This is a very tough meeting with wide-open races on the eight-event card.
The rail will be at the ten-metre position for the entire circuit. The track is rated a Soft 6 and hopefully won’t deteriorate. Fine weather is forecast, but temperatures are low so there won’t be a lot of drying.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8,)
Skinny Play: 3,6 / 1 / 1,2,8 / 4,5,10
Wide Play: 3,5,6,8,9,10 / 1,3,7,8,9,10 / 1,2,8,9,12,14,16 / 1,4,5,6,10,11,13
BEST BET: R5 – 6. CHATEAU CHEVAL
Next Best Bet: R6 – 1 THINK BABEBest Roughie: R2 – 4. DALEGETY
No3 DANCE FOR ME faces stiff opposition but she commands respect on her win at Bendigo three starts ago. Latest ran a sound fourth over 1600m here on April 5. Apprentice Jordan Grob’s 3kg claim reduces her impost to a far more comfortable 58kg.
No8 FOUR SISTERS ran a fantastic race first-up to run second over 1200m on a bog track at Cranbourne on April 28. Gets Jake Bayliss’ 2kg claim to reduce her weight down to 57.5kg and makes strong appeal in a deep event.
No7 DIAPASON Can’t fault her form with a tenacious debut win over 1100m at Sale in a maiden on April 18. Top Melbourne jockey Craig Newitt keeps the ride but she does jump 3kg to 59.5kg here. Big rise in weight but meets her own sex and would respect.
No1 CHLOE’S COMET The blinkers go back on after her sixth over 1600m here on April 17. She was well liked at $3.30 and gave her backers a decent fight but found the opposition too strong. Gets Beau Mertens’ 1.5kg claim to reduce her weight to 61kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 DANCE FOR ME
No4 DALGETY (BEST ROUGHIE) smashed his opposition by 3¼ lengths over 1400m on a heavy 9 in a maiden here on April 26. Has a record of three starts for a win and a third and goes up a kilo on his win to 59kg. Gets a new rider with Beau Mertens to steer but he has no claim.
No3 PHARRELL has been great for the novelty punters finishing third at his past three starts. Latest ran a sound third over 1717m at sale on April 18. Carries 60.5kg again but has a wide gate in 15 to cross from. Each-way chance.
No2 CROCODILE SHOES Is an OTI Syndications import from the Northern Hemisphere making his Australian debut. Gets top Melbourne jockey Craig Williams to ride from gate 10 and has had a hit-out at Mornington. Should be flourishing home.
No6 THE ULTIMATUM resumed from a spell with a solid second over 1600m at Pakenham on April 20. Has a share of weight to carry again on 59kg but would expect him to strip fitter for the start and is worth thought here.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 DALGETY
No9 WORLD OF HOPE has Ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim to reduce her weight to 52.5kg here. She ran a good second to Nasdex over 1000m here on April 23. That was first-up and she has a solid second-up record too.
No1 SECRET BLEND has the blinkers going on and the tongue-tie coming off after last of 14 over 1100m at Caulfield on April 15. Also gets a riding change with apprentice Ben Allen riding. His 1.5kg claim reduces his weight to 58kg.
No3 THE DYNAMO won here over 1000m before going over the Caulfield where he was outsprinted by Miss Vista when finishing fifth over 1100m on April 15. No Miss Vista here and gets his chances in an open affair from gate two.
No4 AUNTY MO ran a strong fifth to Grey Street over 1100m at Caulfield on April 15. That was fresh off a 35-day break. Gets Jordan Childs to ride and his 1.5kg claim reduces her impost to a comfortable 57kg. She has heaps of speed.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 WORLD OF HOPE
No1 DIVINE CHILLS jumps from 58.5kg to 61kg for last-start win. However did chase hard to beat her own sex narrowly but in tenacious style over 1200m here on a Heavy 8 on April 26. Has been so honest and must rate again right up with the best chances.
No2 SHARING won here four starts ago and has been freshened up for this challenge. Latest ran fourth over 1200m at Cranbourne on April 7. Jamie Mott replaces Billy Egan and would keep her most safe at her return to this track.
No3 WEATHER THE STORM plummets in class on her last run at Caulfield where she struck French Emotion and did a good job to finish a close eight over 1400m on April 22. Ben Thomspon’s 1.5kg claim drops her weight to 59kg.
No5 MOONLOVER is a filly who has shown ability and did win Cranbourne two starts ago. Latest she ran a handy sixth over 1100m at Caulfield on April 22. This is her third start back from a spell and is now primed up for this challenge.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 SHARING
No6 CHATEAU CHEVAL (BEST BET) gets her chance to break through with a good win after being very promising at recent starts. Latest ran a good second against her own sex over 1200m here on April 26. She gets the in-form Regan Bayliss on top and will carry only a kilo more than she did last start on 58.5kg – where she had a 3kg apprentice to steer. Big chance.
No9 CHIPPENHAM is a model of consistency and will sport visors on for the first time.
No5 CALENDAR LAD exploded to an imposing win at Pakenham last start. Chance again.
No3 SEARCH SQUAD has been so honest and was rewarded for his form with a win here last start on a bog track.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 CALENDAR LAD
No1 THINK BABE (NEXT BEST BET) she struck a super hot field when finishing second to Sword Of Light over 1600m at Caulfield on April 22. She gets apprentice Beau Mertens to ride here and his 1.5kg claim drops her weight down to 58.5kg. Darren Weir trained 14 winners from 26 races at The Bool last week and is red hot.
No5 ADDISON yet to taste defeat at her two starts on provincial tracks. This is an acid test.
No7 ECKHART trounced through the mud to score a maiden win at Werribee. Respect.
No8 FROMPARIS WITHLOVE She looked well at posting a win fresh and she will be fresh again here.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 FROMPARIS WITHLOVE
No8 CHEQUERED FLAG faces tough opposition but makes appeal in a very deep race. Latest raced away to a great win over 1600m at Ballarat on April 24. Hails from the red hot yard of trainer Darren Weir and gets stable jockey Dean Yendall to steer.
No1 DON’T PLEAD GUILTY pulled clear to score a smart win over 2100m here last start on April 17. Apprentice Brandon Stockdale’s 3kg claim helps alleviate his weight down to a comfortable 58kg and rates as one of the chances.
No2 SHINTARO scored a slashing 4¼ length win at Terang last start over 1600m on a Heavy 9 on April 23. Gets top apprentice Beau Mertens as his new rider for his rise to city class and will carry 59.5kg with Mertens’ 1.5kg claim.
No6 ALROUZ with Ethan Brown’s 3kg claim comes in on a comfortable weight on 55.5kg first up. Did not show much when running seventh at a trial at Cranbourne on April 21 but does have a good record when racing fresh.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 ALROUZ
No5 MISS DUBOIS can repeat the dose here after posting a strong second-up win over 1600m at Pakenham on April 23. She gets Jordan Childs to ride and his 1.5kg claim reduces her weight to 57.5kg. She is unbeaten over this distance.
No10 NEW GRADUATE thrashed his rivals by 4½ lengths over 1600m on a bog track at Cranbourne on April 28. Darren Weir has booked the red hot Irish jockey John Allen to ride here on 58kg.
No4 MISS CLOONEY won at Pakenham before finishing a steady fourth over 1600m here on April 17. Gets a new rider with apprentice Ben Thompson booked and his 1.5kg claim will alleviate the weight down to 567.5kg. Chance.
No13 FIFE is having her fourth start back from a spell and ran a fair fourth over 1400m here on April 26. That was on a quagmire and will be on firmer ground here she is a chance to repay her supporters in what is a competitive field.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 FIFE