Two meetings to look at on Friday, with my attention at Mildura and Tabcorp Park Melton. The best bets for the respective programs are down below.
Best bet: Race 12 Number 1 Wild Man
He wins if he runs up to his trials. A talented five-year-old for Boris Devcic that resumes and he has looked very strong at the trials, mainly here, and he has got better and better. He should have little trouble holding the lead and with a soft lead, he wins.
Next-best: Race 1 Number 1 Flexi Bet
She is a two-year-old filly that has been somewhat disappointing in her career to date and she let punters down two weeks ago, but this looks a significant drop in grade and depth and with a soft lead on the cards, she’ll be hard to beat. Prior to that, it looked a win was near so I’m giving her another chance.
Value: Race 5 Number 1 Coco Cash
I’m happy to speck this mare 1×3 at a price. She hasn’t really had the best of luck with draws in recent times, but that all changes this time around with a pole draw and leading rider Wayne Hill to take the drive. Her overall form recently hasn’t been too bad and if she can hold a forward spot, she’ll run a positive race.
Best bet: Race Nine Number 3 On My Oath
I’m confident that this former Western Australia pacer can lead throughout. He won his opening four runs in Victoria prior to racing at Charlton where he just did a bit too much work in the run and tired late. He should find the front this time around and with Chris Alford to steer, he’ll take beating.
Next-best: Race 4 Number 4 Outa The Blue
She’s been knocking on the door to win a race all prep and she gets her chance here. She just did a bit too much work at Shepparton last time out and felt the pinch late when a close up third. She has a front-row draw, so she can press forward and if she finds the lead, she’s the one to beat.
Value: Race Ten Number 8 Alpha Crucis
He’s worth a shout here at odds. He follows out a fast beginner so could well land the leaders back and if that eventuates, he comes right into play as a knockout chance. He ran here last Friday and worked home okay from an impossible start. He’ll sit closer in the run and be quite dangerous.