The Sale meeting is looking at a Soft 6 after continued rains and low maximums in Victoria. The weather bureau has forecast another chilly and cloudy day with a chance of showers for the meeting where the rail is at 8m from the 800m to the 400m, 7m from the 400m to the winning post and 6m for the remainder of the track. The penetrometer reading is 5.45.
QUADDIES (Races: 5-6-7-8)
SKINNY PLAY: 1,5/1/4/2,4/9,10
WIDE PLAY: 1,5,6/1,5,14,11/1,2,4,5/5,6,9,10
R1 1pm 3YO Maiden Plate 1213m
HAVILDAR chased hard first to run a solid third before peaking final few metres over 1200m at Caulfield on July 16. Nick Hall replaces Michelle Payne and he will again carry 58kg but drops into a maiden here. Bound to strip fitter.
MISTOFFELEES has shown good form at his two starts on country tracks being placed twice. The son of Bushranger hit the front at the 150m but found the winner Leotie too strong but fought on well to hold third over 1106 m here on July 21.
IMPREGNABLE made a solid impression at debut to fight hard to run second over 1100m at Geelong on July 21. Well-bred colt who should be improved and has Craig Newitt to ride again.
SHERPA TRAIL showed promise at sole trial when leading before run down so the colt has pace. Top jockey Damien Oliver will steer the son of leading Victorian sire Magnus at his debut.
SELECTIONS: No2 HAVILDAR, No4 Mistoffelees, No3 Impregnable, No6 Sherpa Trail
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Sherpa Trail
R2 1.30pm Maiden Plate 1426m
MAGMELLOU hit the running rail and had no luck when backed from $4.60 into $3.50 at his last start, running eighth over 1300m at Geelong on July 15. Craig Newitt keeps the ride on the Magnus stallion and would go on prior form.
SHEER MAGIC made plenty of headway but was running from well back in the field first-up over 1200m at Pakenham on July 8. The son of Magic Albert has run over 1500m and 2030m last preparation so will relish raise in distance.
HARD TO KISS has been placed twice at his past three starts at this track. Last start the four-year-old had little luck when held up before running eighth over 1612m here on July 21. He is rock-hardened.
RUSSIAN RUBY has been honest without winning on provincial tracks. At her latest start she was caught deep when sixth over 1400m at Cranbourne on a Heavy track on July 14. She makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No3 MAGMELLOU, No7 Sheer Magic, No5 Hard To Kiss, No10 Russian Ruby
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Russian Ruby
R3 2pm F&M Maiden Plate 1743m
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS has been knocking at the door with two close seconds at her past two starts. At her last start when hit the front before being swamped over 1729m here on July 21. Damien Oliver keeps the ride and hard to beat.
SPECIAL LOVER was an easing favourite from $1.90 to $2.80 when caught deep for most of the trip, finishing eighth over 1400m at Cranbourne on July 14. Lightly-raced and plenty of scope for improvement.
PARTY MOVES was at meaty odds when trapped deep for most of the trip before running ninth over 1412m here on July 21. She has been placed at three of her past five starts and bears thought.
MAUREEN is solid and gave a strong effort when never on the track but fought on well to be beaten ¾ of a length over 1412m here on July 21. She strikes a similar field here and rates well.
SELECTIONS: No10 SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, No11 Special Lover, No9 Party Moves, No7 Maureen
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Party Moves
R4 2.30pm BM64 Handicap 2241m
ELEKTRA LASS gets a massive weight drop down from 67.5kg to 54.5kg on her last start second over 2200m at Pakenham on July 19. She hit the front at the 200m but was mowed down late.
GALLANT SPUR is a veteran galloper who rises two kilos to 59.5kg for his last start win over 2439m at Moe on July 24. Daniel Stackhouse keeps the ride and he meets a mild bunch here.
WHINCUP has a new hop to steer with top jockey Damien Oliver to ride. He battled on well when finishing fifth to Gallant Spur over 2439m at Moe on July 24. Goes up only a kilo to 58.5kg
DON’T BE SHY was outgunned when he was stepped up to Caulfield over 2400m at his most recent start last Saturday. His previous form over the journey on country track was solid with a maiden win over 2000m.
SELECTIONS: No9 ELEKTRA LASS, No1 Gallant Spur, No4 Whincup, No8 Don’t Be Shy
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Electra Lass
R5 3pm| BM70 Handicap 1013m
DANUKI has a good first-up record of a win and two placings at three starts. Not raced since fought hard to run second to Illustrious Lad over 1000m here on February 28. He has Damien Oliver to ride here and has city class form.
TIZSO WICKED has a good record over the short-course. She was the $2.90 favourite when running fourth over 1000m at Pakenham on July 19. Before that she won twice at Geelong on the synthetic track and makes appeal.
BALLY PADDY won at Moe three starts ago and gave solid efforts at his past two starts here. Latest he was backed from $11 into $8.50 before hitting the front and headed to run second over 1206m here on July 21.
CHARLIE GARCON was liked at $8 last start when he battled on well to finish eighth over 1000m at Sandown on June 29. Craig Newitt replaces Craig Williams and he has a perfect record at this track and distance.
SELECTIONS: No1 DANUKI, No5 Tizso Wicked, No6 Bally Paddy, No7 Charlie Garcon
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Charlie Garcon
R6 3.30pm BM64 Handicap 1426m
DRY BISCUIT appears set to return to the winner’s stall following two good efforts this preparation. Latest was working home well when carrying 58kg to finish third to New York over 1206m here on July 21.
HOPLITES was outclassed first-up down the straight 1100m at Flemington on July 23. Dramatic drop in class here and would go on previous win at Ballarat and second at Moonee Valley over the shorts.
LETI SINE has a superior second up record and had plenty of excuses when blocked first-up to finish 10th over 1200m on a Heavy 8 at Cranbourne on July 14. Freshened for this.
HEAVEN’S REJECT was caught deep throughout from wide alley (9) at first start here on July 21. Had previously won maiden over 1200m soft here on July 3. She is better drawn here in gate five.
SELECTIONS: No14 DRY BISCUIT, No1 Hoplites, No5 Leti Shine, No11 Heaven’s Reject
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Heaven’s Reject
R7 4pm BM70 Handicap 1743m
TOP RAVINE can capitalise on his first up third over 1412m at Echuca on a Heavy 9 on July 16. Top jockey Damien Oliver replaces Steven King on the six-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice and he will be well fancied again.
AWAKENINGS went terrible last start when finished last of twelve on a Heavy 8 track over 1600m at Sandown on July 6. The Street Sense five-year-old previously won over 1400m and 1600m at Geelong and Pakenham on wet tracks and would forgive.
COLLINS STREET hit a traffic jam but kept working to the line well enough last time to suggest with a clear a passage he can play a leading role here. Finished fourth over 2025m at Cranbourne on July 14 last time out. Has a superior draw (9) here.
FIRST COURSE may not have relished the quick back up when flopped over 1600m at Moonee Valley on July 13 after winning here over 1717m on July 3. He has ran inside the money at four of his six starts here.
SELECTIONS: No2 TOP RAVINE, No4 Awakenings, No5 Collins Street, No1 First Course
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Awakenings
R8 4.30pm F&M BM64 Handicap 1113m
SINGLERAINE will be right on the pace and should relish the wet conditions. She broke her maiden over 1200m against three-year-olds last start on a Heavy 10 at Moe on June 25. That was first-up off a 173-day break.
BRIGHT SPARK can bounce back to her best form. She won over 1200m against her own sex breaking her maiden status at Cranbourne on May 20. At her last run she ran fourth on a Heavy 9 at Echuca when a noticeable drifter at $8 to $11. Give another chance.
QUICK KISS gets the services of Darren Gauci again. Gauci rode her to win over 1000m at Pakenham two starts ago on May 29 before, she was ridden by an apprentice, when running third last start on June 26. Respect.
SMOKIN’ VALENTINA welcomed her drop in grade when lumping 59.5kg to finish second over 1000m at Pakenham on July 26. Damien Oliver is the new rider and she drops a kilo and has a great draw to be forward in four.
SELECTIONS: No9 SINGLERAINE, No10 Bright Spark, No5 Quick Kiss, No6 Smokin’ Valentina
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Smokin’ Valentina