Warm, partly cloudy conditions will prevail at Donald on Thursday and a Good4 track will play with the rail at the True position for the entire circuit.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,7 – 3,5 – 2,6 – 2,10
Wide Play: 1,2,4,7– 1,2,3,5 – 2,3,4,5,6 – 2,4,7,8,10
BEST BET: R1 – 6. KEV’S LAD
Next Best Bet: R4 – 8. TAN CHECK
Best Roughie: R8 – 10. EL GENERAL
No6 KEV’S LAD (BEST BET) Placed at only two starts Ballarat and gets his chance to break through here. No support on debut when 2.25-length second Reilmartini 1100m Maiden 58kg Good4 Feb. 18 then started $3.40 and covered ground again when 3-length third Honourable Mention, Voiceover 1200m Maiden 58kg Good4 Mar. 7. Drawn better here with winkers on first time and should get the gun run. Reilmartiini franked the form by winning easily at Ballarat Tuesday.
No1 FIRST TIMER
No5 UNIVERSAL THIEF
VALUE RUNNER: No8 ASTOBELLE
No6 SARKOZY Had support on debut when slowly away for apprentice Brown and a long last early before getting home strongly and running out of room last 50m when 1.95-length fourth Top Cookie 1100m Colac 3YO Maiden 58kg Good4 Mar. 4. Bound to be improved off that experience and only needs a clear run to figure in the finish of this. Hard to beat with Dean Yendall on top this time.
No1 FALLEN EMPIRE
No10 HEAVENLY SUNRISE
VALUE RUNNER: No10 HEAVENLY SUNRISE
No3 ADINA ROSE Promising effort on debut when 0.5-length fourth Ruby’s Reward 1100m Warrnambool 3-Yr Fillies Maiden 57kg Good4 Feb. 7 then well-backed to $1.60 favourite when disappointing 1.6-length third Royal Zephyr, Donndubhan 1406m Terang Maiden Mar. 1. Had three weeks between runs and will strip fitter here. Blinkers will help.
No6 FESTIVE REWARD
No4 BYERLEY DIVA
VALUE RUNNER: No11 ZOOPHORIA
No8 TAN CHECK (NEXT BEST BET) Caught the eye on debut when slowly away before working home strongly between runners final 200m for 2.5-length second Here Comes Lenni 1406m Benalla Maiden 58kg Good4 Feb. 23. Bound to be improved with that experience and, being by Tavistock, should relish the longer distance of this.
No12 FOCUS ON GLORY
VALUE RUNNER: No3 RAMON
No7 RED GUCCI Resuming but should give a good sight. Wangaratta 1100m Maiden winner as $1.90 fav 56.5kg Good3 Nov. 11 then $3.60 fav when length second Astro Miss 1200m Fillies and Mares BM58 Hamilton Soft6 Nov. 27. Not disgraced when 4-length ninth Shokora 1300m Sandown Hillside Class1 54kg Dec. 12 and looks suited in this grade first-up.
No1 DEAL MASTER
No2 COCO COUTURE
No4 EASY BEST
VALUE RUNNER: No7 RED GUCCI
No5 SUPER ROCKSTAR Placed three of four starts since winning 2000m Balnarring Picnics 66.5kg Dec. 9. Ran on gamely for 2.5-length third Powers Lookout 2050m Wondonga BM58 57.5kg Good4 Feb. 11 then well-backed when half-length second Monaco Countess 2100m Swan Hill BM58 57.5kg Mar. 2. Doesn’t need to be a superstar to beat this field. Liam Riordan’s 1.5kg a big assist.
No3 BEACH GOD
No2 LOUISVILLE LIP
VALUE RUNNER: No2 LOUISVILLE LIP
No6 QUIETLY ANGRY Gets in nicely with Lewis German’s 3kg claim and drawn to take up a forward position. Overcame trouble to beat Free Settler 1200m Yarra Valley Fillies and Mares Maiden 56.5kg Good4 Dec. 28 then forced wide and got home well for 2.3-length third Havadah 1100m Stawell BM64 55.5kg Jan. 5. Shared lead and battled on well for 2.5-length seventh Crystal Pistol 1200m Ballarat BM64 56.5kg Mar. 7 at first run for eight weeks. Fitter now and drops in grade.
No2 MR MAGPIE
No4 WOUND TIGHT
VALUE RUNNER: No2 MR MAGPIE
No10 EL GENERAL (BEST ROUGHIE) Is the fresh horse on the scene, having been tipped out and gelded since encouraging 0.75-length second Monaco Countess 2000m St Arnaud Maiden 57kg Good4 Oct. 28. Blinkers come off here and he won’t find an easier race to break through now that he should have his mind on the job. Expect a forward showing fresh.
No4 BLUE BEAR
VALUE RUNNER: No10 EL GENERAL