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Best Bet: EXPLOSIVE JACK (Race 7)
Value Bet: MADAM ROUGE (Race 9)
Jackpot (race 6 – 9)
PRINCE OF BOOM is two from two, winning over five furlongs on debut and then again when stepping up to six furlongs, putting two and a half lengths between himself and the opposition that day. He raced up with the pace and then hit the front at the 250M mark, drawing clear of the field to record a comfortable victory. He will have to negotiate draw thirteen, but nevertheless, the hat-trick seems on the cards.
RANCH HAND was crowded at the start before being beaten a short-head last time out over six furlongs in a Group 3 event when returning from a 16-week rest that day. He has pulled gate eleven and gets a set of blinkers fitted for the first time and if these have the desired effect, he should be right up there when they hit the line.
PORT LOUIS finished strongly to end up in fifth place last time out over a mile, 2.2L back from the winner, but that was in a Group 1 race and he has finished second in a subsequent barrier trial. He will have to overcome a wider gate sixteen, but given his style of racing, he is likely to be dropped out of it in the early stages and then start picking off the frontrunners over the closing stages of the contest.
EXPLOSIVE JACK has won the Tasmanian Derby, Australian Derby and South Australia Derby this year and is looking to complete the quartet today. His overall form is an impressive read, boasting eight runs for five wins, one second and one-third place finish. In his latest victory, he struck the front at the 300M pole and gave no one a chance from that point, easing down approaching the finishing post to win by nearly two and a half lengths. From draw six, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
SENOR TOBA won his penultimate start in a Group 3 event over ten furlongs and then finished third next time out over the same distance in another Group 3 race, just a half length back from the winner. He finished well that day but appeared to start his run just too late, suggesting that the extra ground on offer here will be to his liking. He faces the widest draw of them all, but he should be doing his best work late.
KUKERACHA was bumped in the home straight but still managed to make good late progress to finish second in a Group 3 contest over ten furlongs, one length behind the winner. He on the other hand has a handy draw two and is another one who should be doing his best work in the latter stages of the race.
This looks a tricky race with plenty of runners with realistic chances to grab top honours, so some caution is advised. However, SAVATIANO could be the one to side with. She is a 6yr old mare taking on the boys, but she only just missed out on completing her quartet of wins when finishing second in her latest outing, a Group 1 event over seven furlongs, beaten a short-head in the shadow of the post. She has also won a subsequent barrier trial. She has a wideish draw eight, but she should give the males a good run for their money.
GYTRASH overraced in the early stages, but still managed to finish third last time out in a Group 1 event over six furlongs, just under two and a half lengths adrift of the victor when returning from a 28-week absence. He faces a wide gate fifteen out of sixteen, but he will likely use his early gate speed to move across without expending too much energy.
Although TREKKING is recorded as finishing fifth in his last outing over six furlongs, he was just 0.8L behind the winner. That was also in a Group 1 race and whilst draw wide in gate twelve, he does have his peak run here after returning from a 12 week rest.
MADAM ROUGE was a tad disappointing when finishing fifteenth last time out over 1500M, but it should be noted that she had to checked at the 1300M mark and then drifted out wide over the latter stages of the race, so she can perhaps be forgiven for that effort. It should also be noted that that was in a Group 1 event, as was her penultimate start where she finished just over three lengths back from the winner over 1300M. From her cozy draw two, she is made the value bet on the program.
LYRE had finished second in her three runs prior to ending up in eleventh spot last time out over six furlongs in a Group 1 race, just over four lengths adrift of the victor. She turned into the home straight in last place that day, but finished her race off strongly. She will nave to contend with the widest draw of them all in gate nineteen, but given the finishing bust she displayed in her last start, she should be running down the leaders over the closing stages.
INTREPIDACIOUS followed up her penultimate run victory over 1100m with a second-place finish last time out over six furlongs, only a short-head back from the winner. She tried to go from jump to wire that day and from draw four, she could prove difficult to reel in over the latter stages. She should be included in all bets.
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