Another feature provincial meeting at Bendigo after last Saturday punters were at Mornington for the Mornington Cup fixture. These provincial Saturday feature meetings break up the ritual Saturday city meetings and are well attended by the public. The best of the best stables jockeys and top young horses are competing at this fixture and anticipate an entertaining day at the races. The track is rated as a Good 4 and the rail will be at the true position. The weather is forecast to be fine.
QUADDIES (Races 6-7-8-9)
Skinny Play: 3,5,8 / 1,2,11 / 1 / 6,7,9,11
Wide Play: 2,3,5,6,8,10 / 1,2,5,11,13,14 / 1,2,6,10 / 4,6,7,9,10,11
BEST BEST: R3 – 8 LIMESTONE
NEXT BEST BET: R7– 1 BURNING FRONT
BEST ROUGHIE: R8– 10 WATERLOO SUNSET
No2 SEBRING SUN Will find this easier than last start when running sixth to the high flying Bassett over 1200m at Moonee Valley on March 17. Ben Allen’s claim reduces his weight to 58.5kg and is drawn three.
No7 TIGIDIG TIGIDIG Is running rampant claiming a hat-trick with his narrow win over 1200m at Moonee Valley on February 24. With Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim he carries 53.5kg, which is a drop of 5kg on his last win.
No10 SAVAJU Was no match for the talented I Am A Star when running 10th in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 11. Far better suited here and can improve.
No8 STAR STEALER Was hemmed up last start and had a heap of excuses for fifth over 1050m as a $2 favourite at Morphettville on March 13. Beau Mertens claim reduces her weight to 53.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 SAVAJU
No5 SACRED SHAM With a record of a win and a second at two starts has heaps of upside. Latest fought hard to run second over 1000m at Sandown on March 22. Daniel Moor replaces the injured Craig Williams and is a strong chance.
No8 PEARL CONGENIAL Ran a solid second to Ponte Roma in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on March 20. Looks good value at the odds and previous form was most sound with two wins from past three starts.
No9 PONTE ROMA Looked primed to make an impact on smart trial win over 800m at Cranbourne on March 20. With apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim will carry only 54.5kg and sure to be in the firing line.
No1 ASHLOR Is loaded with a big weight but apprentice Mitchell Aitken’s 3kg claim helps reduce it to 59kg. Has been an imposing three-year-old and won at Moonee Valley at his last start carrying 60kg on March 13.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 PEARL CONGENIAL
No8 LIMESTONE (BEST BET) Makes plenty of appeal fresh here under these conditions of set-weights. She ran a top second to Catchy in the Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m) at Caulfield on February 11. From four starts she has notched two wins and two placings. She carries 55kg here with top apprentice Ben Allen to ride and will jump from gate four. Good bet.
No1 WAIT FOR NO ONE Led in the Blue Diamond and run was full of merit.
No2 SEIZED Liked his Moonee Valley debut just bumped into a smarter one in February.
No3 SPEED STREET Is capable of improving on his Moonee Valley debut last month.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 SEIZED
No9 RICHARD OF YORKE Scored an arrogant six-length win over 2400m at Sandown last start when carrying 54kg and ridden by Dwayne Dunn. Gets the same weight and has the same rider again here and from gate three makes strong appeal.
No10 THUNDER CONNECTION Has been racing well and gave a good sight when running second over 3000m at Sandown on March 15. Michael Dee replaces Luke Currie and he drops 2kg to the limit on 54kg here. Will have admirers
No4 HALE SORIANO Has the Weir polish and will be fit for this with two good runs over 2400m and 2800m at Warnambool in trials last month. With Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim he carries 57kg and could spark up here.
No5 GOODWILL Was a steady $2.90 favourite but had no answer to Richard Of Yorke finishing 8¼ lengths behind in third place over 2400m at Sandown on March 22. Linda Meech is the new rider and drops 3kg to 55kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 THUNDER CONNECTION
No5 JALAN JALAN Has been freshened since her massive run to finish third in the Group 3 Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 4. Gets a change of rider with senior jockey Daniel Stackhouse taking the reins and will carry only 55kg.
No3 WHISTLE BABY Was second-up last Saturday when running a solid fourth to the high flying Bassett in the Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington. Chris Symons keeps the ride and she carries 55kg and jumps from three.
No8 DIAMOND BARONESS Was the $5 favourite before finishing fourth to Turbo Miss in the Group 3 Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 4. Suited under the set-weight and penalties conditions here.
No10 QUILATE Carried 56kg to win over 1400m against her own sex at Sandown on March 15. She was the $3.50 favourite that day and won easily. She carries 55kg here and apprentice Ben Allen is the new rider.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 QUILATE
No3 BROADWAY AND FIRST Jumps up to 60kg after carrying 54kg to win the Mildura Cup (1400m) with Dean Yendall in the saddle on March 12. That was his third win at past five starts and Ben Allen’s claim reduces his weight to 58.5kg.
No7 CANNYESCENT Was racing second-up off a spell and peaked when finishing fifth as a $3 favourite over 1400m at Flemington on March 11. Gets a new rider here with Beau Mertens in the saddle and with his claim carries 56.5kg.
No2 ASHDAM Was disqualified as the winner of the Corowa Cup (1600m) when his rider weighed in light. He did win easy and with Mitchell Aitken’s 3kg claim carries a reasonable 58kg. His form is rock solid.
No11 IRISH OPTIMISM Is an Irish import who has been gelded and will wear a lugging bit for the first time for his Australian debut. Leading trainer Chris Waller has booked Craig Newitt to ride and on his prior form warrants here.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ASHDAM
No1 BURNING FRONT (NEXT BEST BET) Is absolutely flying with five strong wins in a row. Capable of landing sixth straight win here after his brilliant effort over 1600m at Morphettville on March 13. Stable jockey Brad Rawiller replaces Damian Lane and he goes up a kilo to 60.5kg. But he is a strong thoroughbred and capable of handling the weight rise.
No2 HE OR SHE Drops significantly in class and is far better suited here than last start.
No14 PLOT THE COURSE Was never on the track at his last Flemington start but fought hard.
No17 BATTLECAMP Worked home strong at Flemington and is a light-weight chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 PLOT THE COURSE
No1 THEANSWERMYFRIEND Was awesome when racing away to a 4¾-length win over 1400m at Flemington on March 18. Ben Thompson replaces Luke Nolen and no value here at $1.90, but looks the one to beat.
No10 WATERLOO SUNSET (BEST ROUGHIE) Displayed a strong finish down the straight 1100m at Flemington to run fifth on March 11. She gets Michael Dee as the new rider here and is better suited going around a bend. Respect.
No5 MILWAUKEE Was steady at $4.80 when running away to an imposing 2¾-length win over 1400m second up at Pakenham on March 16. She drops from 58kg to 56kg here and is on the improve. Bears thought.
No2 ACHI BABA Failed to rally last start when weakening to finish fifth in the Group 2 Phar Lap (1500m) at Rosehill on March 11. That was second start back from a spell and is down in grade here in Victoria.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 WATERLOO SUNSET
N011 PAY UP BRO This is a deep race. He was held up in traffic and finished off well to land third place as a $2.20 favourite second-up over 1400m at Geelong on March 18. Down 2kg to 54kg and makes appeal.
No7 TOP ME UP Powered home to win in good style over 1400m at Flemington on March 11. He carried 55.5kg that day and has 55kg here. Ace jockey Dwayne Dunn is again at the helm and can be a force.
No6 SADAQA Suffered a few glitches in transit before finishing a closing third to Top Me Up over 1400m at Flemington on March 11. Drops from 59.5kg to 56.5kg here and has Daniel Moor as the new rider.
No9 UNBREAKABLE Is a Godolphin galloper who scored a clever win first-up over 1400m at Sandown on March 15. With apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim will carry a mere 52kg – which is down 6kg on his last win.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 PAY UP BRO