After the downpour on the weekend which saw the latter races at Caulfield abandoned the track is predicted to be a Heavy 8.
Hopefully some fine weather persists and the track can be upgraded. The rail will be at the 15 metres from the 600m to the winning post and at the true position for the remainder.
Fine weather is forecast.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,4,5 / 2,11 / 7,11,13 / 6
Wide Play: 1,3,4,5 / 2,4,6,7,11 / 6,7,8,11,13 / 2,4,6,9,13
BEST BET: R8 – 6. SANDHURST DELIGHT
Next Best Bet: R4 – 4. THINK BABE
Best Roughie: R7 – 8. ALMONTEEL
No7 LADY KOOCACHOO having blinkers fitted for the first time could be the key here. Her form has been first class and was three deep before finishing a close third over 1400m in this class at Pakenham on March 30. Luke Nolen is the new rider.
No1 ANNATA LADY gave a fair effort last start when boxed seated but was out-kicked to finish sixth over 1400m in a maiden here on April 2. Brad Rawiller replaces Harry Coffey and will have her admirers as she has been honest.
No8 MOJESTIC was first up off a 147-day break when finished steadily without threatening the winner to run fourth over 1411m in a fillies and mares’ maiden at Seymour on March 23. Patrick Maloney rides again and drawn the rail.
No5 KASTOR has been placed at all of her three starts and should again be in the action. Latest ran a solid second over 1411m in a F&M maiden at Seymour on March 23. Has a superior draw in gate six and respect again.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 ANNATA LADY
Warnambool on August 25. Top rider Dean Yendall rides for Darren Weir and respect despite draw in gate 10.
No8 SNOWY BLACK has been placed at three of four starts and ran a solid fifth over 1200m in a maiden at Pakenham at his last start on February 9. Luke Currie is replaced by Michael Dee. Was backed from $15 into $6 last time.
No5 MR INTEGRITY chased steadily when finishing sixth over 1300m in a maiden at Stawell on December 10. Gets Brad Rawiller to ride first-up here and is sure to have followers from a good alley in six.
No9 SOLO HEART is a well-bred gelding from the stables of Chris Waller making debut. Latest trial ran a handy third over 900m at Rosehill on October 20. Craig Newitt rides at his debut and suggest to watch the market.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 SNOWY BLACK
No2 GENETICS was well supported at second start from $11 into $7 before finishing on well to run fourth over 1200m in a maiden here on March 26. Gets a change of rider with Luke Nolen taking the reins. This is an open maiden.
No1 ALJAMAAL has been honest and pay to respect on his last start third over 1200m in a maiden here on April 2. Jamie Mott keeps the ride and drawn in the centre in seven gets an even chance on a rain-affected track.
No7 GABRIEL is a well-bred three-year-old by Lonhro who finished sixth at his sole public trial over 742m at Randwick on August 16. Brought to Victoria for his debut and is not here for a picnic. Hails from a good stable.
No6 DANGER IN DEVON showed pace at a recent Flemington jump out and would respect first-up. Has the Group 1 winning rider Katelyn Mallyon to ride from a rails draw and has raced on Soft ground.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 DANGER IN DEVON
No4 THINK BABE (NEXT BEST BET) was super impressive at winning his maiden over 1300m at Warnambool on February 23. That was only his second start and romped home by eight-lengths for jockey Dean Yendall. Will have the Darren Weir polish here and should be short after starting at $1.90 last time. The sole query is the rain-effected going.
No9 ORANGE RIVER has been on the money at his two runs back from a spell.
No10 HENPECKER trialled well over 1190m at Cranbourne and is ready for this first-up.
No5 ZAGAYA was backed from $7 into $4.50 before a slashing first-up win at Geelong.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 HENPECKER
No1 AL SHAMEEL has finished inside the first four placings at past five starts. Latest carried 61kg as a $3 favourite to run a fighting second over 2046m here on March 25. Get Ryan Maloney to ride and can handle a rain-affected track.
No4 SCRAPS is a NSW-trained galloper who won over 2400m at Geelong this campaign. Latest chased steadily to run eighth over 1800m at Sandown on March 29. Chris Symons keeps the ride and should be at nice odds here.
No3 WINSTON LEGACY had no answer to the winner but battled on okay to run third over 1800m at Sandown on March 15. Brian Higgins replaces top jockey Dwayne Dunn but has been doing enough to warrant.
No5 TOAN THANG broke the ice in style with a win over 1700m in a maiden at his sixth start at Geelong on March 18. He was backed from $11 into $5.50 that day and can handle the rise in class here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 TOAN THANG
No11 SEBRING’S JOY looks to be suited on the soft going here. Latest ran on well before run came to an end late and finished fourth over 1100m against her own sex at Seymour on March 23. Dean Yendall rides again and drops 2kg to 57kg.
No2 HE’S THE SHERIFF has won at two of his past four starts and finished in the top placings at his past five runs. Latest ran home nicely to run second over 1000m at Warnambool on March 20. With Chelsea Hall’s 1.5kg claim he carries 59kg.
No6 I’M TOO HOT has finished inside the money at three of his past four starts. Latest ran a solid third over 1000m at Sandown on March 22. Gets a critical riding change with Damien Oliver replacing Jamie Mott here.
No7 MR OPTIMISTIC has a fair first-up record of three starts for two thirds. Was warmed up for this with a solid third over 800m on soft going at Cranbourne on April 3. Jake Noonan rides for his father Tony.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 I’M TOO HOT
No11 VELLASTAR was a $2.50 favourite when running away to a ¾-length win over 1400m here on March 21. That was on a Soft 7 and strikes rain-affected going again here. Michael Dee rides and drops 5kg to 54.4kg.
No13 MURPHY has Ben Allen replacing Beau Mertens and chased hard but failed to rein in the winner Vellastar over 1400m here on March 21. Drops 4.5kg to 54kg here and looms as the major threat again from barrier four.
No7 GUIZOT is a lightly raced Irish import who began his Australian career with a stylish but narrow win over 1400m at Sandown as an $18 chance. Gets an important riding change with Damien Oliver as the new pilot.
No8 ALAMONTEEL (BEST ROUGHIE) gave a fair effort to run fourth over 1411m here on March 25. Gets senior jockey Katelyn Mallyon replacing a 2kg apprentice and drops 2kg on the weight he carried last time to 55.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 ALAMONTEEL
No6 SANDHURST DELIGHT (BEST BET) loves this distance and is bred to handle the soft going. Was steaming home to snatch third place over 1300m at Sandown on March 15. Has been kept fresh for this and has the services of ace rider Dwayne Dunn again. He carries 59kg and is perfectly drawn in gate three to obtain a soft passage through-out.
No13 RAIN FAST she thrives on rain-soaked tracks and will be storming home late.
No5 MAGNA ROSSA she comes off a decent last start and will wear blinkers for the first time.
No2 CARLINGFORD had won two in a row before last-start flop. Pay to forgive.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 CARLINGFORD