A zesty card at Mildura greets us for Tuesday racing.
The Wizard of Odds has sprinkled his magic over the eight-race program to find the best bets as we head into another huge week of thoroughbred action.
Mildura Race 1
#6 Martha Lavinia
A big nice debut from Martha Lavinia has her primed to take our her first win over the 1200 metres at Mildura.
The three-year-old filly settled eight lengths off the leaders and had to make a big mid-race surge in order to get herself into the race.
That sustained run is going to have her trained up to the minute for this event and barrier three gives her jockey Michael Poy the opportunity to find a spot closer to the lead than last start.
Expecting the top weight to find the lead and give this filly a tail to chase into the straight.
There is a question mark on how strong Exgames will be stepping up an extra 100 metres and that is where we have the advantage.
Suggested Bet: Martha Lavinia win at $3.7
Mildura Race 2
#11 Jimmy The Bear
Jimmy The Bear has been given time to make sure he is ready to go ahead of his race debut.
He looks a typical Patrick Payne debutant; get back and run on late in the race to swamp his opponents.
His jump outs and trials have given the indication that he will get out over a distance beyond the mile, so this 1300-metre starting point looks ideal for a horse looking to build towards that.
He looks the most talented horse in a field that has a lot of convictions outside of Slessor who is the other first starter.
Suggested Bet: Jimmy The Bear win at $3.8
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 6 & 11
Mildura Race 6
#2 Boom Boom Sweet
Boom Boom Sweet resumes after having five weeks away from the races.
A newly acquired gelding to the Andrew Bobbin stable, this horse was an easy three-and-a-half winner last time he raced in BM-58 and only has to contend with a 2.5kg weight rise.
Bobbin has had a great record with his stable in the last month with a 46% return-on-investment when betting on his runners.
Expecting apprentice jockey Tatum Bull to push forward from the wide gate and find a spot in the first four.
There has already been a sprinkling of each-way money for him which suggests he will be ready to run well despite having no public trials or jump outs since being recruited to the new stable.
Suggested Bet: Boom Boom Sweet each-way at $8.5 the win and $2.3 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 2, 5/ 2, 5/ 4, 8
Mildura race 7
#5 King's Ransom
King’s Ransom seems to have come back a better horse than he did when racing as a two-year-old.
The now three-year-old gelding appeared in a Stawell jump out over 800 metres behind Spirit Of Gaylard who has since come out and won a maiden race at Bendigo.
This John Salanitri-trained sprinter showed nice speed in that jump out and was given a very easy time of it when not being asked to do anything as the five-horse field lengthened into the straight.
The stable is clearly saving his sprinting burst for race day.
Looked the perfect type of tick over run to have him prepared to run a big race upon resumption.
Barrier five represents the perfect chance for jockey Logan McNeil to be positive from the start and either find the lead or sit one pair back.
Suggested Bet: King’s Ransom win at $5
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 3 & 7