It’s spring in Victoria and it is shining Cups everywhere! There is the Caulfield Cup on Saturday and the running of the Seymour Cup is the principle race on this nine-race card here. Showers and cool weather should see some cut in the ground with the track curator expecting the surface to be a Soft 6.
The rail is at the True Position and racing should be most competitive with good fields engaged.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 3,6 – 1,5 – 3,9 – 2,7
Wide Play: 2,3,6 – 1,5,6 – 3,7,9,10 – 2,7,8,12
BEST BET: R6 – 3. MISS VISTA
Next Best Bet: R7 – 1. ECUADOR
Best Roughie: R7 – 2. CHARMED HARMONY
No9 KEYSOR has been in the mix at three starts. Latest ran a strong third in a 1400m maiden at Ballarat on October 5. Gets ace jockey Dwayne Dunn to ride here and from a red-hot stable. Can break through despite wide alley in nine.
No2 ONE OVER ROD has been a consistent placegetter and looms again as a chance. Latest finished well to run second over 1600m in a maiden at Cranbourne on October 13. Has a good draw in six and gets a new rider in Jamie Mott.
No5 TRISTANO has been placed at all of his three starts. Latest he made steady ground but was outgunned when a distant second over 1606m in a maiden at Benella on September 29. Makes each-way appeal here.
No3 OUR SMOOTHIE was making strong ground to run fourth over 1400m in a maiden at Echuca on October 2. Gets a change of rider here with Pat Maloney taking the reins and if he repeats the run rates as a good chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 OUR SMOOTHIE
No10 BOOROOJ hails from the top yard of Peter and Paul Snowden and ran well when finishing third as a $2.60 favourite over 1100m in a 3yo fillies' maiden at Warwick Farm on October 11. Gets top Melbourne jockey Mark Zahra to steer and has strong claims.
No3 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE gave a fair effort when running fourth over 1200m maiden at Murtoa on October 7. Trainer Darren Weir’s top rider John Allen rides here and would go on his prior start when a good third over 1200m at Warracknabeel.
No4 CONNERY drops in class on a solid fourth over 1200m at Moonee Valley on October 6. Ran a good second at prior start and gets Jordan Childs to ride from gate nine. Like the drop back in class here and would treat safely.
No14 VIVENDI was trapped deep through out from a wide gate in nine when finishing third in a maiden over 1300m here on October 8. Has a far superior alley in gate three and being closer to the rail power home.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 VIVENDI
No1 DECK OF CARDS defied a drift in the betting when he powered home to run a strong fourth over 1200m in a maiden here on October 10. Jamie Mott replaces Luke Nolen and from a draw in gate two he should get a cosy run.
No11 SILENT GENERAL will take benefit from his debut when he chased steadily to finish a sound fourth over 1240m in a maiden at Geelong on October 4. Hails from the all-conquering Darren Weir yard and top rider John Allen will steer.
No3 RUTH’S BOY was caught deep through out and worked home well enough to finish a 2.9 length fifth over 1000m maiden at Ballarat on October 5. Experienced jockey Chris Symons keeps the ride and good draw in three.
No7 MIRIMBAH wear a tongue-tie for the first time. Latest ran a good third in an 1100m maiden at Tatura on September 23. Her form has been rock solid and with experienced rider Luke Currie to steer pay to watch.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 MIRIMBAH
No8 HIGH BOUNTY was given a steady trial running third over 1550m at Cranbourne on October 8. She has ability and can sprint well fresh. She is from the yard of Mick Price who is on fire at the moment and Dwayne Dunn rides.
No3 JOLIE’S CAFE will have plenty of friends here as he has been honest. He will relish the drop in class on his strong fourth over 1600m at Moonee Valley on October 6. Chris Caserta’s 1.5kg claim reduces his impost to 58kg.
No4 NAHEMA comes here from an explosive 4.75 length win over 1600m at Echuca on October 2. With Rebecca Prest keeping the ride he will carry 57kg with her 2kg claim. That is a half-kilo less than he did to win.
No1 CHASING GLORY gets a big relief in class here on his last start 10th over 1630m at Flemington on September 27. He won over 2000m at Ballarat two starts ago and gets in with an okay weight on 59.5kg with the 2kg claim.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 CHASING GLORY
No6 GREYCLIFFE broke his maiden status two starts ago over 1400m and last start gave a good effort to run a close second over 1606m at Benella on September 29. That was a very good effort and will roll forward from nine.
No3 DELIGHTFUL SON was caught very deep and had to work hard before finishing a close sixth over 1500m at Mornington on October 10. Has won at this distance and will appreciate the rise in ground here and respect.
No5 DOOGANS RISE rises in class but he did win well when scoring by 1.75 length over 1800m at country meeting at Gunbower on October 7. Has been most honest on the picnic circuits and gets a drop of 1.5kg to 57.5kg here.
No2 HARASON strikes much milder opposition here than last start when running third over 2060m at Benella on September 29. Has been consistent over the middle-distances and with Jamie Mott to ride would rate.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 HARASON
No3 MISS VISTA (BEST BET) has a big following because of her baldy white face and showy stockings, but she is not all dazzle and has substance. Was ridden against her usual pattern when sat right back last start before powering into fifth over 955m at Moonee Valley on October 6. Back in the country here she gets her chance to score a big win for her owners and punters.
No1 PROUD WOLF is dropping back from 1206m where he ran fourth at Benella on September 29. Each-way.
No2 VINNIE VEGA will race on the speed and is very honest.
No6 SCANDIMANIA goes well second-up and gets the cut in the ground here.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 SCANDIMANIA
No1 ECUADOR (NEXT BEST BET) was scratched from last Thursday’s Moe Cup to start here. He does enjoy the cut out of the ground and looms with strong chances on his last start second to Jon Snow in the JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 6. Adam Hyeronimus is coming down to ride the gelding from Sydney and the stable is in good form. He drops in class and only goes up 2kg to 60kg.
No5 MOSS ‘N’ DALE has been ultra-honest and is in line for a hat-trick here.
No6 BALF’S CHOICE was a brilliant winner of the Balaklava Cup over this distance.
No2 CHARMED HARMONY (BEST ROUGHIE) is a proven performer and can rebound in this class.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 CHARMED HARMONY
No9 HOCHADEL showed his rivals a clean pair of plates when coasting to a 2 length win over 1200m in a maiden here on September 7. Matthew Allen keeps the ride and he only goes up a half-kilo to 59kg. Strikes identical conditions again.
No10 NINA’S BALLERINA resumed from a long spell with a great second over 1240m against her own sex at Geelong on October 4. She gets ace jockey Dwayne Dunn as her new partner here and is a good chance.
No8 SANDHURST DELIGHT is from the top stable of Team Hawkes and has been as consistent as a Swiss watch. Latest ran home solidly to run second over 1200m at Sandown on April 26. Has an excellent record fresh.
No3 WRECKING BALL has the fabulous record of three starts for two wins. Claimed his second win over 1200m at Ballarat on October 5. He romped home by 1.75 lengths that day under 60.5kg and carries 61kg here.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 HOCHADEL
No7 BOSS CONI was returning from a five-week break when he ran a strong second over 1600m at Murtoa on October 7. He carried 60kg that day and he drops down to 57kg here and Jack Hill keeps the ride.
No2 FINE TAYLOR is an ex-New Zealand galloper making his Australian debut for an ex-NZ stable. He was competing at the elite level back home finishing last of 16 in the Group 2 Waikato Guineas at his last start in February. Top rider Dwayne Dunn rides.
No8 RHYOLA was a brilliant winner two starts ago at Pakenham on the synthetic. But has not raced since running a solid third over 1400m at Bendigo on October 26 last year. He did not show in a recent trial over 800m at Cranbourne, but has ability.
No12 SKILLRIVA led from the 200m and kept on going on like Burges’ Paint. Coasted to a 2 length win over 1200m in maiden here on October 8. Chris Symons is the new rider replacing an apprentice and he drops a kilo to 54kg on his win.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 SKILLRIVA