Tuesday racing arrives as we venture down to Geelong for the best bets and exotic tips on the nine-race card from down the highway.
Peter Moody debuts a runner that piques the interest in race three, while Tony and Calvin McEvoy saddle up a nice three-year-old towards the back end of the program.
Geelong race 3
#2 Chief Conductor
Chief Conductor looks a nice mover from what we have seen at the jump outs.
He brandies the stock standard set of gear applications for Peter Moody with the lugging bit and nose roll going for this three-year-old colt’s first up effort.
Won his most recent jump out when responding to light riding late in the 800-metre spin around Pakenham.
He has good early toe and looks to have the strength to hold onto his sprint late in the race which is a big tick.
Draws a very soft barrier and should be making a winning start to his career against what looks to be fairly moderate opposition.
Suggested Bet: Chief Conductor win at $2.70
Geelong race 4
#12 Magic Promise
Going with a bit of an outsider of the field and having a dip at Magic Promise.
The three-year-old filly by staying sire Teofilo is only going to appreciate the rise in distance to 1540 metres after her debut effort over 1300 metres at Bendigo.
Not sure she was all that comfortable being bailed away three-back on the inside and unable to really build up her momentum as she hit the bend.
Being drawn out deeper should see her stride in full this around and we get the big jockey change of Damian Lane being booked to pilot her around the course.
The ear muffs go on pre-race in order to calm her down and conserve energy for the run.
Happy to have an each-way peanut on her at the current price.
Suggested Bet: Magic Promise each-way at $10 the win and $2.90 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 7, 12
Geelong race 8
#5 Villa Sarchi
Went around in a much more competitive $80,000 race last start and while he was well beaten, he was not disgraced by any means.
This a much a easier event on a track that does give backmarkers some hope should the right race shape eventuate as it might here.
Trainer Greg Osbourne has decided to get senior jockey Dean Yendall aboard this seven-year-old gelding who does possess a finishing burst to win this race should Yendall settle close enough to use it to full effect.
From barrier eight, Villa Sarchi can flop out and settle just worse than midfield with some cover in order to give himself the best chance at winning.
We will back him each-way.
Suggested Bet: Villa Sarchi each-way at $8 the win and $2.4 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 5 & 8
Geelong race 9
Hurtle returns to the race as a three-year-old gelding following his first preparation as two-year-old.
He showed an arrogant display of speed on his debut win and then failed in town at Sandown as a short price favourite when he struggled to handle the heavy conditions.
Getting onto a dry track and resuming in a small field should him find the front as he did on debut and be able to control the race as he pleases.
Both his jump outs suggest he has come back in good order and he will have the fitness base to run up to somewhere near his best with improvement to come.
Suggested Bet: Hurtle win at $2.8