BEAUJEEN hit the line hard as a $2.40 favourite when narrowly missing the major money to finish a close third over 1200m at Wangaratta on November 4. Harry Coffey takes the ride here and she drops two kilos down to 55kg and makes appeal.
STADIUM comes into this race with good form following a strong third over 1200m in a maiden at Mornington on November 11. Ryan Maloney keeps the ride and again carries 57kg. The drawback is he is drawn wide in gate (11).
POPPI ROX is a veteran maiden of eleven starts but she has picked up the bit of late. Latest ran second over 1411m at Sale on November 4, keeps the same rider and has the same weight on 56.5kg. Looms with each-way claims.
SPENDER was plonked from $12 into $6 first-up but the plunge went amiss when finishing last of nine in a 1200m maiden at Moonee Valley last Friday night. Has a change of jockey with Brad Rawiller to steer on a very quick back-up.
SELECTIONS: No11 BEAUJEEN, No8 Stadium, No10 Poppi Rox, No5 Spender.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Poppi Rox.
R2 2pm ARGYLE MAINTENANCE HANDICAP 1000m
CARDENAS is a highly talented young filly who has won and finished second at her two starts. Latest she flew home to win by six lengths at Geelong on June 3. Showed she was ready with a soft trial win at Seymore on October 21.
ARIAZ is another filly showing potential and has been freshened since her fifth when backed late into $12 at Caulfield on October 1. She has had 46 days to recover and Jye McNeil’s 1.5kg reduces her impost to 60kg in a small field.
OPEN HOUSE cops a big penalty of 3.5kg up to 59.5kg for her debut win. She did win with the proverbial leg in the air over 1000m at Cranbourne on October 25. But she does bump into a few smart fillies here and she was at $91.
DIVERTENTE broke her maiden status in style with a brilliant win over 1000m at Ballarat on October 31. She does go up a heap in weight from 51kg to 56kg with the aid of Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim and this is a small field.
SELECTIONS: No3 CARDENAS, No1 Ariaz, No4 Open House, No7 Divertente.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Divertente.
R3 2.30pm BLUE STAR GROUP HANDICAP 1000m
JERSEY WHISTLER had solid form prior to last start when he was aimed too high and finished 10th in the Dual Choice (1200m) at Geelong on October 15. Chelsea Hall’s 3kg claim reduces his big impost down to 59kg in a small field.
DEJA BLUE has a good first-up record and can make her presence felt here. Last start she ran second here on April 6 when well supported into $4.50. She gets apprentice Jye McNeil’s 1.5kg claim reducing her impost to 58kg.
A PRIVATE PARTY stretched the neck of the popular Miss Vista first-up over 955m when running a close second at Moonee Valley on October 28. He cops a big weight here helped a shade by Dylan Dunn’s 1.5kg claim reducing his impost to 64kg.
SECRETAN was well-backed into $3.10 and scored a big result for his punters to win by 1 ¾ lengths at Cranbourne on November 11. Apprentice Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim helps reduce his weight down to a manageable 58.5kg.
SELECTIONS: No2 JERSEY WHISTLER, No5 Deja Blue, No1 A Private Party, No3 Secretan.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 A Private Party.
R4 3pm THOROUGHBRED CLUB HANDICAP 2400m
BIG HAMMER is looking to slam down on his opposition for a third straight time. He carried 58.5kg to win over 2200m at Hamilton last start on October 22. Ben Allen’s 2kg claim will see him carry the same weight here.
ROLDANA has been as consistent as clockwork and looms as a threat. He was on the march for a third straight win when finishing fourth over 2040m at Moonee Valley on October 28. Top jockey Damien Oliver has got the booking here.
FONTEIN LAD donkey-licked his maiden opposition to race away to a 5 ½ length win over 2000m at Mornington on October 30. He was the $3.80 favourite that day and only rises a half kilo to 56.5kg for this.
MRS RUNHARDT has been racing well since winning at Mornington two starts ago. Latest she ran third over 2219m at sale on November 4. She gets senior rider Luke Currie to steer here and drops 3kg to 56.5kg in this race.
SELECTIONS: No1 BIG HAMMER, No3 Roldana, No9 Fontein Lad, No10 Mrs Runhardt.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Mrs Runhardt.
R5 3.30pm MYPUNTER.COM HANDICAP 1300m
BELS IMPACT hails from the in-form stables of Peter Gelagos and was a fantastic winner in a fillies’ maiden over 1200m at Mornington on October 30. With apprentice Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim she carries just 54kg here.
ROYAL ACE kicked off his career on a high with a whopping 2 ¾ length win over 1200m in a maiden at Kyneton on November 2. He gets 57.5kg with Ben Allen’s 2kg claim which is a half kilo less weight than when he won at his debut.
BALLET MASTER is another colt who showed the benefit of a start to win impressively second-up over 1300m at Cranbourne on October 25. Damien Oliver replaces Chris Parnham and he makes strong appeal.
MADAM MOUTON was plunged into a $2.15 and collected the big bets when a brilliant winner at Stawell on October 18. Apprentice Regan Bayliss’ 1.5kg reduces her weight to a mere 55kg in a competitive race.
SELECTIONS: No9 BELS IMPACT, No3 Royal Ace, No5 Ballet Master, No10 Madam Mouton.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Ballet Master.
R6 4pm LADBROKES UP FOR THE CHALLENGE HANDICAP 1400m
HARBOUR GREY (BEST BET) ran a cracking fourth in a much stronger race over 1400m at Flemington on Oaks day in the famous Greys’ race. He gets top apprentice Ben Allen to replace Damian Lane. Allen’s 2kg claim will offset his big weight increase, carrying 58.5kg here, which is a rise of 4.5kg, but this is a milder race. The New Zealand bred gelding likes this trip and he makes very strong appeal, drawn to be prominent in gate (2).
SELECTIONS: No2 HARBOUR GREY, No3 Chamois Road, No4 Gold Fields, No6 Gredington.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Chamois Road.
R7 4.30pm LE PINE FUNERALS HANDICAP 1800m
HARDERN (NEXT BEST BET) had a lot to like about his last run at Flemington on November 3. That was his third run back from a spell and now looks ready to explode back into the winners’ list on his strong fifth at stepping up to 1800m that day. He meets a small field and has a top jockey in Michael Walker riding and will carry on 56kg, which looks ideal here.
SELECTIONS: No8 HARDERN, No5 Gallic Chieftain, No7 Orient Line, No4 Prima.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Prima.
R8 5pm M & D DILLON CONSTRUCTIONS HANDICAP 1600m
ST SWITHUNS ran a crackerjack race to finish fifth to Kaniana in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at her last start at Moonee Valley on October 22. Luke Nolen sticks and she goes up only 1.5kg against milder opposition.
MATERNAL has been racing in great stead. She gets relief with the 2kg claim of apprentice Ben Thompson reducing her impost to 58kg after carrying 55.5kg to run third over 1533m at Moonee Valley on October 28.
MY OBSESSION (BEST ROUGHIE) has the blinkers going back on after her solid third to Violent Snow over 1533m at Moonee Valley on October 28, Ben Allen’s 2kg claim sees her carry 57kg here.
SWEET MELODY is a former Kiwi mare who kicked off her new career with Darren Weir on a high with a half-length win over 1400m against her own sex at Cranbourne on October 25. Makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No5 ST SWITHUNS, No2 Maternal, No3 My Obsession, No10 Sweet Melody.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 My Obsession.