There is a big nine-race card at Benalla today but with the first five races being maidens and the first two of them for two-year-olds it makes it most difficult to find winners.
With so much undisclosed form in the early races suggest that punters follow the leading stables and any betting moves to get a better guide to selections.
It does not appear on paper to be an easy day for winners so you will need to stay on your wits to get through this meeting on top. The False Rail will be out to three metres from the 900m to the 300m and at the Trued Position for the remainder. The track is currently rated as a Soft 5, but fine weather is forecast.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 1 – 4 – 1,6,13 - 2
Wide Play: 1,2,3 – 4,5 – 1,6,11,13 – 2,5
SCRATCHED - BEST BET: R7 – 4. Eight Times A Lady
Next Best Bet: R9 – 2 Eagle Spirit
Best Roughie: R5 – 11. Redeemed
No1 Ashrad appears primed for a bold debut assault following a strong .4 length win over 880m at Tatura in a trial on March 19. The gelding strikes a field of mostly debutantes with little exposed form.
No9 Classic Choice
No6 Marcel From Madrid
No8 Yulong May
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Marcel From Madrid
No7 Unfair Dismissal faces opposition where there is not much exposed form. Had an unplaced start at Morphettville in October and showed he had benefitted from a spell with a clever win over 850m in a trial at Tatura on April 17.
No9 Solar Star
No2 Bill The Bee
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Sticks
No7 True Myth showed potential at his debut when finishing a good second over 1200m maiden at Pakenham on April 12. Barrier 11 is a setback but from a top stable in Mick Price.
No1 Eagle Point
No2 Just Rhinestone
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Soudi
No4 Ramon has been well-tried but faces moderate opposition and is racing well with a sound second over 1590m maiden at Wangaratta on April 13. Was a hot $1.80 favourite that day.
No2 Hard Got
SCRATCHED - No10 Hostile Lily
No5 Cliffs Of Dooneen
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Cliffs Of Dooneen
No7 Under No Prussia faces most moderate opposition here on paper. Ran a solid fourth over 1170m in a maiden at Wangaratta on April 13. Was finishing strongly from the back of the field that day.
No11 Redeemed (BEST ROUGHIE)
No2 Bel Sands
No6 The Big Sheila
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Redeemed
No1 Rock Of Mahal faces only a small field of seven and was a smart winner at Cranbourne five starts ago. Was having second start back from a spell when running a good sixth over 1200m at Sandown on April 11.
No4 Silver Stratum
No6 Powers Lookout
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Powers Lookout
SCRATCHED - No4 Eight Times A Lady (BEST BET) is a lightly raced talent from the Ciaron Maher stable and she looms with strong claims on her last-start third over 1608m at Echuca on April 8 . She won her maiden in good style here the start before.
No7 Haunted Stream
No6 Hurry Up Harry
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Hurry Up Harry
No13 Casino Empress is engaged in a wide open affair where anything is possible. She is young and she comes into the race with strong form with a .75 length win in a maiden over 1100m at Holbrook on April 14.
No1 Cuban Missile
No11 Bon For Glory
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Casino Empress
No2 Eagle Spirit (NEXT BEST BET) has been a model of consistency and won over 1400m at Werribee three starts ago. Was pipped on the line in a strong finish over 1600m at Pakenham on April 5 last start. Will lack nothing in horsemanship with Daniel Stackhouse replacing Jamie Mott today.
No8 Trump This
No4 Get Ya Kicks
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Get Ya Kicks