No 8 THAT RINGS A BELL (BEST BET) Made a slashing debut when she charged home to snatch second place over 1300m here 21 days ago. This So You Think filly gets a riding change with Nicholas Hall replacing Daniel Moor and she carries the same weight on 56kg. Not worried by the wide alley in seven as she will get back.
No 3 FAST PLAN Showed improvement on the softer track and from a top stable.
No 1 GREAT BAY Is a consistent type. Could well find a place here.
No 4 STELLATUS Hails from an astute stable and would keep safe. Watch betting.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 STELLATUS
No 1 KEDLESTON Gets the benefit of a drop in grade from finishing third over 1100m at Caulfield in Saturday class on January 7 to mid-week here. Ran on well at his last start and strikes a small field here. Extra distance is a help.
No2 ESHTIRAAK Hails from a top stable and was backed into $1.35 when romping home by six-lengths in a 1200m maiden at Pakenham on January 19. Has ace rider Damien Oliver to steer in a stronger grade.
No 6 REDCORE Will relish this race first-up after running well in a stronger grade down the straight 1000m at Flemington at his debut on October 2. Was backed from $8 into $7.50 at debut.
No 5 COLUMBIA Expect further improvement from this fellow from his debut sixth over 1000m at Caulfield on October 8. He has had three months to grow and mature and would watch.
VALUE RUNNER: No 6 REDCORE
No 5 NEW ELEGANCE (NEXT BEST BET) Hails from the stables of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and will be fitter on his first-up second over 1400m here on January 11. Rises a half kilo to 59.5kg and again ridden by Stephen Baster. He has good form of two starts for a win and a second and looks destined for better things and pay to jump onboard here.
No 4 KOOLAMA BAY Got too far back last time and has a change of rider.
No 3 DEVILISHLY She has been costly to her backers but is consistent.
No1 I BOUGHT A HORSE As reliable as clockwork and will be fitter for his last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 I BOUGHT A HORSE
No 5 DUSTY JACK Took one run back from a long spell to reveal his best when winning as a $2.50 favourite over 1300m at Cranbourne for apprentice Regan Bayliss. Damien Oliver rides here and he drops a kilo to 58kg.
No 2 CASTELO Rebounded to his peak with an easy win over 1400m here on January 11. Regan Bayliss keeps the ride and he drops a half kilo to 60kg and makes strong appeal.
No 4 TIGGER Faces a quick back up here but is race tough. Craig Newitt again rides and is a chance on fourth over 1440m at Geelong on outrageously biased track last Sunday.
No 3 CHAMOIS ROAD Can lead or box seat and with apprentice Jordan Child’s 1.5kg claim will carry 58kg. Ran a smart third over1406m at Ballarat on January 15 and must rate as one of the better chances.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 CHAMOIS ROAD
No 2 THUNDER CONNECTION Steps out to the longer trip for the first time and with apprentice Jack Martin’s 3kg claim will carry 56.5kg. Ran a fast finishing fourth over 1800m here last start on January 18 and ready.
No 1 RENEW Hails from a top staying stable and this Irish import can show here. Ran solidly when finishing seventh over 2500m at Flemington on January 14. With Ben Allen’s 2kg claim will carry 59kg.
No 4 SWEET MELODY Stable-mate to Renew and is a strong chance on his second over 2400m here last start on January 18. With Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim will carry 56kg to give Darren Weir a strong hand here.
No 8 SKYFIRE Has been ultra consistent and returns home from a raid in New South Wales where he ran third over 1900m at Canterbury on January 20. Brandon Stock’s 3kg claim sees him carry a mere 52.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No 8 SKYFIRE
No 2 GUNN ISLAND Was rightly turned out for a spell after his ninth here over 1300m on August 24. His debut was a bottler with an impressive win over 1000m at Cranbourne on August 14. Expect a bold showing.
No 1 BONS AWAY Gave a high class debut when as a $1.50 favourite he easily won his maiden over 1200m at Warrnambool on January 15. Goes up in weight by 2.5kg to 59.5kg which is a test.
No 3 LAST REQUEST Drawn to get a soft run from gate 2 and with Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim will carry 57.5kg which is half a kilo less than he carried to win at his debut over 1106m at Ballarat on January 15.
No 11 ROSE AHEAD She kicked hard to win well at her debut in a fillies’ maiden at Werribee on January 15. Not fancied at $13 but fought hard to win by three-quarters of a length. Bears thought.
VALUE RUNNER: No 11 ROSE AHEAD
No 3 LADY EFFORT Drops back to mares’ grade after a solid third over 1400m here on January 11. Apprentice Jack Martin’s 3kg claim reduces her impost to a winnable 57.5kg and respect.
No 4 MENEGATTI Has been sparkling in this company and chases a hat-trick here after a good win over 1500m at Mornington on January 17. She gets senior rider Daniel Moor replacing apprentice Jack Martin and rises only a half kilo to 59kg.
No 7 TYPHOON MONACO Hails from an astute betting stable and showed she was primed for a first-up assault with a smart win over 1200m in a trial at Ballarat on January 16. Keep safe and watch betting.
No 8 PARALLEL WORLD Was imposing at her second career start when easily winning a 1400m maiden at Cranbourne on December 23. Matthew Allen replaces Dean Yendall.
VALUE RUNNER: No 7 TYPHOON MONACO
No 10 SWISS BEAUTY (Best Roughie) Looms to have a bright future on her maiden win on a heavy track at Cranbourne on January 13. Beau Mertens’ 2kg claim sees her carry just 56kg and she is drawn (6) ideally to get a soft run.
No 3 SHARING Will strip fitter on her first-up second over 1200m at Cranbourne on January 6. Apprentice Ben Allen’s 2kg allowance reduces her weight to 57.5kg and is a strong chance.
No 1 BELIEVING Is at his peak but the handicapper has latched on to him giving him 61kg. That is 2kg more than he carried to win over 1100m at Kilmore on January 19. Chases a hat-trick.
No 2 TIGIDIG TIGIDIG Won well over 1212m at Kilmore on December 12. With Jake Bayliss’ 2kg claim will drop his weight to 58.5kg which is a half kilo less than what he carried to win last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No 10 SWISS BEAUTY