The running of the Bendigo Cup is the highlight of the season at the club. It is one of the country highlights to the Melbourne spring carnival and is sure to attract a big crowd with a bumper 10-race card.
The track is rated a Soft 5 and with fine weather forecast hopefully will be upgraded.
The rail is at the four metre position from the 1400m to the 700m and at the true position for the remainder.
BEST BET: R5 No4 Strykinglee.
NEXT BEST BET: R8, No8 Our Century.
BEST ROUGHIE: R6 No5 Shintaro.
QUADDIES Races: 7-8-9-10
SKINNY PLAY: 4,7,10 / 1,6,8 / 2,3,5,8 / 2,3,5,7,10
WIDE PLAY: 1,3,4,5,7,9,10 / 1,2,5,6,8,9 / 1,2,3,4,5,7 / 2,3,5,7,8,10
SUNITA is a beautifully bred filly from the family of Group 1 winner La Sizeranne and Za Moulin Rouge. She captured the eye with a fast-finishing second in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on October 17 and can make a perfect start to her career.
STADIUM is from the stables of Robert Smerdon and was not tested when flying into fourth place in a Cranbourne trial over 800m on October 17. Nicely bred three-year-old who, with two trials under his belt, appears primed for a forward showing.
GOOD THERAPY is a $50,000 graduate from the Perth Magic Millions sale who has shown good speed to lead at his two jump-outs at Caulfield. Expect a good showing here at his debut despite a wide alley in (12).
LECHTER flew home after tailing off to land fourth place at his last start at this track in April. He faced a bog track when running seventh at his last start at Swan Hill on July 27. He should get a better track here and is certainly one to watch.
SELECTIONS: No12 SUNITA, No11 Stadium, No8 Good Therapy, No2 Lechter.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Lechter.
R2 12.30pm NEWMARKET HOTEL & BAKERY MAIDEN PLATE 1400m
TAX DANCER gets his chance to break through in an even field here. He ran on gamely to claim fourth place over 1400m at his last start here on October 15. Jake Noonan is the new rider.
PRIME APPEAL should strip fitter having her second start here after running home well to land third place over 1400m against her own sex at Cranbourne on October 14. Not as well drawn in 10 but rates.
OUR GUARANTEE was charging home first up when claiming third place over 1350m at Donald on October 14. That run was off a 137-day break and should be further improved.
SERENITY ROSE is perfectly drawn on the rail to make a perfect start to her racing career. She hails from the top New Zealand yard of Trent Bussuttin and Natalie Young and has top jockey Damian Lane.
SELECTIONS: No10 TAX DANCER, No7 Prime Appeal, No2 Our Guarantee, No11 Serenity Rose.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Serenity Rose.
R3 1pm ORANGE PRIDE 3YO BM64 HANDICAP 1400m
MAGNAROCK showed great form to chase hard when running second over 1400m in the Listed Poseidon Stakes at Flemington on October 2. Craig Williams replaces Hugh Bowman so he will lack nothing in horsemanship.
RHYOLA came in for strong support when backed into a $2.60 favourite to post his maiden win over 1400m at Pakenham on October 10. Up a grade here but won by 4 ¾ lengths.
FLASH BOY defied a betting drift from $5.50 to $9 to claim a smart maiden win over 1400m here last start on October 15. Daniel Moor rides him again and he looms with claims here.
ROCKSTAR REBEL was racing first up off a 146-day break when steaming home to claim a maiden win over 1400m at Geelong on October 7. He is from the leading stable of Darren Weir and will be improved.
SELECTIONS: No1 MAGNAROCK, No2 Rhyola, No3 Flash Boy, No5 Rockstar Rebel.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Rockstar Rebel.
R4 1.35pm NO FUSS EVENT HIRE BM64 HANDICAP 1100m
FIRE AGATE took the lead and fought hard but was no match for the winner when running second over 1100m on a Heavy 8 here on October 6. That was his second start and there is room to improve.
SEATTLE BOOM was firm as a $2 favourite and won with authority when scoring a ¾ length win over 100m at Pakenham on October 8. Linda Meech stays as the pilot and would respect at his fourth start.
HE’S A MORAL has been in strong form and can go one better than his last start second over 1200m at Cranbourne on October 14. Luke Nolen is replaced by Brad Rawiller and makes appeal.
NEAT AND TIDY usually gives her best fresh and take on trust. She ran seventh over 1200m against her own sex last start at Sandown on August 7 and can improve here.
SELECTIONS: No6 FIRE AGATE, No9 Seattle Boom, No7 He’s A Moral, No12 Neat And Tidy.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Neat And Tidy.
R5 2.10pm BET365 F&M BM70 HANDICAP 1100m
STRYKINGLEE (BEST BET) came storming home from second last when running third over 1000m at Cranbourne on October 14. That was off a 118-day break and she does not have to improve much. Luke Currie replaces Ben Melham here and she will be at tight odds but is only against her own sex in a small field.
SELECTIONS: No4 STRYKINGLEE, No8 Go Down, No9 Flying Spark, No1 Billabong Babe.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Billabong Babe.
R6 2.45pm TCL QUHD TV BM78 HANDICAP 1100m
CHASE THE HORIZON gave a strong effort when held up and had to take a needle-eye gap to win over 1200m at Caulfield on September 17. He has been freshened up for this and will again be at tight odds after starting as a $4.60 chance last time out. The blinkers come off here.
DUIBIO showed he was on target with a strong 1 ¾ length win over 990m at Cranbourne in a trial on October 17. He has a solid first-up record and will be handled by the experienced jockey Luke Nolen.
SHINTARO (BEST ROUGHIE) was the $4.60 favourite when he faded to finish 12th over 1400m at his last start at Caulfield on May 14. He did win well in the country before that and he does like to be fresh. He has a record of two wins and two seconds at six starts first up.
OZI CHOICE won at Morphettville two starts ago. At his latest effort he ran a solid fourth over 1000m at Cranbourne on October 14. He was firm in the betting at $5.50 and has Luke Nolen replacing Dean Yendall here.
SELECTIONS: No2 CHASE THE HORIZON, No1 Duibio, No5 Shintaro, No6 Ozi Choice.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Shintaro.
R7 3.20pm THE SCHWEPPES TONIC BM70 HANDICAP 1300m
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED was spelled after he disappointed at Wagga on May 6. Before that, he won the Guineas Prelude at the same track and he has an excellent first-up record of a win and a second at two starts.
BURNING MOUNTAIN was making ground but not fast enough when running fourth over 1200m at Pakenham on September 18. He has been freshened and drops 3.5kg to 56kg here.
MOSSARA LAD has the blinkers back on and jockey Michael Walker stays on top. He was backed from $14 into $10 last start when running ninth over 1400m at Cranbourne on October 7. He drops 4kg to 55kg and has a good gate in (5).
BUCKLER got too far back when finishing on to run ninth over 1200m at Cranbourne on October 19. Damian Lane is the new rider and he drops a half kilo to 57.5kg and has drawn (4).
SELECTIONS: No4 CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, No10 Burning Mountain, No12 Mossara Lad, No7 Buckler.
VALUE RUNNER: Mossara Lad.
R8 4pm JAYCO BENDIGO CUP 2400m
OUR CENTURY (NEXT BEST BET) is by staying sensation Montjeu and is a genuine stayer. He came from midfield and defied a betting drift from $4.40 to $7.50 before posting a strong win over 2400m at Caulfield last start on October 12. He is the sole horse to be declared by the stable after it had nominated six Irish imports and he drops 4.5kg to 55kg so looks hard to beat.
SELECTIONS: No8 OUR CENTURY, No1 Howard Be Thy Name, No9 Second Bullet, No6 Francis Of Assisi.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Francis Of Assisi.
R9 4.40pm SYMES MOTORS BMW BM90 HANDICAP 1400m
STREETWISE SAVOIRE has the winkers off for this race. He is fitter now with two starts under his belt. Latest he chased home okay when running fifth over 1400m at Caulfield on October 12. This is much milder.
ENTRE NOUS was in great stead on provincial tracks before finishing 11th over 1800m at Flemington on May 21. He drops 1.5kg to 57.5kg here and has a new rider with apprentice Jye McNeil handling.
SWEET FIRE is a five-year-old mare having her first start for trainer Darren Weir. Was prepared by Chris Waller when ran fifth over 1400m at Hawkesbury last start on August 18.
SPY DECODER has the blinkers back on. Last start lumped 59kg when running ninth over 1400m at Caulfield on October 12. Was specked from $31 into $26 that day and is worthy of thought here.
SELECTIONS: No3 STREETWISE SAVOIRE, No2 Entre Nous, No4 Sweet Fire, No5 Spy Decoder.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Spy Decoder.
R10 5.20pm AQUAFIL FRESH BM70 HANDICAP 1600m
KING OF ENGLAND is a British import who will be sharply improved on his first-up run here when finishing eighth over 1600m at Caulfield on October 12. Top jockey Craig Williams goes on board here.
THE CHAIRMAN chased home a smart winner when running second to the Curragh over 1600m at Moe last start on October 13. He goes up 4.5kg to 58.5kg but this is easier.
GOLDIE’S FORTUNE showed good tenacity to hold ground when running third over 1300m against her own sex at Stawell on October 18. Rates with each-way claims.
LOVEHEART LASS gets a big weight drop down 5.5kg to 54.5kg here. She ran a good third as a $3.10 favourite over 16900m last start on September 17. Makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No2 KING OF ENGLAND, No5 The Chairman, No7 Goldie’s Fortune, No10 Loveheart Lass.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Loveheart Lass.