THE presence of Westerly winds over 30km/h looks set to have a greater effect on proceedings at Flemington than any bias in the surface, according to pro punter Darren Potter.
Weather forecasts have predicted possible light showers on Saturday, but it is the wind that has Potter concerned.
“The forecast says Westerly winds which will hit the runners on the rail around the bend then be straight in the face of the leaders at the top of the straight,” Potter said.
“But we will likely know more when we get closer to the first race. Juppy will assess it trackside and I’ll be providing updates to subcriberss in the ProBetta Live chat room.”
But Potter did also point out that the track, currently rated a Soft 7 with the rail out four metres, would also contribute to the likely development of a pattern throughout the day.
“The track is in good order - the inside is firm enough but there is some wear and tear there as well,” Potter said.
“Once they start getting away from the rail, the middle of the track in the home straight will be best. I also think they’ll come down the middle in the straight races.
“But undoubtedly the biggest factor will be the wind.”
Flemington plays host to another deep nine-race winter card tomorrow and Darren Potter is attacking it with vigour after Wednesday’s proceedings at Sandown were called to an early halt.