The Wizard of Odds returns to a happy hunting ground at Ballarat, while it’s off to Cranbourne for a chilly Friday night meeting.
A three-year-old filly is set to bounce back after going amiss last start.
Ballarat Race 2
#7 Tycoon Beau
Ran very well on debut to finish second behind Bossy Chloe and then it all went awry at Wangaratta after starting a $2.7 favourite.
She darted to the front and then faded away terribly with something clearly going wrong in the straight.
The three-year-old filly completely lost her action and now the tongue tie goes on which suggests she may have choked down.
The Hayes and Dabernig camp camp have given her a four-week freshen-up to get her confidence back and she should be going close to winning here.
Suggested Bet: Tycoon Beau win at $3.7
Ballarat Race 6
Ceardai gets a nice weight drop with the three kilo claiming apprentice hopping aboard.
The six-year-old gelding from the Brent Stanley yard was brave in defeat when carrying 63.5 kilos last start to be pipped out in a three-way photo finish.
He and Blazing Lace come from the same race and they will lead this field up and go to and fro in the straight.
Expecting the weight drop to be the difference in this race.
Just need Kiran Quilty to get the sectionals right out in the lead and not over do it.
Suggested Bet: Ceardai win at $3.90
Cranbourne Race 1
He may have been beaten a long way at his first two starts but Pagador is ready to run a huge race.
The three-year-old gelding from the Richard Laming stable will take all luck out of the equation by bouncing to the lead and trying to run his rivals ragged.
Laming has taken the blinkers off given how fiercely he raced in the lead last start and has opted for the nose roll to conserve this galloper’s energy.
The step-up in distance to 2600 metres, combined with his racing pattern, should see him at least fill a place if he cannot win.
Suggested Bet: Pagador each-way at $8.5 the win and $2.6 the place.
Cranbourne Race 8
Alovelybrownhorse gets up to the distance she has been screaming out for in her nine-start career.
She was five-weeks between runs at this track over 2060 metres last start and had to chase a horse who was given a very easy time in front.
She ended up being flushed out three deep on the turn having to avoid a tiring horse and did a good job to stick on for second.
On the quick back-up, expect her to be giving this race a big shake.
Suggested Bet: Alovelybrownhorse each-way at $14 the win and $4.2 the place
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 1, 4, 10
Cranbourne Race 9
#6 Lyrical Lad
Making Lyrical lad the best of the night again after a super win at this track last start.
He had to sustain a three and four wide run from the 600-metre mark after having a month in between runs and did a great job to cling on to victory.
The three-year-old Phillip Stokes-trained gelding looked out of gas late in the BM-64 event over 1500 metres but kept his neck out to win by a neck.
He has drawn the rail in this race which can sometimes be a death sentence at this tight-turning Cranbourne track.
But Ben Allen is riding well and should be able to pick the gaps as they appear.
Suggested bet: Lyrical Lad win at $3
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 6, 7, 8, 9