International and local horses go toe-to-toe here for a place in the Melbourne Cup field. The Geelong Cup has been a launching pad for many stayers into the $6million race.
The track will be graded as a Soft 6 with the rail at the True Position. Hopefully the rain stays away and the track can be upgraded.
RUTHVEN has made a perfect start to racing scoring a big debut win over 1300m on a Heavy 9 track at Bendigo on September 29. Senior jockey Luke Nolen keeps the ride and the colt will drop a kilo in weight down to 57kg than when he won as a $3.70 favourite.
ROYAL APPLAUSE looms as the main danger here on his last-start second over 1200m at Warrnambool on October 5. Dwayne Dunn replaces Chris Parnham on top and he should face a superior surface after running on a Heavy 9 last start.
VIOLENT SNOW strikes easier opposition here than last start when finishing fourth over 1200m at Mornington on September 28. Was a drifter from $6 to $10 last start and goes up 2.5kg to 59kg. Makes appeal here.
SIR NEMO was backed from $17 into $10 before scoring a good win over 1535m at Geelong on September 25. Jockey Chris Parnham stays on board and he goes up two kilos to 60.5kg. Looks like one of the better chances in this field.
SELECTIONS: No8 RUTHVEN, No6 Royal Applause, No3 Violent Snow, No2 Sir Nemo.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Sir Nemo.
R2 1pm IGA LIQUOR BM78 HANDICAP 2400m
LIPS AREIOS gets Luke Nolen back on top here after scoring a convincing win over 2013m at Warrnambool on a Heavy 9 on October 5. He drops 1.5kg to 56kg and looms as hard to beat in this field.
MORNING MIX gets a chance here to win again after showing good fighting qualities to run second over 2100m at Sandown. Katelyn Mallyon keeps the ride and he stays on 60kg. He is now fit and respect.
SUPER HAZE scored a narrow but good win over 1700m at Warrnambool on October 5. Struck a Heavy 9 that day and the track should be superior here. Kerrin McEvoy is the new rider and he drops 5kg to 54.5kg
BARWON blasted his rivals to post a 3 ¼ length win over 2053m at Warrnambool on a Heavy 9 on October 5. He was steady at $6 throughout the betting last time and gets his chance to land a hat trick here.
SELECTIONS: No3 LIPS AREIOS, No1 Morning Mix, No7 Super Haze, No2 Barwon.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Barwon.
R3 1.35pm GEELONG AUSTRALIA BM78 HANDICAP 1500m
MOVIE gets the services of senior jockey Damian Lane. Ran a solid second over 1400m at Pakenham and drops 2.5kg to 54kg. Was the $3 favourite last time and would suggest supporters should stick to here.
PAY UP BRO had won two straight before his last-start sixth at Caulfield on September 24. He tried hard last start when was a $2.50 favourite and can bounce back dropping back to 1500m after racing over 2000m.
DANCE OF LIFE is a lightly raced French galloper making his Australian debut. Won at his last start in France and from six starts has collected a win and three placings. He is by Mastercraftsman so has a staying pedigree. Danger.
AMBER CAVALIER gets his chance to bounce back after finishing fourth over 1600m at Caulfield on October 1. The 3kg apprentice Liam Riordan gets the ride here and he drops to 53kg. Has a good record at this track.
SELECTIONS: No11 MOVIE, No1 Pay Up Bro, No5 Dance Of Life, No9 Amber Cavalier.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Amber Cavalier.
R4 2.10pm NO FUSS EVENT HIRE BM70 HANDICAP 1700m
POLAR VORTEX ran a good second as a $2.60 favourite over 1600m at Caulfield last start on October 1. He gets a chance to breakthrough for his first win this campaign drawn in gate (7) with Stephen Baster staying on board.
I’LL FLY AWAY is an Irish import who is absolutely flying. He loves being in the stable of Darren Weir and can stretch his winning sequence to three straight here after a 1 ¾ length win at Bendigo over 1600m on September 29.
EXTRA CHOICE has proven to be a smart youngster who won the Geelong Classic a year ago. He had no luck last start and would overlook his ninth over 1600m at Moonee Valley on September 23. Dwayne Dunn replaces Luke Currie.
WARRIOR OF JUSTICE is a lightly raced galloper who can bounce back to his best. He recovered some lost followers when running a solid second at Echuca over 1400m on a Heavy 10 on October 3. Back on a better track can go better.
SELECTIONS: No6 POLAR VORTEX, No8 I’ll Fly Away, No1 Extra Choice, No10 Warrior Of Justice.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Warrior Of Justice.
R5 2.45pm SHOJUN CONCRETE DUAL CHOICE PLATE 1200m
DEMONSTRATE (BEST BET) is from the leading stables of John O’Shea and looked most impressive when scoring a 1 ¼ length win over 1200m at Pakenham on September 30. That was only his second start back and was backed from $3.50 into a $2.90 favourite last start. Stable jockey James McDonald goes on board and he will be fit and tough to beat.
SELECTIONS: No7 DEMONSTRATE, No12 Lord Von Costa, No8 Lucky Liberty, No11 Caprese.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Caprese.
R6 3.20pm EMSLEY LODGE GEELONG CLASSIC 2200m
THEANSWERMYFRIEND absolutely lambasted his rivals careering away to a 1 ½ length win over 1600m at Caulfield on October 12. He looks like the step up in distance here won’t be an issue and he has the red hot Dwayne Dunn replacing Chris Parnham in his chase for a Black Type here.
PRETTY PUNK looked super impressive in posting a big win over 1800m at Morphettville last start on October 8. He was steady throughout betting at $6.50 and has a superior draw in (7) here and will carry only 56kg. He makes strong appeal.
NEMRUD will be better here after tearing home to run second to Moqueen over 1600m at Randwick on October 1. Godolphin’s top rider James McDonald goes on board for his Victorian assault here and will be right in the mix.
ZOFFMAN looms as one of the chances here. He scored a brilliant 2 ¼ length win on a Heavy 9 in a maiden at Warrnambool on October 5. Dean Yendall keeps the ride and he will be again fancied after being at $2.90 last start. This is harder, but would respect.
SELECTIONS: No1 THEANSWERMYFRIEND, No2 Pretty Punk, No4 Nemrud, No9 Zoffman.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Zoffman.
R7 4pm BET365 GEELONG CUP 2400m
OCEANOGRAPHER (NEXT BEST BET) was luckless at his last start when running in the Ebor Handicap (2112m) on August 20. He did win over at Doncaster on July 30. He is from the stables of Godolphin and is expected to give a big showing at his Australian debut. Australian jockey Ben Melham has been booked and on his English form he looms as the one to beat. He has won three and been placed second at nine starts.
SELECTIONS: No9 OCEANOGRAPHER, No5 Qewy, No2 Grey Lion, No7 Lucques.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Qewy.
R8 4.40pm ROSEMONT STUD STAKES 1200m
VIBRANT ROUGE (BEST ROUGHIE) has been racing well. She fought hard when running third in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) second up on October 2. This is her third start back from a spell and is ready in a tough field.
FORGERESS looks to have claims in an open race and will be fresh after finishing fourth over 1200m at Caulfield at her last start on July 30. She will have the services of Group 1 winning hoop Nicholas Hall.
A LOTTA LOVE gets her chance here after a big effort to run third in the Group 3 Plume Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 1. She was at cricket score odds at $71 last time but won’t get that here.
ROCKOLICIOUS chased solidly when at $8 to run fifth over 1400m in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes at Caulfield on October 2. Craig Williams keeps the ride and can be a force here.
SELECTIONS: No1 VIBRANT ROUGE, No3 Forgeress, No4 A Lotta Love, No9 Rockolicious.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 A Lotta Love.
CANELO should relish this class after tackling a strong field when finishing fourth over 1200m at Caulfield on October 1. He gets the services of top jockey Dwayne Dunn replacing Luke Nolen and will carry 59.5kg again.
CASTELO charged home to finish ¾ of a length adrift of the winner over 1200m at Caulfield on October 1. That was first-up and would expect further improvement with Caulfield Cup winning jockey Nicholas Hall to ride.
DU SUMPENT was strongly supported into a $2 favourite before he careered away with a two-length win over 1235m at Geelong on September 25. Damian Lane keeps the ride and he drops a kilo to 58kg.
HARBOUR GREY is a tough galloper who gets some weight relief with 3kg apprentice Stephen Brown riding him at 57.5kg. He gave a solid effort to run second over 1235m at Geelong on September 25.
SELECTIONS: No5 CANELO, No17 Castelo, No10 Du Sumpent, No1 Harbour Grey.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Du Sumpent.