It was big day one for The Wizard of Odds with his best bet New York Baby saluting as well as Bubbly Lass.
We now move on to day two of the Warrnambool Carnival with his best bet coming up in the Wangoom Handicap.
Warrnambool Race 5
Cataracta can definitely sprint well fresh in this 1000-metre affair at BM-70 level.
She is a proven wet track mare with 11 starts on wet ground producing three wins and five minor placings.
The Ciaron Maher & Dave Eustace-trained galloper has herself ready for this race with two jumpouts; the first being an 800-metre spin around Stawell and the second being a 1000-metre effort at Avoca where she won and was asked for a response under light riding.
In-form apprentice Josh Richards takes the ride and he is airborne at the moment after riding a treble at Cranbourne last Friday.
This mare will be ready to run a big race.
Suggested Bet: Cataracta win at $4.4
Warrnambool Race 6
#8 Robbie's Star
Robbie’s Star may have been beaten seven lengths by Instigator at Pakenham last start but he is more than capable of bouncing back at his home track.
His run over 2600 metres on the flat surface of Ballarat in BM-78 level is arguably the best flat form brought into the race outside the favourite Sauntner Boy.
The Peter Chow-trained nine-year-old gelding started half the price of Instigator when they met on April 18 and now we are getting double the price of Robbie’s Star.
Our selection also gets a two-and-a-half kilo weight swing in his advantage over Instigator.
Backing Robbie’s Star each-way.
Suggested Bet: Robbie’s Star each-way at $7 the win and $2.15 the place
Warrnambool Race 8 - Wangoom Handicap
#4 Great Again & #9 Just Hifalutin
Great Again has been given two very solid Terang jump outs by trainer Lindsey Smith for this first-up target race.
The first of which was on April 7 over 800 metres where he finished second under fairly light riding.
It was the second jump out on April 19 which really caught the eye and has us excited for what he will produce upon resuming despite the 38-week lay off.
His jockey asked him for an effort in the concluding stages of the 800-metre jump out and he responded with zest to dart clear and win the trial easily.
The other horse to have a play on here is Just Hifalutin.
Forget she ever went up the straight over 1000 metres on Anzac Day.
She was resuming from nearly a year off the racing scene, had to be vetted before the race, missed the start, and was never a winning hope.
Step-up to 1200 metres will be perfect for her and trainer Simon Wilde applies the blinkers to sharpen her up.
She boasts an impressive undefeated second-up record with four wins from four tries and at a huge price she is worth a little each-way peanut.
Suggested Bet: Great Again win at $4.8 and Just Hifalutin each-way at $51 the win and $14 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 4, 9, 12, 17/ 3, 4, 5, 9, 12/ 3, 4, 5, 9, 12
Warrnambool Race 10
#10 Knock Knock
Knock Knock could very well be knocking on the door of a win.
Paul Preusker has thrown the blinkers on this four-year-old gelding who has always threatened to be a genuine Saturday horse but just has not put it together in his 14-start career.
Preusker has a knack of getting the blinkers to improve a horse out of sight, none more so than Lunar Fox in the Australian Guineas earlier this year.
If this horse can improve a length or two on his last effort than he will be right in the finish.
He was a bit unlucky last start when having to check off heels as he was building up momentum at the top of the Bendigo straight.
He will handle the wet track here and looks a nice each-way play at double figure odds.
Suggested bet: Knock Knock each-way at $10 the win and $3.1 the place.