boxes with Jamie Kah to ride. 



Race 2 No. 5 CLIMBING STAR – ($5.50)

Some promising fillies feature in the Vanity and CLIMBING STAR can serve it up to the the Sandown Guineas (1600m) winner, See You In Heaven. The Phillip Stokes-trained galloper showed a stack of promise at her initial preparation, winning her Maiden before finishing runner-up at Group 2 level in the Fillies Classic (1600m) at Moonee Valley. She landed in that slot again when going 10.2 lengths faster than standard benchmark at Flemington over the 1600m behind Roots in the $250000 Inglis Bracelet. At her first up run, the daughter of Zoustar tackled the boys in the Manfred Stakes (1200m), overcoming a sloppy start to produce the second fastest last 400m behind Jacquinot to run 6th. She should have improvement to come and Flemington suits. 




Race 9 No. 10 D’JUMBUCK – ($7)

We close off with a BenchMark 84 over the 1200m down the Flemington straight and D’JUMBUCK can end the day a winner. The five-year-old took a bit of time to get going over his career but like what he has been doing over shorter trips of late. He resumed with a solid runner-up performance behind Daily Bugle over the 1200m at Sandown before stepping out over the 1200m here in a BenchMark 78 on January 14, sticking on strong to defeat Jungle Jim. The son of Starspangledbanner went 8.8 lengths faster than standard benchmark that day, which is the best last start figure of any runner. He will sit on speed and should be in it for a long way.