After landing the best bet at Geelong on Tuesday, the best bets for BetDeluxe are in-form heading into Bendigo on Wednesday.
We are set to be racing on a rain-effected surface, as we were on Tuesday, so finding fit horses who can handle getting their hooves into the going will be critical to finding winners.
bendigo race 1
#5 tom foolery
Hopefully Tom Foolery does not make us look like fools in the first at Bendigo.
The Archie Alexander-trained three-year-old gelding has been building his way to a big run on debut after a handful jump outs.
He has worked his way up from an 850-metre jump out on October 5th 2021 to a March 22nd 1000-metre jump out against the likes of Great Again and Mystery Shot.
He then jumped out most recently over 1300 metres on April 7 and was making ground towards the last 200 metres after being ridden out.
Responding well under pressure is the sign of a good horse and being by Melbourne Cup-winning sire Americain, he should almost certainly handle the wet going.
Hoping Declan Bates can get him out of the barriers in a positive manner in order to settle him close enough to the leaders.
Suggested Bet: Tom Foolery each-way at $4.6 the win and $2.2 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 1 & 5
Bendigo race 3
Baekadu has proven to be a tough filly to follow throughout her early racing career, but she can atone here.
She resumed as a $1.95 favourite at Cranbourne over 1000 metres in maiden grade and it all went pear shaped.
After jumping awkwardly, she hung out and raced abruptly throughout the race to finish second last having been beaten by 13 lengths.
We are going to pay credence and respect to her starting price profile, which has seen her begin an odds-on favourite in every career start.
She has had a very slick jump out behind smart sprinter Jigsaw after her failure at Cranbourne and showed much better manners in her effort.
A host of gear changes occur with the lugging bit and cross-over noseband going to keep her running straight.
Patrick Moloney should be able to keep her out of trouble from barrier nine and she clearly has the talent to be breaking her maiden status.
Suggested Bet: Baekdu win at $2.80
Bendigo race 6
Mosscon can definitely produce a spike performance on what he did when racing first-up in the Flat Knacker at Albury over 900 metres.
He was only given a 900-metre jump out to get ready for that run, which probably saw him lack the fitness to run a strong race.
It was still a good resuming effort given how far back in the run he got.
This race at Bendigo looks to set up much better for him with the rise to 1000 metres, the wet track, a smaller field and a slower tempo all in his favour.
He is yet to miss a place from four second-up efforts and we can back him each-way at the current price.
Suggested Bet: Mosscon each-way at $9 the win and $2.60 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 5 & 10
Bendigo race 8
#6 house spouse
Excited to see what House Spouse can do ahead of his return to racing from a spell.
He made the progression to BM-64 grade after bolting in his debut race by six lengths on a heavy track over 1300 metres and gets a similar type of set up here.
His last start failure was over 1700 metres at Warnambool where he probably just the felt the pinch of a tough at the distance for the first time in his career.
Patrick Payne has given him plenty of time to mature as a horse and he has had four jump outs leading into this resuming run to get his fitness up to the mark.
Clearly has a liking to wet tracks and doubt the wide barrier will be a problem this late in the day with the fields likely to be coming off the fence.
Will Gordon mounts this horse as his only ride of the day and that is a lead in itself.
Suggested Bet: House Spouse win at $3.30
Suggested Exotic: Exacta 6 & 8