The show goes on in Australia and even The Queen of England contacted Australian PM, Scott Morrison, during the week to convey her delight that Australian racing has been able to continue during the COVID-19 crisis.
Meanwhile the powers that be of Irish Racing must have been spending time watching Cool Hand Luke. They definitely took wisdom from the prison warden in this movie because: “what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”.
Friday Night Lights in Australia takes place with a nine-race card in Cranbourne, Melbourne and unlike a lot of Australian racing, it is on at a reasonable time over here.
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The first of four races is a 1,600 metres fillies and mares maiden. Bonne Geisha is likely to go off as favourite but her current odds of 2/1 are quite short and I am going to look elsewhere in an open contest.
Desert Realm had a lovely first up run after a 15-week break at Pakenham recently and that should have left her spot on for this. She was second to a smart horse in Cordilla and the third in that race-Blue Ocean- was an impressive winner of a maiden in Werribee on Thursday.
She’s a solid each-way selection.
It’s hard to look through an Australian card that Craig Williams is involved in and not pick one of his mounts. He is on board Vici and he is the selection for the Wendy Kelly stable. Vici is the standout form pick in this contest and has solid form over this trip of 1,200 metres.
Having Williams on board is an added bonus and I expect him to take advantage of a good draw in barrier two. Magnetism could be his biggest danger, but hasn’t been helped by a wide draw.
Humzz is running with great heart at the moment and is the selection. Jockey Noel Callow is in fine form of late and is on board Humzz for the third time in succession.
Humzz was second on his most recent start after Callow kept his mount wide throughout. In doing this, he gave up considerable ground to the eventual winner who hugged the rail throughout.
Previous to this, Humzz was an all the way winner over this minimum trip. Both runs were at Sale on soft going and the ground is likely to be similar on Friday. Expect Callow’s familiarity with Humzz to be a big advantage and hopefully he gets on with things up front from barrier five as these tactics can see him draw the sting out of this field.
Of the rest, Shilo Rest may be the biggest threat to the selection.
This is the best race of the night and I am going to go for the top weight Fast Plan. He has been very consistent over this trip of 1,600 metres and handles all types of going.
Boomstock and Havieron are likely to fight out favouritism, but this race is wide open so it might be sensible to take the each-way approach.
His current odds look very fair.
*Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change
- Race 3: Desert Realm @ 13/2 each-way
- Race 5: Vici @ 5/2
- Race 7. Humzz @ 7/2
- Race 8. Fast Plan @ 13/2 each-way