Our best bet of the day comes out of the Dubbo program. This horse was an eye catcher last start and may well have won had the race been an extra few metres. This maiden galloper shouldn’t be a maiden for too much longer.
Dubbo is racing on a Good 3 with the rail true.
Tatura is racing on a Good 4 with the rail true.
Had the flashing light on it last time out and will be suited by today’s race. CASZAR (BEST BET) comes into this off a luckless fifth to Amelda at this track a fortnight ago. Was stuck third last on the fence turning for home and despite Daniel Pitomac’s best efforts, the pair kept running into dead ends before finally finding clear space inside the final 100 metres to flash home and finish less than a length behind the winner. If the race was an extra 100m, which it is here, he would’ve won. Give another go.
1st: No1 CASZAR 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No5 Defeat; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No4 Trojan; 4th: No12 Casula Lad
This horse has been racing against some good maidens and is due for a change in luck. Was planted outside the leader at Kyneton over 1850m last time out and only got tired late, finishing 3.5 lengths behind Barry’s Command with the runner-up Maclairey finishing second at Moonee Valley last Friday night. Perfect Pony is now three runs into his preparation and should be fully wound up for this. Will get a gun trip from one.
1st: No4 PERFECT PONY 2nd: No2 Mr Integrity; 3rd: No7 Pertinacious; 4th: No1 Casino Master
Tipping YEAS AND NAYS to score here after running in the placings at his past three starts. Wound up third to Escebee after chasing the leader for most of the trip last start at this track on November 3. She hit the front on straightening but tired late to be grabbed by the winner who she meets 2.5kgs better off here. Drawn two and maps to be on the speed once more. The booking of Greg Ryan is a huge plus!
1st: No7 YEAS AND NAYS 2nd: No2 Escebee; 3rd: No3 Postmaster General; 4th: No1 Shadow Force
Premier trainer Darren Weir is extending his consistent mare ZELSIGNORET out to this distance and that has to be a good indication that she can run out the journey. The four-year-old has been over the mile at her past two starts, finishing close up on both occasions when fourth and third respectively. Likes to go forward at the start to expect to see Dean Yendall have her in the firing line throughout.
1st: No4 ZELSIGNORET 2nd: No2 Weidman; 3rd: No3 Pray For Us; 4th: No5 Lovera
It is definitely worth giving MERAKI MISS (NEXT BEST) another chance. Forget she went around last start at Warwick Farm, when she was planted three-wide the trip and finished at the rear behind the exciting Pohutukawa on October 24. Go on her win at Orange two starts back when again forced to sit wide for the majority of the trip. Drawn gate six, Meraki Miss is likely to go forward in search of a prominent role and with Mathew Cahill on board, the pair look the ones to beat.
1st: No2 MERAKI MISS 2nd: No1 Fine Hero; 3rd: No3 Westlink; 4th: No7 Raheen Lady