Punters will be out to snare a little Christmas money for their stockings at home. It is a most competitive eight-race card, with quite a bit of depth to a few of the races. The apprentice jockeys are again at the forefront with the leading trainers using their allowances to reduce the impost on their leading chances. The weather should be fine but overcast. The rail is at the true position and the track is rated a perfect Good 4.
QUADDIES (Late one!) (Races 5-6-7-8)
2,8,12,14 / 3,5,6,12 / 1,2,6,11 / 2,7,9,11
1,2,4,6,8,10,12,14,15 / 3,4,5,6,9,12 / 1,2,3,6,7,8,11,14 / 2,7,8,9,10,11,12
BEST BET: R6 – 3 DANE OF THUNDER
BEST ROUGHIE: R8 -12 LOLA LU
R2 - 2.00pm MyPunter.com H'Cap 1300m
No1 BLACK MOSHEEN Favourite backers get their chance to get their money back here on this bloke after his good second over 1200m at Terang as a $2.20 favourite on December 7. Due to break through.
No10 TOORAK COWBOY Great run when finishing second over 1000m in a maiden at Mornington on December 2. Punters anticipated the forward showing backing him from $8.50 into $4 and he will be fitter.
No14 MIAMORAE Eased in the betting from $1.85 to $2.30 before finishing second over 1170m in a fillies and mares’ maiden at Wangaratta on December 6. Has followers.
R3 – 2.30pm Dream Thoroughbreds Plate – 1400m
No2 MURPHY Hails from an astute stable and has been placed second at his two starts. Latest was a strong second over 1400m in a maiden at Pakenham on September 18. Beau Mertens rides here.
No8 CAPTAIN ARABIA Had no luck at his debut when running second in a 1200m maiden at Moonee Valley on November 18. Melbourne apprentice Dylan Dunn replaces Sydney jockey Blake Shinn and makes appeal.
No9 SMOOTH WHISKEY Came in for support when finished a smart second in a 1300m maiden here on December 7. Drops a kilo here to 57kg and drawn a good gate in (7).
No10 ZARTINI Was having his third start back from a spell when finishing close to the second placed Smooth Whiskey in a 1300m maiden here on December 7. He is now fully wound up.
R4 – 3pm Thoroughbred Club Handicap – 1300m
No8 MISS SYDNEY Struck a bog track at her Victorian debut when running third over 1200m at Kyneton on December 8. She eased from $3.30 to $4.40 and with the 2kg claim of apprentice Ben Allen here carries 56kg. Blinkers are off.
No7 FAST TYCOON Scored an imposing win in a 1300m maiden here on December 7. Beat Smooth Whiskey (R3) that day when backed into a $1.75 favourite. Mark Zahra is the new rider.
No11 TYCOON BEAUTY Ran a great second over 1100m in a fillies and mares’ maiden at Bendigo on November 30. Drops 3kg to 54.5kg with Jack Martin’s 3kg claim.
No3 REWARD THE DREAM Is lightly raced but cops his share of weight here with apprentice Jye McNeil’s 1.5kg claim reducing his impost to 59.5kg. Good win at Werribee last start on November 29.
R5 – 3.30pm Yarramalong Racing Club Handicap – 1400m
No8 TURFONIC Hails from a top stable and can improve on his second over 1400m here when carrying 60kg on December 7. He stays on the same weight and will strip fitter.
No12 STONE WARRIOR Was powering home late to snatch a maiden win over 1300m at Bendigo on November 30. Careered away by 1 ¼ lengths at the end and on the same weight here on 58.5kg.
No14 WINSTON WOLFE Named after Mr Fixit in the magnificent Pulp Fiction movie, he burst home to win by 1 ¼ lengths in a 1200m maiden at Moonee Valley first up on December 9. Goes up a kilo to 58kg here but must rate highly.
No2 LORD TENNYSON Had no weight on 54kg when a hard fought second over 1400m at Warrnambool on December 1. Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim reduces his impost to 59kg here and respect.
R6 – 4pm Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap – 1500m
No3 DANE THUNDER
(BEST BET) Posted an effortless 2 ¼ length win over 1521m at Geelong on December 4. With apprentice Jack Martin’s 3kg claim he carries 57kg – a drop of 2kg on his last start so he makes heaps of appeal. He was well liked at $2.50 last time and should find a nice spot in the field from gate (5).
No6 SWORD OF JUSTICE
SELECTIONS: No3 DANE THUNDER, No5 Gervais, No6 Sword Of Justice, No12 Devilishly
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Devilishly
R7 – 4.30pm Le Pine Funerals Hcp – 1300m
No2 DEJA BLUE Was raised in class and did not disgrace when running seventh down the straight 1000m at Flemington on December 10. With Dylan Dunn’s 1.5kg claim carries 58.5kg and goes around the bend.
No1 NEW SUMMER NIGHT Finished strongly to post a smart win here over 1300m against her own sex on December 7. Dylan Dunn’s 1.5kg claim reduces her weight to 59kg – but is up 2.5kg on her last start.
No6 LASAYETTE Will be stalking New Summer Night with a vengeance after running a good second to her over 1300m here on December 7. Ben Allen’s 2kg claims sees her carry a good weight on 56.5kg.
No11 RISING HOPE Never gave up chasing New Summer Night here last start on December 7. She gives trainer Darren Weir the second string to Lasayette.
R8 – 5pm Thebigscreencompany.com.au Handicap – 1800m
No7 ERECTOR Is racing in peak form and set to claim a hat-trick here following a strong win over 1726m at Geelong on December 4. Carries a half kilo less on 59kg and respect.
No9 ON WINGS Came from a long way back to run fourth over 1600m at Flemington on December 10. Mark Zahra is the new rider and is on 58kg again here. Good chance.
No11 CRAFTY DEVIL Gave a good effort against her own sex when running sixth over 1800m here on December 7. Ben Allen takes the reins and his 2kg claim sees her carry 54kg – which is a 2.5kg drop in weight.
No12 LOLA LU (Best Roughie) Ran a good fourth over 1800m in same race as Crafty Devil and rates highly her recent form. Jake Noonan replaces Jamie Mott here and drops 2kg to 56kg.