NEWS PREVIEW

The Melbourne Mail - November 18

We've got open contests from 5 f to 2 m, all with formlines that have been robustly tested over the past few weeks at the carnivals at Caulfield, Moonee Valley and of course Flemington - no excuses punters!
Our bet of the day comes from Flemington with Crystal Dreamer appealing in the 5 f contest on the card, the Doveton Stakes.
He ran second to Ball Of Muscle at Flemington last time, comfortably beaten but running really well to drag the margin back under two lengths after Ball Of Muscle had seized complete control of the race in the first half. A quick look at the sectionals will tell you that Ball Of Muscle wasn't for catching there, and neither were those on pace in the Caulfield Sprint that Crystal Dreamer contested prior where an early check put him out of play in a race dominated by early speed.
Crystal Dreamer looks a good winning chance on Saturday on his current form and the fact that we think he is going a bit better than his current form suggests makes him an appealing bet.
For an each way play we roll onto what looks a good Sandown Guineas. We have the usual Carbine Club form to work with as well as a nice blend of other up and coming types.
Black Sail eases back from 1 1⁄8 m at Flemington where he just couldn't quite peg back a well-ridden winner.
The race rated well and there looks to be more to come from Black Sail who we are tipping measures right up in this deeper contest.
THE MELBOURNE MAIL

Bet Of The Day: Race 6 #3 Crystal Dreamer @ $3.50
Each Way Play: Race 8 #3 Black Sail @ $8.00

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