Racing is back at Mornington after racing here last week in the lead up to the Christmas and New Year period where the holiday season will see a bonanza of race meetings throughout the State.
The false rail will be at the True Position and the track should play fair with fine weather forecast for a change. The track is rated as a Good 4.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Ski0nny Play: 9 – 13 – 1 – 12,17
Wide Play: 2,9 – 5,6,13 – 1,3,8 – 5,7,12,17
BEST BET: R7 – 1. STREET SPUN
Next Best Bet: R5 – 9. SHE’S POPULAR
Best Roughie: R6 – 15. BRANDO
No2 CAPTAIN HARRY has given two good performances at Ballarat. Latest he ran a solid third out deep over 1300m in the Stockade on November 25. He drops down a grade here and gets stable jockey John Allen as new pilot.
No3 CAREERING AWAY has his connections praying he can do that here after two solid performances this campaign. Latest he ran a narrow third in a three-way finish over 1400m maiden at Cranbourne on November 24. Good showing.
No1 BROO BOSS resumed from a 22-week spell with a promising third over 1500m maiden here on November 23. He was at double figure odds that day and should strip fitter for the effort. No great price here but would respect.
No7 ANNEKA has been given a solid preparation with two barrier trials. Latest showed some speed to run a distant second over 1190m at Cranbourne on November 27. This High Chaparral filly will enjoy this distance. Fitness is the test.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ANNEKA
No7 ALNAAS with top jockey Craig Williams to ride for Team Hayes and with two placings on her belt she looks hard to beat. Latest she ran a narrow second over 1400m in a maiden at Cranbourne on November 24.
No3 RAYMAX had to dig deep to post a narrow win in a 1190m trial at Cranbourne on November 27. The four-year-old has been placed twice at his three starts. He was plunged from $8 into $4.80 at his last st He was plunged from $8 into $4.80, but misfired at his last start on July 30.
No4 MAGNAPEGASUS has the winkers off for the first time. Latest ran a steady sixth over 1500m maiden here on November 23. The three-year-old was placed at his prior two starts and would forgive his last failure.
No5 MUSSOORIE MAGIC is a colt who is showing promise with two seconds at his two starts. Latest he ran on solidly after losing ground to run second over 1300m at Geelong on December 3. He is race hardened and drawn five.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 MAGNAPEGASUS
No2 CRYSTAL SPIRIT showed great speed to run away to a clever win on the synthetic track over 1100m at Pakenham on December 3. Back on the grass today but has finished in the money at four of his five starts and looks a good chance.
No1 PREVAILING WINDS is a lovely bred youngster who is resuming off a three-week break. Latest he ran a close second to Echo Jet over 1200m at Sandown on November 22. Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim drops his weight down to 57.5kg.
No5 CHALCIDIAN has been freshened up for this. Last start ran a steady sixth after over-racing in the early stage over 1100m at Ballarat on November 25. Sports a nose-roll for the first time today.
No3 STAR SILK has yet to finish outside the money at three starts. Broke through for a stylish win in a 1300m maiden at Cranbourne on November 18. Was heavily backed into a $1.70 favourite that time. Big weight on 62kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 STAR SILK
No5 DIVERTENTE comes to this track off a strong 1.75 length win first-up over 1000m at Yarra Valley on November 25. Apprentice Chris Caserta’s 3kg claim will reduce the impost down to a comfortable 56kg. Strong showing.
No2 GO GRACEY ran a good third over 1400m against her own sex at Cranbourne on November 14. Has been freshened up for this and loves this circuit with a record of two starts for a win and a third. Will carry 60kg, but will be in the finish.
No3 KEEP COURTING was rocketing home to finish right on the necks of the major place-getters when fourth over 1000m here on November 23. That was her first start for 20 weeks and sure to have reaped benefit from the outing.
No1 FICA GAL showed she was on key for a big effort with a run-away win over an 800m trial at Cranbourne on November 27. She boasts a win and a second at three starts when fresh. She is drawn perfectly in gate three.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 KEEP COURTING
No9 SHE’S POPULAR (NEXT BEST BET) is a New Zealand bred mare with Team Hayes and to be ridden by the hot WA apprentice Fred Kersley, Kersley’s 2kg claim will reduce her weight down to a mere 54kg. She was an imposing winner over 1112m in a maiden at Kilmore at her debut three starts ago on October 9. She has the speed to cross from barrier nine and looks a good bet.
No7 ELEGANTLY WASTED coming off a hard fought win here last start and prior form top class.
No6 POP QUEEN won at this track two starts ago and recent form has been most reliable.
No2 ONEMORE EMOTION fought hard to post a maiden win over 1400m at Ballarat last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ONEMORE EMOTION
No13 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE had to dig very deep two starts ago to post a fighting win over 1600m 3yo maiden at Cranbourne on November 14. Last start showed tenacity to overcome ill luck and run a good fourth over 1600m at Sandown on December 2.
No4 ROKDA KASBA was never in the hunt when suffered interference and ran eighth over 2300m at Ballarat on November 25. The drop back in distance should suit and gets the in-form apprentice Fred Kersley to ride. His claim drops his weight to 58kg.
No7 BAJOUR with the 2kg claim of apprentice Ethan Brown will carry a comfortable 56kg. Was finishing on the heels of the major players when fourth over 1500m here last Friday. He is on the quick back up but was powering home.
No15 BRANDO (BEST ROUGHIE) is a three-year-old who showed plenty of tenacity to score a narrow maiden win over 2000m here on November 23. Returns to the track with a superior draw in gate five and half a kilo less weight on 56.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No15 BRANDO
No1 STREET SPUN (BEST BET) form over the middle distances has been tops and landed a well deserved win over 2400m at Sandown on November 22. With apprentice Stephanie Thornton’s 3kg claim will only carry 56kg today. That is a drop of 2kg on the weight she carried last start and she loves this track with a win and a second at three starts. Faces her own sex here, which is an advantage.
No8 ABOVE AUTHORITY was a winner over 1606m two starts ago and country form is rock solid.
No4 POPPIHOLLA is a capable stable companion to Street Spun and is worthy of novelty thought.
No9 RAINDROPS ON ROSES was powering home last start and all wins have been on dry tracks.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 POPPIHOLLA
No12 TOY BOY was a white hot $1.90 favourite when streaked to a smart win over 1200m at Pakenham on October 20. Was given a nice freshen up and loves this distance with two wins and two second at five starts.
No17 EPIC MOMENT on his recent city efforts looks a good chance today. He ran a strong fourth over 1100m down the straight at Flemington at his last start back in July. He showed he was on target for this with a close second in an 800m trial at Cranbourne.
No15 STRYKINGLEE looks to make good appeal on his recent city form with a second over 1200m at Moonee Valley on December 1. Was plunged from $13 into $67.50 at her prior start at the Valley when running third over 1000m.
No5 WIND FORCE on last start Moonee Valley win over 1200m rates as a good chance. He was not fancied at $12 that day but is well liked at $6.50 in this field. Fred Kersley’s 2kg claim drops his weight down to 56.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 WIND FORCE