This is the second night meeting to race on the synthetic track here at Pakenham.
There are some track specialists racing here tonight, but with four maidens on the program the races are tough as there is little form in some of the earlier races.
Later there is form on the grass versus form on the synthetic.
The rail is in the true position and with showers forecast the track should prove firm.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 3,4,9 / 2,4 / 2,9 / 3,5,7
Wide Play: 1,3,4,6,7,9 / 2,3,4,5 / 1,2,3,7,9 / 3,5,6,7,12
BEST BET: R7 – 9. THE HOUSEMAID
Next Best Bet: R2 – 3. CHARLTON
Best Roughie: R5 – 3. STREETSHAVENONAME
No3 BLACK BENITA was having only third start and was a good effort fresh to run third over 1300m maiden at Wangaratta on April 6. She is from Team Hayes and gets top jockey Noel Callow to ride in a maiden where there is not much form.
No2 FONTEIN ALI ran home late to claim third place over 1400m in a maiden against her own sex at Sale on April 18. That was second-up from a spell and faces her own sex again here. Drawn on the rail and is a chance.
No6 LET ‘EM HOWL has been most honest of late and rates with claims on her last-start third over 1225m in a fillies’ maiden at Geelong on April 4. She was specked from $31 into $19 that time and this is a soft race.
No7 NIAMH CHINN OIR can improve on her debut effort when finishing fifth over 1100m in a F&M maiden at Stony Creek on April 10. With only seven runners listed in this race and little form to go on, she rates okay.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 LET ‘EM HOWL
No3 CHARLTON (NEXT BEST BET) has been most consistent at six starts for three placings. Has looked to be screaming out for ground and gets it here. Latest ran a solid second over 1717m in a maiden at Sale on April 18. He is rock hard and this looks his race.
No2 ZAPPING came in for support at $3.60 before finishing a sound second over 1800m in a maiden at Warracknabeal on April 18.
No5 SOLAR COASTER is bred to stay and is from an astute betting stable.
No1 WILLING ACCOMPLICE has shown improvement and should be ready for this test.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 SOLAR COASTER
No4 DANGER IN DEVON did enough fresh to suggest here when running home okay to finish fourth over 1400m in a maiden at Ballarat on April 12. Gets ace jockey Katelyn Mallyon to ride and is from a top stable. Blinkers go on.
No6 MUTINEER has been given two trials over 1190m at Cranbourne to have ready for this. Is from the top stable of Ciaron Maher and has Luke Nolen to ride first up. Has ben placed at Geelong last campaign and rates with claims.
No11 RED VELVET SWING she will sport blinkers for the first time and was a solid effort to run seventh over 1600m in a maiden at Bendigo on April 11. She is drawn well in gate five and is from a leading stable.
No5 LIFE OF WALDO with Stephanie Thornton’s 2kg claim will carry 56kg. Good effort to run second over 1620m in a maiden at Donald last start on April 7. Has been placed at three of five starts and makes appeal here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 LIFE OF WALDO
No9 PARIS has had the blinkers removed. Gave a top effort first up to run second over 1200m in a F&M maiden at Colac on December 17. Has appeared in recent jump-out and showed speed and with Luke Nolen on top would respect here.
No3 FRENCH POLITICIAN has been placed at three of five starts. Latest gave a good effort to run third over 1200m in a maiden at Cranbourne on April 7. Jamie Mott keeps the ride and expect to be in the finish.
No8 MOUSAI was a $700,000 yearling purchase at the Sydney Easter sale. She is a product of Coolmore Stud and is from the yard of Team Hayes and gets ace jockey Dwayne Dunn to ride at her debut. Has looked solid at two trials.
No7 HAIRINI REWARD recent form on provincial courses has been sound enough to warrant here. Latest ran well to finish second over 1200m in a maiden here on April 13. Should again show speed from gate five.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 MOUSAI
No1 SPIRIT OR LAGER loves the synthetic track and form has been okay. Latest ran a solid sixth over 1400m at Sandown on March 1. He drops a half kilo to 59.5kg here and Brian Higgins sticks. Tough race but he has form on this surface.
No6 IMPERIAL EMPRESS has been knocking on the door and with apprentice Jack Martin’s 1.5kg claim will carry 54.5kg. Gave a good effort to run second over 1200m at Sale and will have admirers here.
No9 INVINCIBLE JOY gives punters who took the $3.40 favouritism last week when finishing second over 1000m here a chance to get their money back. He loves this surface with a record of three starts for a win and two seconds.
No3 STREETSHAVENONAME (BEST ROUGHIE) was at $21 last week when posting a clever win over 1200m here. This seasoned galloper has been racing well and he drops a kilo to 58kg for his rise in class. Will charge home.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 STREERTSHAVENONAME
No2 DELIGHTFUL SON is going to improve on fifth over 1400m on April 6. Georgina Cartwright’s 2kg claim sees him carry 58kg here and the rise up to 2200m will suit. He loves the synthetic track and is a dandy over this distance.
No4 FONTEIN LAD this youngster is looking to avenge his last-start defeat when finishing third as a $3.50 in the Galilee Final (2400m) at Caulfield on April 8. Nikita Beriman goes back on replacing Thomas Sadler.
No3 CASTA came in for good support when backed from $18 into $12 before finishing third over 2060m at Cranbourne last Friday night. That was a good effort and is race fit for his quick back up here.
No5 KENRIC hails from the stable of Chris Waller and won with authority over 2000m at Donald on April 7. He gets a change of rider with Craig Newitt taking the reins here and drops a half kilo to 58.5kg. Respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 KENRIC
No9 THE HOUSEMAID (BEST BET) has given two solid runs at two starts this preparation. Latest ran home well to land fifth over 1400m against her own sex at Bendigo. She gets apprentice Ben Allen to ride again and carries 55.5kg and has a perfect record at this track of one start for one win. She looks ready for this step up in class and is rock hard.
No1 DREADED lost ground and would draw a line through his last start. Blinkers go back on.
No3 ALL OUT OF LOVE has an unblemished record of one start for one win on this surface.
No2 VIBRANCE she will be fitter for her first-up run and has a record of two starts for two wins on this surface.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 VIBRANCE
No3 ABERRATION is a Godolphin-trained gelding who broke the ice in style with a smart win over 1400m in a maiden at Cranbourne on April 7. Andrew Mallyon keeps the ride and though he goes up in class is worth watching.
No7 NIGHT QUEEN has been racing well and has a good record on the Synthetic track here. Latest ran a solid fourth over 1200m here on April 12. With Mitchell Aitken’s 2kg claim will carry 56.5kg and hails from a top stable.
No5 CLOCKWORK ORANGE has shown enough to warrant here. She gets senior rider Mark Zahra replacing apprentice Jake Bayliss, but goes up 6.5kg for her drop in class on ninth at Caulfield over 1100m on April 15.
No12 JUNIOR BURGER had some excuses last start before finishing fourth over 1300m at Stawell on April 16. Gets senior rider Luke Currie replacing apprentice Ben Allen and has a perfect record on this surface.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 JUNIOR BURGER