The rail is out wide at the 12 metre position.
The track is rated as a Good 4 but showers are forecast so keep a close eye on the track rating.
There looks to be some good bets early where punters can fill their pockets for the later races.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 6,9 – 4,9 – 5,.6 – 6,11
Wide Play: 5,6,9,10 – 3,4,5,9 – 3,5,6,9 – 2,5,6,8,11
BEST BET: R1 – 1. ESPERANCE
Next Best Bet: R2 – 3. NACAR
Best Roughie: R9 – 5. REATA
No1 ESPERANCE (BEST BET) posted a most hollow win when striding to an eight-length win over 1100m in a maiden at Echuca on July 27. Gets ace jockey Craig Williams to ride to offset the 4kg rise in weight to 60kg. He also strikes a small field of eight here and looks to be the banker for the day for punters.
No2 INDERNILE has been freshened for this bouncing back off an 88-day break.
No8 BADUZZI Claimed her maiden win on the same day as Esperance at the same venue. Watch.
No3 SECRET REWARD has been in excellent form and the blinkers go on here. Respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 BADUZZI
No3 NACAR (NEXT BEST BET) looks to be another successful import story for the Darren Weir camp. He kicked off his Australian career on a high note with a sweeping 2¾ length win over 1400m in a maiden on a bog track at Warrnambool on August 1. He was at prohibitive odds of $1.35 but he did live up to the expectations. He again carries 58.5kg with apprentice Ben Allen’s 1.5kg and looks set to kick punters off to a big start for this card.
No1 DON’T GET EXCITED the blinkers go off and the visors are back on. Respect.
No8 INNER STRENGTH Rises a grade here but form is rock solid. Each-way claims.
No2 JAWS OF STEEL gets in with a nice weight with the 3kg claim. Each-way.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 INNER STRENGTH
No9 ABERRO showed he was on key for a big first-up run with a smart win in a 1000m trial at Pakenham on August 9. He comes out of the Group 1 Champagne Stakes where he ran sixth to The Mission in Sydney last April. Looks hard to beat.
No13 YUE FEI wears the famous colours of Sun Bloodstock and can improve on his first-up third over 1200m in a maiden at Sale on August 2. He has drawn perfectly on the inside rail to gain a soft run and has Group 1 winning jockey Regan Bayliss to steer.
No10 GIVE was first-up when finishing a handy sixth over 1200m in a maiden at Sale on August 2. Will benefit from the outing. He did work home strongly that day and can loom as a good chance here with Patrick Maloney the new pillion.
No2 FILBERT WAY Found a very smart type in Esperance and did a good job to run third in a 1100m maiden at Echuca on July 27 He gets the experienced apprentice Ben Allen to ride but he cannot use his 1.5kg allowance and he carries his declared weight on 58.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 FILBERT WAY
No2 ANGELIC SPIRIT showed plenty of speed to post a debut win over 1200m in a maiden at Sale on August 2. She did she plenty of heart to win narrowly and can repeat here with new rider Mark Zahra taking the reins from barrier two.
No4 MAHLANI resumed from a spell in style with a brilliant win in an 1100m maiden at Echuca on July 27. That win came off a 136-day spell and would expect her to improve again with the run under her belt. She will need to cross from nine though.
No3 PROSECUTION Scored a smart win two starts ago and will sport blinkers here after her last-start fifth of six over 1200m here on August 8. She is on the quick back up and can redeem herself on her last start disappointment.
No9 LA CHICA ROSA will wear ear muffs for the first time after running a solid second to Mahlani over 1200m in a maiden at Sale on August 2. She was an easing $2.10 favourite that day. Gets a new rider with ace jockey Damien Oliver on board.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 PROSCEUTION
No8 REIGNING IN PARIS with Ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim she will carry 54kg and she comes here with a smart win under her belt over 1600m at Bairnsdale on August 10. She is race hardened and from gate six should get a cosy run throughout.
No6 STREET SPUN finished on the heels of the main players when running eighth over 2400m at Caulfield on July 29. She goes up 1.5kg to 557kg here, but gets the services of the highly experienced Dwayne Dunn to steer.
No7 BLAZERS has been racing in excellent form and did win two starts ago. Comes here from a sound second over 2100m here on August 6. She was the $5 favourite last time and will be fancied again with top jockey Regan Bayliss again in the saddle.
No1 MARAUDAMISS was caught wide and run on okay to grab fifth over 2100m here on August 6. She strikes her own sex again and will carry 57kg with the 3kg claim of apprentice Ethan Brown. Expect her to be again close on their heels at the finish.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 MARAUDAMISS
No9 DIAMOND GRACE is flying high and gets last season’s ace apprentice Beau Mertens to ride in her chase for a hat-trick here. She worked home strong to post a clever win over 2400m here July 26. She carried 56kg that day and drops to 55.5kg here.
No6 UBIN THUNDERSTRUCK won two on end before finishing a sound fourth over 2105m on a bog track at Swan Hill on August 7. He gets a superior track surface here and with leading apprentice Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim he will carry 56kg.
No10 HIGH LAGO has been most competitive over the longer distances here. Last start he ran a ¾-length second to King Valour over 2400m here on July 26. He has a 21-day gap between runs but he will be tip top from the yard of Darren Weir.
No5 SACRED THEME is a Western Australian bred mare who has been racing well over the journeys. Latest she ran a good second over 1800m here on July 26. She is back here off a 21-day break which is not ideal, but is from an astute yard.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 HIGH LAGO
SCRATCHED No4 TAHI looks to be a strong chance here his two runs so far. The New Zealand-bred galloper ran a close second down the straight 1100m as a $4 favourite last start on July 22. With apprentice Taylor Marshall’s 2kg claim carries 59kg.
No3 BOSS CONI has been freshened up for this after his sixth over 1300m here on June 7. With apprentice Jack Martin’s 3kg claim he carries 58kg and should get a nice run through out drawn barrier two. Makes appeal.
No9 GUNN ISLAND showed good form first-up to run third over 1100m at Geelong on July 27. He gets Regan Bayliss to ride again and will strip fitter for the effort. Carries the same weight on 59kg, but gate 12 is a hindrance.
No5 DRY BISCUIT comes here of a great win over 1736m at sale on July 2. Has been freshened up for this assault and goes up 5kg to 60kg for the drop in class. He has been consistent over the longer sprints and will be charging home.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 DRY BISCUIT
No6 PRINCESS OF QUEENS looks set to capitalize on her two good placings so far this campaign here. Latest she ran a great third over 1400m at Flemington on July 22. She gets the 3kg claim of apprentice Chris Caserta to drop her weight to 56kg.
No9 EMBRACE THE DATE had no luck when taken to Morphettville where she ran eighth over 2006m on June 17. She has been freshened for this and gets the experienced jockey Linda Meech to ride here after country wins in South Australia.
No5 FOUR SISTERS gave a good sight when finishing second over 1400m against her own sex here on July 19. She has charged home at her past two starts and with Ethan Brown’s 3kg claim she carries 56kg. Good prospect.
No3 SMOKIN’ BELLA has Ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim to drop her weight to 59kg and she is racing well with a sound ninth over 1400m against her own sex on July 19. Prior to that she scored successive wins in the country.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SMOKIN’ BELLA
SCRATCHED No11 PLUS EFFRONTE has been most honest and makes appeal in a tough race. Latest he ran a good third over 1400m here on July 26 He won at his prior start at Donald and from barrier three should get a soft run.
No8 ST FRANCO faced a strong on-pace winner last start over 1600m at Flemington on July 22. This is far milder and he gets the in-form Michael Walker to ride here. This is his fifth start back from a spell and respect.
No6 MUTIN won’t find too many more consistent than this fellow. Comes here off sound second over 1800m here on June 14. Has top jockey Regan Bayliss to ride cold and he has a solid fresh record of a second at one start first-up.
No5 REATA (BEST ROUGHIE) broke his maiden status at his third and final start over 1200m at Pakenham on August 3. He rises in class but he was a comfortable 1¼ length winner and Aaron Lynch keeps the ride. He does rise a half kilo to 59kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 REATA