6.00pm – Imark Maverick
We kick off the card with a Class C race, on paper possibly not the strongest of races. Trap 3 Imark Maverick had been running in a couple of Class B races prior to this race. He will need to break well from traps in this race but if doing so certainly could make all in a poor enough contest.
6.48pm – Classic HotRod
Jumping ahead to race 4, this is a Class B race with most of the field running quiet well. The inside of trap 1 and 2 have a 18% win strike rate since the start of the year and as a result of one of the dogs being given a downgrade, I’m siding with Trap 1 Classic HotRod. He had been running in Grade A’s with 26 races and winning eight of those. I think the downgrade could sway this dog getting back to winning ways.
7:36pm – Fred MacMurray
The seventh race due off is the first of our Class A races. I have tipped Fred MacMurray on 2 previous occasions letting me down on both starts but running well both times when second on both occasions. I’m not going to lose faith with him on this start either. He has won 10 times in the past, he isn’t blessed with early pace but stays very strong and another solid chase from him will hopefully end in it being third time lucky.
8:08pm – Find Out
This is a Class B race and Trap 7 Find Out, is an interesting runner. This inexperienced dog has only had six starts here and won two of those while being placed on three other occasions. Unfortunately he fell at the opening bend last time out so confidence could be a slight concern for this dog but I think if he can stay on all 4 paws he certainly could be a value option in this contest.
8:24pm – Killer Tolstoy
The final race of our 12-race programme I’m going to look at is the best on the card with all eight runners having major chances to land the spoils. I’m going to play my Nap card in this race which is Trap 2 Killer Tolstoy. This Oct 18 dog is quite experienced with 36-lifetime starts, 29 of those have been here with 14 victories so far. He has won back to back in this grade winning by both 5 and 6 lengths respectively. He usually commands his dominance from the front so if he leads he generally tends to win but even if he doesn’t he will battle hard throughout and for me he’s the one they all need to beat.
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