WIN: EN FRANCAIS (Race 4)
EACH-WAY: STREET TOUGH (Race 7)
VALUE: OUR DEEP AGENDA (Race 6)
RACE 1 - 11:26AM IronGate Handicap (1200 METRES)
BLERIOT was a slashing run here first-up from a spell behind Garrire and did a good job to get within a length. He’s trialled again since and has strong claims. BELLE OF YORKES is on debut for Jon O’Connor. Has had two trials and been around the mark. She'll wear blinkers for her debut. Stablemate MELODY SHINE has also trialled OK at Morphettville running 4th behind Taunting and also wears blinkers. HARMONIOUS STAR trialled at Port Lincoln back in February, while CORNELIA STREET was well beaten on debut at Geelong and has trialled fairly for her return.
SELECTIONS: BLERIOT, Belle Of Yorkes, Melody Shine
RACE 2 - 12:01PM Carlton Draught Handicap (2500 METRES)
SMOKIN’ PIERRO looks hard to beat here on the back of two solid efforts in Melbourne staying races running 2nd behind Excelman before he was beaten 4.3 lengths behind Grand Promenade last time. That form is going to be hard to hold out here. CANFORD has been racing well and he did a good job to come from a long way back last time. He looks the danger. AZZUREOUS got run off his feet last time behind Lord Bouzeron and is a winner here over this track and trip. ALLACCIATO has been OK in two runs back from a spell and jumps from the 1550m to 2500m which is a big ask but she should be thereabouts. TURF MAN has won two of four this track and trip.
SELECTIONS: SMOKIN’ PIERRO, Canford, Azzureous
RACE 3 - 12:36PM Paterson's Bulk Transport Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1000 METRES)
MYSTERY FLYER looks to have ability and plenty of speed winning a Flemington jump out and was scratched from here last Sunday in preference for this race. She draws a good gate and is going to take some catching. WE WILL REMEMBER has trialled well for his return and was scratched from midweek for this. SPINOLA BAY has been costly for punters and was slightly inconvenienced last time behind Kenobi. She has placed at four of five starts and must be given some thought here. ASHBURTON was OK on debut at Cranbourne running 4th behind Countess Tessa.
SELECTIONS: MYSTERY FLYER, We Will Remember, Spinola Bay
RACE 4 - 1:11PM Smedley Tyre Service Handicap (1600 METRES)
Getting away from the Parks track will really suit EN FRANCAIS who just peaked on her run late when runner-up behind She’s Stylish last time. She’ll strip fitter here and looks a horse with a future. She will be hard to beat. SPARKUP finished off hard and was narrowly beaten in a tight finish behind Cashin’ Chex last time. He should be thereabouts. MUSTARI was a Gawler winner three starts back and his past couple have been good, the latest behind Jaguary. THRILL KILL had very good backing behind Star Of Uma last time and should be in the mix. CRISTOFINA has been around the mark in Victoria before winning at Ballarat on a heavy track last time and must be respected despite the gate.
SELECTIONS: EN FRANCAIS, Sparkup, Mustari
RACE 5 - 1:46PM FibreTrack Handicap (1000 METRES)
HILLS ran a slashing race first-up from a break behind Winning Weather and then franked that performance with a smart win a over Array Of Sunshine on the Parks last weekend. She draws out but she’s the clear top pick on the quick back up. ELEGIST hasn’t been far away in Victoria and should be prominent here from a good barrier. DISTANT LOVER was a Pakenham winner as a $1.55F two starts back and was only fair behind Imperial Hilton at Sandown last time. CHAMPAGNE AFFAIR ran well behind Tanja’s Dream last time when well backed and has claims despite the wide gate.
SELECTIONS: HILLS, Elegist, Distant Lover
RACE 6 - 2:26PM Magic Millions Handicap (1400 METRES)
Open race to kick start the quaddie. OUR DEEP AGENDA never saw the rail when three and four wide throughout behind Poysed To Rein last time. His previous form was sound for a race like this and looks good each-way value. ZOIST was a winner here back in September and was sent out favourite last time when down the track behind Royal Mile. She’s jumped out pretty well since and draws a nice barrier. CASHIN' CHEX was well ridden to get up in the final stride at Morphettville on the Parks last time out and he draws to get a nice run on the inside here. PUISSANCE DUSOLEIL has a handy record and she was a good Gawler winner two runs back before being spelled after failing here behind Kyshaka. Her fresh form is OK and she must be given some thought. MELODY MAN was an easy winner in maiden grade over 1800m here back last August and hasn’t been seen since running 4th at Morphettville behind Smiling Assassin. He draws wide but should be thereabouts. NIGHT GUY has won two of four starts on heavy tracks
SELECTIONS: OUR DEEP AGENDA, Zoist, Cashin’ Chex
RACE 7 - 3:06PM Australian Trainers Association Handicap (1200 METRES)
STREET TOUGH is a former Tasmanian with a very good record with seven wins and nine placings from his 23 starts and he’s only been out of the money twice in eight first-up runs. He’s trialled nicely for his debut for Will Clarken and looks the one to beat. MIDNIGHT STORM is low flying and gave nothing a look in on the Parks track up front. He draws out, this is harder but his form for the Macdonald/Gluyas stable has been excellent and he shapes as a danger. TRIP is a go forward mare who led when she found La Richesse too good last time out. She’s won a trial since and has been placed at two of four starts here. TOO GOOD TOO HARD was back to her best coming from off the speed to run past rivals and beat Octane here last time out. She looks suited again and is sure to be in the finish. DANON ROMAN resumes and does race well fresh, but is probably looking for further. Stablemate EPIC GREY ran well up on speed first-up in SA behind Too Good Too Hard
SELECTIONS: STREET TOUGH, Midnight Storm, Trip
RACE 8 - 3:46PM Railway Hotel Tailem Bend Handicap (1600 METRES)
PEARL BANDIT is a model of consistency and he was back to his best coming off the speed and scoring a dominant 4.1 length win over Robe Bay last time. He is unplaced in three starts here but looks well placed. SCOTTISH DANCER was impressive at Bendigo running away from rivals. He wanted to lay in the straight so the near side blinker goes on here and he should appreciate the big spacious circuit. EARS THE BARMAN has won four of 14 and was a Cranbourne winner two starts back before getting back and making ground at Sandown last time. The extra trip suits and he does love the sting out of ground. ROBE BAY worked to the line well without ever threatening the winner last time and she should be thereabouts again. DAZZLING DAMSEL has been around the mark since resuming and was OK behind Not Usual Glorious last time but faces a wide gate here. VON COSTA GLASS could be an improver here coming off a good run behind Muntham Missile at Penola. DEBT COLLECTOR was only fair behind Pearl Bandit last time out and the extra trip has to be a question mark. PELOTON stuck on well behind Pearl Bandit last time out and will again be around the mark from a good barrier. BLACK SYRAH came from well back to win at Penola last time
SELECTIONS: PEARL BANDIT, Scottish Dancer, Ears The Barman
RACE 9 - 4:25PM Weddings @ Bridges Event Centre Handicap (1200 METRES)
GREAT DIVINER ticks a lot of boxes, third up and out to 1200m there was plenty to like about his last run, closing smartly to run Tanja’s Dream to a half-head. He’s perfectly drawn and this looks his chance to return to winning form. ULTIMATE VICTORY was good first-up from a spell making ground behind Tanja’s Dream and has been in the money at both second-up runs. MOTELL has been placed at both runs here and also races OK fresh. He chased home Lord Vladivostok before a break and trialled well behind Trip. FAN CLUB was a Cranbourne winner two starts back and missed a place for the first time when she was caught thee-wide throughout behind Sir Davy at Sandown. Stablemate THAT GIRL draws an inside gate and could improve. MUNSTER looked to have his chance behind Greetings Ned at Morphettville on the Parks last week. DUNE FIELD is on debut for John Hyam and has handy Victorian form for a race like this.
SELECTIONS: GREAT DIVINER, Ultimate Victory, Motell