Yulong Prediction and Channing got the cash yesterday and Blazing Lace at good odds nearly made it a tremendous day for the Wizard of Odds but he’s back to do it all again.
A first starter at Moe has caught the eye as have a few up in Newcastle.
Moe Race 1
#2 Gotta Pulse
It was a solid jump out effort at Pakenham by Gotta Pulse who finished third on the synthetic surface over 800 metres.
Loved the professionalism and calm nature this two-year-old filly showed after being asked to settle in behind the leaders.
She relaxed beautifully and despite never really being asked for an effort, she held her ground very easily to the two leaders as the trio gapped the field.
Think if she was asked for an effort there would have a been a handy turn of foot under on display but she’s saved it for race day.
Only concern might be her ability to handle a wet track, but we get a good price in a small field to find out.
Suggested Bet: Gotta Pulse each-way at $5 the win and $2.35 the place (No Third Dividend)
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 1, 2, 4
moe Race 5
#8 Wild Cherry Road
Prepared to forgive Wild Cherry Road for her sub-standard performances at her opening two runs this campaign.
Clearly something went amiss when she pinged to the lead but was easily beaten and then she was given no hope second-up when sitting out wide on a hot lead tempo.
A little five-week freshen-up might just some spring back in her step and she gets some weight relief in the form of three-kilo-claiming apprentice Josh Richards.
She maps to lead in this race and hopefully she can go all the way.
Suggested Bet: Wild Cherry Road win at $8
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 5, 7, 8/ 5, 7, 8/ 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Moe Race 7
#8 Red on red
Returns to the scene of the crime of his only career win.
He looks well set up to get back in the winners list after a brave effort with 63kgs in BM-58 grade over 1200 metres following a seven-week break.
He may rise in grade to BM-64 level but that is counteracted by the drop in weight.
It will be interesting to see what tactics are adopted given he raced in the lead last start but the wide barrier might mean jockey Teodore Nugent restrains his mount rather than urging him forward.
Looks a great and happy to risk Nugent choosing to back.
Suggested bet: Red on Red each-way at $8 the win and $2.70 the place
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 6, 8, 9/ 6, 7, 8, 9/ 6, 7, 8, 9
Newcastle Race 3
This race looks like it will purely come down to the map and where the favourite Caratie settles and that is why we are siding with Uncaged.
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained two-year-old gelding did a solid enough job over 1100 metres to suggest he can win this.
He raced midfield and finish fourth but was only beaten just under a length and given there will not be as much early speed in the race as there was in the Bathurst 1100-metre affair we expect him to lead easily.
Star front-running jockey Tim Clark has replaced Chad Lever which is a big tick.
Suggested bet: Uncaged win at $3.4
Newcastle Race 5
#8 Tri Nations
Taking a set against the even money favourite and firmly in the corner of Tri Nations.
Did a great job to finish runner-up behind Highjacker last start after settling well back in the field from a wide barrier.
Today, he draws an inside barrier which will allow jockey Christian Reith to put this horse into a far more prominent role than last start.
Despite not having a winning second-up record he looks perfectly poised to buck that trend and, if not, at the very least should be able to run a place.
Suggested bet: Tri Nations each-way at $7.5 and $2.45 the place.