Roughies Tips February 15

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Looking for roughies tips to back at big prices on Saturday’s racing? We pick out the best three roughies to back each week.

Racing is at Flemington on Saturday February 15 for the running of the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) and there are nine races on the programme.

We have looked through the fields and picked out the best three roughies to back for the day, each-way.

Race 6 – 3:25PM Royal Ascot Handicap (1200 METRES)
Race 6 shapes as an open betting race and it is just about each-way the field. JUST HIFALUTIN should start at better than double figure odds and must come under consideration on the back of her good record at the track and distance. The mare has won twice when tackling the ‘straight six’ and comes in with winning form, having taken out the Sale Quality (1200m) ahead of some handy types in Man Of His Word and Rox The Castle (who races later on at Flemington). She last appeared at headquarters two starts ago and produced some excellent closing sectionals when running 6th to Lord Von Costa. A key to her chances will be the pace in the race and she might get the tempo she needs with a couple on either side of her in the big field that like to press forward. She carries 60kg but but has been able to deal with hefty weights in the past and is well worth a crack in this.

Race 8 – 4:50PM The TAB Vanity (1400 METRES)
The fillies line up at Group 3 level in The Vanity and I am pretty keen on FASCINO, who makes her first appearance this preparation. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained youngster improved in the spring and could almost have gone unbeaten in her four starts. She won easily when resuming at Ballarat and had no luck when 4th at Listed level at Caulfield over the 1400m before doing a couple of things wrong when gobbled up by Moonlight Maid over the Flemington 1400m in the Group 2 Manifold. She then claimed victory on Cox Plate day over the 1600m in the Fillies Classic. She should settle close enough to them and can overhaul the likes of the favourite, Katalin, who faces a massive rise in class.

Race 9 – 5:30PM The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy (1400 METRES)
The final event of the day is the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy and ROX THE CASTLE looks to be overs in early markets. The lightly raced five-year-old resumed at Sale on February 2 and pinged from the barrier in the early stages before attempting to lead all the way. But his fitness told in the end as he was overrun by Just Hifalutin and Man Of His Word, finishing 3rd to that pair. He comes to Flemington and has an excellent second up record of two wins and a runner-up performance from three starts. He missed out behind Age Of Chivalry over the 1400m at the same stage of his last prep before winning at both Sandown and Flemington, with his win at headquarters coming in the Listed Sofitel (1400m). He is two from two at the track and trip and can lead or tuck in just behind them from the barrier. With Luke Nolen on board, he can go close.


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