Back to the country for this stand-alone Saturday meeting in Victoria this weekend. Ballarat will host it’s $300,000 Ballarat Cup day which also boasts a fabulous support card.
$60,000 BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 5 SOHO RUBY; 4 Royal Fashion; 9 Love Days; 1 Single Note.
BEST ROUGHIE: 10 SHE’S GOING OFF.
SUGGESTED BET: SOHO RUBY each way.
SOHO RUBY is resuming here, showed real talent last prep, Sandown win before Flemington 7th Spanish Reef, Rivette Final. Go close fresh. ROYAL FASHION interesting former Kiwi, has good record, with Team Hayes now, ran 2nd in G3 race two runs back. Rates highly. LOVE DAYS big run last time when close 7th Deja Blue, Listed race Geelong Cup Day. Chance here.
$60,000 BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP. 1100-metres.
SELECTIONS: 11 BEYOND THE DREAM; 9 Sacred Sham; 17 Via Balciano; 14 Creativity.
BEST ROUGHIE: 12 MANIHI MISCHIEF.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella/Trifecta: 9 – 11 – 12 – 14 – 17.
BEYOND THE DREAM has been stunning at her past two starts, 5-length maiden win before 2.75-length win over Classic Diva at Kyneton. Go close. SACRED SHAM good mare when right, 1 win 4 placings from 7 starts, all at a good level, last start close 6th Highland Beat, Listed Creswick Stakes, Flemington. VIA BALCIANO SA raider, easy winner on debut, close 2nd Morphettville at second start when favourite. Well-bred, in good hands. Many more chances, tough race!
$60,000 BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP. 2300-metres.
SELECTIONS: 4 NOUMEA; 6 Lucurgus; 10 Etah James; 11 Cedar Grande.
BEST ROUGHIE: 3 SHAMKIYR.
SUGGESTED BET: NOUMEA each-way.
NOUMEA is a Godolphin Irish import, good 6th Steel Frost, Caulfield, before well-backed made ground late 7th Mr Garcia, Flemington. Ready to win now. Hard to beat. LYCURGUS in good form, followed 2nd Sin To Win this trip Caulfield with head 2nd Vassal, Rosehill same trip. Fit, hard to stop. ETAH JAMES has won 3 of just 5 starts, very progressive, last time very strong winning Geelong when favourite.
$200,000 MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLOCKWISE CLASSIC. 1000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 COUNTERCURRENT; 9 La Pomme De Pin; 7 Farthing Wood; 12 Paquirri.
BEST ROUGHIE: 11 SPEEDY KITTY.
SUGGESTED BET: COUNTERCURRENT each-way.
LOTS of guess work here, many unraced, many unknowns. COUNTERCURRENT raced once for easy win 900m dash Queanbeyan. Rates highly on only start. LA POMME DE PIN well-bred, in good hands, led on debut run down last hop by very smart Long Leaf, hard to beat here. FARTHING WOOD will be improved for debut 7th Setsuna, Flemington G3 when closing. Chance. PAQUIRRI Sydney raider, trialled well for this, respect. Watch market moves closely!
$120,000 VOBIS GOLD EUREKA STOCKADE. 1400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 TEZLAH; 8 Just A Joke; 3 Gaudi; 4 Mactier.
BEST ROUGHIE: 7 FULTON STREET.
SUGGESTED BET: TEZLAH each-way. Box Quinella: 1 – 3 – 4 – 8.
TEZLAH won well Moe then MV before close 8th Kentucky Breeze, Flemington, Cup week. This ideal, very fit, should be tough to beat in very even
field. JUST A JOKE intriguing runner from Waterhouse/Bott making debut. Two very serious trials in Sydney, latest in sizzling time, winner a star. Rates very highly. GAUDI raced just three times shows very good ability, led throughout impressive maiden win last time. Progressive. MACTIER no luck last time.
$60,000 SUEZ MCKELLAR MILE. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 ROYAL ACE; 10 Bonus D’Oro; 5 Burrum’s Buzz; 9 Siga La Vaca.
BEST ROUGHIE: 8 OUR MALLEE HOFF.
SUGGESTED BET: ROYAL ACE each-way.
ROYAL ACE is ready to win now, ran 6th to Night’s Watch, Bendigo, before charging late 2nd Mr Gustavo, MV last week. Looks ready now. BONUS
D’ORO won two on end at Sandown back in August, freshen, resumed 3rd Sword Of Justice, Bendigo, very good effort. Fitter, run well. BURRUM’S BUZZ won 3, 6 placings from 12 starts, very strong late winning SA last time. Chance again. SIGA LA VACA led throughout Ballarat last time beating good field.
$70,000 BENCHMARK 84 HANDICAP. 1400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 14 MILWAUKEE; 7 Urban Ruler; 10 New Universe; 12 Ozi Choice.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 BLACK SHEEP.
SUGGESTED BET: MILWAUKEE each-way. Box Quinella: 7 – 10 – 14.
MILWAUKEE loves to lead, racing well strong win first-up at Sale before led and brave 3rd Dollar For Dollar, Flemington Cup week. Hard to beat now. URBAN RULER 2nd Silverbowl Final, Flemington, break, impressive win first-up Geelong Cup Day before fav and 6th Tribal Wisdom, Flem Cup week. Go close. NEW UNIVERSE smart NSW raider, fav no luck Flem last time behind Dollar For Dollar. Gate 1 significant here.
LISTED RACE 8.
$300,000 BALLARAT CUP. 2200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 5 GREY LION; 7 Mr Garcia; 1 Antonio Giuseppe; 9 Sonntag.
BEST ROUGHIE: 11 GRAND DREAMER.
SUGGESTED BET: GREY LION to win.
GREY LION is ready to win now. Ran 3rd Cranbourne Cup and 4th in Geelong Cup before close 2nd G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Flemington, Cup
week. Fit, go close. MR GARCIA import, first-up Cup Week strong winner, heavily backed at 1800m. This trip no issue, hard to beat again. ANTONIO GIUSEPPE Waller-trained NSW raider, 7th G1 Metropolitan then 7th Lucky Hussler, G2 Crystal Mile, MV Cox Plate day. Rates a chance on best form.
$100,000 MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO AND 4YO CLASSIC. 1100-metres.
SELECTIONS: 11 DEBONAIRLY; 7 Divine Quality; 5 Modern Wonder; 8 Miss Wonderland.
BEST ROUGHIE: 6 BALANCING ACT.
SUGGESTED BET: DEBONAIRLY to win.
DEBONAIRLY was heavily backed to run favourite Flem Cup Week, showed pace tired down the straight behind Jorda. Previous form outstanding, brilliant trial wins leading in. Well worth another chance. DIVINE QUALITY very smart, 2nd Milwaukee, Sale, before 6th Dollar For Dollar, Flemington last time. Go close. MODERN WONDER speed mare, won two of past 3 both MV. Take catching again. MISS WONDERLAND form stunning before 7th Magic Millions 3YO in January. Not raced since. Two trials coming in here. Rates highly.
$70,000 CITY OF BALLARAT TONKS PLATE. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 12 OBERLAND; 2 Chamois Road; 14 Toy Boy; 3 Suspense.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 RUETIGGER.
SUGGESTED BET: OBERLAND each-way. Box Quinella: 2 – 12 – 14.
OBERLAND is getting close, followed closing 6th Rich Charm with very good effort 5th Ocean Embers, Flemington Cup Week. Hard to beat here from gate 1. CHAMOIS ROAD has been flying in SA. Raced outside leader throughout last time still won, very strong, can win again. TOY BOY smart galloper on the rise, strong win last time Pakenham. SUSPENSE led throughout to beat the very smart Hellova Street MV last time. Go well.
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