Eight races are ahead of us for Friday night racing at Cranbourne.
The best of the night comes up early in the program with a three-year-old filly set to break her maiden status, while the next best comes at the back end of the card.
It’s all guns blazing into a huge weekend of thoroughbred action from across the country.
cranbourne race 1
Fitness and race experience are on the side of Habeebati when she steps out for the second race of her career.
Her debut run at Pakenham over 1200 metres was a second-place effort behind the very heavily backed Denied.
This two-year-old trained by Peter & Paul Snowden got back in the run and hit the line really nicely in that race.
It was the run of a horse who was saying ‘back me next start.’
She should settle handy in the run from barrier four and this looks a perfect race for her to use her turn of acceleration.
Suggested Bet: Habeebati win at $2.70
cranbourne race 3
#7 into the fury
Into The Fury has had a trial over 1000 metres in between two jump outs this campaign to get ready for this first-up run over 1300 metres.
He will have plenty of residual fitness built up over those efforts and looks to have the stride of a horse who will appreciate this distance range and beyond.
Not 100% sure where Beau Mertens will be going from the wide-ish barrier, but there does look to be enough speed in the race to allow him to run on if he decides to go back.
Blinkers on signals intent and gives us confidence he will be running well regardless of the speed map.
There are a lot of horses in this race that have plenty of convictions and, being the fresh horse on the scene, we will side with him.
Suggested Bet: Into The Fury win at $4.8
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 7 & 8
Cranbourne race 4
#10 Mrs chrissie
Mrs Chrissie has shown nice ability at the jump outs.
She has good speed away from the gates and showed that in her slick 650-metre Mornington jump out and backed it up with a runner-up effort over 900 metres.
Gets a heap of factors in her favour for this debut run.
Drawing the inside barrier will ensure she has the fence to follow the whole way around and that should be able to keep her mind on the job as a juvenile horse.
Jake Noonan should be able to probe through and either hold the lead or take a sit.
She seems to have a good change of gears on what we have seen at the jump outs and can bring that form to race day.
Suggested Bet: Mrs Chrissie each-way at $5.5 the win and $2 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 1, 6, 9, 10
cranbourne race 7
The signs were there and Fjord made no mistakes when winning her maiden race last start and she can go on with it in this basic BM-64 event.
The three-year-old filly by Fastnet Rock surged away to win her maiden at Kilmore over 1450 metres by just over five lengths and did so in very sharp time.
Her last 800 metres and 400 metres were run very strongly and it suggests rising up to 1600 metres is only going to suit her even better.
She is the sole filly in the race and her finishing burst will be super hard to hold out.
Suggested Bet: Fjord win at $2.60