Two meetings to look at on Wednesday, with Yarra Valley and Bathurst getting my attention. Down below is best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 6, Number 4, Tripod
He did the right thing by us at Shepparton last time and happy to butter up again. His manners can be hit and miss but he did everything right last start and with that, his class came to the fore and bolted up. Bit more depth here, but confident he can get the job done.
Next-best: Race 2, Number 6, Whatwillbeewillbee
Little while between wins but I think he finds a very winnable race. Thought he closed off his race quite nicely last time out at Shepparton when third, beaten six metres. Small field so he won’t be far away from the outset and with Alford steering, he’s hard to beat.
Value: Race 8, Number 1, Karalta Courage
Former Tassie who I think is an each way speck. Be forgiving of his run run at Bendigo on Christmas Eve. Did far too much work in the last lap and dropped out to run last. From the pole, he should get a suck run, likely behind the speed, and if he can land leaders back, he’ll be dangerous.
Best bet: Race 6, Number 10, Pampelonne
He’s short but he should be winning. Former Kiwi that made his Australian debut here a couple of weeks ago where he got buried back three back the pegs and worked home well late when clear. Draws better this time, should get first run on his main rival and prove too good.
Next-best: Race 8, Number 1, Aurora Fig
I don’t think she is anything special but that can be well and truly said about her rivals. Five years of age and is on debut, so they have been patient, telling me she must be showing something positive at home to keep persisting. Trials leading in have been sound and drawn the pole, she stands out.
Value: Race 5, Number 1, Why Not Surf
Purely on rating, he has little hope given he’s 52 and next best is 60. But, he is a horse that is racing well, has the pole draw and those rated higher, there is a query on the majority as to how well they’re going. He’s been close up his past couple, and landing leaders back, he’s in with a shout.