Nothing like provincial Cup days to round out a solid weekend on the punt! We have earmarked the ones to beat at Kilmore and Goulburn in their respective features but you will have to wait for our pick of the day, which features in the final event at the latter. Was heavily supported last time out – where there’s smoke, there’s fire!
Goulburn is racing on a Soft 6 with the rail out 3m the entire course.
Kilmore is racing on a Soft 7 with the rail in the true the entire course.
Interesting runner who is worth a ticket in this. AHMAD is a four-year-old lining up for his first start but has had four trials to prep him for his debut, two earlier in the year and two recent ones. Three of those have been in Open barrier trials and he has performed admirably each time, beating Mapmaker and Hunter Jack over this distance back in April. Wasn’t asked to do a great deal in his Oct 30 trial when sixth to Aurora Rose and was then scrubbed up on the turn at Canterbury and last on straightening before finding the line against Re Edit on Nov 13.
1st: No1 AHMAD; 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No3 Noble House; 3rd: No4 Bentley Magic; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No9 Lu’s In Charge
MR MONEY BAGS (NEXT BEST) looks a good way to kick things off on Cup Day at Kilmore on a high. The son of Written Tycoon ran a bottler first-up down the straight at Flemington on Stakes Day, rattling home from last at the 400m to finish fourth to Order Of Command. Was scratched from the Ballarat card to race here. Slight concern with the Soft conditions and no second-up wins, however, drops in class and a bit in weight. Top pick.
1st: No1 MR MONEY BAGS; 2nd: No2 Prima; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No3 Bel Sonic; 4th: No4 Exceltara
We are predicting that Godolphin will be winning another Cup, but this time, it is the Goulburn Cup with INTERLOCUTER. The global powerhouse finally cracked it for a Melbourne Cup win with Cross Counter and although this guy isn’t in the same mould as that runner, he is the one to beat in Goulburn’s feature race. Worked home stylishly from last on the turn when fourth to Pecans in Listed company on November 8, which was his first run since the end of September. Has won on Soft ground which is a big plus. Maps to get back but will be running on late.
1st: No2 INTERLOCUTER; 2nd: No3 Articus; 3rd: No1 Fabrizio; 4th: No4 Karavali
Going for the topweight in the feature event of the day from Kilmore. FASTNET TEMPEST has been racing well without a great deal of luck and drawn three in this, gets the chance to break through. Was third to the highly promising Fifty Stars in the Sandown Stakes last week, coming from the rear to finish less than two lengths from the winner. Importantly, he was conceding 4kgs and 3kgs (to Holy Snow) to the two horses that beat him home. Is in the flying Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig barn and wasn’t beaten far in a pair of Group Ones this prep too. Looks a nice race for him despite the 60kgs.
1st: No1 FASTNET TEMPEST; No10 Manuel; 3rd: No13 Masculino; 4th: No2 Ulmann
Take whatever price you can get about CHEWBACCA (BEST BET). We are really confident on this bloke as he heads into the race off a good hitout first-up in the TAB Highway on November 3 at Rosehill behind Handle The Truth. The four-year-old was heavily supported but began slowly that day and made up good ground from the rear in the straight to finish third. The form out of the race is good with Our Rosemaree, which finished behind Chewbacca, winning a TAB Highway since. Drawn three, Mitch Bell should have him in a prominent spot early if he begins well enough. Is a horse on the way up and can handle these.
1st: No5 CHEWBACCA; 2nd: No4 Manzana; 3rd: No3 Treasure Boss; 4th: No2 Playard