VRC Cantala Stakes Day Knacker Selections

V.R.C. Cantala Stakes Day Almanacker Selections

Short-term volatile investors have been presented with a strong (and tough) finish to another memorable Flemington carnival.

If you are hosting today in the Nursery or the Rails, the best tip for Cantala Stakes Day (marketed as a family day) is watch your eskies. Those pesky urchins can be as slippery as the pick-pockets who ply their trade on the 64 bus to/from Vatican City.

Fiscal tips and brief comment are provided below.

Race Flynn’s Fancies Smokie’s Smokies Harms’s Hopes
1 ANFI Digitalism  
2 Eraset

He’s Remarkable

Erewhon Finiguerra
3 The Chevron

Texan Warney

Count Encosta

Cabasso Texan Warney
4 Red Rain

Amah Rock



Amah Rock

Cavallo Nero
5 Black Caviar Black Caviar Black Caviar
6 King’s Rose

Love Conquers All

Jimmy Choux

Wall Street

Jimmy Choux

Woorim/King’s Rose
7 Skyerush

Platinum Passion

Platinum Passion Ocean Challenger
8 Bauer



F Cumani

9 Amaethon

Ship In The Night

Amaethon Outlandish Lad


Smokie’s Smokies

Smokie likes Cabasso (Race 3, No. 12) at odds and, for aesthetic and sentimental reasons, will be strongly urging on Bauer (Race 8, No. 1).

NFA* Downer’s Declaration (singular)

R4 – No.1 Amah Rock. After his McKenzie Stakes win in August, D.Nikolic jumped off his back and wanted to secure it as his Caulfield Guineas ride. They put him out for a rest instead, and he’ll be nice and fresh for this, ready for 1400m after chasing home the flying Karuta Queen at the Valley. His trainer P.Morgan pulled a minor sting with Oasis Bloom on Thursday (16s to 6s), and has a very very high opinion of Amah Rock. Barrier a slight concern, but has a heap of talent and Flemington should suit. Toned will be the other one flying home.

Flynn’s Fancies

Flynn says many will anchor Bauer in the Quadrella.

His quaddie will be:


210 combinations

* Noted Form Analyist


  1. Peter Flynn says

    Due to a bellyful of Langley PS snags, I’ve inadvertently the 9 out of the last leg.

    Back the 9 folks.

    No i in Analyst.

  2. David Downer says

    Race 4 – winner draws barrier 1. Amah Rock 4-wide the entire trip, Nikolic in two minds whether to go fwd or back, just stayed wide. Keep following A.Rock!


  3. Peter Flynn says

    I will with another pilot.

    Happy with Race 2.

  4. Peter Flynn says

    On radio, Dr Turf must have tipped Down Under Boy to win the last.


  5. David Downer says

    Anyone have a piece of that $378,043 quaddie?


  6. The smallest percentage of that would have done wonders.

    Good luck to those who had a piece of it.

  7. David Downer says

    For international racing fans checking the Almanac prior to their regular Sunday church services, a couple of noteable races coming up this morning from Churchill Downs.

    Bonnie mare Goldikova shoots for four Breeders Cup Miles at 9:07am.

    Aussie champ So You Think going for glory in the Breeders Cup Classic at 10am.

  8. What have they done to SYT ?

    It’s a shame to see it look almost like a one-paced plodder.

    The cryptic comments in the news report I saw said something along the
    lines of: “Trainer Aiden O’Brien said So You Think’s days as a middle-distance
    runner are over”.

  9. Bring him back and give him back to Bart!

  10. Peter Flynn says


    Frankel is being stretched out to 2000 metres next season. I’m sure that’s part of O’Brien’s comment.

    So You Think has been up for a long time.

    Tired horses on dirt can really look ordinary.

  11. Skip of Skipton says

    I think with hindsight Coolmore/O’brien may have got the tactics for the Arc and the BC Classic arse about.
    Too far back and too late in pressing the go button in the Arc. Too close to the pace and out of petrol inside the last furlong in the Classic. Too be fair to them, he had been competing in virtual match races until then where tactics weren’t of great importance. He only needed to stalk his main rival.

  12. David Downer says

    I thought So You Think’s run was very honest. Some of the tactics employed during a long seven month campaign have been questionable (the use of unnecessary pacemakers still beggars belief), but I find it hard to fathom that A.O’Brien keeps saying, even after Sunday, that “we’re learning as we go along”. He’s had SYT for a year and seen everything he’s done in Australia prior. How long should it take for one of Europe’s “premier trainers” to suss this stuff out?? Would he have had any discussion with Bart? One phone call may have saved them plenty of grief and guesswork.
    Fair to suggest he would have handled Pinker Pinker in the Cox Plate and emulated Kingstown Town’s three in a row.
    My finger is pointed at Dato for this calamity. Here’s a bloke who’s hardly short of a quid, yet sold the controlling interest in So You Think to Coolmore Europe (behind Bart’s back), thus robbing Moonee Valley of one of their finest ever moments this year. And it’s the same venue where there’s a race named in his honour?? I hereby petition the MVRC to abolish the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, and reinstate the registered time-honoured name of the J.F.Feehan Stakes. Stat!

  13. Hear hear, DD. Bring back the J F Feehan.
    I remember Bart being devastated by Dato’s treachery. Are they still mates?
    Probably, given that money speaks louder than anything else.

    My comments were influenced by memories of the cash I won on SYT last
    spring. And thus, my subsequent attachment to him.

    Imagine the outrage if a similar fate was to befall Black Caviar.

    Those present at the All Nations last week may recall some very pointed
    criticisms regarding the manner in which SYT has been handled o/s.

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