Spring racing in Victoria is in full swing with big racing in the Melbourne and a plethora of Cup meetings on the provincial and country circuits.
A competitive field of gallopers has been assembled to try to win today’s Sale Cup (1600m).
The track is rated as a Soft 6 (Friday) and the false rail will be at the True Position.
The weather is picture perfect with a high of 28C, following a wet and cloudy day forecast for Saturday.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 7 – 2,9 – 6,9 – 7,10
Wide Play: 5,7 – 2,8,9,10 – 4,6,9 – 1,2,7,10
BEST BET: R5 – 5. SEVEN YEAR REWARD
Next Best Bet: R6 – 5. DIVINE QUALITY
Best Roughie: R7 – 8. COLDSTONE
No13 ONE MORE TRY cruised to a convincing one-length win in a 1190m trial at Cranbourne on October 9. It was another 1.8 lengths back to the third horse. She was fancied at her sole start when sixth at Sandown last prep and on the strength of the trial rates highly.
No7 SUPLEX CITY has been placed at two of his three starts. He was backed into a $1.90 favourite before finishing a half-length second in an 1100m maiden at Cranbourne on October 15. The barrier is 14 is a setback but good chance.
No1 BRANDO found the winner too slick when finishing a sound second (4 lengths) in a 1190m trial at Cranbourne on October 9. He was lifted to stakes level back in Brisbane before changing trainers so must have some ability. Respect.
No14 PALAZZO VECCHIO had something of a torrid run at her debut when running sixth over 14000m maiden at Cranbourne on October 13. She is from the top stable of Mick Price and Michael Walker rides. Superior draw in five.
No7 DIVINE RED has been on the money at his two starts back this campaign. Latest he ran a good third over 1200m in a maiden at Cranbourne on October 15. The colt gets Noel Callow replacing Luke Currie and capable of breaking through.
No11 WALHALLA raced up in the leading division at debut but did lay in costing himself ground in the straight before finishing a close second in 1100m maiden at Bendigo on October 11. He was at $26 that day, but won’t get that price here.
No9 PIRELLI was specked in the market into $13 before running a good race to finish a close third in a 1200m maiden at Mornington on October 10. Jake Noon rides here for his father Tony and has a good draw in gate six.
No10 RIPPLEBROOK was at $21 but defied the odds to run a strong second in an 1100m maiden at Moe on October 19. That was the 3yo gelding’s debut and he should be improved for the effort. Has a great draw in seven.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 PIIRELLI
No11 CONSIDERING has been placed at three of her four starts. Latest she was beaten in the shadows when a close third over 1400m maiden at Bendigo on August 13. She gets top jockey Nikita Beriman to ride. Goes well fresh.
No3 BROOKLANDS showed pace to lead before finishing a sound third in 1200m maiden at Seymour on October 8. From gate seven he could again take command and with Stephanie Thornton’s 1.5kg claim drops to 57kg.
No13 MISS CONSPIRACY the barrier in 17 is a setback, but on her third over 1400m in maiden at Pakenham on October 14 rates with claims. That was only her second start and she will be fitter for the effort.
No5 FABULOUS DAY gets top apprentice Beau Mertens to ride. He was trapped deep before finish on well to run second in a 1212m maiden at Kyneton on October 17. He has a better draw in gate four and will be fitter for the first-up effort.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 FABULOUS DAY
No9 BASANITE is still a maiden but showed he might be on the edge of breaking that status with a strong second in 1600m maiden at Bendigo on October 21. He is on the quick back up, but the stable produces them tough and Michael Walker rides.
No7 MANDLAKAZI has had his hoof on the till at his past two starts. Latest was stepped up to 2000m and ran a strong third in maiden at Mornington on October 22. Like many in this field he is on a quick back up, but he drops3kg to 55.5kg.
No4 O’COUNEY was finishing on strongly from well behind when running third over 2025m at Cranbourne on October 15. She is fit with steady form over the middle distances and is worth each-way thought again.
No5 BETTYRAE RUBY is another galloper on a seven day back up. She ran a solid fourth over 2000m at Mornington on October 22. Noel Callow replaces Jake Bayliss and she stays on the same weight on 57.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 O’COUNEY
No5 SEVEN YEAR REWARD (BEST BET) has been in impeccable form with two starts for two wins. He raced away to a 7 length win at his debut before digging deep to post a narrow triumph over 1000m at Bairnsdale on October 8. He was the $1.20 favourite that day. Trainer Greg Eurell has him fresh for this and Nikita Beriman rides again.
No4 WILDE GEM has an excellent record when resuming and keep very safe.
No8 WORLD OF HOPE will be fresh with an eight-week break. Has admirers.
No1 REWARDING EFFORT the 1.5kg claim reduces his weight to a more manageable 62kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 WORLD OF HOPE
No5 DIVINE QUALITY (NEXT BEST BET) Was outstanding first up when she strode away to a 4.25 length win over 1200m against her own sex at Ballarat 0n October 12. She drops 3.5kg down to 55.5kg here and gets ace apprentice Beau Mertens as her new guide. From gate eight she gets a nice run and looks most hard to beat.
No2 MILWAUKEE is likely to box seat and is always a chance from there.
No7 LEOTIE is a former high-class 3yo filly who should welcome the drop in class here.
No9 SHE’S POSITIVE is on a seven-day back up but drops 4.5kg in weight to 54kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 LEOTIE
No2 MACKINTOSH should relish the softer opposition after competing at the elite level in Sydney. Ace Sydney rider Blake Shinn rides. He ran a close fifth to Classic Uniform in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick on October 14.
No10 STEEL FROST is an Adelaide-trained galloper who deserves his crack at the showtime with four wins at his four starts this campaign. Posted a soft win over 1400m at Caulfield on October 19. Drops 5kg to 54kg here.
No9 FASTNET TEMPEST was doing his best work on the line when finishing a close eighth in the Weekend Hussler (1400m) at Caulfield on October 14That was the Internationals Australian debut and he will be improved.
No8 COLDSTONE (BEST ROUGHIE) has a strong second-up record and finished a sound fourth in the Weekend Hussler (1400m) at Caulfield on October 14 when resuming. Top apprentice Beau Mertens keeps the ride and he is again on the limit on 54kg.
No9 AMORTENTIA has been in picture perfect form with two straight wins at Cranbourne and Tatura. Latest she cruised to an easy win over 1450m at Tatura on October 16. Ace jockey Damien Oliver is her new partner.
No8 LADY SKILLS had excuses for her last start eighth over 1400m against her own sex at Cranbourne on October 15. Her previous form was stealth and she drops 2.5kg to 56.5kg and gets senior rider Noel Callow to ride.
No10 TRANQUIL MISS ran a solid third at her first start back from a spell over 1200m at Bairnsdale on October 8. She goes up 2kg to 56kg for her drop in class but she should find the opposition here far easier to cope with. Each-way.
No5 ZAGAYA had to work hard to lead in the straight and held on okay when finishing fifth over 1400m at Cranbourne on October 13. Has been racing in stronger company and should appreciate the lower grade.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 ZAGAYA
No10 CAPTAIN JIMMY made amends for going down as a beaten favourite at his debut when scoring brilliant 1400m maiden win at Cranbourne on October 15. That was a great effort and from barrier seven he should continue.
No2 AEROPLANE was barreled out of the race after running up on the pace when finishing eighth over 1350m at Donald on October 14. Gets the in-form Michael Walker to ride here and has the blinkers off for the first time.
No7 ZOOBA MAN battled on steadily following a tough run to finish seventh as a $3.20 favourite over 1600m at Bairnsdale on October 8. He gets top apprentice Beau Mertens back on board and drops a half-kilo to 58.5kg.
No9 CARUSELLE is proven on this track and may pay to forgive her ninth over 1400m at Cranbourne on October 13. She is a locally trained mare with an excellent record at home. She can overcome the wide draw in 11.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 CARUSELLE