The rail is at the true position for the return of racing to Warrnambool.
The weather is forecast to be fine and the track is rated perfect at a Good 4.
Quaddie Races: 5-6-7-8
SKINNY PLAY: 2,3,7,9 / 1,3,4,9 / 2,4,8,18 / 2,4,5,7
WIDE PLAY: 2,3,4,7,9,10 / 1,3,4,5,9,10 / 2,3,4,8,10,12,16,18 / 1,2,3,4,5,7,11
BEST BET: R4, No1 Siga La Vacca.
NEXT BEST BET: R6, No9 El Rada.
BEST ROUGHIE: R7, No18 Judges.
R1 1.30pm ROSEMOSS PTY LTD SUPER VOBIS MAIDEN PLATE 2000m
No8 FEARLESS FILOU
No3 Percivall Pott
R2 2pm MOYNEYANA FESTIVAL MAIDEN PLATE 1100m
No1 CRYSTAL PISTOL
No8 Lady Amanda
R3 2.30pm STOCKDALE & LEGGO PORT FAIRY SV 3YO MAIDEN PLATE 1400m
No2 Navy Blue
No5 Smart Talk
R4 3pm BAMSTONE PLATE BM70 HANDICAP 1000m
SIGA LA VACA (BEST BET) looks set to get his chance to win here in a thin field. He was outgunned in the Dunkeld Cup (1800m) when he was no match for the winner, Saturday Sorcerer, finishing a distant third on November 12. Apprentice Chris Caerta again rides and with his claim he will carry a fair weight on 57.5kg. He was the warm favourite at $4 in the Cup and the bookies won’t give much away here in this field of eight.
SELECTIONS: No1 SIGA LA VACCA, No5 Chiatorio, No3 Mister Will, No2 JusticeForAll.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 JusticeForAll.
R5 3.30pm HYLAND SPORTSWEAR BM64 HANDICAP 1000m
BALLETUSA looks to have heaps of upside and would overlook her last start when running eighth at Cranbourne on April 15. She won well at her debut here and has top provincial rider Dean Yendall joining her first-up.
CHELEMBRA struck a chord with his new trainer, winning two straight on country tracks here before being sent for a spell last autumn. The nine-year-old returns here and he has an impeccable record at this course.
DAVALURI should go well fresh at her home track. She won at Geelong over 1000m before bombing out at her last start over the same trip in April. With Melissa Julius’s 3kg, claim she will carry 56kg in a mild field.
KILOWATT was backed from $4.40 into $3.10 favouritism but found the winner too strong when finishing second over 1100m here on November 17. Jamie Mott replaces Damian Lane and should expect a good showing.
SELECTIONS: NO7 BALLETUSA, No9 Chelembra, No2 Davaluri, No3 Kilowatt.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Davaluri.
R6 4pm STAR OF THE WEST PORT FAIRY BM64 HANDICAP 1200m
EL RADA (NEXT BEST BET) is a lightly raced four-year-old mare who looks to have plenty of upside. She was a smart winner at Ballarat two starts ago when opening her winning account against her own sex before finishing fifth at the same track with Michael Dee in the saddle and carrying 52.5kg. She carries 57kg and with luck should gain a good passage and post another win. She does go up to 57kg but the opposition is not strong.
SELECTIONS: No9 EL RADA, No4 Dutch Courage, No3 Revanche, No1 Keep Not A Day.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Keep Not A Day.
R7 4.30pm PORT FAIRY IGA CUP 1400m
PROFIT SHARE hails from the leading stable of trainer Darren Weir and he can bounce back from his fourth in the Donald Cup (1620m) on November 13. John Allen keeps the ride and this race is wide open with plenty of chances.
TUCANO is an Irish import who has won two of his past three starts, including a last-start win over 2040m at Moonee Valley on March 18. He gets the in-form jockey Linda Meech to ride at his comeback and makes appeal.
JUDGES (BEST ROUGHIE) has claims if he gets a start in this field. He ran a good second for Damian Lane at this track last start on November 17. With Tahila Hope’s 3kg claim he has no weight on 51kg and is capable of another forward effort.
ARTIE’S SHORE bowed out on a good note when finishing second over 1600m at Moonee Valley on July 13. He gets a change of rider, with Harry Coffey the new pilot, but he may need an ounce of luck from gate (13). Solid chance.
SELECTIONS: No2 PROFIT SHARE, No8 Tucano, No18 Judges, No3 Artie’s Shore.
VALUE RUNNER: No18 Judges.
R8 5pm PF FOLK FESTIVALS VOLUNTEERS CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1300m
PRIOR ENGAGEMENT has been costly to punters but gets his chance to win here. Top trainer Darren Weir has gone for the 3kg claim of apprentice Jordan Grob to drop his weight to 57kg and he has been freshened after finishing fourth over 1750m at Geelong on September 25.
MATAMANOA is worth having a look at after winning at his debut on May 23 at Mildura. He was aimed too high at his next start when running 10th at Flemington on June 25. He is back fresh and in the right grade.
PATCHE GIFT is having his third start back from a very long spell and is now ready. He can improve on his sixth over 1300m at Cranbourne on November 17. Has the experienced John Allen to steer and can be a force.
ALMA’S ROSSA chased hard to post an imposing second-up win over 1200m here on November 17. Jockey Jack Hill keeps the ride and she only goes up a half kilo to 56.5kg. She is a lightly raced filly with claims.
SELECTIONS: No2 PRIOR ENGAGEMENT, No4 Matamanoa, No5 Patche Gift, No9 Alma’s Rossa.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Alma’s Rossa.