MAWHOOBA has an imposing record of two wins and two seconds at four starts. Latest she scored a length win over 1600m at Pakenham against her own sex on November 10. With Ben Allen’s claim she will carry 58kg, which is a half kilo more than at her last start.
HEAVENLY DESCENT is another talented young filly who posted a smart win over 1400m in a maiden at Pakenham on November 10. With apprentice Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim she carries 55kg here and should again be highly fancied after starting as a $2.50 favourite last time.
ZOLANI won at her debut and was a $3.10 favourite when finishing a close second over 1200m at Swan Hill on October 20. Linda Meech is replaced by Luke Nolen and she rises from 55kg to 58.5kg here against her own sex and age. Rates highly.
ASTRO DIVA broke the ice against her own age and sex with a 1 ¼ length win over 1457m at Kilmore for jockey Craig Newitt on October 30. Newitt rides her again here and she only goes up a half kilo to 57.5kg.
SELECTIONS: No1 MAWHOOBA, No3 Heavenly Descent, No2 Zolani, No5 Astro Diva.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Astro Diva.
R2 7pm THE BENNETT GROUP MAIDEN PLATE 1200m
FAST TYCOON was a $3.40 favourite when narrowly going down over 1100m at Bendigo on November 9. Apprentice Regan Bayliss keeps the ride and will carry 56.5kg here with Bayliss’s 1.5kg allowance. Hails from a top yard and can break the ice here.
CAPTAIN ARABIA is a beautifully bred colt making his debut. He is a son of champion sire Fastnet Rock from the mare Sogha (Red Ransome). There is no trial form but trainers John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes have brought Sydney jockey Blake Shinn down to ride.
SPLEASURE is another debutante that one needs to have a close look at. She is a well-bred filly by New Approach from the Gone West mare Isla Canola and hails from the stable of Luke Oliver.
UNIVERSAL THIEF was not suited when started as a $2.40 favourite and ran sixth over 1200m in a maiden at Kyneton on November 2. Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim will reduce his handicap to 55kg and is fresh for this.
SELECTIONS: No3 FAST TYCOON, No1 Captain Arabia, No10 Spleasure, No6 Universal Thief.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Universal Thief.
R3 7.30pm ROSEMONT STUD MAIDEN PLATE 1200m
BLUE MONEY is a nicely bred mare who is having her third start this preparation and is now ready. She claimed a solid third over 1100m at Hawkesbury on November 3 when backed from $6 into $4.60. Top Sydney hoop Blake Shinn comes down to ride her here.
GOLD FONTEIN is a lightly raced mare who has two placings at two starts in the country. She races first-up tonight after having a warm-up trial at Cranbourne where she was put under no pressure to run fifth on November 7. Has Daniel Moor to ride.
BARTENDER MAN was having his third career start when sweeping home into third place over 1200m here last Friday night. He is on the quick back-up but he is rock solid and if he gets a run is worth throwing in as an each-way hope.
THE BLACK ISLE was racing fresh last Friday night when running fourth over 1200m in a maiden here. He was working home strongly at the finish and showed promise. Jarrod Fry replaces top jockey Damien Oliver, but he looks to be on the rise.
SELECTIONS: No9 BLUE MONEY, No11 Gold Fontein, No14 Bartender Man, No4 The Black Isle.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 Bartender Man.
R4 8pm COBRAM ESTATE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL HANDICAP 1000m
PATIENT is a Commands mare who ripped apart her opposition to score by 1 ¼ lengths at her debut over 1000m at Echuca on November 1. She gets apprentice Ben Allen to ride here and will carry 54kg with his 2kg allowance.
GO DOWN ran a personal best when romping away to a five-length win over 1100m at Bendigo on October 26. Brad Rawiller rode that day and he keeps the ride here on this mare who rises up 3kg to 60kg for her clash here.
SHEMAI has had her blinkers removed by trainer Henry Dwyer. She can improve on her last start eighth over 1000m against her own sex at Sandown on August 31. With Michael Dee’s 1.5kg claim she carries 57kg.
IMPERIAL EMPRESS posted a smart win at Swan Hill before running second as a $3 favourite over 1000m at Bendigo on November 4. Jockey Jason Benbow keeps the ride and would respect.
SELECTIONS: No10 PATIENT, No1 Go Down, No6 Shemai, No8 Imperial Empress.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Imperial Empress.
R5 8.30PM INGLIS 55 SECOND CHALLENGE HEAT 6 955m
ANOTHER DIAMOND won over this trip two starts ago. She has the 3kg claim of apprentice Beau Mertens to reduce her impost to 55kg after running third as a warm favourite here over 1000m against her own sex last week. With the late scratching of Adelaide speedster Itz Invincible, she looks to have even stronger claims.
A PRIVATE PARTY has the advantage of having the 3kg claim of apprentice Anthony Boyd to reduce his impost to a mere 55kg here. He ran a strong second over this trip at his last start here on October 28 and from gate (7) he should be prominent.
SECRETAN is a lightly raced five-year-old gelding who scored a brilliant 1 ¼ length win over 1100m at Cranbourne on November 4. He gets Regan Bayliss’s 1.5kg claim to reduce his handicap to 53.5kg. Light-weight chance.
SEATTLE BOOM is unbeaten at his two starts over the short-courses in the country. Latest, he won with authority over 1100m as a $3.90 favourite at Bendigo, on October 26. Linda Meech keeps the ride and he drops 4kg to 55kg here in the city.
SELECTIONS: No2 ANOTHER DIAMOND, No1 A Private Party, No8 Secretan, No9 Seattle Boom.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Seattle Boom.
R6 9pm MARCUS OLDHAM EQUINE MANAGEMENT HANDICAP 2040m
PLYMOUTH ROAD (BEST BET) has hit his straps and looms as a very good chance here on his last-start win as a $2.60 favourite over 1850m at Kyneton on November 2. The lightly-raced son of Kiwi sire Travistock has a great record of a win and two seconds at three starts over this distance. Senior jockey Daniel Stackhouse stays on top and he drops a kilo to 60kg against a small field of 12 and he can forge home strong again.
R7 9.30pm MARCUS OLDHAM AGRICULTURE HANDICAP 1200m
TRACEY’S STAR comes from a top New Zealand stable. The stallion kicked off his Australian career in style with a smart win over 1300m in a maiden at Cranbourne on November 4. Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim will see him carry 56kg.
LABUAN STAR was a brilliant first-up winner over 1100m at Kyneton on November 2. He will carry 58kg here with apprentice Ben Allen’s 2kg claim after being ridden by Brad Rawiller first-up and carried 58kg. Only query is second-up record.
MILITARY SALUTE can improve on first-up run from a long spell when fourth to Laubuan Star over 1100m at Kyneton on November 2. Damian Lane keeps the ride and he is well drawn in gate (5).
QUARCK is a lightly-raced son of Charge Forward, who was impressive first up when scoring an easy win over 1100m at Ararat on November 4. With Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim will carry 59.5kg here and rates highly.
SELECTIONS: No11 TRACEY’S STAR, No5 Labuan Star, No13 Military Salute, No3 Quarck.
R8 10pm MARCUS OLDHAM AGRIBUSINESS HANDICAP 1500m
VANTAGGIO (NEXT BEST BET) could not have been more impressive first-up than when he blasted his rivals to stroll to a one length win over 1400m at Cranbourne on October 25. That run was off a 131-day break and he gets a change of rider here, with apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim reducing his impost to a comfortable 58.5kg. He was a red hot $2.60 favourite last time and will again be held tight by bookmakers here. He is well drawn for a soft run in (2).
SELECTIONS: No6 VANTAGGIO, No3 Dane Thunder, No7 Harare, No11 Vatiaz.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Harare (BEST ROUGHIE).