BEACH LIFE (NEXT BEST BET) is a very promising three-year-old who has heaps of upside having only run three times. He made a good return to run sixth in a 1300m maiden at Sandown on September 7. The son of leading sire Hinchinbrook will take heaps of benefit from that and he has Nicholas Hall replacing Luke Nolen for trainer Ciaron Maher, who is in hot form. The sole negative is his draw in (17).
SELECTIONS: No9 BEACH LIFE, No8 Maureen, No6 Temple Bar, No14 Wine.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 Wine.
WORLD OF HOPE (BEST BET) looks very well suited in a small field here. Her form last campaign was top class, ending it with a seventh down the straight 1100m at Flemington on July 23. Top Melbourne jockey Mark Zahra takes the reins here and she loves the wet ground with a record of three wins at six starts on the Soft. This is her home track and six of the seven runners here are fresh.
SELECTIONS: No3 WORLD OF HOPE, No6 Purrpussful, No2 Kalashani Lad, No7 Parcel.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Kalashani Lad.
R7 4pm THE MANHATTAN COLLECTIONS HANDICAP 2000m
POWDERWORKS capped two good efforts with an emphatic 2 ¼ length win over 1600m at Pakenham at her last start on September 10. Goes up a kilo to 60kg, but has Dean Yendell again to steer.
ARIANNE did not stop chasing when running a close fourth over 1600m at Sandown on September 7. She goes up 2kg to 60.5kg, but Ryan Maloney stays on board. Is the danger.
BONNIE BELLE came off a Sandown win to run eighth over 1600m in this class at Moonee Valley on September 3. Did not stop working to the line last start, but she does go up 5kg here to 59kg. Chance.
SHOW US YOUR TATTS has been freshened after running third over 1800m at Sandown on August 31. She drops a half-kilo to 57.5kg here and her prior form was first class.
SELECTIONS: No2 POWDERWORKS, No1 Arianne, No4 Bonnie Belle, No5 Show Us Your Tatts.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Bonnie Belle.
R8 4.30pm INTERNATIONAL WOOL COLLECTIONS HANDICAP 1200m
MOONLOVER has heaps of upside and she ran a good second to a smart winner in Ameristralia over 1100m at Bendigo on September 2. This appears easier and she drops a half-kilo to 55kg and will relish the extra 100m.
I AM THE GENERAL looms as a danger on his last-start third over 1000m at Pakenham on September 15. With Stephen Brown’s 3kg claim will carry 59kg and sure to be tight in the betting again.
ROCK SPUR fought hard all of the way going down narrowly on the line when finishing third over 1400m at Wodonga on August 29. Gets leading apprentice Ben Allen to ride but he can’t use his claim and carries 58.5kg
ATOMIC LOKADE was backed into a $3.60 favourite before running fifth over 1200m here off a 25-day break on September 8. New rider Jack Martin’s 2kg claim sees him carry 55kg here.
SELECTIONS: No11 Moonlover, No1 I Am The General, No5 Rock Spur, No7 Atomic Lokade.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Moon Lover.
R9 5.04pm LADBROKES PENINSULA CUP ON OCTOBER 30 HANDICAP 1500m
MANDALAY BAY was heavily backed into a $1.80 favourite and won, though narrowly, over 1216m in a maiden at Moe at his second start on September 6. Top Melbourne jockey Mark Zahra is the new rider.
MADOG has been honest and worked to the line well when finishing fifth over 1600m at Cranbourne on August 28. Luke Nolen keeps the ride and is better drawn in nine.
FOREVER TRUE is a chance from a good gate in one. She will relish the extra distance here after her first-up fourth over 1200m here on September 8.
IZENASHARK has the ability to lead or box seat and ran a good race last start when finishing a close second over 1400m at Geelong on September 4. Kept fresh for this.
SELECTIONS: No7 MANDALAY BAY, No3 Madog, No6 Forever True, No1 Izenashark.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Equinova (Best Roughie)