Cranbourne Friday night replaces the usual Moonee Valley card with the first to kick off at 6.10pm. With the running of the Cranbourne Cup as the main feature on the eight-race card the meeting has attracted some top jockeys, trainers and horses. The track is rated as a Good 4 and the false rail will be at the seven metre position. The weather forecast is fine.
No6 CARTERISTA (BEST BET) With the red hot jockey Craig Williams to ride she makes strong appeal first-up. She has raced against strong opposition at Caulfield and has a record of three starts for two seconds, including a second to Ocean Embers. She was given a hit-out when running second over 800m in a trial here on February 7.
No9 TEPEE Is an Exceed And Excel three-year-old making her debut. Respect.
No8 DEZURI Has shown natural speed and been runner-up at past two starts.
No5 LADDIEANDTHEROCKET Has had two jump-outs in preparation for debut. Looks solid.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 LADDIEANDTHEROCKET
No3 ZOOBA MAN Showed steady improvement in the straight at debut. Fitter.
No7 ZIMZALA Son of Redoute’s Choice from top stable and Damien Oliver rides at debut.
No5 JAMIESON Showed some promise last campaign and worth a look.
No6 VLADIVOSTOK Was specked at long odds at last start on October 14. May be on the rise.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 VLADIVOSTOK
No1 CREATIVITY Showed plenty of promise at debut campaign and rates highly here.
No9 REIGNS IN AFRICA Luke Nolen keeps the ride and her trainer has his horses forward.
No3 FASTBROOK Returns off a 354-day break and was thrown in the deep at debut in the Adelaide Magic Millions.
No10 SIMPLY HEAVEN Returning off a 124-day break and respect on two starts this far.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 SIMPLY HEAVEN
No7 PLENTY TO LIKE Ran a close fifth in the Group 2 Tea Rose last campaign. Go well fresh.
No1 MURPHY’S REWARD Has been ticking all of the boxes and respect again.
No2 LARDIE LASS Won at Werribee two starts ago before unplaced in the city.
No5 MAMZELLE TESS Resuming from a 106-day break and may go well fresh here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 MAMZELLE TESS
No8 STELLAR COLLISION Was smashed into a hot favourite before tearing away to a two-length win over 1200m at Moonee Valley on February 17. Gets Group 1 winning rider Damian Lane here and drops 4kg to 55kg. Strong appeal.
No1 CHARMED HARMONY Has the blinkers removed for his comeback. Down in class on his ninth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Moonee Valley last spring. Chris Caserta’s 2kg claim sees him carry 59.5kg and would respect.
No2 HAZZABEEL Should go well fresh and is down a few grades on his seventh in the Group 2 Villiers at Randwick on December 17. Has a good record fresh of five starts for two wins and should power home.
No5 OLIVIER Won at Morphettville before finishing a good second over 1200m at the same track on February 18. He drops 1.5kg to 55kg on his last start and gets a change of rider with Jye McNeil taking the reins.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 HAZZABEEL
No2 DUKE OF BRUNSWICK (NEXT BEST BET) Has been racing in impeccable fashion and can bounce back here off a close third over 1400m at Flemington on February 18. Damien Oliver keeps the ride and he only goes up a kilo to 57kg and can reward punters who took the $2.30 favouritism last start when he was up on the fence.
No11 OUR BOTTINO Won the Camperdown Cup three starts ago and has held form since.
No3 HIGH CHURCH Irish bred galloper who can go well fresh and would respect here.
No7 MASTER RESET (Best Roughie) Ran a great fourth in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No 7 MASTER RESET
No2 MIGHTIEST Ran a cracking race first-up to go close to winning when third over 1600m at Colac on February 12. He will relish the extra distance here and Jack Hill keeps the ride. Bound to strip fitter.
No5 RAKTI ROULETTE Will have the polish of top trainer Darren Weir and gets No. 1 senior stable rider Brad Rawiller here. Was a $3.40 favourite when second over 2100m at Echuca on February 13 and rates highly.
No6 HOT POWER Has displayed impeccable form with a win and two seconds at past three starts. Latest fought hard to be runner-up over 1850m at Keyneton on February 18. Gets the same weight on 57.5kg.
No1 HOUDINI THE GREAT Gets a big drop in class here on last start sixth over 2000m at Flemington on February 18. Gets Ben Thompson as the new rider but he does rise 5.5kg to 59.5kg for his plummet in grade.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 HOUDINI THE GREAT
No3 I’M TOO HOT Is a lightly raced three-year-old with Damien Oliver riding. Ran an even fifth over 1000m at Moonee Valley last start on February 10. Oliver sticks here and he won his maiden first-up at morning start before.
No5 THE CENTAURIAN Outclassed his opposition to post an emphatic maiden win over 1114m at Moe on February 19. He is only lightly-raced with three starts for a win and two seconds and he looms as the main danger.
No6 SHERIFF JOHN STONE Maps out to be well placed here and on his first-up effort when running a good second over 1000m at Echuca on February 13 makes a heap of appeal. Top jockey Luke Nolen is the new rider.
No2 SONG ONE Kept on charging at them when finishing third over 1200m here on December 30. Has a win and a third at two starts over this trip and is a locally-trained hope in this race.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 SONG ONE