Two meetings to look at on Saturday night, with my attention being at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Tabcorp Park Melton. Down below are your best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race Six Number 9 Ignatius
There was a question mark as to how well he was going at one stage, but his recent form suggests he is getting back towards his 3-year-old form, where he was one of the best in Australia.
Has won three of his past four and was dominant three weeks ago when winning a Group 3 here. Needs luck from the wide gate, but class gets him home.
Next-best: Race Eight Number 5 Let’s Go To Brazil
Pretty keen on this guy in the get out. Set a decent task last time out here and he kept finding the line in a really good effort. Drops a bit in grade and depth, Luke McCarthy to steer, has the gate speed to find the lead and from the front, so he’ll take a power of beating.
Value: Race Seven Number 7 Empire Bay
He is in a purple patch at the moment and each way is a bet here at double figures.
An impressive winner here before making up good ground from the back two weeks ago. Has a tricky draw to overcome but if he gets luck in the running, he can figure in the finish.
Best bet: Race Four Number 1 Tango Tara
It’s nearly a case of any price. It all depends on gate speed and if he can hold up from the pole. If he does, it’s race over.
Former New Zealand pacer that has A1 form around him across the ditch, form which will see him spank these if he runs up anything near it. The first 100 metres to 200 metres is crucial but on class, he just bolts up.
Next-best: Race Five Number 3 Always Fast
Emma Stewart-trained five-year-old that has class and really came of age when last in work.
Hopefully, that can eventuate here despite being first up, and perhaps ridden against his pattern from last time in. He was so effective last prep when driven cold and launching late.
But the way this race sets up, he’ll lead and it’ll take a good one to run him down.
Value: Race Eight Number 1 Majestic Courtney
He lacks the class of some of these, but one thing he does have in his corner is gate speed, so will be fascinating to see how he goes.
This is the first full prep he’s had with Andy Gath and we know this stable is genius at improving a tried horse. He’ll hold up early, then potentially opt for cover. His best can see him prove to be a knockout chance.