A couple of unlucky runners highlight our selections for today while a TAB Highway winner has to carry a fair bit of weight over the sprint distance at Newcastle but we still think he has what it takes to get the cash.
Newcastle is racing on a Soft 5 with the rail out 11m the entire circuit.
Mornington will be racing on a Soft 5 with the rail out 8m the entire circuit.
*SCRATCHED* Today is the day MR MONACO could break his maiden. The son of Monaco Consul has started favourite in two of his three runs to date and he has two placings to his credit so far. Two starts back, in November last year, he finished third to Peaceful State and that is terrific form for a race like this with that horse going on to place in the Australian Guineas before winning a Listed feature at Morphettville a few weeks back. Mr Monaco heads into this race off a closing fourth to Merrimen at Sandown and the form out of that race is hot with the placegetters going on to break their maidens next start.
ALL STAND has to carry the grandstand today but with Kerrin McEvoy aboard is definitely worth a ticket in this race. The four-year-old was beaten narrowly last time out at Gosford over 1200 metres but the 900m scamper won’t concern him as he has been successful over the distance in the past. With a Soft track today it plays in his favour and although he carries 61kgs, he is the class runner of the field having won a TAB Highway in town and pushed the very promising Victorem all the way in another Highway event in December last year.
THE CENTAURIAN was luckless last start and is worth following. The gelding was racing in stronger company last start at Caulfield and was planted three-wide the trip on the speed in the race won by the leader, Written Choice. The Centaurian only got tired late and did well to finish ninth of 16 runners. Prior to that he was a good second to the highly promising You’ve Been Had at Cranbourne on April 13. The five-year-old gets the services of Fred Kersley today and is a good chance from barrier seven.