There are two meetings to look forward to on Monday, with my attention at Stawell and Parkes.
Best bet – Race 3, No. 5: Plymouth Chubb
He’s the best two-year-old trotter in the country and should confirm that with a dominant win here en route to the Redwood. He resumed without a trial at Shepparton but took the front, led them a merry dance and spanked them. He’ll likely have to work to win here, but he showed last prep he can do that successfully.
Next best bet – Race 5, No. 2: Okinawa Beach
She’s clearly the one to beat. She was massive in defeat last time out at Maryborough when doing plenty of work on speed and fought on courageously when third. Drawn ideally, she should press forward and find the front and from there, and she can dominate proceedings and take this out.
Value bet – Race 7, No. 1: Torque Like A Lady
She hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in three career outings, but she comes up with a draw and map to do no work. It’s hard to get enthused by what she has done to date, but you don’t need to have too much on her. This is more of a speck at a big price given she lands leaders back.
Best bet – Race 2, No. 7: Captain Oh Captain
The draw is tricky, but if she overcomes it, she will win comfortably. She’s the class runner of the field by some distance and resumes for Amanda Turnbull. She showed good promise when last in – she worked and ran solid races at metro level, even at Stakes level. If she gets luck from the gate, she’ll win.
Next best bet – Race 4, No. 1: Holy Camp Paxton
It’s a really kind map for her, with seemingly no real speed on the front line outside her, so she should have little trouble holding the front. She hasn’t won in over a year, but she’s bursting to win one and comes up with a race she could and should dominate from the front.
Value bet – Race 6, No. 1: Nicky Brook
She doesn’t have the gate speed to lead, but hopefully she can land leaders back. She hasn’t had much luck with gates, but she comes up with the pole here, so hopefully she can hold a forward spot. From there she won’t need to work, and if the breaks go her way, she can take this out.