Typical weather for this time of the year with chilly days and the rain is being persistent. The track is expected to be a Soft 6 but things could get worse with further showers forecast.
The rail is at the true position and the penetrometer is at 5.68.
QUADDIES (Races: 5-6-7-8)
SKINNY PLAY: 1,2/1/2/3,8
WIDE PLAY: 1,2,5,6/1,5/2,8,10,11/3,8,15,16
R1 1pm The Cove Hotel Plate 1300m
HAVILDAR gave a great sight first-up when third over 1200m at Caulfield on July 16. Senior rider Nicholas Hall takes the reins and the Sepoy three-year-old will only carry 56kg. Top showing.
CRAVEN IMAGE hails from the explosive yard of Darren Weir, who trained five winners at Flemington last Saturday. Showed promise at his debut in a 1205m maiden at Swan Hill on July 25. Draw (15) is a setback.
OCEAN GROVE will have blinkers on for the first time. Was backed from $2 into $1.70 favourite last start over 1200m at Pakenham on July 19 at second start this preparation. Rates as a danger.
DORA’S READY is a four-year-old mare who is resuming off a 169-day break. She gave her best effort when fresh last time and she coasted along in a recent jump-out. Hails from a top yard and has a top rider on.
SELECTIONS: No13 HAVILDAR, No3 Craven Image, No14 Ocean Grove, No11 Dora’s Ready
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Dora’s Ready
R2 1.30pm The Grand Hotel Frankston Plate 1400m
KAPTIVE HERO gave a great sight last start when chased hard to run second over 1400m at Pakenham on July 31. The Kaphero three-year-old has filled the minor end of the quinella at two of his four starts. Good chance.
NOTIO did enough at his debut to suggest he can improve further. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn gets to steer him across from an awkward draw (12) and the distance looks ideal.
POSITIVELY HIGH hails from last season’s top juvenile yard. The son of High Chaparral will relish the wet track and he did enough in a jump-out to suggest he is capable of being a threat at his debut.
RED VELVET SWING was finishing on well to run a good second at his last start at Pakenham over 1400m on July 31. Craig Newitt has switched to Positively High, but Ben Melham is a more than capable hoop.
SELECTIONS: No3 KAPTIVE HERO, No4 Notio, No5 Positively High, No14 Red Velvet Swing
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Positively High
R3 12pm Schweppes Handicap 1800m
ROBBIE’S STAR has won twice at past three starts at Warrnambool and Bendigo over the longer sprints. The latest was as a $3.50 favourite and makes strong appeal.
SPANISH LOVE can pay back some of her punters by giving a good sight for her new stable now with top trainer Darren Weir. She has proven costly but Weir has a top record with hand-me-downs.
THE TERRICKS was caught deep last start when running fourth over 1743m at Sale on August 3. He should get a superior run from gate four and is race fit.
BOLD BEGINNING will strip much better for her first Victorian start when running sixth over 1600m at Sandown against her own sex on July 27. She is from the yard of Chris Waller and pay to respect.
SELECTIONS: No6 ROBBIE’S STAR, No3 Spanish Love, No7 The Terricks, No9 Bold Beginning
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Bold Beginning
R4 2.30pm City of Greater Dandenong Handicap 1600m
LEGAL HUNTER will enjoy being back to the metric mile after giving a good sight to run fourth over 1500m here at $5 on July 27. He is most honest with two wins and two placings at nine starts.
HEZAGOA can give punters another good win after breaking back into the winner’s circle over 1412m at Echuca on July 16. That was a good effort and he is better drawn here in gate (8).
ROBERT DE HERO has been a blessing for punters despite being up for a long time. He has landed in the money at four of his past five starts and is again well drawn (4) to figure prominently.
HOLBEIN PRINCE carried a big weight (60kg) to win over 1605m at Swan Hill last start on July 25. Drops a kilo here to 59kg and has finished in the money at his past five starts.
SELECTIONS: No3 LEGAL HUNTER, No5 Hezagoa, No8 Robert De Hero, No7 Holbein Prince
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Holbein Prince
R5 3pm thebigscreencompany.com.au Handicap 2400m
AUTHORITARIAN is set to take the lead from his draw on the rail. He won well at Moonee Valley at his last start on July 13 and Daniel Moor keeps the ride.
SIR LOPEZ has won four of his past five starts, including a last start win over this trip on July 27. He drops 2kg to 55.5kg with the claim of Jessica Payne and is rock hard for this journey.
BAYANOVA gets the chance to extract revenge on Sir Lopez on his close third over 2400m here on July 27. Drops dramatically in weight $kg) to 54.5kg.
NORTHERN JOURNEY has proven most honest and has claims here on his last start fifth over 2000m at Caulfield on July 30. Again has no weight on 54kg.
SELECTIONS: No2 AUTHORITARIAN, No1 Sir Lopez, No5 Bayanova, No6 Northern Journey
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Northern Journey
R6 3.30pm Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap 1400m
SECOND TIME LUCKY can reward her followers after running a solid second over 1200m off a 42-day break against her own sex on July 28. She drops a half kilo to 58.5kg.
WHITE HOUSE LADY won at Sale over 1200m before last start finishing strongly to run a close second over 1300m here on July 27. She goes up a half kilo to 58kg and a great chance.
CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL has a sound first-up record of two placings at three starts. She faces her own sex first-up off a 269-day break and with a claim will carry 55.5kg.
ZAVARONI is a lightly raced mare who won at Ballarat three starts ago. Will relish racing against her own sex after clipping heels before running fourth over 1400m at Pakenham on July 7.
SELECTIONS: No1 SECOND TIME LUCKY, No5 White House Lady, No6 Champagne Cocktail, No11 Zavaroni
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Zavaroni
R7 4pm Le Pine Funeral Handicap 1400m
TEN GOALS was patiently ridden by Michael Walker, when running third over 1300m at Geelong on July 22. That was first-up off a 148-day break and again has 59.5kg.
SEPTAMORE has a bad draw (16) but his form has been too good to ignore. With Ben Allen’s claim he carries 57.5kg and he has a good record at this track of a second at his only start here.
KEVIN’S TIME copped dirt down his throat last start so would pay to ignore the run. He hails from the stable of the high-flying trainer Darren Weir and would go on debut when he won over 1200m.
EXACTING broke his maiden status with a good win over 1400m at Pakenham on July 26. Top jockey Damien Oliver keeps the ride and can help his mount overcome his wide alley in 13.
SELECTIONS: No8 TEN GOALS, No2 Septamore, No10 Kevin’s Time, No11 Exacting
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Kevin’s Time
R8 4.30pm Toronado @ Swettenham Stud Handicap 1000m
SAINT VALOREM is a short-course sprinter returning off a good break. He has a record of two wins and two placings at four starts and can overcome his wide draw in (10).
CAGNEY is having his first start for his new stable after being transferred to Victoria from NSW. From four starts he has two wins and a second and will carry only 54kg.
HELLBENT is another new addition for leading trainer Darren Weir. The four-year-old drops in class on his most recent outings and he has a record of three wins and two placings from seven starts.
MANIHI MISCHIEF gets relief here dropping to provincial class off his last start sixth down the straight 1100m at Flemington on July 23. Much better suited here.
SELECTIONS: No15 SAINT VALOREM, No16 Cagney. No3 Hellbent, No8 Manihi Mischief
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Manihi Mischief