This is a tough meeting with the rail out at eight metres and a lot of newcomers in the early races.
Premier trainer Darren Weir looks set to continue his great form of late with a strong line-up of candidates.
The weather is forecast to be fine and the track is rated as a Good 4.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,3,5,8 / 6,9,11,13 / 1,5,6 / 1,4,7,10
Wide Play: 1,2,3,5,7,8,10 / 6,7,8,9,11,13,15 / 1,3,5,7,9,10 / 1,2,4,6,7,10,11
BEST BET: R4 – 6. MISS SHRIMPTON
Next Best Bet: R7 – 5.BEE JAY ZED
Best Roughie: R6 – 6. JIMMIAN
No2 GIN ATOMIC scored a smart debut second over 1100m in a3yo maiden at Warnambool on March 17. New rider is apprentice Jordan Childs but he has no claim here and will ride at the posted weight on 57kg. Tough race to start but has exposed form.
No11 SILENT SUNDAY is a first starter for leading trainer Darren Weir who has prepared over 320 winners so far this season. Only exposed form was a year ago but has the hot jockey Dean Yendall to ride and will be primed.
No3 HELUVA DIVA is the stablemate to Silent Sunday and pay to keep a watch on. She showed improvement second-up when third over 985m at Cranbourne on November 25. Has Group 1-winning jockey Damian Lane to ride.
No4 HONOLULU LASS is a daughter of leading sire Hinchinbrook and did trial well when running second over 1000m at Tatura on April 4. Gets top jockey Luke Nolen to ride at her debut here and should be tuned up for this.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 HONOLULU LASS
No3 GRANDIOSO was a cheapie at $75,000 at the Sydney Easter Sale last year. Looked good at a recent jump out at Flemington and is a product of Lee and Anthony Freedman so will be tuned for this. Tough race as many debutantes and betting is the best guide.
No7 CAPTAIN HARRY came in for strong backing from $21 into $11 at debut when finishing second-last over 1121m at Geelong on December 4. Hails from the Darren Weir camp and has top rider Dean Yendall to steer. Keep very safe.
No10 CRYSTAL WINGS was well supported from $5 into $4.40 last start when running seventh in a 2yo maiden at Cranbourne on March 31. Has a gear change with blinkers her new apparel and is third-up here so will be fit now.
No4 INDIAN THUNDER was a $140,000 yearling graduate out of last year’s premier Easter sale. He is a stablemate to Captain Harry and while his trial was only fair on April 3 but he has had heaps of time to improve and does have Brad Rawiller to ride.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 CAPTAIN HARRY
No8 TRULY HIGH was well liked at his sole two starts last campaign. Was backed into a $1.60 favourite but found the winner too strong when second over 1600m in a maiden at Swan Hill on November 7. Returns here and has Brad Rawiller to ride.
No4 PRAY FOR US has the pace to be up on the pace and is now rock solid with two placings from three starts. Latest ran well to claim second over 1400m in a maiden at Ballarat on March 26. Chris Symons keeps the ride.
No11 STRATISFREE gets Damian Lane back on top after was ridden by Daniel Stackhouse when running third over 1406m at Benella on March 25. That was his third placing from his past four starts and makes appeal despite alley (11).
No3 PATRIOT DAY did enough at his debut to warrant here when finishing fourth over 1200m in a 3yo maiden at Ballarat on April 2. Looks like he will relish the extra ground here and gets a new rider with Daniel Moor to take the reins.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 PATRIOT DAY
No6 MISS SHRIMPTON (BEST BET) came back to racing with a stylish ¾-length win over 1200m at Warnambool on March 30. She gets the in-form Andrew Mallyon to ride here at her attempt to land a fourth straight win. She drops a kilo to 58kg here and looks at good odds at $5.50 in the early betting picture. The stable also is in-form.
No5 KANSAS SUNFLOWER has been working well enough to the wire and respect.
No2 MICK’S HUSTLER should appreciate the return to a firmer track and is worthy of thought.
No4 DON’T WE LOVE IT won at Yarra Valley before dropped back a 100m in distance and is a chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 MICK’S HUSTLER
No1 SHAKOPEE is an English import trained by English trainer Matthew Cumani and gave a good impression at Australian debut with his fifth over 2000m at Mornington on March 25. Has won over this trip back at home and would respect.
No5 IT’S A SILVERTRAIL is one of three runners top trainer Darren Weir has running in this race. He looks to be set to range high on his last start win over 2400m here on April 11. Brad Rawiller replaces John Allen as the new rider.
No8 UNFURL is a stablemate to It’s A Silvertail and looms with good claims. Latest ran a solid ninth in the Mornington Cup (2400m) on March 25. Gets a new rider with Dean Yendall replacing apprentice Ben Allen and will have followers.
No3 OUR LUCKY OMENS has been most reliable and again rates with claims. Latest ran on fair when finishing third over 2000m at Ballarat on April 2. Gets Jamie Mott to ride on the same weight on 58.5kg and from gate eight should sit back and pounce home.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 OUR LUCKY OMENS
No13 SAVAJU makes appeal when in stronger company he ran second over 1100m here on April 1. Gets a change of rider with Stephen Baster the new pillion and goes up 2kg for his downgrade in class. Has won twice and been placed once at four starts here.
No11 ZAMZAM is a 3yo filly who found it way too hot at Flemington at her last start on November 1. She is far better suited to this grade and has a 50 per-cent first-up record and with Dwayne Dunn to ride for Team Hayes expect a forward showing.
No9 GIBBON should find this race more to liking than when running second over 1000m first-up at Mornington on March 25. Jordan Childs is the new rider but he has no claim here. With a run under his belt expect him to be running for the money.
No6 JIMMIAN (BEST ROUGHIE) draw a line through his last two starts because he struck rain affected ground. He gets top rider Andrew Mallyon to ride here and he is from an in-form stable. He has a great first-up record of two wins and a third at four starts.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 JIMMIAN
No5 BEE JAY ZED (NEXT BEST BET) was backed from $12 into $8.50 before finishing second first-up over 1400m at Ballarat on April 2. Gets the Group 1 winning jockey Damian Lane to ride here and has a solid second-up record of three starts for a win. He will box seat and is sure to be in the dogfight for the major prize. Having Lane on top is a big bonus.
No1 HEZA DUDE cops a 2kg penalty for his brilliant 1½-length win over 1300m at Geelong on March 28. He will carry 60.5kg here but has regular rider Patrick Maloney.
No9 STATTON gets some major gear changes with the ear muffs and winkers off and a Norton bit and tongue tie go on after his last start seventh over 1517m at Moonee Valley on February 10.
No11 SPANISH LOVE she is capable of racing well fresh and is a product of trainer Darren Weir.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 SPANISH LOVE
No7 ZOLANI looms as a most talented filly with a good record. Returned in style with a 1½-length win over 1200m at Warnambool on March 30. She looks capable of handling the extra 2kg to 58.5kg here and gets new rider Luke Nolen to steer.
No10 FROMPARIS WITHLOVE is another 3yo filly with ability. She had support backed from $9 to $6.50 before finishing third over 1300m at Sandown on March 29. She gets Stephen Baster to ride and she drops a half kilo to 56kg here.
No4 PROANE gets the blinkers going back on here. She is from the astute stables of Team Hawkes and he will improve on his sixth over 1600m at Sandown on April 5. He is a former Sydney galloper who is now acclimatized to Victoria and has Dwayne Dunn to ride.
No1 ARCHERY PEAK is an English import making his debut for the re-settled Matthew Cumani. From three starts back home has a win and a third over the metric mile. He is the equal top weight on 60.5kg but well worth having a good look at here at his Australian debut.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 PRO ANE