Indian Star has his first start for Marcus Wilson after being trained by Bjorn Baker at Warwick Farm. When he was with Baker he managed a second and was well supported at his only two starts. Has trialled well enough. Little Bit Of Suzy should be up on the speed and looks to have the talent to beat this average field. No Doubt A Lady was previously trained by Mick Price and may have finished last in a 10-horse field at Werribee on debut but was less than three lengths off the winner so she could easily come out and win.
Betting strategy: Quinella 9, 11
Realing races better second-up and he’s won stronger races than this in the past but needs a lift in form. Bart does drop back in distance which isn’t always something punters are attracted to, but he’s a talented horse who could dominate this race out in front from start to finish. Devil’s Fire scored a rare win last start coming off the speed but his 12 second placings are patchy form make it hard to get too confident. Madam Shazam comes off a good last start win and get the blinkers on for the first time which is a good sign.
Betting strategy: Bart to win
Portuguese Tart is knocking on the door and this is easier than what she was facing in Queensland so expect a big performance now she’s got a run in the race. Toffee Drop wasn’t bad last start at Casino and probably should have won the 1000m race. Going back up to 1200m looks suitable. Ethanol Girl drops a little in grade and should improve off a debut run. Brown Brown will do better now that he’s peaking fitness-wise but still needs to lift.
Betting strategy: Portuguese Tart to win
Powerful Saga returned well from a break last start but tends to be a touch worse second-up but still can win. The 1200m is a query, too, but he was holding Cash Spinner well in that race and they meet again today. Impregnable drops back from 1400m and that really suits him. Hotel Drive has won at the track and distance and ran behind Fabry last start who is a city-class horse so the form is there. There’s a good argument to say Hope Island would’ve beaten Hotel Drive last time.
Betting strategy: Hotel Drive to win
Maglev just had too much to do from a wide gate last start and got too far back but he would have won in a few more strides so look for him to be closer this time and given every chance of running over the top of them. Caro Cavallo drops in class which helps but so will the drop in distance after he failed to see out the 1710m last time. Sultry Testa returned well from a spell and will improve so she’s an each-way chance in an average field.
Betting strategy: Maglev to win
Chantilly Chateau was hitting the line nicely last start and this is a drop in grade so she’s worth considering even with the big weight which she’s carried well in the past. Joueur finished 12th last start but that was in higher grade and a race before that he finished third in even better company. Splendid Stryker also drops in class and was just behind a couple of very handy bush horses last start. Yeppoon’s 10th placing last start wasn’t as bad as it looks on paper. He was only four lengths off the winner and struck interference in the straight.
Betting strategy: Boxed trifecta 1, 2, 3, 5
Bungaree Boy is a quick horse and has been well backed by punters of late. He’s third-up now and could just run them off their feet. Bungaree Boy looks to be running into a field that he has a class edge on. Too Easy Bro goes very well fresh and comes into this after a trial win so he might have his confidence back now. Shez A Rockin’Toff will be challenging for the lead and has the ability to hold on and run into the money. Old Trieste is a knockout hope.
Betting strategy: Bungaree Boy to win