Fans have been waiting all year for this carnival.
The Warrnambool or “Bool” carnival is one of Australia’s biggest racing carnivals on the calendar.
Leading Victorian and local trainer Darren Weir has a big team of gallopers geared up to assault this combination of flat and jumps racing over the famous three consecutive days of racing.
The recent heavy rain has the track classified as a Heavy 8 but with some clearing weather the track may be upgraded.
The weather is cool with a maximum in the low 20s. The rail will be at the true position for the opening day.
QUADDIES (races 7,8,9,10)
Skinny Play: 1,3,7 / 1,5,7,9 / 6,9,10,11 / 5,7,13,14
Wide Play: 1,3,6,7,11 / 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10 / 5,6,8,9,10,11,13,14 / 1,2,5,7,8,12,13,14
BEST BET: R5 – 1. JE SUIS TYCOON
Next Best Bet: R9 – 9. GALLIC CHIEFTAINBest Roughie: R9 – 10. TICK TICK BLOOM
No7 REFECTORY has been in excellent form this preparation and ready to fire over the jumps after an impressive win in the Marathon Final (4000m) at Caulfield on April 22. Respect.
No1 ALL WELL has looked imposing at his trials over the jumps and comes here off a good second on the flat over 2200m at Ballarat on April 24. Hails from an astute stable and keeps most safe.
No5 HALE SORIANO was outclassed by Boom Time when running ninth over 2450m at Caulfield on April 15. Since completed a trial over the jumps where he performed stylishly to win by six-lengths here on April 26.
No9 TROUBLE BOUND was at double figure odds when ran a sound second in a 3200m maiden hurdle at Pakenham on April 23. Maiden galloper who does make some appeal here.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 TROUBLE BOUND
No1 ANCIENT KING looked impressive at his win in a maiden trial hurdle over 2400m at Warrnambool on April 26. This Irish bred stayer is from the yard of top trainer Darren Weir and has top jumps rider John Allen to steer.
No3 DURNFORD was well supported from $11 into $8.50 when finishing s smart third over 3225m in a maiden hurdle here on March 30. He is bred to handle the wet and will stay all day and would respect here.
No10 UNABASHED raced on the pace before pushed wide and finishing seventh over 2150m at Terang on April 23. He has been racing fairly on the flat and did perform okay at his two trials over the jumps beforehand.
No4 HE’S A GENIUS raced well to finish second in a maiden hurdle here two starts ago. Latest raced on the flat to finish seventh over 2700m at Stawell on April 16. Good effort over the jumps in a recent trial here on April 23.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 UNABASHED
No13 PEARL DE VERE was outgunned by the winner but gave a solid effort to run second at her debut in an 1100m Fillies maiden at Bendigo on April 19. Jarrod Fry rides again and will strip fitter.
No6 SPEEDY ILLUSION has been knocking on the door and gets his chance here on his last-start second over 1100m in a maiden at Ballarat on April 16. Drawn well in gate seven.
No9 CONWOMAN has been placed at her two country starts. Latest ran second over 1300m against her own sex in a maiden at Stawell on October 18. Looms with good chances.
No4 MAXEY CAMPO is a nicely bred 3yo gelding who is making his debut. Has a good jockey in Andrew Mallyion and drawn well in six. Take on trust.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 MAXEY CAMPO
No7 POPPIHOLLA gets a very neat drop of 3.5kg in weight down to 54kg on his last-start second over 2400m at Bendigo on April 11. Gets leading country rider Dean Yendall to ride and hard to beat.
No1 OUR LUCKY OMENS was easy in the betting at $9, but ran on well to finish second over 2400m at Bendigo on April 19. Jamie Mott keeps the ride and runs with 58.5kg again. Has claims.
No2 LORD FANDANGO was discarded by punters when eased out to $51 but defied his odds to win over 2000m at Ballarat on April 2. He is a German-bred import who has had two Australian starts and can improve further.
No4 MARCKS MAHA had posted three good wins on country tracks before last start fifth over 3400m at Sandown on April 5. He gets top jockey Damian Lane to ride here and would give another chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 MARCKS MAHA
No1 JE SUIS TYCOON (BEST BET) gets the Group 1 winning jockey Regan Bayliss as his new rider. Can repay his backers who took the $4.80 favouritism when finishing seventh to Pure Scot over 1200m at Caulfield on April 22. He had no luck in running that day when tightened and squeezed up in running. He gets a critical change of gear with a tongue-tie going on for the first time here.
No7 BYERLEY DIVA gets top jockey Damien Oliver to ride and will be fitter on debut good effort.
No3 WIRED lunged to post a close win at Pakenham at debut. Would respect here.
No2 SHE’S OUR GIFT she was an easy maiden winner second-up and gets to wear blinkers for the first time.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 BYERLEY DIVA
No1 ZED EM has been in sensational form over the jump courses and looks hard to beat. He has won at his past two starts here at South Australia’s Oakbank on the Easter weekend. He is trained by Patrick Payne and will be rock hard for this.
No3 NOW AND ZEN won a trial over the jumps before going to Oakbank where he performed admirably to run second in the Classic Hurdle 3600m on the Easter weekend. Drop 1.5kg to 65.5kg.
No5 GOLD MEDALS won the Terang Cup (2350m) in brilliant style to show he is on key for this race on April 23. That will have him ready for this assignment and has proven competitive over the jumps in the past.
No6 ABOUT THE JOURNEY was a good effort to run second over 3200m in a hurdle at Pakenham on April 23. He is trained by the jumps guru Eric Musgrove and will be ready for this one.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 ABOUT THE JOURNEY
No3 BUMGARNER was backed from $4.60 into $3.70 before posting a clever debut win in an 1100m 3yo maiden at Ballarat on April 12. Gets the talented jockey Regan Bayliss as his new pilot and respect.
No7 MISS BENEDETTA she won two straight in the country last campaign. She is bound to be fitter on her first-up second over 1100m at Stawell on April 16. She gets Dean Yendall to ride again and goes up 3kg to 58.5kg for her rise in class.
No1 KING OF THE ARK has won at two of his three starts. Was a good winner at his last start on October 15 over 1100m at Bendigo. Apprentice Trent Germaine’s 3kg claim sees him on 58.5kg.
No6 SHORTSPRESSO has a sound first-up record and resumes here from a 240-day spell. Gets top jockey Damian Lane to ride the gelding here and has a fabulous record on rain-affected tracks.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 SHORTSPRESSO
No1 EQUIETTO has a great first-up record and did trial well in preparation for this finishing second over 800m at Cranbourne on April 3. Apprentice Jordan Grob’s 3kg claim drops his weight to a comfortable 57.5kg
No5 LOS CABOS is the stablemate to Equietto and can give trainer Darren Weir the quinella. Latest ran seventh over 1400m at Flemington on August 6. Has been gelded during his long break and has shown ability in the past.
No9 SAVE ME NED is a lightly-raced filly who can show improvement on her first-up third over 1050m at Oakbank on April 17. She will strip fitter here and gets regular rider Linda Meech back to steer.
No10 BRING ME LUCK was a $3.10 favourite when finishing third over 1200m against her own sex at Hamilton on November 28. She has finished in the money at three of her seven starts and she could be worth thought fresh.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 SAVE ME NED
No9 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (NEXT BEST BET) is a French import who has impressed at his short career in Australia. He won well at his last start over 2250m at Morphettville on January 7 and was turned out for a light break by ace trainer Darren Weir. Trainer’s No. 1 country rider Dean Yendall rides and he drops a kilo to 56.5kg here. Expect to be charging home.
No6 OUR BOTTINO he likes this track and drops a kilo to 57.5kg here.
No11 LADY SELKIRK has been placed twice at three starts at this track. Chance.
No10 TICK TICK BLOOM (BEST ROUGHIE) made a great debut at Caulfield and gives Darren Weir a strong hand.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 TICK TICK BLOOM
No7 BOSS CONI spread-eagled his rivals cruising to a three-length win over 1100m at Hamilton on April 21. It was another 3¼ lengths back to the third placed horse that day. He is sure to be well fancied here.
No13 SINGLERAINE she has been most consistent and comes here off an imposing win over 1200m at sale on April 18. She will be well fancied again but the gate in 15 is a setback to her claims.
No12 BELARUSKI seasoned mare who rises in class but finished most strongly to claim second over 1100m at Penola on April 16. She makes each-way appeal.
No5 ROYAL ACE was a $3.30 favourite and was caught up in traffic before finishing eighth over 1100m at Stawell on April 16. He is only a 3yo and he has plenty of upside. Drawn well in gate three.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BELRUSKI