Track – Currently Rated Good 4
Rail – +4m.
Race 1: BM 86 Handicap 1300m
Small field to kick off the day over the 1300m. Amberdi is the current favourite at $2.45. Go The Journey looks the leader with Blue Morpho and Amberdi handy.
Blake Says: Amberdi looks well suited here. Happy to forgive last start when she was racing in inferior ground. Drops back to the more suitable 1300m here, positive jockey change and maps to get a lovely run just off the speed, very hard to beat.
Lachlan Says: AMBERDI has been up for a while and is racing very consistently. There looks to be three main hopes and that's it. No real value interests in the opener. Moving on.
Race 2: Sabois 3YO BM 70 Handicap 1250m
Race for the 3YO’s here over the 1250m and Aristocratic Miss is the current favourite at $2.75. Magnetic Rose should find the front comfortably.
Blake Says: A race of little interest here, Aristocratic Miss on top but no interest in the current price on offer.
Lachlan Says: ARISTOCRATIC MISS has the clear best form lines for the race contesting G1 events in the early stages of career. That being said, she is only 1 from 15. GOTTA BE GOLD contested the same race at Sandown as ARISTOCRATIC MISS and was well in the market before only finishing amongst the pack. Has a race fitness edge here and looked the goods first up. Having said that, it's a watch race for me.
Race 3: Sabois 2YO Handicap 1000m
2YO race over the sprint journey and Li’l Kontra is the current favourite at $3. Hard to have any confidence in a speed map with majority of the field on debut.
Blake Says: No betting interest here with majority of the field on debut, watch and learn race for me.
Lachlan Says: Not much interesting betting wise for me in this event. I own a share in the $51 outsider DARK SENTRY. He was plain in a trial where the track was a bit shifty. It was won by DEFIANT DANCER who killed them down the outside. Early money suggest that trial watchers haven't missed. Obviously LIL KONTRA will be around the mark but another race with too many unknowns.
Race 4: 4UP Class 3 Handicap 1250m
Another sprint race and With A Bit of Dash has opened up as a $3.25 favourite. Appollo Jet should work across from out wide to take the lead.
Blake Says: A race with little depth. Thought With A Bit of Dash had its chance last week but will improve fitness wise here and should get a nice run just off the speed. Does win rarely though and I have no interest in the current price on offer.
Lachlan Says: Tricky race. Not really sure I want to take $2.90 about WITH A BIT OF DASH on the 7 day back up. GIRL'S GOT SPIRIT raced much better last start away from Moonee Valley and gets a nice claim for McFarlane. Drawn well and in a good yard. Should get every chance.
Race 5: BM 75 Handicap 1000m
Another small field over the sprint journey here and Equal Love who is aiming for a hattrick of wins is the current favourite at $2.25. Equal Love and Domination look the main speed engaged.
Blake Says: Equal Love is racing well, did have many favours though last start and gets a negative jockey change, looks short. Domination is flying but won’t get it his own way up front here. Street Life drops back to the 1000m, if he can stay in touch early, can prove hard to hold out late.
Lachlan Says: DOMINATION is racing in career best form for G.Young. He seems to be able to get tried horses going! Sticking with WHITE KAPS at a price again. The market always underrates his chances but he's got genuine speed and ability and goes well around the Parks track.
Race 6: Sabois + BM 82 Handicap 2250m
A race for the stayers and Lostarc is the current favourite at $3.90. Prima can work across to lead with Pat The Weapon and Lostarc handy.
Blake Says: Zero betting interest here, next race.
Lachlan Says: On his day little PRIMA would give these a lesson. He's a small little horse but races in great heart. He's never far away in harder event than this so am happy to play each-way.
Race 7: BM 75 Handicap 1550m
Race over the 1550m and Victorian visitor All Hard Wood is the current favourite at $3.30. Mihany looks the leader with Moghul Empire coming across to sit handy.
Blake Says: Another race of little interest. All Hard Wood brings good enough form to be competitive here, but the stable haven’t had much success recently when bringing over horses to run in Adelaide. Moghul Empire didn’t beat much last start but finds another winnable race and should get a nice run on the speed. Staying out.
Lachlan Says: ALL HARD WOOD beat a pretty smart horse last start at Sandown and that looks the correct form for this race. Don't be frightened that he's never placed 2nd up as he has only been no further than 1.3L away in those runs. If the over-cook things in front then the value looks to be with FLOP from the wide draw. Stubby will give it every chance to slot from a 3 wide cover position and have the last crack. Will probably have something on both this race.
Race 8: BM 64 Handicap 1400m
We finish off the day with a race over the 1400m and Cosmic Alert is the $4.40 current favourite in what is a wide open market. There looks good speed engaged here and would be expecting an above average tempo.
Blake Says: Cosmic Alert was solid first up, stuck on well after leading the field up to the tearaway leader. Should take good improvement fitness wise from that run and maps to get a lovely run just off the speed here. Carlaluisa looks to find a very winnable race here but map does look the concern. No betting interest.
Lachlan Says: My boy ENKI goes around again in the last and should run well. Just needs some cover. Was a disaster ride last time out and is worth forgiving. Interesting runner is CAMBOBASSO for Michael Hickmott. First start in Australia from NZ but all form has been on soft/heavy. Looks a tricky race to end the day, give rough chances to NIGHT QUEEN and JACKTHEGIANTSLAYER. Might be worth boxing up some roughies in a quinella and hope for the best.
Best – R1 #4 Amberdi
Best Each Way – R5 #4 Street Life
Best – R7 #4 All Hard Wood (Saver FLOP)
Best Each Way – R6 #4 Prima
Best Roughie – R5 #8 White Kaps