Wednesday’s Sale meeting will be run under clear, sunny skies. Even though no rain has been forecast for three days leading up to this meeting. The Club has predicted a Soft5 racing surface. The Rail will be at the True inside position for the entire circuit.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,2,6 – 6 – 1,4,5 – 7
Wide Play: 1,2,6,8 – 2,6,8,9 – 1,2,3,4,5 – 1,5,6,7,9,10
BEST BET: R3 – 8. ANNANICOLESNITZ
Next Best Bet: R4 – 12. THINK I’M DREAMING
Best Roughie: R7 – 1. RIPPLEBROOK
No1 THE MAYOR Was racing third-up when courageous photo-finish winner over Riel Reward 1000m Sandown Hillside Good3 two weeks back. Seymour Maiden winner 1000m on Soft6 going before spelling. Should be right at his peak for this and looks the one to beat in this easier grade.
No2 BEAVERBROOK Meets The Mayor 2.5kg for the 1.8-length margin when sixth to that gelding Sandown 1000m two weeks ago. Won previous start 1100m Stawell BM58 60kg Good3 Mar. 28 and Ararat 1100m Maiden winner three runs earlier Good4 58kg Jan. 21. Drawn to get a nice sit and will make his presence felt again. Soft track is only query.
No3 EAGLE RIDGE Showed plenty of promise last campaign finishing length second Villa Sarchi Kyneton 1200m 3Yr Maiden Good4 58kg Nov. 8 before beating Pleasuring 1400m Warrnambool Maiden 58kg Good4 Nov. 30. Should sprint well fresh.
No4 LAGERFELD Runner-up first two starts Warrnambool 1100m Maidens Good4 Feb. 7 and Soft5 Feb. 22 then freshened brilliantly to beat Swansong by 6-len 1200m Bairnsdale 1200m Maiden Soft5 58kg as $1.55 fav Mar. 24. Rates highly, particularly on last effort, and will have soft track to suit again.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BEAVERBROOK
No8 ANNANICOLESNITZ (BEST BET) Has come back in fine fettle after 41-week break and looks the testing material despite wide draw. Chased leaders and battled on strongly for 3.5-length third Omorose 1009m Yarra Valley MaIden 54kg Good4 Feb. 24 then unable to pull back ground when 2.75-length second Champenoise 1200m Ballarat in this grade Good4 Mar. 20. Ran fourth on Heavy9 Pakenham 1400m May 7 before spell and is bred to appreciate Soft going.
No4 SUPERIOR ROSE Placed at seven of 21 starts but always seems to find one or two better. Placed at Pakenham twice 1400m and 1600m in Feb. then eight Silverhawk Caulfield 1600m Feb. 21 and handy 4.5-length fourth Champenoise, Annanicolesnitz 55kg Ballarat Mar. 20. Meets Annanicolesnitz on same weight terms for 1.75-length margin so will need luck to turn the tables here.
No2 FONTEIN ALI Freshened for 5-weeks since 14th Dixie Preacher 1400m Warrnambool Soft5 Maiden 55kg Feb. 22. Produced seconds 1200m Yarra Valley good4 Dec. 22 and to Bondfire Gold 1400m Cranbourne Heavy8 Jan. 12. Goes up in weight but has to be respected on that earlier form.
No7 ABINGER Eased from $4.80 to $8.50 and struck severe interference in final 200m when debut fifth Blazejowski 1100m Stony Creek Maiden Good3 k53kg Mar. 11. Up in weight but drawn to get a nice run in transit. Respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ABINGER
No12 THINK I’M DREAMING (NEXT BEST BET) Improved by two solid runs from a spell and stepping up to a more suitable distance here. Resumed with sixth Honey Esprit 1300m Warrnambool 3Yr Maiden Soft5 56kg Feb. 22 then came wide and closed fast to get within half-length of Double The Magic 1500m Cranbourne 3Yr Fillies Maiden Good4 57kg Mar. 9. Nearing her peak and ready to win.
No1 FULL OF THEORIES Racing consistently and will be in the money again. Ran seconds to Rantric 1628m Moe Maiden 58.5kg Good4 Feb. 18 and to Mujaadil 1600m Pakenham Maiden Good3 Mar. 8 before leading and battling on well for 1.25-length fourth Joie de Dream same trip Mar. 22. Form is hard to fault.
No9 BELLISSIMA Caught the eye first-up when fast-finishing 3.25-length fourth Double the Magic, Think I’m Dreaming 1500m Cranbourne 57kg Mar. 9. Meets the runner-up on same weight terms for 2.75-length margin. Has to be considered.
No10 INDRABEEL Impressed with first-up 2-length fifth Stylish Missile 1200m Caulfield 3Yr Fillies BM64 58kg Good4 Jan. 17 and length second Play that Song 1300m 3Yr Fillies Maiden Bendigo Feb. 28 then steadied at 200m when 5.55-length seventh Double the Magic 1500m Cranrbourne as $2.50 fav Mar. 9. Comes here on same weight terms as Think I’m Dreaming but could pay to give another chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 BELLISSIMA
No6 RASPBERRY ROSE Showed excellent potential on debut when she sat back and motored home to beat Dancing Tycoon, Lucky Reward by 4.25-length 1000m Pakenham 3Yr Fillies Maiden Soft6 Oct. 14 then slowly away and didn’t fire when 3.7-length last of 7 to Canelo 1206m Benalla BM64 Good4 as $1.90 fav Oct. 31. Obviously has plenty of ability and gets back to Soft going for her resumption here. Respect.
No1 INNOCENT LILY Form was hard to fault in five runs this campaign before sitting handy and losing ground on turn when 7.8-length ninth Scoliaro 1200m Moonee Valley Good3 BM64 56.5kg Mar. 2. Won previous two starts Geelong 1200m BM58 Good4 58.5kg Jan. 28 and 1200m Ballarat BM58 58.5kg Good3 Feb. 13. Rises in weight but returns to her own sex here and can bounce back to winning form.
No2 QUEEN ANNABEL Terrific first-up effort when she overcame a slow getaway to rail through and hit the lead before being nabbed on the post by Moonlight Ruby 1000m Pakenham Class1 58kg Good4 Feb. 1. Geelong 3Yr Fillies Maiden winner four runs before spell June 23 who handled Heavy9 going okay when 4.25-length fourth Journeygirl Sandown Lakeside Aug. 6 before being tipped-out. Will race with bandages on both front legs at first run for 8 weeks. Keep safe.
No8 PAGEANTRY Far from disgraced two city runs since nose second Lara’s Web 1400m Pakenham this grade Feb. 1. On the four-day back-up after fighting 3.9-length seventh Miss Vixen 1100m Caulfield 3Yr Fillies 54kg Good3 last Saturday. Has claims.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 QUEEN ANNABEL
No6 ROSEWEDGE Has won at his last two attempts this track and drawn to be prominent again. Drops 1kg for win over Rushard and Riverdance Lad 1213m BM58 here 59kg as $4.20 fav Feb. 27 when coming off a 5-week freshen-up. Has been freshened again and bound to make his presence felt.
No8 RED GUCCI Impressive first-up winner over Output, Deal Master 1000m Donald BM58 56.5kg as $3.40 chance Good3 Mar. 22. Won three starts earlier 1170m Wangaratta Maiden Nov. 7 and placed Hamilton 1200m Soft6 Nov. 27. Should get conditions to suit here. Rates highly.
No2 KRONOS Unplaced four runs since debut winner 1050m Morphettville 2Yr-Old last April. Didn’t have much luck final 100m when 3.15-length eighth The Mayor 1000m Sandown 3Yr BM64 60kg Mar. 21. Drops 2kg here and facing easier opposition. Not the roughest.
No9 SOLDIER’S OPERA Heavily-backed favourite when length second Light On Ice 1200m Bairnsdale 0-58 Handicap Soft7 56kg Mar. 24. Soft ground will be in his favour but place prospects look best.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 RED GUCCI
No4 ROSSMAN Improved off debut 2-length third Viking Raid, Olympic Lad 1300m Bendigo 3Yr Maiden 58kg Good4 Mar. 6 then too good for Jacky Paper, Cochada 1400m Sandown Hillside Maiden 58kg Good4 two weeks ago. Meets Viking Raid on same weight terms for 2-length but has further improvement in him and looks the one to beat. Untried on wet tracks but is by Mossman and that breed are normally ‘swimmers’.
No1 RIPPLEBROOK (BEST ROUGHIE) Led and battled on strongly for 1.45-length third Heptagon. Kazio 1400m Sandown 54.5kg Good4 Mar. 14 then struck trouble at 1000m when 6.35-length 15th Souffrant 1300m 3Yr BM64 there last Wednesday. Won successive races this track over 1400m good4 Maiden Nov. 15 and Soft5 BM58 Dec. 1 before a spell. Loves this track and has soft conditions to suit. Rates highly.
No5 VIKING RAID Speedy customer who has the pace to cross this field from wide gate. Led and had too many guns for Olympic Lad, Rossman 1300m Bendigo 3Yr Maiden 58kg good4 Mar. 6 then led and headed at 150m when 5.5-length third Lipstick Lover 1600m Sandown BM64 58kg Good4 two weeks back. Finished consecutive fourths two runs this track 1423m Soft6 Maiden Aug. 17 and first-up 1105m Good3 Feb. 4. May be better suited coming back in trip.
No2 RUSHARD Has produced two wins and a second from last three runs on this track and looks ideally suited again from barrier 2. Chased gamely when 2.5-length second Rosewedge 1213m BM58 61kg here Good4 Feb. 27 then too good for Aldo, Trump This over this trip BM58 61kg Mar. 16.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 RIPPLEBROOK
No2 HOLLYWOOD VINE Made a good impression on debut when he led but found winner too smart when 2.3-length second Made In Russia 1300m Morphettville Parks 57.5kg Good4 Dec. 2. Will be improved by that run and from barrier 1 will give them something to catch in this easier grade. Noel Callow goes on.
No6 THE WILD CAT Solid debut effort when he raced outside leader and fought strongly to the line for 2.35-length sixth Lady Cartier 1400m Bendigo Maiden 58kg Mar. 13. That was a tough assignment first-up and has been freshened for the shorter trip here. Keep safe.
No5 TAVSOMEFUN Well-bred gelding making debut. Granddam was the AJC Oaks winner On Air and his dam by Danehill won four of 17 starts 1300m to 1600m. By Tavistock so he looks a stayer on the rise but it would not surprise to see him sprint well fresh in this moderate grade. Watch the market.
No4 REWARD THE MISSES Had a tough run first-up on Soft5 track when 7-length eighth Miss Nitro 1000m Bairnsdale 58kg Mar. 24. Sound debut third Purely Royal 1000m Cranbourne 2Yr Maiden last April and has been brought along slowly since. Likely improver.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 THE WILD CAT