Echuca brings us into a new week of thoroughbred racing.
The Wizard has freshened himself up after a massive weekend of Group 1 action across the Eastern seaboard.
He has honed in on a handful of runners who provide us with the best bets ahead of Monday country racing.
Echuca Race 2
#2 SUper Son
Have really liked what Super Son has put forward at the jump outs to date.
The four-year-old gelding by smart sprinter Super One showed great speed in his three jump outs to win all three quite comfortably.
His most recent jump out effort was a leisurely win over 820 metres on the Wangaratta synthetic.
Blaike McDougall takes the ride here and if he can find a nice spot in the run from barrier nine, will be very hard to run down.
Suggested Bet: Super Son win at $3
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 7, 11
Echuca Race 3
#10 The Amazonian
It should be the blinkers going on for the first as well as an aggressive ride from Crag Newitt that can have this three-year-old filly finding that elusive win.
The Amazonian had every chance to run down and hold on victory against I Like Big Putts, but seemed to not want to got past and was beaten just over a length.
The barrier will allow Newitt to either lead find similar perfect run to last time.
The step back to country grade and the addition of blinkers should be enough to get this horse into first placing.
Suggested Bet: The Azamonian win at $2.80
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 5, 9, 10
Echuca Race 8
#3 Upper East Side
Upper East Side looks nice each-way value after running midfield in town last start.
The five-year-old gelding drew barrier 10 at Moonee Valley over 955 metres, was left out the back when being snicked from the wide barrier and finished midfield behind the very smart Easy Single.
This race back to country grade looks a much easier task for him and barrier seven represents the opportunity to settle midfield with cover.
It will allow him to be within striking distance of the leaders on a track that really favours momentum and economical runs nearer the lead.
Suggested Bet: Upper East Side each-way at $10 the win and $2.80 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 3, 8/ 3, 5, 8/ 3, 5, 8, 10
Echuca Race 10
#5 Honourable Mention
It was like Honourable Mention never even raced when finishing ninth of 14 runners at Swan Hill a fortnight ago.
The Henry Dwyer-trained galloper had no where to go when running up behind a wall of horses for the majority straight and only seeing daylight when the race was over.
He was very heavily backed that day, which suggests he is going well back at his stables.
The wide barrier will ensure he has full momentum coming into the home straight as to able to use his sprint to full effect without being held up.
Jockey change is a big tick as well with Blaike McDougall riding very well at country level.
Suggested Bet: Honourable Mention win at $4