Racing returns to Ararat on a Thursday with an eight-event card. With only 30 minutes between races punters will have to keep alert or miss the betting moves. Looks to be a tricky card in some ways with four maidens and two races for the fairer sex.
Missy Molace was super impressive at winning her maiden last start and she looks a strong chance to go on marching up the ladder Ararat Farm Supplies Handicap (1600m). The best bet of the maiden races appears to be Jeddah Aheadah in the second race.
The false rail will be at the three-metre position so there should be plenty of room and the track is rated as a Good 4. The temperatures are going to be high with a maximum of 35C forecast after two hot days on Tuesday and Wednesday.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 2,3 – 6 – 8 – 6,7
Wide Play: 1,2,3 – 2,6 – 7,8 – 4,5,6,7
BEST BET: R7 – 8. MISSY MOLACE
Next Best Bet: R5 – 3 DAME VASSA
Best Roughie: R6 – 7. DESTINY’S REVENGE
No6 LAKE LONI
No9 LOVES EDGE
No10 TIME FOR TEA
No8 FUTURE ROAD
VALUE RUNNER: No10 TIME FOR TEA
No10 JEDDAH AHEADAH
No2 HIGH SIERRA
No4 PAPER KITES
VALUE RUNNER: No8 CHRISTIE
No7 TATA MADIBA
No10 MISS LILLIAN
No3 LITTLE HEATH
VALUE RUNNER: No3 LITTLE HEATH
No11 MARY STELLA
No 10 JUST WRITTEN
VALUE RUNNER: No10 JUST WRITTEN
No3 DAME VASSA (NEXT BEST BET) has the trainer putting a barrier blanket and ear muffs (pre-race) on for the first time this mare to keep her settled down prior to the race. She is resuming from a 20-week spell and she has won when fresh. She gets the experienced Jordan Childs riding in a moderate mares’ only race with just seven runners. She looks suited at the distance and appears a safe bet.
No2 CHAMPAGNE ELLE had to dig deep to post her maiden win at Stony Creek last start. She does not face any superstars now!
No1 ASTRO MISS has been consistent all season with two wins and a third at her eight starts. She strikes very moderate opposition.
No5 HERE’S TO SATURDAY finished powerfully over 1000m at Terang last start. The extra 100m here should suit.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 HERE’S TO SATURDAY
No6 SWISS BEAUTY was an imposing winner at Mornington two starts ago over 1200m before running a good fourth over 1200m at Ballarat on January 16. Leading trainer Darren Weir has booked stable rider John Allen to ride on 59kg – the same weight she won with.
No1 HASKI scored a brilliant win at Kilmore before being elevated to Moonee Valley where he ran a solid tenth after being tramped four deep over 1200m on January 26. With the 2kg claim drops down to 59.5kg – a half-kilo less than he carried to win.
No2 LORD SMEDLEY gave a tradesman-like effort at first run back when finishing fifth over 1200m at Ballarat on January 24. He carried 60.5kg that time and will carry 58.5kg here with the 2kg claim of the apprentice.
No7 DESTINY’S REVENGE (BEST ROUGHIE) gets an important gear change with the tongue tie going on again. Had no luck when losing ground and battled on well to run seventh over 1450m at Kyneton on February 2. Drawn ideally in one.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 DESTINY’S REVENGE
No8 MISSY MOLACE (BEST BET) is a four-year-old mare who has been racing at her best form. She defied a betting drift from $6.70 to $10 to score an outstanding 5 length win in a 1400m maiden against her own sex at Terang on January 23. Jack Hill keeps the ride and she stays on the same weight on 58kg and has drawn the best gate in one. She had run a strong second at her prior start over 1400m as a $2.90 favourite. She worked hard that day and looks a good bet here.
No7 OUR HENRIETTA made a strong start to her career at this track with a good second here over 1600m last month.
No5 LIFE OF WALDO has been placed at two of his past four starts and has the blinkers going back on today.
No3 EQUIETTO gets top rider Dean Yendall to guide and can improve on recent two starts with a drop in class.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 EQUIETTO
No7 CARIBBEAN PEARL was an impressive 2 length maiden winner at Warrnambool three starts ago. Then ran a cracking second over 1200m at Caulfield on a 10-day back up before finishing sixth over 1100m at Caulfield on January 27. Race tough.
No6 GOODJAMAK BABY was involved in a three-way tussle before gaining the edge over 1200m in a maiden at Terang on January 23. That was second-up from a 20-week spell and would anticipate further improvement.
No5 SAXOPHONE was sent back to trials after misbehaving at Flemington on January 20 when running last of 14. He showed he was back on track with a good second in a 1200m trial at Geelong on January 29.Has blinkers back on.
No4 FILIUS tried to lead throughout before finishing fifth over 1214m at Moe on January 17. Has been freshened up for this race and with the 2kg claim of apprentice Stephen Brown will carry only 57kg. Looks each-way.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 FIILIUS