Ballarat // 13th April

R1 Aha (vic) Mdn Plate 1400m

Dizzy Days was close here last start and will look to improve from that. Kinglami has been close of late and should find itself up there again here. Miss Octette ran well last start, however it’s two runs before that it was disappointing. Might have found some form last run so keep an eye on it here. Mercy May keeps on improving and may surprise some here. Dusty Mamba hasn’t shown much so far and would prefer others.

Best Bet: Dizzy Days

R2 C.e. Bartlett Mdn Plate 1400m

This looks like a race between Comeback and Sirius Witness. Comeback has been so close to breaking it’s maiden, with 6 second placings from 9 runs. It has been running at decent tracks and should be very competitive here once again. Sirius Witness looks to be a serious Filly for Darren Weir, and has shown some potential in her first few runs. An outsider here that may surprise a few is Margot’s Boy, running well lately with some strong form.

Best Bet: Comeback

R3 City Of Ballarat Mdn Plate 1000m

Strong favourite Tales Of War is the top weight here and has been so close to claiming it’s first win. Although it will carry the most weight it will be tough to beat. Ell Factor ran well in her last start for third, and if it improves it can win this. Nolen on board is a big tick. Thirty Grand Over was only 1 length behind Tales Of War last start, however gains an extra kilo from that run. Even with a 2kg apprentice claim, it might be too tough for it here unless it has improved significantly. Written Era can run a nice race here at decent odds too ($7).

Best Bet: Ell Factor

R4 Pfd Food Services Mdn Plate 1600m

Mount Omei dropped back to maiden grade last start and nearly scored it’s first victory. It will be very competitive here for Ben Melham. Nakataan has taken a while to get going, and while finishing 2nd and 3rd in her last two starts, has still been a few lengths off winning. She is drawn wide and up in the weights which will make it tougher. Rondalago has been consistent of late, and with a bit of luck can win this. Crafty Devil and Vodianova are two that could cause an upset here too.

Best Bet: Mount Omei

R5 Hygain (bm70) 1200m

Serenade has serious quality, running in some big races towards the end of last year. If it can emulate that form here, it will win. Miniver has been improving in this grade over it’s last few starts. It looks as though it can go one better and get the win here. With Williams on board it will have every chance. Valrouz may find itself in a decent position here; down in the weights and drawn well, it could surprise a few. Another that will run an honest race is Flying Spark.

Best Bet: Serenade

Quaddie Numbers: 2,3

R6 Porter Plant Cup (bm78) 1600m

Haradafull was sensational last start and showed just how good it is. This field isn’t much tougher, however is up in the weights that may prove a task. Plot The Course was only 2.5lengths behind Haradafull last start, and turns around 2kg on it here. If it gets its chance it can win. Zlatan is a good horse who has been very consistent of late. Will run well from barrier 4. Vincent’s Thirst has been great this prep, and dropping 2kg here looks to be a great chance. Siga La Vaca was very impressive last time out and dropping 5kg here will suit it nicely. Can surprise a few here with a bit of luck. Street Sharp was also impressive last start, and with Williams on board it could win this.

Best Bet: Haradafull

Quaddie Numbers: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10

R7 Hygain (bm64) 1000m

She’s Ellie has been good of late and dropping down in grade here can run a competitive race. Release The Speed has some great quality, it’s just a matter of if he can display that here, with such a heavy weight. What A Hoot was competitive in this grade last start, and if it can improve here it can win this. Kahuna won it’s latest trial by 8 lengths, and if that is anything to go by, the $13 for it looks a very good bet! Sail Rocket won it’s last race by over 4 lengths and if it brings that performance again here it will be competitive.

Best Bet: Release The Speed (Also keep an eye on Kahuna. Very interested to see how it runs).

Quaddie Numbers: 1, 2, 5, 7, 11, 14

R8 Sportsbet Live Racing (bm64) 2000m

Maraudamiss has one start at this distance for one win and looks the one to beat. Prestbury Park won in this grade two starts ago and will be competitive here once again. Eliza’s Viscount trialled well recently and ran well before that. If it gets a chance here it will take it. Remorse has been very consistent in this grade of late, and if it gets the luck it needs it can win here.

Best Bet: Maraudamiss

Quaddie Numbers: 1, 7, 10, 14

 

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