Cranbourne gets to kick off the big long weekend of racing with the New Year on Monday.
Racing on Friday night at the country track is proving popular with the past three Friday night cards being run here.
The False Rail goes back into the True position after being shifted out to the nine-metre position last week. The track is currently rated as a Good 3 (Wednesday).
There is fine weather forecast, but there could be a change on Friday with a front forecast to move in.
The night offers a mixed bag of goodies with no real stand-outs.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 5 – 3 – 2,7 – 1,8
Wide Play: 1,4,5 – 3,5 – 2,3,7 – 1,5,8
BEST BET: R5 – 8. MANY REWARDS
Next Best Bet: R8 – 5. TESARC
Best Roughie: R3 – 6. TRAFFIC COP
No2 LILYMORN won against her own sex three starts ago at Ballarat. She faces similar opposition tonight after running a close fifth over 2000m at Mornington on December 13. She has a favourable draw in four.
No5 CONSIDERING trounced a field of fillies and mares to blast her way out of maiden status with a 3 length win over 1600m at Moe on December 16. She does go up in class but is lightly raced and can rise again.
No3 FAIR AND EQUITABLE going to forgive her last start when she only battled to the wire when finishing ninth over 2080m here last Friday night. She gets the hard riding Dwayne Dunn to lift her exhibition tonight.
No4 O’COUNEY had less luck than most when tramped deep for most of the journey when finishing 10th over 2000m at Mornington on December 13. With the 1.5kg claim of Lachlan King drops to 54.5kg and is each-way.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 FAIR AND EQUITABLE
No5 PAMELA JOY well overdue for a breakthrough win as has been as consistent as clockwork. Should get the breaks from barrier one and ran a hot second over 1200m maiden at Moonee Valley on December 15. That was against her own age and sex.
No9 TILBURY has the ear muffs going on pre race to keep her settled before going into the gate for the first time. She showed a heap of promise with a debut third over 1400m maiden here on December 16. Appears the main danger.
No8 TEARDROPS is having her first start for the astute trainer Tony Vasil and expect sharp improvement on her debut last of ten over 1400m in a maiden at Bendigo on December 17. Has the experienced Ryan Maloney to guide.
No1 BLUE JAY WAY hails from a leading stable for the fairer sex and expect a sharper effort here on her solid fourth over 1200m maiden at Mornington on December 8. She was making good headway in the straight.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 BLUE JAY WAY
No2 KALLESKE defied a big betting drift from $4.60 out to $7.50 when flourishing home to run a close second over 1200m maiden at Moonee Valley on December 8. That was the New Zealander’s first Australian start.
No4 STEP ON IT is returning from an 18-week spell and has been gelded. Expect to see improvement on last-start second over 1600m maiden on the synthetic track at Pakenham on August 20. Top apprentice Ben Allen rides but he has no claim.
No8 KARMONAARON looks to be right in the mix on last-start effort when marshaling a strong run to finish fourth over 1200m maiden at Moonee Valley on December 15. Drawn perfectly in gate two and has Dwayne Dunn.
No6 TRAFFIC COP (BEST ROUGHIE) was running home well when finishing third over 1112m maiden at Kyneton on December 7. Was backed from $26 into $17 and worked home very well along the rail. With Brad Rawiller and gate seven looms.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 TRAFFIC COP
No6 SUPERGRASS Forget his last start when he knuckled over at the warm odds of $3.20 and finished seventh over 1469m at Kyneton on December 7. That was his first start for 15 weeks and had no luck out of the gates.
No10 MILADY CABRIOT showed she was pitched for a breakthrough win with a gallant third over 1300m maiden at Echuca on December 20. She does face a quick back up but this is her fourth start back from a spell and is race toughened.
No9 DE’MAJICO was plunged heavily into a $4.20 chance and narrowly missed the big money when second over 1600m maiden at Colac on December 16. She had drawn perfectly in gate four and gets Popeye – strength rider Dwayne Dunn to steer.
No3 PENTHOUSE POET was placed at his three starts prior to blemishing his book with a last of over 1200m maiden at Sandown on December 20. Prepared to let that one pass to the keeper and with top jockey Brad Rawiller to ride respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 PENTHOUSE POET
No5 MANY REWARDS (BEST BET) has been freshened up since last start eighth over 1600m on a bog track at Sandown on December 2. He is back on top of the ground and his prior form on firm was top class in this class. He gets the experienced Daniel Stackhouse to ride and from barrier seven looks a fabulous chance to win. Was placed second at his sole start at this track three starts ago.
No1 CAREERING AWAY has yet to live up to his name at five starts but has been placed on three occasions.
No4 LAST BOY SCOUT has finished at the skinny end of the trifecta at two starts. Will have admirers.
No10 FLYING FLYWHEEL was backed into a warm $2.50 favourite but managed only second when 2.25 lengths adrift of the winner over 1600m maiden at Tatura on December 10.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 LAST BOY SCOUT
No3 CHARLIE ROAD will sport winkers for the first time. Liked his last-start third over 2460m to Foraoise at Mornington on December 8. Gets his chance to reverse the roles here from gate five and reward those who took the $4.60 favouritism.
No4 CASA LARADA strung out his rivals to glide to a 2.25 length win over 2400m at Bendigo on November 14. It is 14 weeks between drinks but the colt is trained by Englishman Matt Cumani and he is a son of Melbourne Cup winner Americain.
No5 SAVALAND was closing the gap strongly when finishing fifth over 2400m at Sandown on December 20. That was a good effort at the odds of $31. He did win at Mornington over 2000m three starts and he returns to the country tonight.
No2 FORAOISE was a narrow winner over 2460m at Mornington two starts ago. Latest he ran a well-beaten 11th over 2400m at Geelong on December 24. He is on the quick back up here, but he is rock hard and carries 54kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 FORAOISE
No3 CUBAN MISSILE gave a good sight from the front to career away to a comfortable 1.75 length win over 1200m at Bairnsdale on December 11. He was backed into a $3.10 favourite and carries 59kg with the 2kg claim.
No8 VIN FIZ is resuming from a 23-week spell but goes okay fresh. Last start was backed into $7.50 and ran a handy fourth over 1300m at Sandown on July 19. Has drawn perfectly in gate five to make some impact at his return.
No4 GEE WHIZZER gave former Perth trainer John Price a nice win first-up over 1400m here on December 14. He was heavily backed into a $2.70 favourite and with the 1.5kg claim of Stephanie Thornton carries 59.5kg here, which is a kilo less.
No7 CEYLON is resuming from a 32-week spell. She has a solid record fresh and expect her to go well despite having no trial form. Ace jockey Dwayne Dunn has been engaged and the stable likes a bet so keep a close eye on.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 CEYLON
No5 TESARC (NEXT BEST BET) resumed from a five-week break in style scoring an effortless 7 length win over 1300m 3yro maiden at Stawell on December 9. Was plunged into a red hot $2 favourite at third start and delivered admirably. The son of Testa Rossa again is weighted on 58kg and top jockey Jye McNeil keeps the reins. Has plenty to like and is ideally drawn in gate five tonight.
No8 CHALCIDIAN won at Ballarat against her own sex four starts ago and has been ultra-consistent.
No10 TYCOON KATE was narrowly beaten as a $4 favourite last start and looms as a good chance tonight.
No1 DEADLY CHOICES ran a solid fifth first-up from a long spell and anticipate further improved here.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 TYCOON KATE