Racing swings to eastern Victoria to the township of Bairnsdale for running of the Bairnsdale Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
With rain forecast for Friday and Saturday it is hard to make any prediction as to how the track will be rated.
The temperatures are in the low teens until Sunday where a maximum of 25C is forecast but then rain returns on Monday. The weather bureau are saying the day will be overcast for the meeting.
Would suggest punters take a close note of the track rating on the day.
With the rail being at the true position all runners should get a fair chance as long as the track does not deteriorate.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 2 – 1,3 – 5,9 – 7,11
Wide Play: 1,2 – 1,2,3,8 – 1,3,5,9 – 3,7,11
BEST BET: R7 – 9. STRONG HAND
Next Best Bet: R5 – 2. SEVEN YEAR REWARD
Best Roughie: R7 – 3. OUR BOTTINO
No1 ASSET RICH struck a talented one at his debut when running second over 1200m here in a maiden on August 10. Resumes here from an eight-week break and gets his chance to atone after going down as a heavily backed $2.90 favourite.
No8 NOVA ROCHA has the lugging bit taken off and the pacifiers going on for the first time. She ran a good second over 1200m at Pakenham at her final start last October. She goes well fresh and with Daniel Stackhouse riding will be given every chance.
No11 ZARPOYA struck a bog track when running sixth over 1000m in a 3yo fillies' maiden at Mornington on September 13. Gets senior rider Daniel Moor replacing 1.5kg apprentice Ben Thompson here and should be suited by the early pressure up in front.
No2 BEING DAZZLED has the blinkers being removed and a tail chain going on for the first time. Battled on okay to finish fifth on the heels of the placegetters over 1000m on the Synthetic at Pakenham on September 5. Has claims.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 ZARPOYA
No5 PERSIAN EMPIRE has the blinkers going on for the first time and drops significantly in class on his debut sixth in a Listed race over 1400m at Flemington on April 25 when he was plunged from $25 into $10. Sat wide through-out at a trial over 990m at Cranbourne recently.
No6 POET’S CORNER was given a few taps of the whip to keep his mind on the job before finishing fifth in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on September 18. That should have him topped for his assignment here and gets experienced rider Daniel Stackhouse to guide.
No3 MOONLIGHT’S REWARD ran a strong third over 1000m in a maiden at Cranbourne on September 20. Has drawn well in gate three and with Nikita Beriman as his new rider will lack nothing in horsemanship.
No8 RITORNO will sport blinkers for the first time after his eighth over 1400m in a maiden at Cranbourne on September 20. The 3yo is race hardened at his fifth start this campaign here and from gate four is worth a thought.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 RITORNO
No12 MORNING TURF had a torrid run when trampled deep before finishing eighth over 1400m in a maiden at Wangaratta on September 19. Looms as one of the main chances in a race where there is some depth. Barrier two is a plus.
No1 BELMOND EXPRESS having only his fourth career start and will wear blinkers for the first time so can expect improvement on his fifth in a 1600m maiden at Tatura on September 23. Has the experienced Noel Callow to ride.
No9 STATELY BOY has the blinkers going off and the visors going on here. Latest ran fifth over 1628m in a maiden at Moe on September 25. He is rock solid for this now and strikes only moderate opposition in this maiden.
No4 FULL OF THEORIES has the winkers going on and the nose-roll coming off for the first time. Faces an even bunch here in this maiden and is a chance on his fifth over 1400m in a maiden at Ballarat on September 24.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 FULL OF THEORIES
No1 AMENDMENT looks to have excellent prospects on his win over 1606m in a maiden at Benalla two starts ago. He had some excused when he ran 10th when raised to 2000m for the first time at Ballarat on September 24. He is rock hard.
No5 REXMONT broke his maiden status at this track two starts ago. He was raised in class when finishing 12th over 1800m at Sandown on August 30. Back in his right class here and loves this track. One of the chances.
No4 SENOR ALF had to angle out hard and when saw clear space rattled home late to finish seventh over 1606m at Benella on September 29. Daniel Stackhouse is back on top and the pair has combined successfully in the past.
No6 MARJESSIE is rock solid for this with a string of runs over the middle distances. Latest she held on well to hold third behind Highgate hill over 2088m at Moe on September 25. She drops 3kg to 56kg here and is a good chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 SENOR ALF
No2 SEVEN YEAR REWARD (NEXT BEST BET) converted his outstanding trial form on to the racetrack with an amazing seven-length win over 1000m on the synthetic in a maiden at Geelong on September 22. He gets the talented Nikita Beriman to ride again and he only goes up a kilo to 59.5kg for the win. Has heaps of room for further improvement.
No5 BELWAZI has a perfect first-up record and resuming here from a 22-week spell.
No6 ANSINNA has finished inside the money at past seven starts and will be on-speed.
No1 GO ONE BETTER is resuming from a 14-week spell and has a top first-up record.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 GO ONE BETTER
No3 VOSTOK has leading apprentice Beau Mertens to ride at his first start back from a long spell. He did trial over 990m at Cranbourne on September 18 when he was put under no pressure. Has an outstanding first-up record.
No1 DEJU BLUE returns to the bush from a city campaign and should relish the drop in grade on her last-start ninth over 1200m in the Group 3 How Now at Caulfield on September 23. That was first-up from a spell and has a good second-up record.
No8 SEATTLE BOOM is returning to the track from a four-week break. Latest ran a fair seventh over 1200m at Seymour on September 7. Should be ripe for this on 55.5kg and is a Morphettville winner over 1050m.
No2 ATLANTIC CITY gets a nice downgrade in class on his last-start third over 1400m at Caulfield in May. He has a fair first-up record of a win at four starts and he is a Sandown winner. Gets the talented Taylor Marshall to ride.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ATLANTIC CITY
No9 STRONG HAND (BEST BET) gets the outstanding country jockey Nikita Beriman to ride and has been in blistering form notching successive wins at Sale and Cranbourne. He actually drops 5kg to the limit on 54kg for his rise in class. The barrier in 11 is a drawback but he has won at his past two starts by a maximum of eight-lengths so that is pretty hard to ignore.
No3 OUR BOTTINO is likely to lead or box seat and always a chance from there.
No1 PEMBERLEY Resuming from a good spell and usually goes well fresh.
No5 DODGING BULLETS gets a big drop in class on a solid run at Flemington last time.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 DODGING BULLETS
No11 ROYAL DISGUISE is a nicely bred 3yo filly who broke her maiden over 1400m at Pakenham at her last start last campaign. She is primed now for a full assault with two sound efforts at a higher grade at Moonee Valley and Ballarat.
No9 ELEGANTLY WASTED has heaps of speed to combat a wide alley in 11 and finished not far off the major players when sixth over 1500m against her own sex at Mornington on September 30. She is on the quick back up, but gets Linda Meech to ride.
No6 HARZARD AHEAD ran a good fourth over 1628m at Moe last start on September 25. He showed speed that day on a bias track to lead but was overhauled in the last strides. Good chance from gate seven.
No7 GAME UP HARDY may pay to ignore trial where he ran last over 990m at Cranbourne on September 18. He looked in great form when winning over 1400m at Sale on September 14. He is bound to have admirers.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 ELEGANTLY WASTED