Big nine-race card here for the Sunday meeting at Ballarat. The false rail will be at the three-metre position from the 1000m to the 600m and at the eight-metres from the 600m to the winning post. With rain about this week the track is rated as a Soft 5.
QUADDIES (Races 5-6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 2,7 / 2,7,8,12 / 3,8 / 1,5,8
Wide Play: 2,3,6,7,8 / 1,2,3,4,7,8,12,14 / 1,2,3,5,8 / 1,5,6,7,8,11,13
BEST BEST: R6 – 7. MIGHTY MOSHE
Next Best Bet: R8 – 3. CURRAGH
Best Roughie: R2 – 9. CRAFTY AQUILA
No6 SAN VINCENZO Looks close to breaking the ice on recent two starts.
No4 PACHINO BOY Resuming and worth thought here fresh.
No3 KUNLUN SHAN Hails from an astute stable and has a good rider on at debut.
No5 PRAY FOR US Bound to show improvement and can cast its shadow here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 PRAY FOR US
No7 MISS COUNTERFEIT Has been entered and scratched and had excuse for last start. Can redeem.
No8 WORSHIP THE BLADE Could be right on the cutting edge of this race. Expect a slashing run.
No6 OUR SMOOTHIE Gets a soft run along the rail and is at prime here.
No9 CRAFTY AQUILA (BEST ROUGHIE) Has the polish of Darren Weir and watch betting first-up.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 CRAFTY AQUILA
No9 FLAMING ONE Looks to have the hoof on the till and makes good appeal.
No10 PAYOFF This looks an easier load here and can land the big money.
No11 RED CHARLIZE Was not too far away at debut and expect natural improvement.
No4 SAFDIE With the 2kg claim of apprentice Chris Caserta has each-way claims.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 RED CHARLIZE
No2 BIT OF A LAD Went very close first-up and would expect natural improvement.
No4 PARADISE COVE Form in NSW was fine and trialled well enough for this grade.
No6 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Gave enough at debut to suggest should be further improved.
No1 GURU JIM Hard now and has the Darren Weir polish. Will be thereabouts.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 WE’LL MEET AGAIN
No2 BELCREST LADY On her last start she looks like she can do big damage here.
No5 VOLATILE MIX One of two Darren Weir-trained gallopers with good prospects.
No8 TENNESSEE GOLD Can settle closer from the inside draw and gives Weir a strong hand.
No3 PRIMEIRO Will be steaming home and this looks a softer option than past two starts.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 PRIMEIRO
No7 MIGHTY MOSHE (BEST BET) She was plunged from $6 into $3.80 at her debut and did not let her backers down sweeping to a 3¼ length win over 1000m in a maiden at Terang on March 2. Jarrod Fry keeps the ride and believes there should be further improvement in this daughter of Moshe aided by a rail’s draw.
No2 GO PUBLIC Form was honest last campaign and has been gelded. Watch here.
No6 ARETI Been near the mark and is race hardened.
No8 MINNIE ROCKETTA Has been freshened for this and has top apprentice on top.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 MINNIE ROCKETTA
No2 ARCTIC FLOW Gave a solid performance in Group class when finishing fourth in the Alister Clark (2040m) at Moonee Valley last Friday night. That stands him in good stead for this race where runners are aiming for Derbies and Oaks.
No8 WANGAALA Is a lightly-raced filly who has been performing well with a maiden win over 1600m before running a smart second over 2040m at Moonee Valley on March 17.
No12 BLUE OCEAN Finished behind a few handy types when ran third over 1600m at Ballarat on March 7. She drops 2kg to 54kg here and has Ben Thompson again to ride.
No7 BAYKOOL Out of a strong staying stable and careered away to win his maiden by six-lengths over 2025m at Cranbourne on March 10. Up in grade and distance but did the job impressively.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 BAYKOOL
No3 CURRAGH (NEXT BEST BET) Hails from a formidable New Zealand stable and is by leading Kiwi sire Travistock. Has been imposing with a record of ten starts for three wins, two seconds and a third. His record fresh is auspicious at three starts for two wins. He gets leading rider Luke Currie to ride fresh here on 57kg.
No8 THE CARD PLAYERS Impressive winner at Pakenham last start and down 2kg to 55kg.
No5 GRAND DREAMER Has had two solid trials over 990m and 1190m so is fit for resumption.
No1 IN FAIRNESS Looms as the natural leader and can dictate terms to rivals here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 GRAND DREAMER
No5 BANACHEK The Darren Weir camp landed another good plunge when this bloke was backed from $4.20 into $3.90 and romped home by 4¾ lengths in a 1100m maiden at Arat on March 10.
No1 OUR SEVIRA Ran a good second over 1000m here first up off a 118-day break on March 7. With Liam Riordan’s 2kg claim will carry 59kg and makes some appeal with a good (3) inside gate.
No8 RAIN FAST Ran way above her odds at $101 when finishing a strong fourth down the straight 1200m at Flemington on March 18. She will find this far easier and respect.
No13 NEONA With the scratchings, gets chances here on honest form. Latest ran fourth as a $4.60 favourite at Kilmore over 1600m on February 23. Back in distance but drops 3kg to 56kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 NEONA