Very big weekend for Cranbourne with the two days of carnival racing on Friday and Sunday.
The Sunday card is mammoth with a whopping ten races with the highlight of the card being the running of the Cranbourne Cup.
The Apache Cat Classic (Procon Development) is the supporting feature on this giant race program.
The track is anticipated to be a Good 4 with the rail at the True Position.
The weather will be fine with a maximum of 26C forecast after an overnight of 6C.
QUADDIES (races 7,8,9,10)
Skinny Play: 1,5 – 2,5 – 1,17 – 7,12
Wide Play: 1,4,5 – 2,5,8,9 – 1,3,10,17 – 7,10,12
BEST BET: R7 – 5. ROCK ‘N’ GOLD
Next Best Bet: R6 – 1. BANISH
Best Roughie: R8 – 10. OUR CENTURY
No7 LADY OF FLANDERS has yet to miss a placing at her three starts. She broke the ice in style with a brilliant 1¼ length win in a maiden over 1200m at sale back in July. Has a good alley in six and Ben Allen to ride.
No1 DOUBLE JEOPARDY has not finished further back than fourth at past four starts. Latest ran a solid third over 1300m at Morphettville on October 7. The 3yo colt gets ace jockey Damian Lane to ride and would respect here.
No8 PREPARE TO WIN Broke her maiden status at her seventh start with an easy 2½ length win in a maiden over 1206m at Benella on September 29. Michael Dee keeps the ride, but she is not as well drawn in gate nine.
No5 PIQUE had to dig very deep to score a narrow win over 1200m at Mildura on October 3. He was the $1.75 favourite that day and he goes up a kilo to 59kg. The experienced Dean Yendall keeps the ride on this colt.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 DOUBLE JEOPARDY
No5 CAPDELAGO has been placed at three of her six starts. This is a very open affair. She gave a solid effort at her last start to run fourth over 1200m in a maiden here on September 20. The extra 200m looks sure to suit.
No11 MISTY LAD is a beautifully bred colt by Redoute’s Choice and he gets his claims here with a solid fourth over 1200m at Kembla Grange on September 23. That was first-up and gets Melbourne’s top apprentice Beau Mertens.
No10 EQUUS D’ORO has been placed once at three starts and has improvement. May pay to draw a line through his seventh over 1600m in a maiden at Ballarat on October 8. His prior form was far superior.
No3 TAILORED has been placed twice at five starts. Has been freshened following his sixth over 1400m here on September 20. Gets new rider Brandon Stockdale to steer and from a good draw in gate six makes appeal.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 MISTY LAD
No8 MULLIGAN FALLS faces a very moderate field here of maidens. He has shown good form in gate trials and he did strike a heavy 8 at his debut when finishing fourth over 1017m at Moe on September 25. Craig Williams rides.
No12 TRENT Luke Nolen goes on board this 3yo gelding at his second start here. He gave a fair effort at his debut to run seventh over 1200m at Donald on May 13. He was at $11 that day and he has had time off to mature.
No9 SUPLEX CITY is a colt who gets the experienced Noel Callow to ride at his third start. The bar was raised when he ran 11th over 1400m at Flemington on September 27. He is back in the right grade in this race.
No4 TATTOO YOU showed good improvement when finishing a sound second over 1000m in a maiden at Echuca on October 2. Is the 4yo gelding’s second start back and he carries 57kg with the claim of the apprentice.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 TRENT
No11 REWARDING LAUGHTER cruised to an easy win at her debut before finishing fourth over 1000m down the straight at Flemington on September 27. She drops down back to her right grade here and around the corner will suit.
No1 SADDLE THE SUN started his racing career on a high note with a blazing 3¾ length win over 1200m in a maiden at Ballarat on September 24.Nos 1 stable jockey Regan Bayliss rides for the Hayes camp and strong claims.
No6 MOSCOW RED was a brilliant winner in New Zealand at her sole start. She is running for her new stable here and hard to take much from the trial where she ran sixth over 990m here on September 4. That was over a month ago.
No7 RIOLI has won and finished second at his two starts. He makes good appeal here on his close second over 1050m at Morphettville on September 30. The 3yo gelding hails from an astute stable and is a danger.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 RIOLI
No1 BATTLECAMP with top jockey Craig Williams to ride and third up from a spell makes good appeal.
He was storming home to finish fifth over 1400m at Caulfield on October 1. That was a big effort and his draw is okay in eight.
No6 BIG PHIL was an imposing winner at Geelong two starts ago. Latest he was fancied at $5.50 but did not impress so much finishing fifth over 1500m at Mornington on September 30. Has the experienced Nikita Beriman to ride.
No2 I AM THE DARK the 2kg claim of the apprentice helps reduce the impost to 58kg. He comes here off a strong win over 1600m at Murtoa on October 7. Jessica Eaton keeps the ride and should show pace again.
No5 NIMINYPIMINY drops in class on her last start 10th over 1800m at Flemington on September 27. She gets senior rider Luke Nolen replacing a 3kg apprentice and expect her to be working home very well here.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 BIG PHIL
No11 BANISH (NEXT BEST BET) with top jockey Craig Williams to ride she looks a good bet. Williams rode the filly to win over 1200m here on August 17. He missed her next ride because of a suspension where she ran a great third over 1400m at Caulfield on September 23. She is against her own sex here and rates highly.
No4 LADY SKILLS loves this distance and her form is top class.
No2 MISS GARDENIA is a last start Mornington winner and with the claim carries 59kg.
No6 FLORIDA KEYS has been specked in early betting and can improve on her first-up fifth.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 FLORIDA KEYS
No5 ROCK ‘N’ GOLD (BEST BET) has the red hot Damian Lane to ride again and is primed now at his third start from a spell. Has been racing in top stead finishing second at his past two starts including a runner-up over 955m at Moonee Valley on September 29. He gets a big boost with his weight to carry down from 60kg to a mere 54kg here.
No1 GUN CASE is chasing a hat-trick following two good wins in South Australia. Danger.
No2 DIAMOND OASIS ran well fresh and has a great second-up record.
No4 DAN ZEPHYR goes very well fresh and has the barrier in three to boot.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 DIAMOND OASIS
No2 FOLKSWOOD is a Godolphin import who will be ridden by Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy at his Australian debut. Has been Group 1 placed in Dubai and competed at Stakes level at past four starts. Bold effort anticipated.
No5 LIZZIE L’AMOUR is from one of New Zealand’s best stables and looks ready for this following two warm up starts at Moonee Valley. Latest she ran a close sixth to I Am A Star in the Group 3 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at the Valley on September29.
No10 OUR CENTURY (BEST ROUGHIE) is an Irish bred stayer with the reigning Melbourne Cup team of Robert Hickmott. Won the Wangaratta Cup (2000m) last March and ran second in the Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill last prep. Was warmed up with a run over 1700m at Caulfield on October 1.
No1 ECUADOR ran a great second in the JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley on September 29. Gets top Sydney hoop Adam Hyeronimus to ride at his second Victorian start here. Has drawn ideally in gate three and has been competing well at Stakes level.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 OUR CENTURY
No17 BALESTRAND has a perfect alley in three and top jockey Damian Lane to ride. He ran a great second over2000m at Ballarat on September 24. He is trained by the maestro Darren Weir and looks primed to show at his peak.
No9 O’COUNEY gets her chances here. She ran a fair ninth over 1800m at Flemington on September 27. Before that she was a good third over 2000m at Mornington and Jye McNeil keeps the ride on the 6yo mare.
No10 PRINCE ZIGGY was fresh when he ran a good second over 1755m at Geelong on October 4. That was off a 25-day break and will strip fitter here. Has the experienced Noel Callow as his new partner to steer from 13.
No1 ZILBIYR gets top jockey Damien Oliver to ride and has drawn perfectly in two. Won over 1500m at Mornington before finish a good third over 1600m here on September 20. He drops down a grade here and goes up 3kg to 60.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 PRINCE ZIGGY
No12 RED IS THE ROSE will be seeking to use her speed as a buffer to her rivals. Led all of the way over 1406m at Benella on September 29 to post a brilliant 1¾ length win carrying 56.5kg. She drops to 54.5kg and Cory Parish rides again.
No6 WILLBY RULES has stretched together a winning streak of four straight wins in Tasmania before he blotched his copybook with a 10th over 1400m at Caulfield on October 1. Down in class here and gets the experienced Brad Rawiller.
No7 ANOTHER COLDIE if this bloke gets up punters will be celebrating with more than one coldie after a mammoth ten-race card. He clawed his way to a narrow win over 1340m at Geelong on October 4. Drops 2kg to 57kg and has Damian Lane.
No10 NIGHT’S WATCH is a New Zealand import who looked well advanced to win a trial over 1100m at Echuca on October 4. Has an unblemished record of two starts for two wins fresh and looks raring to go here.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ANOTHER COLDIE