There looks to be plenty of value on this eight-race card with the top stables strongly represented and the top Victorian jockeys riding.
The two-year-old Hawkshot looked strong at winning his maiden at Ballarat last month.
He gets the Group 1 winning jockey Damian Lane to ride – hot from his upset win in last Saturday’s ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick- in the second race. The False Rail will be at the true position and the track is rated as a Good 3.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1 – 10 – 9,11 – 11,13
Wide Play: 1,2,9 – 4,7,10 – 4,9,10,11 – 5,11,13
BEST BET: R2 – 2. HAWKSHOT
Next Best Bet: R3 – 3. RODIN’S DOLL
Best Roughie: R8 – 8. SUNDAY PRAY
No1 GOLDEN SCRIPT made a great debut when worked home very strongly for trainer Darren Weir to catch third place over 1000m here on March 28. Carries 58kg again and is drawn in three. Good claims in a tricky race.
No3 TANTIVY chased hard the entire race and ran second in a swamping finish over 1100m maiden against her own sex at Kyneton on March 21. Will sport winkers for the first time and has drawn well in gate six.
No2 MISS LOUISIANA made some impression at her sole trial when she ran second to French Fizz over 800m at Cranbourne on April 3. Top jockey Regan Bayliss rides from a good draw in three at her debut.
No4 TRUE BELL is a nicely bred filly who hails from the top juvenile stable of Mick Price. She did have a trial but that was last October finishing seventh over 800m at Cranbourne and was turned out to mature. Watch betting.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 TRUE BELL
No2 HAWKSHOT (BEST BET) finished strongly at debut to post an outstanding win over 1200m maiden at Ballarat on March 20. Was backed into a $2.90 favourite and had to rally hard to win by a lip on the line. Last Saturday’s Group 1 winning jockey Damian Lane is to ride from a great draw in gate seven. Will strip fitter at this attempt.
No1 WILD PLANET resumed from a spell with a highly promising second at Moonee Valley last start.
No7 SECRET BLAZE has drawn the rail and ran an eye-catching second first-up from a spell at Pakenham.
No3 THUNDERDOME had momentum knocked out when checked with close to the line at Moonee Valley. Chance.
No3 RODIN’S DOLL (NEXT BEST BET) is on a high wave with two wins from past three starts this campaign. Was a hot $2.25 favourite when scoring a narrow win against her own sex over 2000m at Pakenham on March 29. Craig Williams rode and keeps the ride and she drops 2kg to 56.5kg today. Her prior win was at the same track over 1600mon March 8. She is by leading staying sire So You Think and has great claims for a hat-trick.
No4 DIAPASON has been most reliable over the middle distances and gets a chance here again.
No6 VON RICHTER is a last start Yarra Valley winner and with the 2kg claim carries no weight on 52kg.
No2 DIVINE COMMAND Liam Riordan returns to the saddle and with his claim carries 55kg in chase for a hat-trick
VALUE RUNNER: No2 DIVINE COMMAND
No1 SHERLOCK HOLMES hails from a top staying yard and this Irish-bred stayer ran a great race to win over 2400m here on March 21. He was backed into a $2.50 favourite and won with something extra in the tank.
No3 ZOURKHAN has the blinkers and the noseroll being removed for the first time. Comes to town with a strong fourth over 1900m at Rosehill on March 17. He is from the top Sydney yard of Chris Waller and will be ready.
No10 CORRS won over 2300m at Ballarat three starts ago. Latest he ran a good second to Sherlock Holmes over 2400m here on March 21. Fred Kersley again rides and carries no weight too on 52kg.
No4 DIVINE SANCTION with Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim will carry 57kg. He ran a solid third to Sherlock Holmes over 2400m here on March 21. He led that day and from barrier five he could do the same again.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 DIVINE SANCTION
No2 CHATEAU GRIFFO faces a full field of fillies here. She was smashed into a $1.26 favourite when coasting to a 1.25 length over 1000m maiden at Bendigo on February 28. Faces another test today but has a good alley in three.
No9 UPTOWN GAL won her maiden in style at Cranbourne two starts ago before finishing a good fourth over 1400m at Ballarat against her own sex on march 20. Carries 56.5kg with the 3kg claim.
No15 NO REWARD will wear a crossover noseband for the first time. She ran a close second over 1100m as a $1.70 favourite first up at Stony Creek on March 11. This is stronger but she is a chance.
No4 DAWN DAWN was an imposing maiden winner at Newcastle at her maiden campaign. She resumes here from an 18-week spell and with Dwayne Dunn to ride for the Golden Slipper winning Team Hawkes would respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No15 NO REWARD
SCRATCHED - No11 ANDAZ gets a nice drop in class on last start 10th in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 10. Goes well fresh and has top rider Ben Melham top guide.
No4 PRINCETON SPIRIT with apprentice Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim will carry 58.5kg today. Ran a great fourth first-up over 1200m at Moonee Valley on March 23. Has an unblemished record second-up.
No1 BARTHELONA has yet to miss a placing at four starts fresh. He is resuming from a spell after running fourth at Canterbury over 1250m on November 22.
No10 ROCK OF MAHAL ran a strong second over 1200m at Yarra Valley on March 18, at first start back from a long spell. Gets top jockey Damien Oliver to guide today and has a solid record second-up.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 ROCK OF MAHAL
No11 STREET SHEIK gets ace rider Craig Williams to ride today. Last start ran a great second over 1300m here on March 28. He was narrowly beaten in a head bobbing finish.
No9 OKOTOKS has won once and been placed once at four starts. Last start got well back before finishing sixth over 1300m here on March 28. Previously won at Cranbourne.
No3 ANCIENT ECHOES has won twice and been placed three times at seven starts. Comes to town with two smart wins under his belt over 1400m at Morphettville and 1200m at Swan Hill. Respect.
No10 SILVERHAWK likes to race up on the pace and has been in solid form. This race is milder than when fourth over 1600m at Mornington on March 24. Previous start ran a good third here over the same distance.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 SILVERHAWK
No13 TRANQUIL MISS is right on the limit on 54kg and gets her chance to win here. She was steaming home to run a close second over 1400m here last start on March 21. That was second-up from a seven-week break.
No11 KAZIO with Craig Williams on board and from barrier five gets a good chance. Last start ran a solid seventh over 1600m at Mornington on March 24. Won at Sale three starts ago and ran a good second here two starts ago.
No5 KILMACURRAGH hails from the Golden Slipper winning stable of Team Hawkes and gets top Victorian jockey Dwayne Dunn to ride. Resumed from a spell with a strong win over 1400m at Pakenham on March 22.
No8 SUNDAY PRAY (BEST ROUGHIE) has been most consistent without winning. Latest ran a good third over 1600m at Mornington on March 24. He gets Ben Thompson to ride and has a good draw in seven.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 SUNDAY PRAY