Friday racing from Werribee precedes a competitive little night meeting Cranbourne and it’s where all the bets bets lay to rest as we roll into another weekend of Group 1 racing.
Our Wizard has found a first starter to be with at Werribee and a nice each-way shout at Cranbourne.
Werribee Race 1
This Lloyd Kennewell-trained two-year-old filly looks the consummate professional after two nice jump outs at Caulfield in preparation for her debut run.
She jumped as clean as a whistle in her most recent outing on April 13 and put herself in the lead within a couple of bounds.
That type of racing style will suit the tight turning track at Werribee which favours on-pace horses.
From barrier one, jockey Zac Spain can utilise the rail to his advantage to guide this inexperienced filly around the track and hopefully have far too much speed for this lot.
Best of the program at Werribee.
Suggested Bet: Cassat win at $3.3
Werribee Race 7
#8 Divine Rule
Divine Rule has been a perennial for punters until she broke her maiden status two starts ago when bolting in by six lengths over the mile at Bairnsdale.
She then stepped up to BM-64 grade at Cranbourne was but just found wanting late in the race on a soft six surface which she didn’t seem to handle all too well.
The three-year-old filly from the Anthony & Sam Freedman stable still held on to finish third and will now appreciate the rise in distance, drop in grade and getting back onto a firmer surface.
Her on-pace racing pattern will suit the Werribee circuit and she should be able to find the front comfortably from barrier three.
Suggested Bet: Divine Rule win at $3.2
Cranbourne Race 5
#6 Play Me Now
Play Me Now was a drifter in the market at Cranbourne over the 2025 metres last start and finished second to Saavy Lad who he now he meets half a kilo better at the weights.
He started the shortest of the pair and now gets the guidance of Jye McNeil to urge him across the line.
Gets back onto a drier track which will help his cause given all of his three career wins have come on surfaces rated in the good range.
There does not look to be a lot of speed in the race either, so McNeil should be able to get control of the lead and dictate terms.
Suggested Bet: Play Me Now each way at $6.5 the win and $2.2 the place
Cranbourne Race 6
#5 Bomber's Kiss
Get the feeling the Simon Zahra & Matthew Ellerton stable will be asking Daniel Moor to be much more positive out of the barriers then he has been at his two resuming runs aboard Bomber’s Kiss.
The first-up effort from the three-year-old gelding was full of merit after getting well back from wide barrier at this track over 1200 metres and hitting the line hard to finish second.
His second-up failure came after he was restrained from a wide gate and not handling the borderline heavy Ballarat track over 1400 metres.
If Moor rolls to the front on the drying Cranbourne track, then this galloper will be very hard to run down.
Having a bet each-way but be wary there is no third dividend payout in the small field.
Suggested bet: Bomber’s Kiss each-way at $7.5 the win and $3.2 the place.