Smart three-year-old Weapon looks poised to bounce back into the winner’s stall today in the sixth race.
The colt gets a serious drop in grade on his last start fifth to So Far Cool in the listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m) on April 7. The son of leading sire Written Tycoon has drawn perfectly in gate six and gets top jockey Ben Melham to ride for the first time.
He has shown plenty of ability with a record of two wins and a third at his seven starts and he was powering home last start over the 1400m at Bendigo.
The weather will be perfect with a fine day forecast of 23C. The track is rated as a Good 3 and the false rail will be at the six-metre position from the 600m to the winning post.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 4 – 5, 6 – 6 - 9
Wide Play: 4,6 – 5,6 – 4,6,14 – 5,9,13
BEST BET: R6 – 4. Weapon
Next Best Bet: R8 – 6. Seven Year Reward
Best Roughie: R7 – 3. Sovereign Duke
No11 Sizzlesun was trapped deep before finishing a solid fourth over 1100m at Caulfield on March 31. Drops dramatically in class today and has top jockey Ben Melham to ride. The tongue tie goes on for the first time.
No10 Scottish Rogue
No1 British Medium
SCRATCHED - No15 Miss Hellbender
VALUE RUNNER: No15 Miss Hellbender
No1 Raid The Cabinet with apprentice Fred Kersley’s 1.5kg claim will carry 57kg. Ran a top third over 1535m maiden at Geelong at last start in December. Has been placed at four of seven starts.
No8 La Tesora
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Redeemer
No9 Open The Hatch showed stark improvement at her second start when running a good second over 1312m maiden at Echuca on April 8. Jamie Mott replaces Harry Coffey. Good chance.
No8 Oklahoma Days
No4 Clever Dolly
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Clever Dolly
No5 Keysor has been placed at five of six starts and is overdue for a win. Last start ran a strong second over 1600m maiden at Pakenham on April 5. Was the $2.40 favourite that time. Gets ace rider Dwayne Dunn here.
No11 Miss Matilda
SCRATCHED - No6 Mr Monaco
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Mr Monaco
No4 Semari has won twice and been placed third once from her five starts. Latest she raced at the elite level when running eighth in the Vinery Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 31. Big class drop.
No3 So You Leica
No5 Tea For Choux
No6 High Low Bet
VALUE RUNNER: No6 High Low Bet
No4 Weapon (BEST BET) down in class here after running eighth over 1400m in the Listed Bendigo Guineas on April 7. Top jockey Ben Melham replaces Daniel Moor and this is his third start back from a spell. Ready now to show best form.
No7 Gimme Strength
SCRATCHED - No5 Zolani
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Zolani
SCRATCHED - No4 Demolition possesses a fantastic record fresh of two wins and a third at four starts. He had two trials at Warwick Farm over 802m and 805m in preparation for his comeback. Has top jockey Dwayne Dunn to steer.
No5 Sacred Sham
No3 Sovereign Duke (BEST ROUGHIE)
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Sovereign Duke
No6 Seven Year Reward (NEXT BEST BET) races on the speed and gave a good account when running second over 1000m at Sandown on April 2. That was his second start back from a spell and has an unblemished record at his third attempt. With the 2kg claim will carry 58.5kg.
No4 Chapel Road
No3 Bravo Tango
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Bravo Tango
No9 Approved Anger can give trainer Darren Weir a high to finish this card boasting a record of four starts for two wins and a second at this track. Top jockey Dean Yendall rides on 55kg – which is a drop of 4.5kg on his last start unplaced run at Ballarat.
No13 Patricia Anne
No5 Simply Splashing
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Simply Splashing