Rapid Racing – seven sprint contests at 30-minute intervals – returns to Flemington, where none of the last 30 gallopers to start a straight race from the inside barrier has won.

Godolphin-owned colt Ingratiating is the only sprinter to be victorious from gate one in a Flemington straight race this season, and the James Cummings-trained, Damien Oliver-ridden won the Darley Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Listed level on Saturday 3 October, beating odds-on runner-up General Beau.

Flemington’s 39 straight races this term have featured 407 runners at a mean of 10.44 runners per race, so gate one is batting well below average. However, barrier two has been the most successful gate with nine wins, ranking it ahead of barrier six (six wins), barrier five (four wins), barrier seven (four wins), barrier eight (four wins), barrier 11 (three wins), barrier nine (two wins), barrier 10 (two wins), barrier 14 (two wins), barrier four (one win), barrier 12 (one win) and, of course, barrier one (one win).

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