The Wizard of Odds is off to Moe and Kembla Grange for the best bets ahead of Thursday thoroughbred racing.
Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young send out a two-year-old in the first at Moe that will be the best of the day.
Moe Race 1
#6 Duty Dynasty
Highly doubt a jockey the calibre of Mark Zahra is heading out Moe way for the drive and to take in the scenery.
This horse was scratched from a debut run at Pakenham and comes up here after some stylish jump outs.
This two-year-old-colt from the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young stable showed great professionalism and speed in her jump outs.
Expect the Snitzel bred juvenile to ping to the front and lead all the way.
Suggested Bet: Duty Dynasty win at $2.45
Moe Race 2
#12 Told you so
Told You So has been given plenty of time to furnish and nourish into a race horse off the back of three jump outs.
All of her spin arounds prior to this first career run have been over 1000 metres at Cranbourne where she has not bustled up in any.
She looks to have plenty of energy in the tank for a big debut run given the plugs were not released at any stage of her most recent jump out.
Barrier 14 should not be of any concern given the wet Moe track can often play into the hands of those horses drawn out wide.
Suggested Bet: Told You So win at $3.10
Moe Race 5
#2 Nudge Bar
Local trainer Peter Gelagotis saddles up Nudge Bar and hands stable apprentice Tianni Chapman the ride.
Chapman struck her first win for the stable last Friday and will look to continue that form here by taking four kilos off the back of this five-year-old gelding.
His first-up run over the mile on a borderline heavy track was better than what is seemed to the naked eye.
His fitness will only improve from that run and he did race behind some pretty handy horses.
Suggested Bet: Nudge Bar each-way at $13 the win and $4 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Quinella – 2, 3, 10, 13
Moe Race 7
#2 Wilde Gem
Wilde Gem has not struck the winners enclosure for a while now but he is a live chance in this race.
He has performed respectfully in much harder events than what he faces here with his last start performance being an eighth-placed finish behind Cliffs of Belaura at Sandown.
That was at BM-70 level and the drop down to BM-64 as well returning to a track where he has had two wins from three starts should spark improvement.
Celine Gaudray claims two kilos off his back and that should be enough to see him run a place at bare minimum.
Suggested Bet: Wilde Gem each-way at $9.5 the win and $3.3 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 2, 5/ 2, 5, 8/ 2, 5, 8
Kembla Grange Race 3
Walkin’Talkin’ certainly let his walking do the talking last start when he bolted in his maiden by just under two lengths.
It was his second career start and he sprinted away sharply over 1000 metres to win with plenty left in the tank.
The two-year-old gelding from the Gary Portelli stable will have to deal with a rise in distance to 1300 metres but that should dealth with by a solid fitness base and the ability to control the lead with his early tactical speed.
Rachel King staying aboard is a good sign and he looks one of the best from Kembla Grange.
Suggested Bet: Walkin’talkin’ win at $3.1
Suggested Exotic: Boxed First Four = 3, 4, 7, 8
Kembla Grange Race 4
Arimathea got too far back when racing first-up over 900 metres at Newcastle.
She had to make up too much ground on the leaders when being $2.9 into $2.5 in maiden that was won by a smart Kris Lees filly.
A return to her home track and racing on the pace should see her improve sharply especially having drawn an inside barrier.
Should not have to do too much work in the run either and trainer Gwenda Markwell is deadly at Kembla.
Suggested Bet: Arimathea each-way at $9 the win and $3 the place.