All roads lead to Geelong this Friday for a competitive winter racing program! Can anyone stop the Danny O’Brien camp who looks to have a mortgage on the stunning meeting? What a great way for punters to finish the working week!
Geelong Race 6
Ellenmac is ready to win! The Maurice mare has caught the eye this preparation and is building nicely towards her next win. She looks well-placed meeting easier opposition, and the appointment of Brad Rawiller could prove the winning difference. From barrier eight, she will roll forward in search of the lead, and if she can pinch some cheap sectionals in the run, she may prove hard to run down. Her winning record is the primary concern.
Lulu Darling is too consistent to dismiss. The Toronado mare has been thereabouts all preparation, and she finds a winnable assignment on Friday. From the middle gate, she can sit midfield with cover, and if she is presented with her run at the right time, she can threaten. The 1400m is advantageous, and she has been supported in early betting. Big watch!
Cru Classe will have supporters after an impressive campaign. The Reliable Man mare rarely misses a place, and she looks well placed here, dropping significantly in grade. The apprentice claim brings her into all winning conversations, and she deserves to put another win on the board. Her inability to put races away is the biggest deterrent.
Suggested Bet: Ellenmac @ $7.00
Geelong RACE 7
Oenology looks poised to strike! The Hinchinbrook gelding has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory all preparation, and I expect him to bounce back in a big way on Friday! He can sit in the box seat from barrier four, and if the gaps appear on straightening, he will fight out the finish. His recent winning record is the primary concern.
Blackcomb will start favourite after a string of narrow losses. The Vancouver mare is rock-hard fit, and I suspect she is ready to produce a peak run for the preparation. The step out to 1700m is ideal, and the Danny O’Brien polish must be respected. It may pay dividends to watch for any significant market support.
Bond Street Beau looked good, resuming for his new stable. The Turn Me Loose gelding will appreciate the significant drop in class, and the apprentice claim could prove a masterstroke. His record at the distance and recent winning record are among the primary concerns.
Suggested Bet: Oenology @ $6.00
Geelong Race 8
#11 Red Columbine
Red Columbine looks like one of the better bets on a tricky program. The Redwood mare was impressive two starts back when winning at Mornington, and she had excuses at her latest outing. The step out to 2200m is advantageous, and she looks destined to go through her grades in the coming months. From barrier six, she can drift back and find her feet, and if she doesn’t get too far out of her ground during the race’s middle stages, I expect her to gobble up her rivals late.
Legatus is over the odds! The Preferment gelding has been teasing all preparation, and I suspect this event has been a long-range target. The drop back in distance could prove the winning difference, and he has been specked at long odds since markets opened. His winning record needs to read better in the form guide.
Guido was an impressive last-start winner at Echuca. The Jakkalberry Gelding will appreciate the longer trip, and he looks well-placed to meet easier opposition. From barrier eleven, the rising five-year-old will sit midfield with cover, and if Tahlia Hope presses the go button at the right time, I expect him to figure in the finish. He needs to beat the allocated weight and handicapper.
Suggested Bet: Red Columbine @ $3.00
Geelong Race 9
#11 Toyz On Fire
I am very bullish about Toyz On Fire! The Fighting Sun mare has an exceptional first-up record, and she finds her pet distance fresh. From barrier three, I expect her to get the run of the race, and with even luck in transit, she can figure in the finish. The rising six-year-old has an excellent constitution and has been specked at a decent price in early betting! Over the odds!
Skepticism will have supporters after a successful debut preparation. The Not A Single Doubt filly has turned heads and broke clocks at the trials, and she looks poised for a first-up tilt. She has further improvement to come, and I suspect she will reach dizzy heights this campaign. The horrendous barrier draw is her biggest obstacle.
Doublern will start favourite after three solid performances in this preparation. The Astern Filly has form around some serious gallopers, and her best form reads incredibly well for this event. The Kavanagh polish must be respected, and there has been a flood of money for her since markets opened. Barrier sixteen may determine her fate early.
Suggested Bet: Toyz On Fire @ $21.00