Off we go to Bendigo for the best bets ahead of Friday racing in Victoria.
The Wizard of Odds is all over a three-year-old field in race two who jumped out very sharply.
Bendigo Race 2
#7 Commands The Field
Commands the Field jumped out very sharply at Cranbourne just under a fortnight ago in preparation for her a return from a let up.
She raced twice as a late season two-year-old and after breaking her maiden on debut, she went to town a well backed $4.4 elect, only to be well beaten by potential Group 1 horse Argentia.
Trent Bussutin and Natalie Young opted to give her a a reprieve after that effort and she rocks up here as a three-year-old filly ready to put her best hoof forward.
Daniel Moor has ridden this filly the whole way through her career and continues his association with her.
He should able to lob into a handy position in the run from barrier nine and prove hard to beat.
Suggested Bet: Commands The Field win at $4.6
Bendigo Race 4
#10 Alpine Aviator
Alpine Aviator is poised to run a big race on debut at Bendigo over 1400 metres.
The three-year-old gelding has had three solid jumpouts to get him geared up for his maiden assignment.
The most recent of those was Mornington on August 11 over 900 metres where he went to the line under his own steam.
Was not asked to do too much in that effort and expecting him to take up a front-running role from the inside barrier or, at the very least, settle in the first four.
Suggested Bet: Alpine Aviator win at $3.9
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 10, 11/ 5, 10, 11/ 2, 5, 10, 11
Bendigo Race 6
Paramedic has the makings of a nice progressive type for Paul Preusker.
The four-year-old gelding broke through for a maiden victory last start scoring impressively at Mildura by 2.3 lengths over 1400 metres.
He started a $1.40 favourite in that event and comes into this provincial race with a good base of fitness.
Dean Holland has also been riding in career best form of late and he takes the ride from a wide barrier here.
Suggested Bet: Paramedic each-way at $6 the win and $2.25 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 3, 5, 6, 7
Bendigo Race 8
Marketing was stiff not to win last start when running second behind Rolls over 1100 metres at Werribee in BM-64 grade.
The former Paul Preusker-trained galloper is now in the hands of Ray Matthews and Brett Prebble has been assigned the ride.
The horse rises in distance to 1400 metres and the last time he was at this track and distance he started a $4 favourite, but was beaten a long way after having issues.
He draws a middle barrier this time, which will bode better for a horse of his running style than the inside barrier he drew last start.
Having a good each-way whack at this galloper.
Suggested Bet: Marketing each-way at $5 the win and $2 the place.