Clearing weather, after a three days of showers, should allow the Ballarat track to dry out a fraction but the “sting” will still be out of the ground for Tuesday’s meeting. The rail will be out 7-metres from the 600m to the winning post. The Club is predicting a Soft6.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 5,6 – 1,10 – 3 – 2,3,4
Wide Play: 4,5,6,8– 1,2,5,10 – 1,3,4,9 – 2,3,4,8,9
BEST BET: R4 – 1. NOTIO
Next Best Bet: R7 – 3. ARTHURIAN
Best Roughie: R3 – 8. SARCASTIC
No2 CASINO ROSE Placed at two of only three starts and returning from a 10-week break. Rates highly on 1.75-length 1600m here Jan. 14. Nice and fresh for this and will be hard to beat.
No9 QUEEN LEONORA
No7 ON THE BOULEVARD
No6 NO ALIBI
VALUE RUNNER: No9 QUEEN LEONORA
No5 MISTER MOGUL Eye-catching Cranbourne trial winner to fit him for his race debut here and drawn to get the gun run. Half-brother to the well-performed Antidotes and Rock ‘N’Gold and expected to keep the family flag flying. Rates highly.
No11 MISS INCEPTION
VALUE RUNNER: No3 CAMPO
No10 LA TESORA Resuming from a 20-week spell but showed lots of promise when last in work. Debut fourth 2.5-length Black And Tan 1200m Fillies and Mares Maiden 53.5kg Oct. 26 then led to the shadows of the post when 0.7-length fourth Manhattan Spirit same trip 54.5kg Nov. 6. Ben Allen goes on here and will be hard to catch from barrier 3.
No2 GOLDEN KEY
No8 SARCASTIC (BEST ROUGHIE)
No5 TOORAK WARRIOR
VALUE RUNNER: No8 SARCASTIC
No1 NOTIO (BEST BET) Has a win at Canterbury 1550m and six placings from last seven city starts and drops to provincial grade here. Chased home Kings Will Dream 1600m Flemington BM84 Feb. 17 then in worst part of track when 5.25-length second King’s Command 1400m there Mar. 10. Nicely placed in this grade and looks the winner.
No2 APPROVED ANGER
No3 LORD SMEDLEY
VALUE RUNNER: No6 GREYCLIFFE
No6 HIGHOFFER Resuming from 25-week break but showed plenty of potential when last in work. Beat Suplex City 1200m Swan Hill 3-Yr Maiden on debut Sept. 15 then sent to paddock after plodding 7.6-length fourth Lord Sundowner 1400m BM64 Oct. 2. Yendall won on him and goes back on here. Big pointer.
No5 DISTANT SKY
No8 WHAT A HOOT
VALUE RUNNER: No8 WHAT A HOOT
No1 SILENTZ Placed Moe on debut then won Colac 3-Yr Maiden 1100m before resuming and resenting racing between runners when 4.5-length 10th Credible Witness 1100m Bendigo BM64 Aug. 13. Pre-race blindfold and tongue-tie come off for his resumption which suggests he’s mended his manners now. Drawn deep so should be able to trail into the race out wide. Has ability.
No10 UNDER THE SEA
No5 QUEEN BECKI
VALUE RUNNER: No2 EXPLICITLY
No3 ARTHURIAN (NEXT BEST BET) Close-up two runs since winning 1600m Maiden here Feb. 6 with 58.5kg. Battled on well for 2.9-length fifth Shaq 1800m Sandown 57kg Good3 Feb. 14. Will appreciate the easier opposition here and looks the one to beat.
No9 HI SUPPOSE
VALUE RUNNER: No4 BONNARD
No3 FAST PLAN Honest campaigner who was coming off an eight-week break when held up on turn before 4.25-length fourth Distant Sky 1200m BM58 this track 59.5kg Good4 Mar. 12. Placed at Warrnambool 1400m BM64 Dec. 31 and Sandown 1500m 56.5kg Jan. 10. Fitter now and extra distance suits, especially with senior jockey going on here.
No2 SPECIAL FEELING
No4 HONORABLE MENTION
No8 CRYSTAL KINGDOM
VALUE RUNNER: No8 CRYSTAL KINGDOM