Victoria’s premier trainer has assembles a powerful arsenal for the three days of this carnival in a bid to become the “Bool’s” top dog.
He has strong runners in most of the races ranging from the maidens, into the hurdles and the feature sprints.
The track is tipped to be a Heavy 8 but with the weather forecast to be fine hopefully it can dry out a little.
This is the second day and the rail is again at the true position, but it could be cut up after ten races on Tuesday.
QUADDIES (races 7,8,9,10)
Skinny Play: 4,5,11 / 1,4,6,15 / 3,9,10,11 / 3,5,7,10
Wide Play: 2,4,5,7,9,10,11 / 1,2,3,4,6,7,9,15 / 2,3,4,6,9,10,11,12 / 1,3,5,7,9,10
BEST BET: R6 – 6. RENEW
Next Best Bet: R5 – 10. SOMETHING TO SHARE
Best Roughie: R8 – 15. CHASE THE HORIZON
R1 – 11.20am. Optus Shop Warrnambool Maiden – 1400m.
No1 CAPE SOUNION Was a $3.20 favourite before running second over 1200m in a maiden here at sole start on November 3. Gets top jockey Andrew Mallyon to ride here first-up and meets a mild maiden field.
No2 KIWIA is a three-year-old son of staying sire Reset making his debut. Did not show much at sole trial when finishing eighth over 800m at Cranbourne on April 3. Has had a month of further conditioning and would keep a close watch.
No3 MACKARCHIE Will wear a tongue tie at his debut. Not much to go with no public trials, but this three-year-old is bred to run a distance and he does strike a hot field here. Gets a chance.
No5 TIMOR GOLD Has blinkers fitted at debut. He is by good sire Barely A Moment and has drawn well in gate two to get a soft run. This is not a strong race.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 KIWIA
No4 EUROMAN has been placed twice at two starts. Latest ran a sound second over 1800m in a maiden at Waracknabeel on April 15. He is from the stables of record-breaking trainer Darren Weir and from gate four gets a soft run.
No10 ISABELI will be suited back on rain affected ground after running a solid fifth over 1600m in a F&M maiden at Cranbourne on April 7. Gets the services of top jockey Craig Williams this time around and rates highly.
No8 CELESTIAL JEWEL has shown rapid improvement at two starts this campaign. Latest ran second over 1450m against her own sex in a maiden at Kilmore on April 13. Makes appeal here.
No1 ALJAMAAL form this campaign has been rock solid in this class. Latest ran fourth over 1400m in a maiden at Ballarat on April 12. Jamie Mott keeps the ride and should be in the leading division.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 AJAMAAL
No1 BIT OF A LAD had no luck before finishing strongly to run fifth in an 1800m maiden at Warracknabeel on April 15. This is against his own age and has top provincial rider Dean Yendall to steer here.
No10 TRULY HIGH was steady in the betting before finishing a good third over 1400m in a 3yo maiden at Bendigo on April 19. Stable jockey Brad Rawiller rides and he gives trainer Darren Weir a strong hand with stable-mate Bit Of A Lad.
No12 MILLIE THE MISSILE gets the services of hot jockey Damian Lane here after finishing fifth as a $2.30 favourite against her own sex in a 1600m maiden at Cranbourne on April 21. Has appeal.
No6 FLAG TIME was hampered badly first-up when finishing fourth over 1600m in a maiden at Kilmore on April 13. Lacks nothing in horsemanship here with Craig Williams taking the reins.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 FLAG TIME
No1 WANNON WARRIOR yet to yield this campaign at three starts. Latest he won in style over 1200m at Warracknabeel on April 15. He drops a kilo to 60kg and gets new rider Andrew Mallyon to steer and can keep his untarnished record going here.
No8 SNIPER has been freshened since finishing fifth over 1600m at Moonee Valley on March 17. Likes to go well fresh and does handle the sting out of the ground. Will be hunting for the top spot.
No4 KELLSTORM Has won and been placed at five starts overseas. This son of Galileo is making his Australian debut here for OTI Racing and is the stable of top trainer Darren Weir. Would expect a forward showing.
No5 PACODALI is an Irish bred impost also having his first Australian start for Darren Weir. There are no public trials to go by but would expect him to be forward for this event.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 KELLSTORM
No10 SOMETHING TO SHARE (NEXT BEST BET) ran a cracking third in the Stawell Cup (2000m) last start on April 16 after meeting a good maiden hurdle field and finishing runner up over3200m at Bendigo on April 11. Racing in stellar form and trainer Dane Smith has taken the blinkers off for his return to the jumps. Looks hard to beat.
No5 BRING BACK showed excellent form in the trials over the jumps. He will be improved on his debut fourth over the jumps.
No7 MARTONG strolled to an eight-length win over 2400m in a hurdle trial here on April 26. That was on a Heavy 10 and strikes another rain soaked track.
No3 BERNING DESIRE has shown jumping ability in the past and is from a respected yard.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 MARTONG
No6 RENEW (BEST BET) has been a dominant winner over the jumps at Warrnambool and Oakbank. He hails from the stables of Darren Weir, who has targeted the “Bool” with his big team of horses and will be at backable odds here after starting in the red at both of his previous starts. Weir has his stable jumps rider John Allen to steer and expect another strong performance.
No1 ARCH FIRE thrashed his rivals over the jumps at Pakenham last start. The danger.
No4 HONEY STEEL’S GOLD he was racing well before falling last start at Oakbank.
No2 ANGELOLOGY Impressive winner in a feature hurdle at Oakbank and rates well.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ANGELOLOGY
No11 ZOLANI blasted his rivals by 1¾ lengths when resuming with a strong win over 1200m here on March 30. He only goes up a kilo to 57.5kg and Linda Meech keeps the ride. Makes strong appeal again here.
No5 FORTIFY earned a hard fought second-up win over 1170m in a maiden at Wangaratta on March 31. Noel Callow is the new rider and has plenty of upside after finishing runner-up at debut at the same track.
No9 THE PASSAGE scored an outstanding maiden win in the provincials before finishing seventh over 1200m at Sandown on April 17. Is another warrior from the yard of Darren Weir aimed at this carnival and will be strong.
No4 ANGASI never gave up when chasing home the winner to finish second over 1200m at Sandown on April 17. Meets The Passage again here a half kilo worse 57.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 THE PASSAGE
No1 JUNGLE EDGE has been placed twice at Group 1 level in Sydney. Also stormed home on a bog track in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes up there. Comes here with sensational form and loves the wet tracks.
No6 YESTERDAY’S SONGS last year’s winner of this race and chasing successive victories. Ran a fair eight over 1000m at Caulfield on April 8. Likes the wet tracks and could improve sharply.
No9 TELOPEA has top jockey Craig Williams riding her first-up here. Not raced since finishing fourth in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes at Flemington on October 2. Has a great first-up record.
No15 CHASE THE HORIZON (BEST ROUGHIE) ran a solid third over 1100m at Caulfield on April 15. That was first-up when unable to bridge the gap on speedster Miss Vista and will be improved.
VALUE RUNNER: No15 CHASE THE HORIZON
No3 JOSE WALES loves the wet tracks and his home track here. Has won twice and been placed twice at his four starts at the “Bool” and also has a fabulous first-up record to boot. Strong chance.
No2 MONEY CHASER most solid effort to run second first-up off a 32-day break over 1120m at Geelong last December. Has a fair first-up record and carries 59.5kg with the claim of apprentice.
No9 INN KEEPER has looked imposing with two wins and a placing at three starts. Latest won easily over 1125m at Geelong on April 4. Linda Meech keeps the ride.
No11 CRYSTAL PISTOL resumed with a good third over 1000m here on March 30. Has won twice and been placed twice at four starts this track and has been reserved for this race.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 CRYSTAL PISTOL
No5 HIGH LAGO ran a great race to finish fourth first up over 1500m at Bendigo on April 19. Has a superior second-up record and has been set for this race by trainer Darren Weir. Respect.
No7 SET THE BAR HIGH dwelt at the start when finishing ninth at Flemington over 1400m on April 25. Was never in the race after botching the start and can redeem.
No10 ALMALITA has done enough to warrant on rain soaked tracks at past two starts including an eighth over 2060m at Cranbourne on April 21. Is from a top Sydney stable and bears thought.
No3 READY RIGHT NOW blinkers come off after tailing the field 2233m at last start at Geelong on December 15. Goes well fresh with a win and a third at three starts.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 READY RIGHT NOW