MOTOWN LIL (Best Bet) looks set to break through for her first win after claiming two seconds and two thirds at seven starts. Drawn in barrier (2) she will be prominent and expect another bold showing on her last start third to Sweet Sherry over 1200m at Moonee Valley on August 20. She gets a big drop in class here and only rises 2kg to 57kg with Nicholas Hall to ride again.
DELIGHTFUL SON was having his first start over a journey this campaign when a narrow winner over 2000m at Geelong on August 30. With Georgina Cartwright’s 3kg claim he will carry one kilo less on 55.5kg. He is primed to repeat the dose against a soft field.
ELEKTRA LASS is rock-hard fit and comes off a narrow win over 2008m at Donald on August 27. Drops a kilo to 56.5kg for her rise in class and will be right in the finish of this.
MI LADS PRINCESS is now hardened with two runs over 1900m under her belt. She fought all the way when running third over 1900m at Geelong on August 26. Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim will see him carry 54kg.
ROPEADOPE will be improved on his first step up to a distance when running on steadily to finish sixth to Delightful Son over 2000m at Geelong on August 30. Down 2.5kg to 56kg here.
SELECTIONS: No3 DELIGHTFUL SON, No6 Elektra Lass, No9 Mi Lads Princess, No10 Ropeadope VALUE RUNNER: No10 Ropeadope
R7 4pm Bayside Automotive Group Handicap 1500m
STAR CIRCLE won at Pakenham two starts ago. Latest fought hard to run a close third over 1600m at Sandown on August 24. Senior rider Luke Nolen replaces 3kg apprentice Ben Allen.
GINALI drops sharply in class on her last start when she ran on fairly to run 11th (4 ¼ lengths) to Vibrant Rouge over 1400m at Caulfield on August 24. Nicholas Hall retains the ride and this is a moderate race.
LILLY DAZZLER is now race fit with three runs under her belt. Latest gave a solid effort to run fourth over 1600m at Sandown on August 24. With Jack Martin’s 2kg claim she carries 59.5kg
SINGLE NOTE won at Warrnambool before fighting hard down the home stretch to run fifth over 1600m at Sandown on August 24. Drawn well again in two and carries the same weight on 57kg.
SELECTIONS: NO2 STAR CIRCLE, No4 Ginali, No1 Lilly Dazzler, No7 Single Note VALUE RUNNER: No7 Single Note
R8 4.30pm Window Warehouse Handicap 1500m
OLD FARM ROAD (Next Best Bet) careered away to a five length win first-up over 1300m at Cranbourne on August 28. The three-year-old only goes up a kilo to 57kg and apprentice Jake Bayliss keeps the ride. From his draw on the rail will be forward.
THUNDER CONNECTION has heaps of upside having raced only three times for a win and a second. Was warmed up for this with a nice second over 1000m in a trial at Tatura on August 16.
EMOJI won second-up at Pakenham before finishing well to run fourth, after easing from $4.80 to $7, over 1500m at Geelong on September 4. Is on the quick back-up but this is not strong.
TATLER BELLE has been solid and she gave a good effort to run sixth over 1354m at Donald on August 27. She drops a kilo to the limit on 54kg racing against a field, which is not deep.
SELECTIONS: No8 OLD FARM ROAD, No5 Thunder Connection, No3 Emoji, No12 Tatler Belle VALUE RUNNER: No12 Tatler Belle
R9 5pm Total Animal Supplies Handicap 1200m
SECRET SEQUIN won at Sandown three starts ago and continues to be competitive. Latest fought right to the wire when running second over 1000m at Cranbourne on August 28.
RISQUE BUSINESS was warmed up for her return with a strong trial when running second over 1000m at Pakenham on August 29. Has a perfect record of two starts for two wins at this trip.
ZAMBEZI DIAMOND bolted in by three lengths at double figure odds over 1200m at Cranbourne against fillies and mares on August 28. The barrier is a concern jumping from (13).
THE IMPLICATOR was a strong winner when sprinting home over the last 200m to post a half-length win over 1100m at Pakenham on August 23. Jessica Payne is booked again.
SELECTIONS: No6 SECRET SEQUIN, No3 Risque Business, No4 Zambezi Diamond, No8 The Implicator VALUE TIP: No8 The Implicator