The rail goes out an extra two metres to 14 metres today.
The track is rated as a Soft 5 and hopefully the forecast of showers does not see a track downgrade.
There are some competitive races on this eight-race card with a few exciting types running later in the day in races Six and Seven.
Punters need to keep an eye on the track rating as there are some dry trackers with claims, if the track does not deteriorate.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 4,5 – 11 – 9 – 9,10
Wide Play: 1,4,5,9 – 7,9,11 – 4,5,9,10 - 3,9,10,14
BEST BET: R6 – 11. EURACK
Next Best Bet: R7 – 9. BRAHMOS
Best Roughie: R5– 9. TIME FOR DANCING
No9 PREPARE TO WIN has been well supported in early betting to continue the dominant start for Team Hayes to the new season in a deep maiden. Chased hard to run a solid second over 1100m in a fillies maiden over 1100m at Geelong on August 5 first-up.
No15 BOUWMEESTER romped home in a jump out at Flemington on August 11. The stable is racing in good form and is expected to go well fresh. He has been gelded since his sole start when unplaced at Wangaratta on March 31. Good chance.
No14 RIEL REWARD made a good return to run third over 1000m in a 3yr maiden at Bairnsdale on August 10. Would expect to show further improvement here with the addition of top jockey Ben Melham and won’t be at $51 again.
No8 LIVING DOLL drops back to maiden class after a solid effort to run fifth over 1000m down the straight at Flemington against her own age and sex on August 5. Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim sees her carry 54.5kg and is a nice hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 RIEL REWARD
No1 SHEER MADNESS with apprentice Ethan Brown’s 3kg claim will drop in weight to 56kg. Comes here off a smart win over 1400m at Flemington on August 12. This is his fourth start back from a spell and will strip fully fit.
No3 MUTAMAYEL showed his rivals a clean pair of heel to run away to a good debut win over 1400m in a maiden at Pakenham on August 8. He goes up 1.5kg to 57.5kg but retains top jockey Regan Bayliss in the saddle. Makes good appeal.
No5 SILENT COMMAND is an Adelaide galloper being brought across the border to race here. Bound to strip fitter on his last-start fifth over 1400m at Morphettville on July 22 first up. He gets the in-form Linda Meech to ride and would watch.
No2 SKY PUNCH scored a good win at Geelong two starts ago and gets top jockey Craig Williams to ride here. Latest ran a solid fourth to Sheer Madness over 1400m at Flemington on August 8. That was only his third start and has improvement.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 SILENT COMMAND
No5 ARAMOANA hails from the top stable of Team Hawkes and gets ace jockey Dwayne Dunn to guide. Latest ran a solid fourth in a 1400m 3yo maiden at Pakenham on July 30. Was finishing off late and expect to be fitter for the outing.
No9 PRETTY MAMA had no luck in running when she was badly held up and finished over 1715m in a maiden at Geelong on August 9. Gets a change of jockey with Luke Currie taking the reins and with a clear run should be charging home.
No12 EIRA was strongly backed from $8.50 into $6 at debut where he worked home strongly to run fifth in a 1300m maiden at Geelong on August 9. Top jockey Damian Lane keeps the ride and would expect the extra distance to suit here.
No11 CITY CHAP was a $90,000 Inglis Classic yearling graduate. He hails from an astute stable and is bred to stay being a son of High Chaparral. He has no trial form to note, but gets last season’s top apprentice Beau Mertens to ride at his debut.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 CITY CHAP
No2 INVICTUM DOMINA looms with strong claims here against her own sex. She ran a good third over 1400m at Flemington last start on August 12. And with apprentice ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim her weight is dropped to 59kg.
No6 JOURNEYGIRL scored a clever win at long odds last start over 1200m here against her own sex on August 8. With Craig Williams as her new rider she won’t be at $51 again and expect her to be charging home late.
No5 FOUR SISTERS she was hanging but still maintained a strong finishing effort to snatch third place over 1400m here on August 12. With apprentice Ethan Brown’s 3kg claim her handicap drops to 56kg and she will be in the fray.
No4 SPECIAL DIVA smashed her opposition by 3¾ lengths over 1400m here on August 6 with top jockey Damien Oliver steering. With apprentice Jordan Grob’s 3kg claim she carries 57.5kg, which is a kilo less than she carried last time.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 JOURNEYGIRL
No4 SKULDUGGERY has had early support and can improve sharply on last-start sixth over 1400m at Flemington on August 12. This is a far milder field and with the 3kg claim of apprentice Brandon Stockdale will carry 58kg. Likes the dry track and if track deteriorates may need to review.
No5 BUT IT’S TRUE has the blinkers going back on here. Trainer Darren Weir and apprentice Ben Allen have had a great start to the new season and with Allen’s 1.5kg claim he carries 58.5kg here. This is much easier than his last start over 1600m at Flemington on August 5.
No9 TIME FOR DANCING (BEST ROUGHIE) has been winning with a spring in his step on the Victorian provincial circuits. Latest ran away to a 3¼ length win over 1600m at Pakenham on August 8. He is chasing a hat-trick here and should be at lucrative odds.
No14 POSITIVELY HIGH has finished second and won at his two starts so far. Looks to have plenty of upside on his last win over 1400m in a 3yr maiden at Pakenham on July 30. He gets top jockey Mark Zahra to ride, but the wide gate in 15 is a setback.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 TIME FOR DANCING
No11 EURACK (BEST BET) looks hard to go past with an impeccable record of two wins at two starts. She strikes a smart field but looks to have a heap of upside. She cruised to an effortless 4½ length win here over 1000m on July 26 carrying 57.5kg. She drops to 57kg and has a better draw in gate 12 after crossing from 15 last start. Ben Melham will give her every chance here.
No7 STRYKINGLEE broke through for a well-deserved win over 1200m against her own sex at sale on July 20. Looks a danger.
No12 KING’S AUTHORITY was a solid winner down the straight at Flemington at sole start in December. Respect.
No6 SEARCH SQUAD was fresh last time and will take benefit from a strong finishing performance.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 SEARCH SQUAD
No9 BRAHMOS (NEXT BEST BET) had experienced trainer John Sadler excited after his brilliant debut win over 1300m here on July 19. Top jockey Craig Williams rides again and he drops a half kilo to 58kg. He won by three-quarters of a length and it was 1½ lengths back to the third horse. He was backed from $5.50 into $4.40 that day and expect him to repeat the dose here.
No10 SIMPLY INVINCIBLE last start Bendigo winner who is most reliable and would respect.
No4 SECRET PROPHET scored a fighting win on a bog track at Swan Hill last time. Capable.
No5 I’M TELLING YA has been most consistent and was a good winner last start at Geelong.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 SECRET PROPHET
No10 SPUNLAGO had to weave through the field to finish off strongly and claim third place over 1600m at Flemington on August 5. He gets Jye McNeil to ride again and looms as a good chance despite his wide alley in 13.
No9 ANDREA MANTEGNA was trapped three deep and battled on well enough to land fifth place over 1600m at Flemington on August 5. He had won at his prior start over 1500m at Geelong and with apprentice Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim drops to 56kg.
No14 PABLO’S EXPRESS has been in sparkling form this campaign with a second and two wins at three starts. Latest scored a half-length win over 1715m at Geelong on August 9 as a $2.60 favourite. He gets Craig Newitt to ride again and drops 4kg to 54.5kg.
No11 THE THUG should be strong following his fair 11th over 2000m at Flemington on August 12. He gets top jockey Damian Lane replacing a 3kg apprentice and has drawn well in gate five to be prominent. Looms as an each-way chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 THE THUG