English trainer Charlie Appleby will be attempting to win his second country Cup today with Qewy running first up in the Bendigo Cup (2400m).
Appleby pulled off a coup last year when Qewy lead throughout to qualify for the Melbourne Cup with his win in the Geelong Cup. Qewy ran a great fourth in the Melbourne Cup.
Appleby won the Cranbourne Cup with another stayer a few weeks ago fresh off the plane.
There is a marathon 10 races on the day. The track is rated a Soft 5 (Monday) and with the weather forecast of cloudy but a fine day on 20C all should be well. The rail is at the True Position.
QUADDIES (races 7,8,9,10)
Skinny Play: 2,4 – 1 – 3,8 – 6.8
Wide Play: 2,3,4,8 – 1,3 – 3,4,6,8 – 4,6,7,8
BEST BET: R9 – 3. ANOTHER COLDIE
Next Best Bet: R6 – 8. PIRAPALA
Best Roughie: R7 – 10. AZYAAN
No5 FLASH CASH has been placed second three times at four career starts. Fought hard when half-length second over 1200m maiden at Moe on October 19. Gets top jockey Damian Lane to ride from gate three. Good chance.
No1 MY BOY GREG has been placed at three of seven starts. Latest ran worked hard home but was no match for the winner when running third over 1100m maiden at Tatura on October 11. With the 3kg claim will carry 55kg.
No6 PREMIO MOMENTO was freshened following a tough run when finishing eighth over 1300m maiden at Seymour on October 7. Has been placed twice at four starts and with stable jockey Regan Bayliss back on top can fire.
No3 RED LIBERTY has a gear change with a tongue-tie going on. Made no impression at debut when eighth over 1240m maiden at Geelong on June 6. Was the $3 favourite so would forgive the lackluster run.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 PREMIO MOMENTO
No5 FULTON STREET will wear a cross-over noseband for the first time. Made some impression at debut when finishing well to run fifth over 1100m here on October 11. Stephen Baster is the new rider and looks to have good claims.
No10 VINLAND has the tongue-tie and the winkers removed. Should be fully primed with a solid fourth over 1000m in a trial at Gawler on October 13. Has won trials at Rosehill and Strathalbyn and was well-liked at debut at Randwick in December last year.
No3 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE has been placed twice at three starts. Latest he ran a good third over 1300m maiden at Seymour on October 22. He is tough being from the Darren Weir camp and would respect.
No9 TRENT finished a closing fourth over 1200m maiden at Cranbourne on October 15. Luke Nolen keeps the ride and he is well drawn in gate four. This is only his third start so there is improvement.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 TRENT
No6 DEFY is chasing back-to-back wins after defying Crushed victory in a dog fight over 1600m maiden at Tatura on October 16. Was well backed that day and drops 3kg to 55.5kg here and is drawn perfectly in gate three.
No2 BIG PHIL has finished inside the money at five of his eight starts. Latest he worked hard down the straight for a solid second over 1600m at Cranbourne on October 15. Thomas Sadler replaces Nikita Beriman.
No1 KNOWABLE went down on the wire and was a strong effort over 1500m here on October 21. James Winks keeps the ride and that was only his third start this prep. Has drawn well in gate six to use speed.
No5 MAGELLAN sailed home a good winner for favourite backers over 1600m at Moe on October 19. Jordan Childs keeps the mount and he drops a kilo to 57kg and drawn ideally in gate four.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 MAGELLAN
No7 RASPBERRY ROSE overcame a wide gate to run home a strong winner over 1000m in a 3yo fillies' maiden at Pakenham at her debut on October 14. She ran away to win by 4.5 lengths that time after being trapped wide.
No3 MISS BENEDETTA with the 1.5kg claim of apprentice Ethan Brown will carry 57.5kg. Was a solid effort when running a close fifth over 1000m against her own sex at at Mornington on October 22. That was fresh and will be improved.
No1 BALANCING ACT forget her last start when she lost her ride and took no part in the race at Randwick on October 14. Her previous form on city tracks was full of merit and can rebound here.
No2 ALL ABOUT NICCI has been freshened since her close fifth over 1000m at Moonee Valley on October 6. She has won once and been placed third at four starts at this track. The blinkers go on and the winkers come off.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ALL ABOUT NICCI
No3 THRONUM narrowly beaten in a Group 3 race at Sydney three starts ago. That form holds him in good stead here when resuming from a 57-week spell. He has a perfect slate first-up and looks a strong chance.
No4 GO DOWN has an excellent record fresh of two wins at three starts. She resumes from a 43-week spell here and loves this track with a strike rate of two wins and a third at three starts. On 55.5kg and drawn three she makes appeal.
No3 EL CORAZON faces a short back up after finishing a good sixth over 1000m at Echuca on October 27. Gets top jockey Michael Walker as his new pillion and is worth each-way thought.
No1 PAINTE has a rock solid record of a win and two seconds at five starts fresh. Was given a soft trial when fifth over 900m at Echuca on October 4. He is a Darren Weir graduate and top jockey John Allen steers.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 EL CORAZON
No8 PIRAPALA (NEXT BEST BET) posted a brilliant 2.5 length win first up over 1100m at Tatura on October 11. Top jockey Regan Baylss is the new rider and Team Hayes is on fire. Only rises a half-kilo to 57kg on the win and the four-year-old daughter of Sepoy has drawn ideally in six to be prominent again and can repeat the dose here.
No7 FROM THE CLOUDS should relish the drops back to country class after racing fairly in the city.
No4 SHAUQUIN rebounded with a good third last start and can make play again here.
No5 WRITTEN IN STONE has been gelded while out spelling and has an excellent record fresh.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 WRITTEN IN STONE
No1 DOUBLE JEOPARDY fought hard when running a close second to prepare To Win over 1300m at Cranbourne on October 15. Damian Lane again rides and he is well drawn in gate five. He stays on 60kg here.
No4 METSON won his maiden at his debut three starts ago. Latest he ran home well to snatch third over 1100m against his own age here on October 11. Patrick Maloney keeps the mount and from barrier three gets a soft run.
No2 I HAVE ARRIVED scored an imposing win at his debut over 1200m maiden at Ballarat on October 12. He streaked to a 2.75 length win that day and on the performance he looks to be a good chance again despite drawing gate 12.
No10 AZYAAN (BEST ROUGHIE) has only missed a place once at five starts. He broke the ice with a smart win over 1350m maiden at Donald on October 13. He does rise 3kg to 57kg but Jason Benbow keeps the ride and drawn well in six.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 AZYAAN
No1 QEWY won the Geelong Cup first-up in Australia last year and ran a great fourth in the Melbourne Cup. The stable won the Cranbourne Cup last Sunday week with their first Australian starter this year and Kerrin McEvoy rides the front-runner here.
No2 KIWIA overhauled Samovare to run home a smart win over 2000m in a group 3 at Caulfield on October 21. Top jockey Damian Lane keeps the ride and the 2kg increase top 56kg should make no difference.
No2 FOUNDRY pay to give him another chance on his last of 10 over 2400m in the Herbert Power at Caulfield on October 14. He won the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) at his prior start at Randwick and may be a glitch.
No5 MEET AND GREET was running off a three-week break when finishing a good second over 2000m at Caulfield on October 18. Noel Callow keeps the ride and he drops 3kg to the limit on 54kg here. He is worth noting.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 MEET AND GREET
No3 ANOTHER COLDIE (BEST BET) scored a fighting win over 1340m at Geelong two starts ago. Latest he fought hard to run a good third to Fox Hall over 1400m at Cranbourne on October 15. Top jockey Damian Lane rides for champion trainer Darren Weir. The jockey-trainer combination has been a top force this spring.
No8 NIGHT’S WATCH should again get back but has a powerful finishing burst.
No5 AURUM SPIRIT is on a seven-day back up but looks suited in this class.
No4 AS BAD AS TYSON has scored two good country wins from past four starts. Looks a danger.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 AS BAD AS TYSON
No6 SADDLE THE SUN is a son of Helmet who has yet to blotch his scoresheet with two good wins at two starts. Latest he posted a clever win over 1200m at Cranbourne on October 15. Has won with a leg in the air at both starts.
No7 THE PASSAGE pay to forgive his last start when he peaked and ran 11th over 1600m at Flemington on June 24. He was turned out for a deserved spell and he has an excellent fresh record of a win and a third at two starts.
No8 GOT THE MOVES has yet to miss a placing at four starts. Latest he fought hard to run a close third over 1200m at Pakenham on October 20. Has a perfect record at this track with two starts for two good wins. Gets a good draw on the rail.
No10 BENNY GOES BERZERK had top thread through the field before finishing a strong fourth over 1600m at Ballarat on October 12. John Allen replaces Brad Rawillerwith the gelding dropping 3kg to 56kg here. Lot to like.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 BENNY GOES BERZERK