With rain forecast for Werribee the track has been rated as a Soft 5. Pay to keep an eye on the track rating on the day to see if there is any downgrade, but many of the runners can handle the conditions if the track rating remains unchanged.
Saxophone (Race Five) has been racing in top stead with a fighting win fresh over 1000m at Warracknabeal on March 31. The four-year-old son of leading sire Lonhro then ran a courageous second over 1200m at Seymour on April 10. The Lonhro stock enjoy the sting out of the ground so conditions will suit him. He also drops 3kg to 58.5kg on his last start and regular rider Steven Vella will guide from barrier two. The gelding looks a strong bet on the eight-race card for punters. The false rail is back to the True Position so all horses should get a fair run.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 6 – 2 – 2,4 – 1,8
Wide Play: 5,6 – 2,6 – 2,3,4 – 1,2,3,8
BEST BET: R5 – 6. Saxophone
Next Best Bet: R6 – 2. Clemmensen
Best Roughie: R8 – 1. Magellan
No6 Uzayli with the addition of blinkers can break the ice after being an ultra consistent place-getter. Latest was held up before flourishing home to run a close second over 1200m maiden at Pakenham on April 5.
No8 Cath’s Village
No10 Once Upon A Dream
SCRATCHED - No11 Schumer
No4 Charlie’s World has the cross-over noseband going on for the first time. Showed he was ready with a solid fourth over 1190m trial at Cranbourne on April 3 for a forward showing fresh.
No12 Tata Da Goose
No5 Count Zero
No5 Annunciate runs in a moderate maiden today and was placed at prior two starts to finishing sixth over 1625m here on April 7. Was backed into a $3.30 that day when showing speed to lead and battled on well.
No8 Don’t Call Me Al
No10 The Grove
VALUE RUNNER: No10 The Grove
No4 Under The Sea has the winkers removed for this start. Finished inside the money at previous four starts to finish sixth over 1100m at Ballarat on March 27. Senior rider Beau Mertens replaces a 2kg claiming apprentice.
No2 Coco Couture
No1 Captain Crackerjak
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Davaluri
No6 Saxophone (BEST BET) has been in splendid form with a win and a second at past two starts. Latest was caught up to five deep before finishing a brave second over 1200m at Seymour on April 10. Likes the soft going and will take some beating today from barrier two and dropping 3kg to 58.5kg.
No5 Flying Batya
No10 Red Gucci
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Red Gucci
No2 Clemmensen (NEXT BEST BET) swept to the front and never looked like being beaten over 2000m at Ballarat last start on March 27. He then ran a solid third in a2400m trial at Cranbourne in a warm up for this on April 5. He does go up 2kg for his last start win but that should not hinder him with a soft draw in barrier one. David Bates is to ride.
No6 Honorary Miss
No7 Valhalla Princess
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Prospector
No4 Catch Me Latar has the blinkers removed and replaced by winkers. Was engaged in a three-way photo when third over 1500m at Mornington on April 1. Was well backed that day and good chance here.
No2 Grand Teton
No1 The Harrovian
No3 Mission Vision
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Mission Vision
No1 Magellan (BEST ROUGHIE) drops back from city class to the provincials here after a solid seventh over 1300m at Sandown on April 2. Senior rider Brad Rawiller replaces a 3kg claiming apprentice and looks a good chance second-up.
No4 John’s Revenge
No8 Spirit Of Phoenix