There are a couple of bumper cards of racing on Saturday.
The highlight is Bendigo, where it’s Bendigo Pacing Cup Night, while at Sydney the racing is at Menangle.
There are the best bets for the two programs.
Best bet: Race 5, No. 1 Dance Craze
I think even money or thereabouts is a fair enough price for this classy mare. She looks the leader and I think will get total control from in front and prove too good. Mind you, she has been beaten recently when leading, but to counter that, she has run some very sharp early splits that have dulled her finale. I doubt they will go that hard early this time around, and should she hold the lead, which I think she will, the race will be over.
Next best: Race 9, No. 6 Bullion Lady
If the market likes President Roydon, the field will be running for second behind him. If he is soft in betting, then it’s race on, and I like Bullion Lady. She has a real love affair with this track, winning three of four, and her recent efforts in Melton have been good. She can use gate speed to cross and will prove hard to run down.
Value: Race 7, No. 3 Somebeachshadow
I think the current $8 price is on the skinny side, so wait and I think you’ll get double figures. We mentioned him as a value chance two weeks ago in Ballarat for the Sokyola Sprint and he was very good, just missing out on the win running second to Somewhere Secret. He has gate speed so should cross comfortably, and from there Jodi Quinlan can decide who she wants to sit behind and allow this gelding to use his brilliant turn of foot.
Best bet: Race 7, No. 3 Revy Jay
I was keen on Drop The Hammer last Saturday, and he saluted, beating home this guy narrowly. I think Revy Jay can turn the tables on him seven days later. He had the 1-1 sit last weekend and loomed large to win. The winner just had too much class late and fought on to win. Back to the mile, I think this suits him better, and already he has moved from $5 to $4. I’d take the $4 because I reckon he could nearly start favourite.
Next best: Race 1, No. 2 Fear Crusin
You have to believe what you have seen from this guy this prep. He’s been very well placed by the Morris camp, and they have been rewarded with a number of wins, the latest two starts resulting in dominant wins at Newcastle. Has won by big spaces, and two back over the mile he ran a 1:52.8 mile rate. That should see him measure up here.
Value: Race 3, No. 3 Jay Ok
Expensive Ego looks the real deal and should be winning, hence the $1.35 on offer, but from a price perspective Jay Ok is the value for sure at $7.50. I was on him last Saturday, his first run since 14 November and he just got too far back, but his late splits were outstanding in a very fast-run mile rate. If he can hold a forward spot from the gate, he’s in this race big time.