There are two meetings to look at on Monday, with Maryborough and Globe Derby getting my attention.
Below are the best bets for the respective programs.
Best bet: Race 5, Number 1, Bonavista Boy
He looks the best on the card. He just did a bit too much work fresh at Charlton. He then came here two weeks ago where he led them on a merry dance and ran a fast time in an impressive display. That is what he is capable of and if any hint of that is produced here, he wins again.
Next best: Race 2, Number 1, Dellsun
I am hoping for a positive drive to bounce this horse back into positive form. This horse got too far back on the pegs from the mobile last time out in Melton and couldn’t get involved. From the stand here, he’s usually safe away. He should lead with Chris Alford to steer and take beating from in front.
Value: Race 4, Number 8, Im Themightygrumps
The first 200 metres will determine how strong his claims are. He follows out a fast beginner in Shecandoit. If that horse holds the lead, then this guy should get the back and from there, he’ll be dangerous. This horse ran well a few days ago from a tricky spot and at each-way odds, he’s worth a speck.
Best bet: Race 5, Number 4, Big Black Betty
She gets her chance to get back into the winners list. It was a few weeks between runs when racing here last Monday. This horse just looked a bit rusty when asked for the effort but was good in defeat when second. Hopefully she can press forward, find the front, and prove hard to run down.
Next best: Race 1, Number 5, Half Moon Beach
This horse is a former Queenslander that is having his first run for Shane Loone. This horse was formerly with the Dwyer camp up north and was a very consistent type in races similar to this. He had shown good gate speed when racing up there so despite drawing wide, he’ll press forward and if he lands in front, he’s the one to beat.
Value: Race 2, Number 1, Heseversoclever
He’s a great each-way gamble. He has not been too bad in recent times and finds a thin race here. He tends to race best when in front so hopefully he can hold up from the pole. And if that eventuates, he can run a positive race at hopefully each-way odds.