Two meetings to look at on Thursday, with Albion Park and Bendigo getting my attention. Down below is best bets for the respective programs.
Best Bet: Race Six Number 1 Vienna Boy
Pretty keen on his chances here. He is in a purple patch at the moment for Charlie Cini and drawn the pole, he should receive every chance.
Strong winner here two back before getting a second row draw last time and worked to the line quite well when a close up third. Hard to beat from the pole.
Next Best: Race One Number 6 Our Overanova
He is getting on in years but still has class and I think that class can get him home here. He has had two runs back from a break, both standing starts, and has been far from disgraced each time he has stepped out.
Will be interesting to see what Dixon does from the wide, whether he opts for cover or presses forward. Whatever scenario, he’s the one to beat.
Value: Race Eight Number 1 One Off
I think he can run a positive race at odds for Grant Dixon. Forget he went around here last Friday. Snagged back from the wide gate, he couldn’t come on from being so far back in the run so I’d forgive that run.
Drawn much better this time around, an improved showing is on the cards.
Best Bet: Race Six Number 7 Act Now
Quality three year old that I think can resume a winner despite the wide draw. He has superb gate speed so despite drawing seven, he should be able to get across should Quinlan push the button from the outset. Looked very sharp in a recent Melton trial win and I’d suggest is ready to go.
Next Best: Race Four Number 1 Dealmaker
Pretty keen on this gelding to resume a winner. He ended last prep on a high when leading throughout to win at Kilmore, which was back in November 2019.
Long time since he has raced, and hasn’t set the world on fire in a couple of trials, but the talent is there, he has gate speed and will look the winner for a long way.
Value: Race Five Number 8 Keayang Kamikaze
Hasn’t really had a decent barrier for a while, but that all changes here. He has a perfect draw to stalk likely leader Drain The Swamp. He hasn’t been too bad of late, but the barriers haven’t helped his cause. Should land in an ideal spot from the barrier and should he land leaders back, he’ll run really well.