AUERBACH has trialled in imposing fashion twice leading into his debut run. He may need further than this, but with the long run to the turn he will be hard to beat.
MADE IN CHINA should have won first-up, it’s as simple as that. He finds a tough race, but should improve for the run.
PELORUS JACK should be improved for his debut run. Getting out to 1200m is also suitable, but I feel that he is a big track horse.
WAYANKA probably found the 1300m just a touch too far first-up and was run down late. Second-up Bowman on is a good pointer.
SELECTIONS: No 1 AUERBACH, No 3 Made In China, No 4 Pelorus Jack, No 6 Wayanka.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 Pelorus Jack.
Race 2 2:20pm #THERACES HANDICAP 1600m
JEMADAR (NEXT BEST) was good in a much better race than this on Melbourne Cup day. Being back to 3-y-o grade suits and after the claim he is well weighted.
SELECTIONS: No 1 JEMADAR, No 6 Black On Gold, No 3 Fiery Trail, No 2 Crown Him.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Fiery Trail.
Race 3 2:55pm TAB REWARDS PLATE 1200m
NONPAREIL gets another chance to win a race here. She has been thereabouts in all runs and the form around her is quite solid. If she doesn’t perform here, it may well be the last we see of her.
PARMIGIANA GIRL (BEST ROUGHIE) has been doing just enough at the trials this time in. Pride’s horses improve by lengths from trial to race day, especially when at home.
FLYING DEE JAY has trialled quite well leading into this. The winner of her last trial bolted in on Sunday at Beaumont and she’s the one they need to run down.
MY TRUE LOVE has been well educated coming into this and has had the benefit of a 1030m trial. She gets the blinkers on and will be there or thereabouts.
SELECTIONS: No 7 NONPAREIL, No 9 Parmigiana Girl, No 3 Flying Dee Jay, No 6 My True Love.
VALUE RUNNER: No 9 Parmigiana Girl.
Race 4 3:35pm NATHAN'S FAMOUS HANDICAP 2200m
MAVEN WIZ was good on Oaks day at Flemington in the wrong part of the track. Up to 2200m suits here and he will be hard to beat.
SCOONER was good at Beaumont last start. Before James McDonald was stood down, he was due to jump aboard here, which is a good sign.
GRAND ALLOWANCE comes out of a good race on Melbourne Cup day. The form has stood up from that and up to 2200m could well suit him.
MYSTICISM should be fit enough now third-up out to 2200m. She has had a rushed prep and now gets a chance to win.
SELECTIONS: No 1 MAVEN WIZ, No 4 Scooner, No 5 Grand Allowance, No 8 Mysticism.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 Grand Allowance.
Race 5 4:10pm TAB HANDICAP 1600m
MIAMI DADE (BEST BET) comes out of a good race on Cup day at Randwick where the form has stood up brilliantly. He should be able to settle a touch closer in the run here. His record at the mile is fantastic. Losing James McDonald's services is not ideal, but does mean we will get slightly better odds!
SELECTIONS: No 5 MIAMI DADE, No 8 Alliterate, No 10 Bank On Henry, No 11 Francais.
VALUE RUNNER: No 10 Bank On Henry.
Race 6 4:45pm PRO-RIDE HANDICAP 1000m
BEAU TIRAGE resumes here and has a good first-up record. 1000m is absolutely perfect and if he has finally matured and learnt some race sense he will be hard to beat.
HIT THE MARK resumes here and has quite a good winning record. The trial leading in was quite good and he is adept in all conditions.
COSMIC CAMEO drops in grade here and is suited back to the 1000m. Two starts ago he was a strong winner at the course and distance.
DUTY DUDE has a good first-up record and his last trial was quite good. Shinn on board first up gets a tick from me.
SELECTIONS: No 4 BEAU TIRAGE, No 2 Hit The Mark, No 1 Cosmic Cameo, No 6 Duty Dude.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 Duty Dude.
Race 7 5:25pm TAB.COM.AU HANDICAP 1300m
REALISE POTENTIAL comes out of a good race on Cup day and was tough to the line. Avdulla is on board and up to 1300m should suit.
BRATISLAVA was a good winner on debut and comes straight to town. McDonald was due to ride here (a good sign) and off the strength of that debut win he has a good chance.
KING DARCI should give them something to catch here. He was just beaten by The Bull last start (since won) and the form from his Canterbury run two back is quite good.
VIA NAPOLI resumes here and was in a really hot race last start behind Euro Angel. She may want further than this, but I cannot discount her fresh.
SELECTIONS: No 2 REALISE POTENTIAL, No 12 Bratislava, No 10 King Darci, No 8 Via Napoli.
VALUE RUNNER: No 10 King Darci.