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Race 1

12:55pm

Suggested

Lady Selkirk (No.2), My True Love (No.3) & La Fleurette (No.6)

Dangers

French Emotion (No.1)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield this Saturday for the big VOBIS meeting. There is some great prize money on offer and as a result we see some very handy horses engaged for a meeting at this time of the year. Given the nature of these races it also means we have quite a few short priced favourites headlined by Nature Strip and Cliff’s Edge. As such it probably isn’t the best betting meeting I have come across but hopefully we can still find some winners. It has been a pretty busy week so in the interest of trying to get this preview out on time I am going to keep the previews a bit briefer than usual. The weather in Melbourne has been superb and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday with the rail in the true position.

I am kicking the day off in the first race of the day and this is a race where I am hoping we can get one of these short priced favourites rolled. French Emotion has come up as favourite and obviously shapes as the one to beat but I am happy to have a small play around her here. My True Love has been set for this race it would seem first up from the Waterhouse yard. She has had quite a few trials and jump outs and has gone quite well in all of them and looks ready to give a good account of herself here. She has been rock solid in the early markets too since they opened. I just like the fact she will be up on the speed here and potentially a fair way in front of French Emotion in the run. Steve Baster has a great record on these front running horses and I fancy if the track is favouring those up on speed early in the day she might be hard to get past. At the better price I am happy to be with her.

I am also going to save on a couple of Warrnambool runners here also. That is a bit risky with the carnival just around the corner as their Grand Finals might be in a couple of weeks. Lady Selkirk I thought found the line pretty well last start behind Quilista when she was just not sharp enough down the straight. She is a handy mare on her day though and up to the 1400m looks ideal for her so happy to have something on her at the good odds.

La Fleurette comes out of a good race at Bendigo last start which has already produced a couple of subsequent winners. She got a long way back there and had to come wide in the straight. She draws an inside gate here which should see her hopefully be able to take up a more forward position in running and if that is the case I fancy she might be able to get herself in the finish so happy to be having something on her also. Like I said, I don’t want to be playing too heavily but would rather spread the bets across those three horses for a lesser outlay than piling into French Emotion.

Betting strategy

My True Love is rock solid around that $5 mark here and as such I feel given how solid she has been she could shorten again! I will have $25 now at the $5 and another $25 on the day! I will also have $10 the win on Lady Selkirk and La Fleurette!

Race Outlay

$70

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Turnitaround (No.1) & Sword Of Light (No.8)

Dangers

Widgee Turf (No.3) & Waging War (No.6)

This is a small field here but a good competitive race over the mile. Doing the form for it was quite torturous though as I had to endure the sight of watching Widgee Turf get over the top of Turnitaround who we were on at $51. They do battle again here and I am hoping that Turnitaround can turn the tables, pardon the pun. He is a horse that just seems to have kept improving and is now a very good horse. His run here first up in the Victoria Handicap was super and I have no doubt he should have won the race. He just couldn’t get clear at the right time and had he been able to build momentum a bit earlier I think he would have picked a big enough break on Widgee Turf to hang on. The slight query here is that his second up run is often not as good as his first up run and he is also another that may have a race at The Bool in mind so there could be a question on just how wound up he is here on Saturday. I think the mile suits him a little bit batter than Widgee Turf though and he will also be able to roll forward and land on the speed. I think if he can get rolling a bit earlier in this race and get his rivals out the back such as Widgee Turf chasing a fair way from home then he could prove hard to hold out so keen to be with him.

I think Sword Of Light will be the hardest horse to beat. She looks to have her hoof right on the till. She wasn’t beaten too far here two starts back in the Victoria Handicap before I thought she was a touch unlucky in the Golden Mile last start at Bendigo. She just had a bit of trouble getting clear from the box seat there and had she got out at the top of the straight the result may have been different. She is the horse that looks to map really well here. There doesn’t look to be a lot of speed and I think if Craig Williams can take her to the front and own the race she could prove really hard to get past. I think she is the horse to beat in the race based on that scenario and am keen to be in her corner.

Betting strategy

I will have $40 the win on Sword Of Light here and $25 the win on Turnitaround!

Race Outlay

$65

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Crafty Cop (No.6), Anatola (No.7) & Chalk (No.12)

Dangers

Handfast (No.2) & Dissolute (No.5)

Racing comes from Randwick this Saturday as the autumn carnival in Sydney comes to its conclusion. There has been a little bit of weather about Sydney this week but it doesn’t look as if it is anything significant that will affect the track too much. The rail is out six metres and with the track staying dry that could see the track potentially advantage those up a little bit closer to the speed. I am kicking the day off in the second race which looks a wide open race. It is over the 1200m and we see quite a few horses resuming from a spell here off nice trials. Two in particular that look to have trialled very well are Crafty Cop and Anatola.

Anatola in particular looks to be primed for a big first up run off the back of two sharp trials. She raced well in her first campaign up here in Sydney through the late spring and early summer and now in her second preparation up here with Mark Newnham I think we might see her race really well this time in. She has won both trials fairly comfortably in build up to this and has shown really good speed in both of them. In a race where a few of the speed horses are drawn out she looks likely to just get a perfect trail in behind the speed from gate three. The two trials suggest she will come to the races fit enough to run a big race and as a result I am happy to be with her here.

Crafty Cop has only had the one trial but that trial featured some pretty handy types and he looked to go quite well under very little urging from his rider. He finished off strongly back towards the inside and looked to have plenty more to give. He is a horse that has raced in stronger races than this against better horses and as a result has often managed to find one better. His winning strike rate doesn’t make for great reading. That is as good as I have seen him trial though and this race looks quite winnable for him first up. The tactics will be interesting early as he does draw a bit awkwardly and he wasn’t ridden a little bit quietly in the trial. Typically he has been an on speed type though and I am more hopeful that Corey Brown will adopt those tactics and roll forward on him. If he can negate that wide draw early then I think he can be right in the finish.

I am also going to save on Chalk who ran a super race first up. He worked three wide on the speed and stuck on quite well. His form last campaign around the likes of Sedanzer, Firsthand and Tribal Wisdom read really well for a race of this nature in my opinion. He is again going to have to overcome a wide draw but at the $20 price on offer I was happy to have something on him in what is a wide open race.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win on Anatola here, $25 the win on Crafty Cop and $15 the win on Chalk to kick the day off at Randwick!

Race Outlay

$70

Suggested

Dangers

Punters I am not going to force the issue with Doomben and will leave this meeting alone from a betting point of view!

Betting strategy

Race Outlay

Race 1

12:55pm

Suggested

Lady Selkirk (No.2), My True Love (No.3) & La Fleurette (No.6)

Dangers

French Emotion (No.1)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield this Saturday for the big VOBIS meeting. There is some great prize money on offer and as a result we see some very handy horses engaged for a meeting at this time of the year. Given the nature of these races it also means we have quite a few short priced favourites headlined by Nature Strip and Cliff’s Edge. As such it probably isn’t the best betting meeting I have come across but hopefully we can still find some winners. It has been a pretty busy week so in the interest of trying to get this preview out on time I am going to keep the previews a bit briefer than usual. The weather in Melbourne has been superb and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday with the rail in the true position.

I am kicking the day off in the first race of the day and this is a race where I am hoping we can get one of these short priced favourites rolled. French Emotion has come up as favourite and obviously shapes as the one to beat but I am happy to have a small play around her here. My True Love has been set for this race it would seem first up from the Waterhouse yard. She has had quite a few trials and jump outs and has gone quite well in all of them and looks ready to give a good account of herself here. She has been rock solid in the early markets too since they opened. I just like the fact she will be up on the speed here and potentially a fair way in front of French Emotion in the run. Steve Baster has a great record on these front running horses and I fancy if the track is favouring those up on speed early in the day she might be hard to get past. At the better price I am happy to be with her.

I am also going to save on a couple of Warrnambool runners here also. That is a bit risky with the carnival just around the corner as their Grand Finals might be in a couple of weeks. Lady Selkirk I thought found the line pretty well last start behind Quilista when she was just not sharp enough down the straight. She is a handy mare on her day though and up to the 1400m looks ideal for her so happy to have something on her at the good odds.

La Fleurette comes out of a good race at Bendigo last start which has already produced a couple of subsequent winners. She got a long way back there and had to come wide in the straight. She draws an inside gate here which should see her hopefully be able to take up a more forward position in running and if that is the case I fancy she might be able to get herself in the finish so happy to be having something on her also. Like I said, I don’t want to be playing too heavily but would rather spread the bets across those three horses for a lesser outlay than piling into French Emotion.

Betting strategy

My True Love is rock solid around that $5 mark here and as such I feel given how solid she has been she could shorten again! I will have $25 now at the $5 and another $25 on the day! I will also have $10 the win on Lady Selkirk and La Fleurette!

Race Outlay

$70

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Turnitaround (No.1) & Sword Of Light (No.8)

Dangers

Widgee Turf (No.3) & Waging War (No.6)

This is a small field here but a good competitive race over the mile. Doing the form for it was quite torturous though as I had to endure the sight of watching Widgee Turf get over the top of Turnitaround who we were on at $51. They do battle again here and I am hoping that Turnitaround can turn the tables, pardon the pun. He is a horse that just seems to have kept improving and is now a very good horse. His run here first up in the Victoria Handicap was super and I have no doubt he should have won the race. He just couldn’t get clear at the right time and had he been able to build momentum a bit earlier I think he would have picked a big enough break on Widgee Turf to hang on. The slight query here is that his second up run is often not as good as his first up run and he is also another that may have a race at The Bool in mind so there could be a question on just how wound up he is here on Saturday. I think the mile suits him a little bit batter than Widgee Turf though and he will also be able to roll forward and land on the speed. I think if he can get rolling a bit earlier in this race and get his rivals out the back such as Widgee Turf chasing a fair way from home then he could prove hard to hold out so keen to be with him.

I think Sword Of Light will be the hardest horse to beat. She looks to have her hoof right on the till. She wasn’t beaten too far here two starts back in the Victoria Handicap before I thought she was a touch unlucky in the Golden Mile last start at Bendigo. She just had a bit of trouble getting clear from the box seat there and had she got out at the top of the straight the result may have been different. She is the horse that looks to map really well here. There doesn’t look to be a lot of speed and I think if Craig Williams can take her to the front and own the race she could prove really hard to get past. I think she is the horse to beat in the race based on that scenario and am keen to be in her corner.

Betting strategy

I will have $40 the win on Sword Of Light here and $25 the win on Turnitaround!

Race Outlay

$65

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Crafty Cop (No.6), Anatola (No.7) & Chalk (No.12)

Dangers

Handfast (No.2) & Dissolute (No.5)

Racing comes from Randwick this Saturday as the autumn carnival in Sydney comes to its conclusion. There has been a little bit of weather about Sydney this week but it doesn’t look as if it is anything significant that will affect the track too much. The rail is out six metres and with the track staying dry that could see the track potentially advantage those up a little bit closer to the speed. I am kicking the day off in the second race which looks a wide open race. It is over the 1200m and we see quite a few horses resuming from a spell here off nice trials. Two in particular that look to have trialled very well are Crafty Cop and Anatola.

Anatola in particular looks to be primed for a big first up run off the back of two sharp trials. She raced well in her first campaign up here in Sydney through the late spring and early summer and now in her second preparation up here with Mark Newnham I think we might see her race really well this time in. She has won both trials fairly comfortably in build up to this and has shown really good speed in both of them. In a race where a few of the speed horses are drawn out she looks likely to just get a perfect trail in behind the speed from gate three. The two trials suggest she will come to the races fit enough to run a big race and as a result I am happy to be with her here.

Crafty Cop has only had the one trial but that trial featured some pretty handy types and he looked to go quite well under very little urging from his rider. He finished off strongly back towards the inside and looked to have plenty more to give. He is a horse that has raced in stronger races than this against better horses and as a result has often managed to find one better. His winning strike rate doesn’t make for great reading. That is as good as I have seen him trial though and this race looks quite winnable for him first up. The tactics will be interesting early as he does draw a bit awkwardly and he wasn’t ridden a little bit quietly in the trial. Typically he has been an on speed type though and I am more hopeful that Corey Brown will adopt those tactics and roll forward on him. If he can negate that wide draw early then I think he can be right in the finish.

I am also going to save on Chalk who ran a super race first up. He worked three wide on the speed and stuck on quite well. His form last campaign around the likes of Sedanzer, Firsthand and Tribal Wisdom read really well for a race of this nature in my opinion. He is again going to have to overcome a wide draw but at the $20 price on offer I was happy to have something on him in what is a wide open race.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win on Anatola here, $25 the win on Crafty Cop and $15 the win on Chalk to kick the day off at Randwick!

Race Outlay

$70

Suggested

Dangers

Punters I am not going to force the issue with Doomben and will leave this meeting alone from a betting point of view!

Betting strategy

Race Outlay

Race 1

12:55pm

Suggested

Lady Selkirk (No.2), My True Love (No.3) & La Fleurette (No.6)

Dangers

French Emotion (No.1)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield this Saturday for the big VOBIS meeting. There is some great prize money on offer and as a result we see some very handy horses engaged for a meeting at this time of the year. Given the nature of these races it also means we have quite a few short priced favourites headlined by Nature Strip and Cliff’s Edge. As such it probably isn’t the best betting meeting I have come across but hopefully we can still find some winners. It has been a pretty busy week so in the interest of trying to get this preview out on time I am going to keep the previews a bit briefer than usual. The weather in Melbourne has been superb and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday with the rail in the true position.

I am kicking the day off in the first race of the day and this is a race where I am hoping we can get one of these short priced favourites rolled. French Emotion has come up as favourite and obviously shapes as the one to beat but I am happy to have a small play around her here. My True Love has been set for this race it would seem first up from the Waterhouse yard. She has had quite a few trials and jump outs and has gone quite well in all of them and looks ready to give a good account of herself here. She has been rock solid in the early markets too since they opened. I just like the fact she will be up on the speed here and potentially a fair way in front of French Emotion in the run. Steve Baster has a great record on these front running horses and I fancy if the track is favouring those up on speed early in the day she might be hard to get past. At the better price I am happy to be with her.

I am also going to save on a couple of Warrnambool runners here also. That is a bit risky with the carnival just around the corner as their Grand Finals might be in a couple of weeks. Lady Selkirk I thought found the line pretty well last start behind Quilista when she was just not sharp enough down the straight. She is a handy mare on her day though and up to the 1400m looks ideal for her so happy to have something on her at the good odds.

La Fleurette comes out of a good race at Bendigo last start which has already produced a couple of subsequent winners. She got a long way back there and had to come wide in the straight. She draws an inside gate here which should see her hopefully be able to take up a more forward position in running and if that is the case I fancy she might be able to get herself in the finish so happy to be having something on her also. Like I said, I don’t want to be playing too heavily but would rather spread the bets across those three horses for a lesser outlay than piling into French Emotion.

Betting strategy

My True Love is rock solid around that $5 mark here and as such I feel given how solid she has been she could shorten again! I will have $25 now at the $5 and another $25 on the day! I will also have $10 the win on Lady Selkirk and La Fleurette!

Race Outlay

$70

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Turnitaround (No.1) & Sword Of Light (No.8)

Dangers

Widgee Turf (No.3) & Waging War (No.6)

This is a small field here but a good competitive race over the mile. Doing the form for it was quite torturous though as I had to endure the sight of watching Widgee Turf get over the top of Turnitaround who we were on at $51. They do battle again here and I am hoping that Turnitaround can turn the tables, pardon the pun. He is a horse that just seems to have kept improving and is now a very good horse. His run here first up in the Victoria Handicap was super and I have no doubt he should have won the race. He just couldn’t get clear at the right time and had he been able to build momentum a bit earlier I think he would have picked a big enough break on Widgee Turf to hang on. The slight query here is that his second up run is often not as good as his first up run and he is also another that may have a race at The Bool in mind so there could be a question on just how wound up he is here on Saturday. I think the mile suits him a little bit batter than Widgee Turf though and he will also be able to roll forward and land on the speed. I think if he can get rolling a bit earlier in this race and get his rivals out the back such as Widgee Turf chasing a fair way from home then he could prove hard to hold out so keen to be with him.

I think Sword Of Light will be the hardest horse to beat. She looks to have her hoof right on the till. She wasn’t beaten too far here two starts back in the Victoria Handicap before I thought she was a touch unlucky in the Golden Mile last start at Bendigo. She just had a bit of trouble getting clear from the box seat there and had she got out at the top of the straight the result may have been different. She is the horse that looks to map really well here. There doesn’t look to be a lot of speed and I think if Craig Williams can take her to the front and own the race she could prove really hard to get past. I think she is the horse to beat in the race based on that scenario and am keen to be in her corner.

Betting strategy

I will have $40 the win on Sword Of Light here and $25 the win on Turnitaround!

Race Outlay

$65

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Crafty Cop (No.6), Anatola (No.7) & Chalk (No.12)

Dangers

Handfast (No.2) & Dissolute (No.5)

Racing comes from Randwick this Saturday as the autumn carnival in Sydney comes to its conclusion. There has been a little bit of weather about Sydney this week but it doesn’t look as if it is anything significant that will affect the track too much. The rail is out six metres and with the track staying dry that could see the track potentially advantage those up a little bit closer to the speed. I am kicking the day off in the second race which looks a wide open race. It is over the 1200m and we see quite a few horses resuming from a spell here off nice trials. Two in particular that look to have trialled very well are Crafty Cop and Anatola.

Anatola in particular looks to be primed for a big first up run off the back of two sharp trials. She raced well in her first campaign up here in Sydney through the late spring and early summer and now in her second preparation up here with Mark Newnham I think we might see her race really well this time in. She has won both trials fairly comfortably in build up to this and has shown really good speed in both of them. In a race where a few of the speed horses are drawn out she looks likely to just get a perfect trail in behind the speed from gate three. The two trials suggest she will come to the races fit enough to run a big race and as a result I am happy to be with her here.

Crafty Cop has only had the one trial but that trial featured some pretty handy types and he looked to go quite well under very little urging from his rider. He finished off strongly back towards the inside and looked to have plenty more to give. He is a horse that has raced in stronger races than this against better horses and as a result has often managed to find one better. His winning strike rate doesn’t make for great reading. That is as good as I have seen him trial though and this race looks quite winnable for him first up. The tactics will be interesting early as he does draw a bit awkwardly and he wasn’t ridden a little bit quietly in the trial. Typically he has been an on speed type though and I am more hopeful that Corey Brown will adopt those tactics and roll forward on him. If he can negate that wide draw early then I think he can be right in the finish.

I am also going to save on Chalk who ran a super race first up. He worked three wide on the speed and stuck on quite well. His form last campaign around the likes of Sedanzer, Firsthand and Tribal Wisdom read really well for a race of this nature in my opinion. He is again going to have to overcome a wide draw but at the $20 price on offer I was happy to have something on him in what is a wide open race.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win on Anatola here, $25 the win on Crafty Cop and $15 the win on Chalk to kick the day off at Randwick!

Race Outlay

$70

Suggested

Dangers

Punters I am not going to force the issue with Doomben and will leave this meeting alone from a betting point of view!

Betting strategy

Race Outlay

Race 1

12:55pm

Suggested

Lady Selkirk (No.2), My True Love (No.3) & La Fleurette (No.6)

Dangers

French Emotion (No.1)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield this Saturday for the big VOBIS meeting. There is some great prize money on offer and as a result we see some very handy horses engaged for a meeting at this time of the year. Given the nature of these races it also means we have quite a few short priced favourites headlined by Nature Strip and Cliff’s Edge. As such it probably isn’t the best betting meeting I have come across but hopefully we can still find some winners. It has been a pretty busy week so in the interest of trying to get this preview out on time I am going to keep the previews a bit briefer than usual. The weather in Melbourne has been superb and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday with the rail in the true position.

I am kicking the day off in the first race of the day and this is a race where I am hoping we can get one of these short priced favourites rolled. French Emotion has come up as favourite and obviously shapes as the one to beat but I am happy to have a small play around her here. My True Love has been set for this race it would seem first up from the Waterhouse yard. She has had quite a few trials and jump outs and has gone quite well in all of them and looks ready to give a good account of herself here. She has been rock solid in the early markets too since they opened. I just like the fact she will be up on the speed here and potentially a fair way in front of French Emotion in the run. Steve Baster has a great record on these front running horses and I fancy if the track is favouring those up on speed early in the day she might be hard to get past. At the better price I am happy to be with her.

I am also going to save on a couple of Warrnambool runners here also. That is a bit risky with the carnival just around the corner as their Grand Finals might be in a couple of weeks. Lady Selkirk I thought found the line pretty well last start behind Quilista when she was just not sharp enough down the straight. She is a handy mare on her day though and up to the 1400m looks ideal for her so happy to have something on her at the good odds.

La Fleurette comes out of a good race at Bendigo last start which has already produced a couple of subsequent winners. She got a long way back there and had to come wide in the straight. She draws an inside gate here which should see her hopefully be able to take up a more forward position in running and if that is the case I fancy she might be able to get herself in the finish so happy to be having something on her also. Like I said, I don’t want to be playing too heavily but would rather spread the bets across those three horses for a lesser outlay than piling into French Emotion.

Betting strategy

My True Love is rock solid around that $5 mark here and as such I feel given how solid she has been she could shorten again! I will have $25 now at the $5 and another $25 on the day! I will also have $10 the win on Lady Selkirk and La Fleurette!

Race Outlay

$70

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Turnitaround (No.1) & Sword Of Light (No.8)

Dangers

Widgee Turf (No.3) & Waging War (No.6)

This is a small field here but a good competitive race over the mile. Doing the form for it was quite torturous though as I had to endure the sight of watching Widgee Turf get over the top of Turnitaround who we were on at $51. They do battle again here and I am hoping that Turnitaround can turn the tables, pardon the pun. He is a horse that just seems to have kept improving and is now a very good horse. His run here first up in the Victoria Handicap was super and I have no doubt he should have won the race. He just couldn’t get clear at the right time and had he been able to build momentum a bit earlier I think he would have picked a big enough break on Widgee Turf to hang on. The slight query here is that his second up run is often not as good as his first up run and he is also another that may have a race at The Bool in mind so there could be a question on just how wound up he is here on Saturday. I think the mile suits him a little bit batter than Widgee Turf though and he will also be able to roll forward and land on the speed. I think if he can get rolling a bit earlier in this race and get his rivals out the back such as Widgee Turf chasing a fair way from home then he could prove hard to hold out so keen to be with him.

I think Sword Of Light will be the hardest horse to beat. She looks to have her hoof right on the till. She wasn’t beaten too far here two starts back in the Victoria Handicap before I thought she was a touch unlucky in the Golden Mile last start at Bendigo. She just had a bit of trouble getting clear from the box seat there and had she got out at the top of the straight the result may have been different. She is the horse that looks to map really well here. There doesn’t look to be a lot of speed and I think if Craig Williams can take her to the front and own the race she could prove really hard to get past. I think she is the horse to beat in the race based on that scenario and am keen to be in her corner.

Betting strategy

I will have $40 the win on Sword Of Light here and $25 the win on Turnitaround!

Race Outlay

$65

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Crafty Cop (No.6), Anatola (No.7) & Chalk (No.12)

Dangers

Handfast (No.2) & Dissolute (No.5)

Racing comes from Randwick this Saturday as the autumn carnival in Sydney comes to its conclusion. There has been a little bit of weather about Sydney this week but it doesn’t look as if it is anything significant that will affect the track too much. The rail is out six metres and with the track staying dry that could see the track potentially advantage those up a little bit closer to the speed. I am kicking the day off in the second race which looks a wide open race. It is over the 1200m and we see quite a few horses resuming from a spell here off nice trials. Two in particular that look to have trialled very well are Crafty Cop and Anatola.

Anatola in particular looks to be primed for a big first up run off the back of two sharp trials. She raced well in her first campaign up here in Sydney through the late spring and early summer and now in her second preparation up here with Mark Newnham I think we might see her race really well this time in. She has won both trials fairly comfortably in build up to this and has shown really good speed in both of them. In a race where a few of the speed horses are drawn out she looks likely to just get a perfect trail in behind the speed from gate three. The two trials suggest she will come to the races fit enough to run a big race and as a result I am happy to be with her here.

Crafty Cop has only had the one trial but that trial featured some pretty handy types and he looked to go quite well under very little urging from his rider. He finished off strongly back towards the inside and looked to have plenty more to give. He is a horse that has raced in stronger races than this against better horses and as a result has often managed to find one better. His winning strike rate doesn’t make for great reading. That is as good as I have seen him trial though and this race looks quite winnable for him first up. The tactics will be interesting early as he does draw a bit awkwardly and he wasn’t ridden a little bit quietly in the trial. Typically he has been an on speed type though and I am more hopeful that Corey Brown will adopt those tactics and roll forward on him. If he can negate that wide draw early then I think he can be right in the finish.

I am also going to save on Chalk who ran a super race first up. He worked three wide on the speed and stuck on quite well. His form last campaign around the likes of Sedanzer, Firsthand and Tribal Wisdom read really well for a race of this nature in my opinion. He is again going to have to overcome a wide draw but at the $20 price on offer I was happy to have something on him in what is a wide open race.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win on Anatola here, $25 the win on Crafty Cop and $15 the win on Chalk to kick the day off at Randwick!

Race Outlay

$70

Suggested

Dangers

Punters I am not going to force the issue with Doomben and will leave this meeting alone from a betting point of view!

Betting strategy

Race Outlay

Race 1

12:55pm

Suggested

Lady Selkirk (No.2), My True Love (No.3) & La Fleurette (No.6)

Dangers

French Emotion (No.1)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield this Saturday for the big VOBIS meeting. There is some great prize money on offer and as a result we see some very handy horses engaged for a meeting at this time of the year. Given the nature of these races it also means we have quite a few short priced favourites headlined by Nature Strip and Cliff’s Edge. As such it probably isn’t the best betting meeting I have come across but hopefully we can still find some winners. It has been a pretty busy week so in the interest of trying to get this preview out on time I am going to keep the previews a bit briefer than usual. The weather in Melbourne has been superb and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday with the rail in the true position.

I am kicking the day off in the first race of the day and this is a race where I am hoping we can get one of these short priced favourites rolled. French Emotion has come up as favourite and obviously shapes as the one to beat but I am happy to have a small play around her here. My True Love has been set for this race it would seem first up from the Waterhouse yard. She has had quite a few trials and jump outs and has gone quite well in all of them and looks ready to give a good account of herself here. She has been rock solid in the early markets too since they opened. I just like the fact she will be up on the speed here and potentially a fair way in front of French Emotion in the run. Steve Baster has a great record on these front running horses and I fancy if the track is favouring those up on speed early in the day she might be hard to get past. At the better price I am happy to be with her.

I am also going to save on a couple of Warrnambool runners here also. That is a bit risky with the carnival just around the corner as their Grand Finals might be in a couple of weeks. Lady Selkirk I thought found the line pretty well last start behind Quilista when she was just not sharp enough down the straight. She is a handy mare on her day though and up to the 1400m looks ideal for her so happy to have something on her at the good odds.

La Fleurette comes out of a good race at Bendigo last start which has already produced a couple of subsequent winners. She got a long way back there and had to come wide in the straight. She draws an inside gate here which should see her hopefully be able to take up a more forward position in running and if that is the case I fancy she might be able to get herself in the finish so happy to be having something on her also. Like I said, I don’t want to be playing too heavily but would rather spread the bets across those three horses for a lesser outlay than piling into French Emotion.

Betting strategy

My True Love is rock solid around that $5 mark here and as such I feel given how solid she has been she could shorten again! I will have $25 now at the $5 and another $25 on the day! I will also have $10 the win on Lady Selkirk and La Fleurette!

Race Outlay

$70

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Turnitaround (No.1) & Sword Of Light (No.8)

Dangers

Widgee Turf (No.3) & Waging War (No.6)

This is a small field here but a good competitive race over the mile. Doing the form for it was quite torturous though as I had to endure the sight of watching Widgee Turf get over the top of Turnitaround who we were on at $51. They do battle again here and I am hoping that Turnitaround can turn the tables, pardon the pun. He is a horse that just seems to have kept improving and is now a very good horse. His run here first up in the Victoria Handicap was super and I have no doubt he should have won the race. He just couldn’t get clear at the right time and had he been able to build momentum a bit earlier I think he would have picked a big enough break on Widgee Turf to hang on. The slight query here is that his second up run is often not as good as his first up run and he is also another that may have a race at The Bool in mind so there could be a question on just how wound up he is here on Saturday. I think the mile suits him a little bit batter than Widgee Turf though and he will also be able to roll forward and land on the speed. I think if he can get rolling a bit earlier in this race and get his rivals out the back such as Widgee Turf chasing a fair way from home then he could prove hard to hold out so keen to be with him.

I think Sword Of Light will be the hardest horse to beat. She looks to have her hoof right on the till. She wasn’t beaten too far here two starts back in the Victoria Handicap before I thought she was a touch unlucky in the Golden Mile last start at Bendigo. She just had a bit of trouble getting clear from the box seat there and had she got out at the top of the straight the result may have been different. She is the horse that looks to map really well here. There doesn’t look to be a lot of speed and I think if Craig Williams can take her to the front and own the race she could prove really hard to get past. I think she is the horse to beat in the race based on that scenario and am keen to be in her corner.

Betting strategy

I will have $40 the win on Sword Of Light here and $25 the win on Turnitaround!

Race Outlay

$65

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Crafty Cop (No.6), Anatola (No.7) & Chalk (No.12)

Dangers

Handfast (No.2) & Dissolute (No.5)

Racing comes from Randwick this Saturday as the autumn carnival in Sydney comes to its conclusion. There has been a little bit of weather about Sydney this week but it doesn’t look as if it is anything significant that will affect the track too much. The rail is out six metres and with the track staying dry that could see the track potentially advantage those up a little bit closer to the speed. I am kicking the day off in the second race which looks a wide open race. It is over the 1200m and we see quite a few horses resuming from a spell here off nice trials. Two in particular that look to have trialled very well are Crafty Cop and Anatola.

Anatola in particular looks to be primed for a big first up run off the back of two sharp trials. She raced well in her first campaign up here in Sydney through the late spring and early summer and now in her second preparation up here with Mark Newnham I think we might see her race really well this time in. She has won both trials fairly comfortably in build up to this and has shown really good speed in both of them. In a race where a few of the speed horses are drawn out she looks likely to just get a perfect trail in behind the speed from gate three. The two trials suggest she will come to the races fit enough to run a big race and as a result I am happy to be with her here.

Crafty Cop has only had the one trial but that trial featured some pretty handy types and he looked to go quite well under very little urging from his rider. He finished off strongly back towards the inside and looked to have plenty more to give. He is a horse that has raced in stronger races than this against better horses and as a result has often managed to find one better. His winning strike rate doesn’t make for great reading. That is as good as I have seen him trial though and this race looks quite winnable for him first up. The tactics will be interesting early as he does draw a bit awkwardly and he wasn’t ridden a little bit quietly in the trial. Typically he has been an on speed type though and I am more hopeful that Corey Brown will adopt those tactics and roll forward on him. If he can negate that wide draw early then I think he can be right in the finish.

I am also going to save on Chalk who ran a super race first up. He worked three wide on the speed and stuck on quite well. His form last campaign around the likes of Sedanzer, Firsthand and Tribal Wisdom read really well for a race of this nature in my opinion. He is again going to have to overcome a wide draw but at the $20 price on offer I was happy to have something on him in what is a wide open race.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win on Anatola here, $25 the win on Crafty Cop and $15 the win on Chalk to kick the day off at Randwick!

Race Outlay

$70

Suggested

Dangers

Punters I am not going to force the issue with Doomben and will leave this meeting alone from a betting point of view!

Betting strategy

Race Outlay

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