With the famous Warrnambool carnival due to kick off next month there is an increase in the number of jumping races to feed the “Bool’s” most famous three-day feast of racing.
Today will see a steeple race kick off the eight-race card, followed by a hurdle and a maiden hurdle – all races are run over 3200m.
Getting Leggie returns from a stint at the famous Oakbank Easter weekend meeting to prepare for the “Bool” in the third race.
Winning jockey Steven Pateman goes back on the five-year-old after riding him to an imposing win in his maiden hurdle at Warrnambool on March 15. He strikes only four in opposition in the race and looks a great banker for punters. The track is rated as a Soft 5 (Wednesday) but with further rain forecast it could be downgraded. The false rail is at the True Position.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 2 – 2,7 - 5 - 1
Wide Play: 2,3,5 – 1,2,3,7 – 1,2,5 – 1,2,3,6
No1 John Monash is an English import racing in good stead over the flat finishing a solid third over 2640m at Werribee last start on April 6. Won over 2550m at Pakenham three starts ago and should be prominent.
No7 King Kamada
SCRATCHED - No5 Surging Wave
No4 King Of The Forest
VALUE RUNNER: No4 King Of The Forest
No1 Bit Of A Lad hails from the leading stable of Darren Weir and he loves jumps racing so will have this four-year-old ready for his maiden hurdle after his strong fifth over 2540m at Cranbourne last Friday night.
No2 Happy As Hell
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Happy As Hell
No5 Getting Leggie (BEST BET) strikes only four other runners in this hurdle and on his win over 3200m in a maiden hurdle on March 15 looks to be a strong chance today. Gets top jumps rider Steve Pateman to guide.
No4 Duke Of Boneo
No2 Gold Spur
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Tangara
No10 Annapuri will race with the addition of blinkers for the first time. The filly scored a strong third on 66kg in a maiden over 2030m at Werribee on April 7. She strikes a similar field and rates with good chances.
No6 Police Camp
No1 Bold Bandit
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Historic
No2 Bonne Sensation comes into this off a win at Warrnambool on a soft track and has run well in these conditions before. Should be winning this.
No5 He’s A Bomb
No3 Linen King
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Mecum
No2 Tucson Arizona was a fighting winner over 1450m at Edenhope two starts ago. Latest ran a solid seventh over 1400m at Ballarat on March 27. The Norton bit comes off and a lugging bit goes on. Will be ready.
No1 Bean Trac
No7 Deep Sea Lady
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Erector
No5 Taciturn (NEXT BEST BET) was ultra-consistent before being sent out. Returns from an 11-week spell today after running a top second at his last start over 1426m at Kilmore on February 2. With the 1.5kg claim will carry a more comfortable 57.5kg and is nicely drawn in six. Goes well on soft going which is another bonus.
No4 Quietly Angry
No1 Jocka’s Truce
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Danigree
No1 Aristobeaux was a most strong winner over 1206m maiden at Benella back in December at debut. Was not asked to do much in a trial when running seventh over 990m at Cranbourne on April 3. Respect fresh with the claim dropping weight to 60.5kg.
No2 Maxey Campo
No3 Miel De Lago
No6 Black Platinum (BEST ROUGHIE)
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Black Platinum