Jungle Queen showed she was on target with a strong effort first up to run a close second to Miss Norway over 1100m at Sandown on March 28.
The three-year-old filly was beaten in a head-bobbing finish that day when at good each-way odds at $7.50. She will be tighter in the betting today in the Seventh Race, where she drops back into country class and will lack nothing in horsemanship with Linda Meech replacing Craig Williams. She has a wide alley in 14 but has the pace to overcome and looks a good bet on the day.
The false rail is at the True Position and the track is rated perfect as a Good 3 (Wednesday). With fine weather forecast the track rating should remain unchanged.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 5 – 1 – 1,13 – 1,6
Wide Play: 4,5 – 1,2,3 – 1,10,13 – 1,5,6,9
BEST BET: R7 – 13. Jungle Queen
Next Best Bet: R4 – 1. Tan Check
Best Roughie: R5 – 4. Rock And Swing
No5 Bare Witness has had several major gear changes after hanging wide last start when eighth over 1200m maiden at Pakenham on March 29. Previous form was top class in this grade and can break the ice here.
No6 Dashing Dot
No1 Fighting Shadow
No10 Peggy Rose
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Peggy Rose
No9 Free To Run is a lightly raced four-year-old mare who has her hoof on the till. Latest she ran a good second over 1000m maiden at Healesville on April 7. She is on the quick back up but this is mild.
No12 Under No Prussia
No8 Divine Way
SCRATCHED - No10 Smooth Transition
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Smooth Transition
No6 Ramon strikes very moderate opposition in this maiden. Was heavily backed into $2.70 when finishing a neck second over 1620m maiden at Donald on March 22. Has good country rider Dean Holland to steer from four.
No2 Hard Got
No10 Ocean Class
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Circulate
No1 Tan Check (NEXT BEST BET) has made a flying start to his career with a second and a win at two starts. Was backed into a $1.85 favourite before scoring a hard-fought win over 1620m maiden at Donald on March 22.
No2 Under Oath
No6 I Ain't The One
No8 Haunted Stream
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Haunted Stream
No5 Sayonaramos will be fresh off a six-week break and loves this distance with three starts for two wins. With Ciaron Maher back training after a disqualification would expect a forward showing and has top rider Linda Meech. Will sport blinkers for the first time.
No2 He's The Boss
No8 Lady Lee
No4 Rock And Swing (BEST ROUGHIE)
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Matty
No1 Makahu Boy will be defending his unblemished record at this track after winning here over 1100m two starts ago. Latest he just missed a placing over1200m at Goulburn on March 15. Will be fresh for this.
No2 Ong Varn
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Amaretto
No13 Jungle Queen (BEST BET) has the blinkers being pulled off after her courageous second over 1000m against 3YR fillies at Sandown on March 28. She had won a trial prior to her first-up start and
Anticipate she will go on strongly from here.
No1 Missile Boom
No11 Fastlane To Heaven
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Fastlane To Heaven
No1 Blue Valour posted two impressive wins at Wagga in a row over 1300m before finishing a strong fourth over 1400m at the same track on April 2. Talia Hope’s 1.5kg claim reduces the impost to 60.5kg.
No5 Onehellofa Family
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Onehellofa Family