It’s down the highway we go for Friday’s meeting at Geelong.
The Wizard of Odds takes us into the weekend with his best bets from the nine-race program down Corio way.
geelong Race 1
#7 Master Fontana
You could easily make the case that Master Fontana trialled up better than his stable mate Celstial Fury who would come out and win on debut at Flemington over 1420 metres.
If that does turn out to be the case then the $8 on offer in what looks to be a pretty basic maiden race could be a luxury.
He jumped cleanly in his 1000-metre Cranbourne trial and kept plugging away to the line under light riding.
John Allen has been booked to ride him on debut and despite drawing a wide gate, expect him to press forward to take luck out of the equation.
Suggested Bet: Master Fonatana each-way at $8.5 the win and $2.9 the place.
Geelong race 2
Forget Hangyourhat ever went around during his most recent jumpout at Stawell.
He bombed the start after being held down by a barrier attendant and was ridden along for the majority of the 800-metre jog around the track.
The horses he came up against in that jump out were clearly much sharper than him so the final margin can be ignored.
If we go back to his first ever jump out, he missed the start on that occasion as well but made up plenty of ground over 1000 metres on the tight-turning Horsham track.
There is a little bit of each-way money around for him to suggest Paul Preusker may have ironed out those tardy barrier manners.
Suggested Bet: Hangyourhat each-way at $8.5 the win and $2.9 the place
Gelong race 5
#11 Fields of Ivy
Fields of Ivy was a beaten favourite on the Ballarat synthetic over 1400 metres but gets a more favourable race shape here.
She may have just felt the pinch after a first-up slog on the heavy track on the turf Ballarat and that second-up effort last start should bring her beautifully for this.
The four-year-old mare from the Tony & Calvin McEvoy stable seemingly gets control of the lead in this race.
Luke Currie should be able to make this the sit and sprint race out in front in order to be too sharp for this lot late in the race.
Suggested Bet: Field of Ivy win at $3.8
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 7, 11, 12
Geelong Race 7
#1 Copper Fox
Copper Fox comes into race off a seven-week let up following a fourth-placed effort in BM-70 grade over the mile.
He probably found that rise in distance too much to handle but finds a much more suitable race after having a trial on June 22 to tick his legs over.
The lead is Michael Poy’s for the taking should he wish to take up a front-running ride from barrier nine.
The only quesiton mark on the horse is whether or not his fitness levels are up to the mark but they might not need to be given this looks to be a low pressure affair.
Suggested Bet: Copper Fox each-way at $6.5 the win and $2.4 the place.
Geelong Race 8
Grable resumes here off a 15-week spell on the back of two solid trials to get her ready for a first-up assault.
She debuted at Warrnambool in her first preparation and did so by bolting in her maiden race by a length-and-a-half.
Her second start was not so impressive and found the rise to 1500 metres in town a bridge too far.
Jamie Edwards has kept her at the short-course and given the high cruising speed she showed in the lead on her debut win, expect a similar type of ride in this race.
Best of the day.
Suggested Bet: Grable win at $4