Just one out of three for Thursdays selections at Pakenham but that was still enough to take away a small profit from the morning. 10/1 selection Danawi had to work far too hard to get across to lead in race seven and was just run out of the each way money late on.
I will be keeping a very close eye on him in the next few weeks. Watch this space.
Attention switches to Cranbourne on Friday night for a tidy little eight-race card and here’s 5 more picks here including a few at juicy prices.
The action kicks off at 8.30am GMT.
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The first contest race is a 1000 metres race for two-year olds and I like Suprina. She is one of the only runners in the field who have been seen on the track before and I’m hoping this will count for a lot against inexperienced rivals.
She jumped quickly from the gates last time up over 1100 metres at Echuca and showed good speed to make all the running before being run down late on. This backed up an encouraging fourth on her first run. If she can bounce out and get to the front, that previous experience can help her make all around the tight turns at Cranbourne.
The price looks too good to pass up as an each-way bet.
Another double-digit runner with each-way prospects. This is a maiden race and Sky Hero ran a very satisfactory sixth behind Bless Her on his maiden at Sale. That was over 1100 metres and Bless Her has won since. The step up to 1300 metres will really suit.
While it’s a competitive race, I am more than happy to take a chance on Sky Hero.
There is an Irish link as Art Major is trained by Louth man Robbie Kingston and is likely to be close to the head of the market. Kingston does very well from his training base in Mornington with a select number of horses and he will have Art Major spot on for this challenge.
Art Major steps up two furlongs in trip to 2035 metres, but he looks to be crying out for this extra distance. Dean Yendall retains the ride which is another positive and he will take a bit of beating.
Of the rest, the consistent Navarre can give the selection most to worry about.
High Done is the current market leader, but I reckon he’d be a great deal shorter had he not been drawn wide in barrier 13. He likes to get on with things up front, so ideally Noel Callow will get him out quickly to the front – without burning too much fuel.
Let’s hope the draw doesn’t get him beat as I think that’s his biggest danger.
The son of High Chaparral is a relentless galloper at this 1600m trip and I am happy to take a chance on him.
I have been keeping a close eye on Maximark this campaign and she has progressed through each of her two runs back from an 18 week break for the Matt Laurie stable.
This included a second last time to a really nice type in Igniting. Trip, ground, draw and jockey (Ben Melham) are all fine and they are enough boxes to tick for me. Her price is good enough for a win only project but might also suit those looking for a safe each-way punt.
*Prices correct at publishing but are subject to change