The weather in Melbourne is currently frosty, cold and wet. The forecast is for a cloudy but fine day on Saturday after showers and icy cold all week. Therefore the track rating is a Heavy 8 with no drying weather and the penetrometer is at 5.09. The rail will be at the true as we return to the home of the Melbourne Cup for what is a bumper race card of “Finals” to keep punters entertained.
Race 6: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Race 7: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11
Race 8: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Race 9: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
Race 6: 2, 3
Race 7: 1, 2, 4
Race 8: 1, 4
Race 9: 3, 4, 5
R1 11.45am Silver Bowl Series Final 1600m
Tasmanian star Jerilderie Letter gave his backers a big sight at his Victorian debut last Saturday when closing fast after running deep throughout to finish within half a length of Makatiti over 1400m at Caulfield. Senior rider Steven Arnold takes the reins from apprentice Jake Bayliss, claiming 2kg and he jumps from a superior draw in two.
Lady Selkirk scored a brilliant half-length win over 1600m here on June 25 as she took the split and pulled away from her rivals. Craig Williams replaces apprentice Michael Dee, but she still gets into this race with a light-weight on the limit on 54kg. She has a good draw on the rail and has won three of her past five starts.
Hand From Above comes down here from Sydney. Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden collected travelling money when the gelding posted a clever win over 1600m at Warwick Farm on June 15. The three-year-old plummets from 61.5kg to 57kg here with leading Victorian rider Michael Walker booked to ride.
Moss "N" Dale came in for support when backed into $4.60 and collected with a smart win over 1500m on a heavy track at Ballarat on June 16. He has won at his past two starts, including a run over 1300m at Morphettville and he has a big drop in weight down from 59.5kg last start to 56.5kg. He has not put a foot wrong to date.
SELECTIONS: No1 JERILDERIE LETTER, No5 Lady Selkirk, No3 Hand From Above, No4 Moss ‘N’ Dale
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Jerilderie Letter.
R2 12.20pm Rivette Final 1600m
Euro Angel appears to have a very bright career with a record of two wins and a third on city tracks. The daughter of Rip Van Winkle was super impressive in bolting to a 3 ¼ length win over 1400m against her own sex and age here at her Victorian debut on June 11. She again strikes her own age and sex here and is bound to be a red hot favourite at $1.75 in early betting.
Daniela Rosa resumed in style to post a fighting win over 1450m at Sale on June 19. The Mike Moroney-trained filly again has an inside alley in three and will carry a half kilo more on 59.5kg to be the second top-weight in a small field of nine fillies. She showed she can carry a load and looms as the main danger.
Payroll was hampered twice at the 800m and 600m, but still showed courage to finish under three lengths adrift of the winner Lady Selkirk - who is favourite to win the first race today - over 1600m here on June 25. Craig Williams, who is in battle with Dwayne Dunn, replaces Damien Oliver, who is on holiday. She again has a wide alley in seven.
Avenue Whisper is worth giving another chance on her disappointing ninth as a $2.20 favourite over 1600m at Sandown on June 29. The daughter of Street Cry’s prior form was rock solid, but she does strike a smart one in Euro Angel here. Senior rider Dean Yendall replaces apprentice Michael Dee and she carries the same weight on 55.5kg.
SELECTIONS: No1 EURO ANGEL, No2 Daniela Rosa, No3 Payroll, No6 Avenue Whisper
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Georgie’s Luce
R3 12.55pm Cup Tour Trophy 2000m
Darren Weir has trained over 200 winners this season and he could get another fence picket here with the consistent Killarney Kid. The gelding has been a model of consistency with four wins and two placings at his past six starts. Weir gave the six-year-old two trials over 2800m and 2400m over the jumps in preparation for his return here. The stable has good success at schooling their stayers this way.
Nesbo won over 1600m on a heavy track at Sandown before starting as an easing favourite ($3.10 to $5) when finishing fifth over 2040m at Moonee Valley on June 18. He lumped 60kg that day and was trapped deep for most of the trip but plugged on okay in the straight. He drops to 54kg with apprentice Michael Dee to ride from gate four.
Itsall Aboutharry was specked in the betting from $16 into $11 before running fourth to Royal Rapture over 1600m on a soft track here on June 25. The six-year-old has now had two solid runs over the metric mile and is primed, after working home solidly, for his step up in distance here. He makes each-way appeal at $9.
Sandhill Chief has collected two wins from his past four starts over a middle distance. He was working home well when running fourth to the hotly fancied Longeron over 2040m at Moonee Valley at his last start on June 18. He does go up 2kg here but his regular hoop Linda Meech keeps the ride. He makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No1 KILLARNEY KID, No5 Nesbo, No7 Itsall Aboutharry, No3 Sandhill Chief
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Itsall Aboutharry
R4 1.33pm Ta Rossi Final 1600m
Trenchant has been in top form romping home by 2 ¼ lengths over 1400m here on June 25. The blinkers certainly made the difference with this colt, who has now had three starts for a win and a third. Senior jockey Craig Williams replaces apprentice Michael Dee today.
Cobbmore made a perfect start to win over 1400m at his debut at Pakenham. He was then raised in class and chased hard all the way to run fifth to Trenchant over 1400m here on June 25. From his draw in gate two he should get a clear run and can bounce back into top form.
Cliff Hanger was an easy winner over 1411m at Sale on June 8 before being elevated in class and effort to finish sixth to Trenchant over 1400m here on June 25. Was a drifter in betting from $5 to $8 that day. Craig Newitt replaces James Wink, who is riding in Mauritius.
Vee Eight has been winning in style on provincial tracks. The two-year-old appears to relish the wet surfaces claiming honours over 1300m and 1200m at Wagga. Apprentice Dylan Dunn takes the ride today, but cannot use his claim and the gelding will carry 57kg.
SELECTIONS: No2 TRENCHANT, No5 Cobbmore, No3 Cliff Hanger, No7 Vee Eight
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Vee Eight
R5 2.10pm Sprint Final 1200m
Voodoo Lad is racing at his peak with three wins and two placings from his past five starts. He was a $3.10 equal favourite at his last start when running away to a 1 ½ length win over 1200m at Moonee Valley on June 18. Dean Yendall replaces the suspended Chris Parnham.
Ruettiger gave a strong effort when finishing a close third to Odyssey Moon over 1100m here on June 25. He did not have much luck in running from gate eight and drawn better here in four he should get a clear passage. One of the main chances.
Kievann found Voodoo Lad far too strong at their last encounter when finishing third to today’s favourite over 1200m at Moonee Valley on June 4. He has a better draw here in eight and again has no weight on the limit on 54kg.
Rich Jack looks like he could be searching for more ground and the extra 100m here may suit. He was doing his best work on the line when finishing sixth to Odyssey Moon over 1100m at Moonee Valley on June 25. Again has no weight on 54kg and Darren Gauci has stayed on board
SELECTIONS: No3 VOODOO LAD, No10 Ruettiger, No8 Kievann, No9 Rich Jack
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Reldas
R6 2.50pm Banjo Paterson Final 2600m
Master Of Arts is developing into a master stayer for trainer Darren Weir. He has now won three and finished second at his past four starts. He goes up in weight to 60kg after winning with 56.5kg over 2520m here on June 25. Again will start favourite.
Araldo Junior looms as the main danger to Master Of Arts. Apprentice Michael Dee is sure to try to control the speed in the lead and repeat his last effort when romping away by 3 ¾ lengths over 2500m here on June 25. He is up 5.5kg in weight to 59.5kg but respect.
Crafty Cruiser is at good each-way value at $14. The veteran stayer is fitter now for two runs over 2040m and 2520m here. Latest saw the horse working home well when sixth to Master Of Arts on June 25. Declan Bates is the new rider on the gelding, who has drawn well in four.
Wells is a steeple chaser who looms as a place chance here as he is fit as a Mallee Bull. He plugged away to finish third to Master Of Arts over 2520m here on June 25, when at the cricket score odds of $101.
SELECTIONS: No2 MASTER OF ARTS, No3 Araldo Junior, No4 Crafty Cruiser, No7 Wells.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 River’s Lane
R7 3.30pm Winter Final 1600m
Jacquinot Bay is running red hot, searching for a third straight win here this campaign. The eight-year-old fought hard to prevail over Del Prado in a tight dual over 1400m here on June 25. Michael Walker keeps the ride and he goes up just a half kilo to 60kg. Again faces a wide draw in 11.
Kenjorwood hails from the stables of record-breaking trainer Darren Weir and looms as one of the leading hopes in a wide open betting affair. He was outgunned by Onpicolo in a close finish over 1600m at Moonee Valley on June 18. Brad Rawiller steers here and rises a kilo, but makes appeal.
Iggimacool proved too strong for her opposition when a smart half-length winner over 1400m against her own sex here on June 25. Premiership chasing jockey Dwayne Dunn replaces the suspended apprentice Ben Thompson. She carries a half kilo less on 56.5kg for her match against the geldings.
Onpicalo is another last start winner with good claims. The Mick Price-trained gelding was a runaway winner over 1600m at Moonee Valley on June 18. He has a superior draw in five to last start when he had to cross from 11. He is again well fancied in early betting at $8.50 and is most reliable.
SELECTIONS: No1 JACQUINOT BAY, No2 Kenjorwood, No4 Iggimacool, No7 Onpicalo
VALUE TIP: No1 Jacquinot Bay
R8 4.10pm Creswick Final 1200m
Odyssey Moon flooded home to post an imposing win down the straight over 1100m here on June 25. That was his second win on the trot when carrying 54kg and ridden by Craig Newitt. He goes up to 58.5kg and is again drawn wide in 12, but his form is first class and he deserves to be a $3 favourite.
Sooboog warmed up for his return with an impressive 3 ¼ length win over 900m in a gate trial on June 28. The three-year-old colt has a sound record down the straight here and Dean Yendall replaces Brad Rawiller at his return off a 35-day break.
Prince Of Brooklyn will have the services of top hoop Dwayne Dunn from a favourable draw in gate five. The colt made an audacious run first up when he charged home to run second to Firsthand over 1200m at Moonee Valley on June 18. He rises two kilos to 58.5kg here, but is better drawn in gate five.
Nats The Boss won at Caulfield two starts ago. He has been freshened for this with a 35-day break on his last start when running on to finish fourth over 1300m at Sandown on June 4. Goes up two kilos to 56kg but from his inside draw in three comes into the race with good each-way claims.
SELECTIONS: No1 ODYSSEY MOON, No4 Sooboog, No2 Prince Of Brooklyn, 5 Nats The Boss
VALUE TIP: No5 Nats The Boss
R9 4.45pm Leilani Final 1400m
A Lotta Love made a perfect return when backed into a $4.20 over 1200m at Caulfield last Saturday. The four-year-old mare again strikes her own sex and drops a kilo to 54kg with senior rider Patrick Maloney replacing apprentice Dylan Dunn. Jumps from eight but she won from gate nine last week.
Telopea is race-hardened and remains in tip-top form. She carries no weight on 54kg and has Craig Williams to steer. She fought hard all the way to the line but was headed by Iggimacool on the wire over 1400m here on June 25. Never runs a bad race.
Forgeress must overcome a wide draw in 10 in a field of 11, but has proven most reliable. The six-year-old mare won over 1300m at Sandown two starts ago on a heavy track. She fought all the way to the line in a three-way finish going down to A Lotta Love over 1200m at Caulfield last Saturday. She drops 2.5kg here and has senior rider Linda Meech to steer.
She’s Clean fought hard all the way down the straight to go down to Jacquinot Bay - who is highly fancied to win Race 7 today - over 1400m here on June 25. She goes up 2.5kg to 60kg but faces her own sex and has a good draw in three to be prominent.
SELECTIONS: No3 A LOTTA LOVE, No5 Telopea, No4 Forgeress, No1 She’s Clean
VALUE TIP: No2 Vibrant Rouge