The winter jumps season is underway and there are two hurdles races on the card here. For jumps fans this is a good meeting as with a maiden hurdle it may expose some new jumps stars for the forthcoming season. A competitive eight-race card and a track rated as a Good 4. The false rail will be at 5.5 metres and the weather is forecast to be overcast for tonight’s evening meeting.
QUADDIES (Races 5-6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 5,6 / 4,5 / 1,2 / 1,3,5
Wide Play: 1,2,5,6 / 2,4,5,7 / 1,2,3,8,10 / 1,3,5,6,9,12
BEST BEST: R8 – 3. NORTHERN LION
Next Best Bet: R6 – 5. SHARING
Best Roughie: R6 – 10. GINGIE
No4 CRIME FIGHTER Won impressively in a 2400m hurdle trial at Warrnambool on March 10.
No5 REFECTORY Making debut over the jumps and ran a good second over 1550m in a trial at Cranbourne on March 6.
No1 AGREEMENT Bolted in a maiden hurdle by 4½ lengths and respect.
No2 MONTE CARLO Has had a solid build up to this on the Flat. Has claims.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 MONTE CARLO
No3 ELIZA’S VISCOUNT Trial form over the jumps has looked good and respect.
No5 SPACE INVADER Recent trials have been more inspiring than race form on the flat.
No7 TRANSFIXED Struggles to win on the flat but he does stay.
No4 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Ran a good second over 2400m over the jumps at Cranbourne on February 24.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY
No7 SHEER MADNESS Has been racing in high grade two-year-old races. Latest was $201 and ran 12th to Catchy in the Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m).
No10 AMTHAAL Well fancied at debut at Morphettville and like here.
No8 STEP IN TIME Middle-distance bred galloper and hails from the top stable of Darren Weir.
No1 ALL EEZ Placed at two of three South Australian starts. Is worth noting.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 ALL EEZ
No6 HE EKSCELS Was plunged at debut and narrowly beaten last spring.
No1 DINNER LAKE Solid second at Pakenham off a 130-day break. Improved.
No8 SCALLOP Good effort to run third in maiden at Pakenham. Respect.
No10 HELLAVA BABE Will sport blinkers for the first time and she is worth thought.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 HELLAVA BABE
No6 HIGH BOUNTY Is a staying bred filly who should sprint well fresh. She capped her last campaign with a smart win over 2000m in a maiden in the provincials and has top apprentice Michael Dee to ride.
No1 STAR IMPULSE Was nailed late when finishing second over 1400m against her own sex here on March 9. She was the $2.70 favourite that day and she has been placed at three of her past four starts.
No5 FREE SPEECH Has had a solid preparation and against her own sex here is a chance on her last run where she led but was swamped when sixth over 1600m at Bendigo on February 28. Makes each-way appeal.
No2 INTERCHANGE EMILY She won first-up at Sale and has continued to be competitive. Latest ran third over 1400m against her own sex here on March 9. With top apprentice Ben Allen on board she rates highly.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 FREE SPEECH
No5 SHARING (NEXT BEST BET) She won with 57.5kg two starts ago before up in grade and backed from $13 into $10 before finishing sixth over 1400m against her own sex at Flemington on February 18. Bill Egan is the new rider and though she jumps 5kg to 59kg she does drop in class significantly and looks a top chance.
No7 HE’S THE BOSS Has won at two of his three starts and given two soft trials in preparation for this.
No10 GINGIE (BEST ROUGHIE) Should gain a perfect run from gate four and form is solid.
No4 CURVANO Has done well at this track with two wins and two placings at past four starts.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 GINGIE
No2 AEROPLANE Is lightly raced and has changed yards from Jason Warren to Ciaron Maher. Won maiden here three starts ago and solid fifth over 1200m at Sandown on February 8. Good chance.
No1 TREMBLING Was solidly backed into a $2.35 favourite before racing away to a 2¼ length win in a maiden at Yarra Valley on February 25. Has a wide gate in 12, which is a drawback, but has perfect form.
No9 SINTARA Has some claims on win over 1200m in a maiden at Swan Hill before finishing a solid second in outer country last start on March 11. He is on the quick back up but does have Craig Newitt to ride.
No3 MISSILE BOOM Showed he was forward with a good win in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on March 6. Gets Jamie Mott to ride first-up and has a solid record fresh. Rates as an each-way hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 MISSILE BOOM
No3 NORTHERN LION (BEST BET) Was second-up and eased in the market from $3.70 to $5 before fighting hard to run second over 1400m here on March 2. Katelyn Mallyon replaces Mark Zahra but will lack nothing with the riding change. Has had winkers added to his gear and looks a strong chance.
No1 NO COMMITMENT Had won at this track two starts ago and was a good second last run at Sandown.
No5 MILWAUKEE Ran a great second at Ballarat first-up and will be fitter.
No6 MISS CLOONEY Has a perfect draw in six and won here last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 MISS CLOONEY