Life members’ raceday today at Greenwattle

David Braithwaite

SALE Turf Club will host its Life Members’ Day today.

The nine races, the first of which is at 11.50am, have been named after life members of the club.

The Greenwattle track is rated “good four”, with the rail out three metres for the entire circuit.

Write Enough, to be ridden by Victorian jockeys’ premiership leader Jye McNeil, will start favourite in race five, the Anthony Lee Fillies and Mares Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1005 metres. The four-year-old mare won at Sale last start two weeks ago following second placings at Cranbourne and Sandown.

Flostar won at Bendigo before a three-week break and could pose a challenge, as could another three-year-old filly Paris, trained by Peter Moody with Luke Nolen in the saddle.

That Girl resumes in race six, the 1105m Thelma Coster Class One Handicap, after a 19-week spell, before which the filly came second at Caulfield. Another contender will be Japery, who won at Sale two weeks ago for trainer Patrick Payne.

Blandford Lad, trained at Moe by Peter Gelagotis, finished seventh last start at Flemington, but should enjoy the step back in class today in race seven, the David Wilson Benchmark 64 Handicap over 2219m.

Another Moe trainer, Allison Bennett, has Monmouth, which finished third and second in his previous two runs at Cranbourne on softer footing.

Pharrell is a winner last start at Sale over a similar distance.

In race eight, the Tony Hart Benchmark 64 Handicap over 1728m, Walking Flying, for the Hayes-Dabernig team, will welcome the step back in class having been swamped in her previous runs in two strong races.

Cracksman showed encouraging signs to finish second last start at Sale.

The final race, the Wayne Pollock-Bill Jones Benchmark 64 Handicap over 1411m, leaves the barriers at 4.30pm.

Uluru, to be ridden by McNeil, won last start on the Pakenham synthetic track before being freshened the past four weeks, while Designer Chef is coming off a victory at Cranbourne.

Vladivostok has done well since March, with a won at Echuca and second placings at Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga.