Behind the barriers: Five bets for Monday

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    Jockey Joao Moreira (L) takes off from the barrier on Regal Monarch before falling in the near the hme straight in race 4 the Ronald McDonald House Charities Plate during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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    Bit of a flop last Saturday with the five bets. Wet track against Mr Garcia, Plague Stone beat himself and the other pair were ordinary.

    Crack Me Up salvaged the wreckage, but with racing somewhat easing down now the Spring is done, I’ll start posting bets for every day. Here are the five bets for Monday.

    Bet One- Win- Ballina Race Two Number 7 Piper Boy
    Liam Birchley trained first starter who has trialled up really well for this first day at the races, the latest trial seeing him place behind Justify. That reads well with that horse bolting up to win on debut last week.

    It’s rare you see Birchley hop the border, but when he does, he rarely comes back emptyhanded.

    Bet Two- Win- Ballina Race Five Number 1 Saipan
    Short enough at even money, but I think he’s the good thing of the day. Looked run off his legs early fresh at Murwillumbah but once he got balanced and going, Lloyd picked his way through, found clear and won quite impressively on the line.

    Ballina is a different beast, but the claim definitely helps and he takes on a field with not as much depth.

    Bet Three- Win- Wagga Race Two Number 7 Event
    Chris Heywood trained galloper who was given a tough run last time out on a very testing Gundagai surface. Had the audacity to loom and nearly win but he just ran out of puff late. Much better suited here on firmer ground, on his home track, and he should be just about at peak fitness now. Keen on him.

    Bet Four- Win- Wagga Race Number 5 Pacific Tycoon
    Becoming a bit costly to follow but he can only run well here and I think you could back him each way too if he gets to the $5-$5.50 mark. Looked home last time out at Albury but was nutted late by Tycoon. Maps to lead or get the box seat sit here, and he is another that is fourth and should be hard fit.

    Bet Five- Win- Hamilton Race Seven Number 5 Zoffman
    Doesn’t have the greatest of overall records, but I’m quite keen on his chances here. He ran over 1700m at the Bool on Oaks Day and I really liked the way he closed off late in the piece when third to Aagas. Was 1400-1700 that day so he has that hard run under the belt, he’ll be better off and he now gets Brad Rawiller steering.

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