Cranbourne plays hosts to its feature day on the racing calendar – The Cranbourne Cup.
The team of racing gurus at BetDeluxe have gone through the nine-race card to find the best bets ahead of a cracking day for Saturday thoroughbred action.
Cranbourne race 1
#12 You ess ess are
You Ess Ess Are looked primed to run a big race on debut for leviathan owner Ozzie Kheir.
The two-year-old filly by champion Group 1 winning sprinter Russian Revolution showed great natural speed in her jump out win over 650 metres.
She then repeated similar feats in her 800-metre jump out when she seemed to resent being held up for too long, but let down nicely when flattened out in the home straight.
The balanced style and strength of senior jockey Brett Prebble has been booked in order to get this horse to conserve her energy and save it for the dash to the finish post.
Barrier three should work out well for her here with Prebble likely to push forward and find a spot close to, if not, in the lead.
Cranbourne usually favours those horses who travel on speed in the run, so we can give have a play on her with confidence here.
Suggested Bet: You Ess Ess Are win at $4.4
Suggested Exotic: Boxed First Four – 2, 5, 10, 12
cranbourne race 4
#3 real sensation
Real Sensation will need a bit of a luck from the inside barrier but he is going too well not to be on him in this race.
Loved his resuming run at Horsham behind Riot and Rose, then he did a great job from too far back in the Melbourne Cup Carnival Country FInal at Flemington over 1600 metres.
Barrier one presents him with the opportunity to get the ideal energy-conserving run camped right in behind the leaders and he can then peel out and let down with his sprint late in the race.
Big jockey change with champion hoop Damian Lane taking the ride which only enhances our chances.
Making him the best day of the day as charge towards the back half of the card.
Suggested Bet: Real Sensation win at $3.7
cranbourne race 6
Dexelation is in a rich vein of form and looks set to continue that winning form.
His run at Moonee Valley showed how well he is going and it proved he can handle a tight-turning track with ease.
He pops at Cranbourne, which, like the Valley, is the tight-turning track that favours horses who can build momentum without being impeded.
Expecting this South Australian-based sprinter to blend into a midfield spot with cover and then sprint sharply at the top of the straight to put his opposition away.
If he can repeat something similar to what he did last start, then he will be nearly impossible to hold out here.
Only caveat might be the booking of Craig Williams who is in horrendous form at the moment, but he does not have to think too much here.
All Williams needs to do is keep the horse moving, do not get held up and come at them with run up the middle of the home straight.
Suggested Bet: Dexelation win at $3.10
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 2/ 1, 4/ Field
cranbourne race 7
#13 Don't Doubt Dory
With the forecast rain predicted, it brings a horse like Don’t Doubt Dory right into contention.
He bounced back into form with a very sharp win in the Peninsula Cup at Mornington and looks to get the perfect run from barrier one in this feature event.
He has a great liking to tracks with give in them with eight starts on soft or heavy tracks for four wins.
There looks to be a fair bit of the speed in the race, so it should allow Patrick Moloney to manufacture a run away from the inside as the field strings out in the middle part of the race.
Happy to have an each-way play at the double-figure odds.
Suggested Bet: Don’t Doubt Dory each-way at $10 the win and $3.3 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 1, 2, 3, 11, 13