There are two meetings to look at on Thursday, with Redcliffe and Kilmore getting my attention. Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 1, Number 3, Baileys With Legs
I might be mad making a 29-start maiden a best bet considering the field has had 269 starts between them for no wins. But she does look the one most likely with good gate speed. The form around her from recent runs does read quite well for this, so I am happy to start off with a good thing.
Next best: Race 4, Number 1, My Ultimate Heston
This horse is a pretty handy three-year-old that I am confident can get back into the winners list. This horse attempted to lead throughout last time out here and just felt the pinch late. This horse has the gate speed to lead these up quite comfortably and from there, he should find control and prove hard to run down.
Value: Race 7, Number 7, Darby Brights
This bet is a 1×3 speck at odds on this six-year-old mare. This horse had a soft trip in transit last time out and battled away pretty well without threatening. This horse has a good trailing draw to use again, hopefully leaders back, three back at worst, and from there, she can sneak a place at a decent price.
Best bet: Race 3, Number 1, Violetta Gift
This horse is a lightly raced mare that is showing promise and despite being a maiden trot race, I’m confident she can get the job done. This horse just didn’t get the clearest of paths at Ballarat last time and once she did, she galloped, so her manners are not 100 per cent. But if she holds the front from the pole, she’ll take beating.
Next best: Race 4, Number 4, Soho Dow Jones
He let punters down on debut but he can make amends here. That debut run came at Ballarat where he drew outside the front row, was forced to do a power of work, and just felt the pinch late. This horse has drawn better, and he should press forward, find the front and prove very hard to run down.
Value: Race 5, Number 2, Lola Montez
I can have something small on this mare each way. Her recent efforts have been more than sound, and this horse has done it with tricky draws. This horse has Gate 2 to use here, so she will potentially find the front, and from there, she can run a cheeky race at a price.