Turn it Up: March 15

Racing writer Jonny Turner previews tomorrow’s big day of racing across Australasia.

The Ladyship Final at Wyndham at 12.55pm tomorrow

A really small field for such a healthy stake, which has not been helped by the scratching of key runner Pressed For Time.

It now looks a two-horse race between the Canterbury raiders Major Sass and Flame Lady.

Major Sass had the measure of Flame Lady the last time they met, and she has competed in strong races since. She looks the winner.

The feature trot at Wyndham at 2.05pm tomorrow

Wyndham Cup day did not exactly attract a trotting field for the ages with this lot. However, racegoers look like they are in for a real treat with Chinese Whisper lining up.

The Nathan Williamson-trained trotter only has to do things half right to win.

Few trotters put in the kind of sensational debut he did recently.

Chinese Whispers looks on his way to big things.

The Wellington Guineas at Trentham at 3.30pm tomorrow

There is no lack of talent in this 3yr-old feature.

Many of the leading chances in the race have been handed wide draws.

Dawn Patrol looks one of the toughest to beat, but faces a big task after drawing barrier 15.

Cyber Attack is just one spot better off in barrier 14.

King Louis and Qiji Express are slightly better off in barrier nine and 10 respectively.

It will be interesting to see how Southland Guineas winner, Weaponry, and recent Wingatui feature race winner, Emily Margaret, measure up in the race.

The Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham at 3.57pm tomorrow

Barring major catastrophe, it is difficult to see how the All Stars pair of Flying Even Bettor and Copperfield could get beaten in this.

Flying Even Bettor clearly had it over Copperfield in the Sapling Stakes, and I see no reason why he would not beat him again.

A pretty easy trifecta with Tyron Terranova.

The Lightning Handicap at Trentham at 4.05pm tomorrow

Ferrando returns to Trentham with the chance of some small redemption for being nosed out in the desperately close finish to this year's Telegraph, won by Enzo's Lad.

The third placegetter, Signify, also returns to keep him honest.

They clash with leading chances Princess Kereru and Sasso Corbaro.

Sasso Corbaro brings a little bit of X-factor to the race after her highly impressive win in her first start in New Zealand recently.

The New Zealand Oaks at Trentham at 4.45pm tomorrow

Though there is plenty of talent to choose from, three fillies stand out in this year's Oaks.

It is just a case of which of Imelda Mary, Queen Of Diamonds or Pinmedown will be rewarded for their brilliant lead-up form.

Queen Of Diamonds was impressive in winning the race's traditional lead up, the Lowland Stakes.

She downed Imelda Mary, who previously had her measure in the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic.

Pinmedown has not had the typical Oaks lead-up her two main rivals have had, but looks exactly the type of horse you would want to follow over a staying trip.

The Wyndham Cup at Wyndham at 5.10pm tomorrow

Like the Kindergarten Stakes, this sets up as a two-horse race.

Flying Mister Williams gives away a massive fitness advantage to Vintage Cheddar.

Though Flying Mister Williams may be the better horse, Vintage Cheddar has enough going for him that he could be too good tomorrow.

These two look to have the race well and truly to themselves.

The All Star Mile at Flemington at 7.10pm tomorrow

The All Star Mile concept has created plenty of interest and attracted the kind of field organisers would hope its $A5million ($NZ5.16million) purse would justify.

Few would begrudge popular galloper Happy Clapper victory.

He tried so hard and made a real race of it when running second again to Winx in the Chipping Norton.

He faces stiff competition from Alizee and Mystic Journey.

Alizee has been sensational this time in and should give Happy Clapper plenty to think about.

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