Racing returns to Mornington after a big weekend of glamour Group 1 racing at Caulfield.
There looks to be competitive racing on the seven-event card.
The rail will be at the four metre position, with the track rated a Good 4. Showers are forecast but hopefully there is not too much rain to dampen the meeting.
BEST BET: R4 No1 Emoji
NEXT BEST BET: R7 No2 Cullemmy’s Diamond
BEST ROUGHIE: R5 No6 Macquaries Magic
QUADDIES (Races: 4-5-6-7)
SKINNY PLAY:1 / 1,5 / 3,6 / 1,2,3
WIDE PLAY: 1,4,5 / 1,2,3,5 / 1,3,6,7 / 1,2,3,6,7
R1 1.30pm LADBROKES.COM.AU PLATE 2000m
ROLDANA has the services of top hoop Damien Oliver to help him break through here. He was having his third start back from a spell when he ran a close second in a 1900m maiden at Geelong on September 19. He is by leading staying sire Mastercraftsman and is suited at the distance here.
JAMIESON is by dual Cox Plate winner So You Think, who gave a brave effort at his debut to run fourth over 2200m in a maiden at Pakenham on September 15. Had support in the betting backed from $7 into $5 to start at $5.50 and has apprentice Michael Dee replacing Damien Oliver here.
ANAHEIM has Ben Melham replacing Nicholas Hall here. Has been placed at all of his three starts and again looms as an each-way chance on his third over 1600m in a maiden at Pakenham here on September 18.
ARISTOCRATIC hit the line strong at her last start when she was backed from $15 into $9 before finishing fourth in a 1600m maiden at Pakenham on September 1. Jockey Chris Symons keeps the ride and would respect.
SELECTIONS: No8 ROLDANA, No13 Jamieson, No9 Anaheim, No5 Aristocratic.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Anaheim.
R2 2pm LADBROKES INFO HUB PLATE 1200m
LILAC WINE has been hardened up for her return to this track with two solid trials over 800m at Cranbourne this month. She showed enough last campaign with two placings at her three starts including a third over 1000m here at the odds of $4.80 to show she is capable of doing well here first-up.
CREDIBLE WITNESS has a change of rider, with Regan Bayliss taking the reins. Can mix his form with three placings at 10 starts but would give another chance on his last over 1300m at Hawkesbury on September 12. This does not look strong.
SWAMPLAND has a new rider with Chris Symons taking the reins and she can go very well fresh. Found the winner too smart at her debut but fought on well to run second over 1000m in a maiden at Moe on April 25. Should be improved with time.
ABERRATION is a son of champion sire Lonhro from the stables of Godolphin. Well-bred three-year-old colt who will be improved on two trials at Cranbourne over 800m. He has leading apprentice Michael Dee booked to steer and would keep safe.
SELECTIONS: No11 LILAC WINE, No7 Credible Witness, No13 Swampland, No4 Aberration.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Aberration.
R3 2.30pm LADBROKES LIVE PLAY PLATE 1500m
SELENITE was a drifter from $6.50 to $8 at her debut when charged home to finish fifth over 1400m in a maiden at Pakenham on September 17. She gets a new rider in Luke Currie at her second career start and respect in an even field.
NINA PEAK burst through the pack to claim fifth place over 1205m in a maiden at Sale on September 11. Senior jockey Noel Callow has stuck with her and she will be better for the experience and bears strong thought.
HERA’S REVENGE has been improving with each start and gave her best effort to date with a strong third over 1300m at Geelong against fillies and mares on September 16. Daniel Stackhouse is the new rider and should be at each-way odds.
MY GIRL CHILLY will be sharply improved on her first-up fifth over 1300m at Geelong in a maiden for fillies and mares on September 16. The blinkers go on for the first time to help assist her in her concentration and she looms as a live chance.
SELECTIONS: No11 SELENITE, No8 Nina Peak, No4 Hera’s Revenge, No7 My Girl Chilly.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 My Girl Chilly.
R4 3pm LADBROKES CASH IN HANDICAP 1500m
EMOJI (Best Bet) looks ready to break-through in Victoria. He fought hard down the home stretch but was overpowered late when running second to Thunder Connection over 1500m here on September 8. Will carry the same weight on 58.5kg but has a superior draw in five compared to 10 last start. Jamie Mott is again the pilot.
SELECTIONS: No1 EMOJI, No5 The Perfect Crop, No8 Treicheln, No4 Stornaway.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Stornaway.
R5 3.30pm LADBROKES UP FOR THE CHALLENGE HANDICAP 1500m
RECALCULATE worked home very strongly to claim third place to the talented Pay Up Bro over 1400m at Pakenham on September 14. Damien Oliver rides this galloper, who again has a big weight on 60.5kg but he has drawn well in gate seven and will be right in the finish.
CURRAGH is a New Zealand galloper who looks to be well fancied here and would expect a strong performance. He is by NZ’s leading stallion Tavistock and should be improved on his debut win at Sale over 1411m on September 11.
RIYADH drops sharply in class on last-start fifth over 2500m at Flemington on September 10. He won over 2025m at Cranbourne at his previous start and while he does drop in distance back to 1500m rates as an each-way chance.
MACQUARIE MAGIC (Best Roughie) has built a good record of three wins and three placings at 14 starts. Was a narrow winner over 1590m at his last start on August 29. John Kissick keeps the ride and rates as one of the dangers.
SELECTIONS: No1 RECALCULATE, No5 Curragh, No7 Riyadh, No6 Macquarie Magic.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Macquarie Magic.
R6 4pm LADBROKES WHO WILL YOU BET AGAINST HANDICAP 1200m
LEVITICAL is as safe as a bank. He is ultra-consistent, racing eight times for two wins and five placings. He may get a cheap seat in front here and if he does will prove hard to run down. Patrick Maloney rides him again and he will carry the same weight on 58kg as he did last start when running a close second over 1100m at Pakenham on September 14. Makes good appeal.
VIOLENT SNOW will show heaps of improvement off her first-up run when finishing sixth over 1105m at Sale on September 11. That run was off a very long spell and she is superior to that effort with two wins and three placings at eleven starts. Jye McNeil will ride her at two kilos less on 56.5kg and looms as a chance.
PRINCE TARKEIDA is a lightly-raced sprinter who has a smart record of three wins and a second at nine starts. He had a trial over 800m in the warm up to his return here. Stephen Baster is the new rider and he has the outstanding record of three starts first-up for two wins so makes strong appeal.
ANGRY GEE faces a very quick back up here following his big win over 1100m on Saturday. Senior jockey Jamie Mott keeps the ride, but he does go up to 62.5, which is 1 .5kg more than he lumped to victory on the weekend. Loves the short courses and worth thought here in a small field.
SELECTIONS: No6 LEVITICAL, No7 Violent Snow, No3 Prince Tarkeida, No1 Angry Gee.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Violent Snow.
R7 4.30pm LADBROKES MULTIMAKER HANDICAP 1200m
CULLEMMY’S DIAMOND (Next Best Bet) was a super easy winner at her last start when she strode home to a 1 ¼ length victory over 1116m at Moe on September 6. With apprentice Jessica Eaton’s 3kg claim she will only carry 57kg and should be as fresh as a rose for this with a 22-day break between starts. She has run at Mornington twice for one win so expect a bold showing.
SELECTIONS: No2 CULLEMMY’S DIAMOND, No1 Risque Business, No3 Melodies Way, No6 Pappanick.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Pappanick.