Fri, Apr 6, 8:50am by Staff Writer
Victorian metropolitan racing heads to Bendigo on Saturday for their standalone meeting where the rail is in the true and the track in the good range.
The Listed Golden Mile (1600m) is one of the features for the day with a capacity field set to line up.
Trainer Ciaron Maher is back from suspension and he takes two into the feature mile. Lite’n in my Veins ($9) is looking for three straight wins after back-to-back wins at Morphettville – and a victory here would give him his eighth overall and first in Victoria. Stable mate Mask of Time ($13) is having his third start in Australia, his first being when fourth to Tosen Stardom in the G1 Toorak (1600m) last spring.
After being scratched last week Midterm ($7.50) looks set to make his Australian debut for Team Williams in what is the five-year-old gelding’s twelfth career start. Wyndspelle ($9.50) only has two wins from his 24 career starts although eight of those starts have been at G1 level, four at G2 and one at G3, so he might enjoy a drop in grade here while Nozomi’s ($13) last two wins have been when first-up and both have been over the Flemington 1400m.
The Hayes/Dabernig stable take last start Listed winner Sovereign Nation ($11) into the race alongside Seaburge ($13) and Petrology ($20) while Darren Weir saddles up Kiwia ($6.50) and Kenjorwood ($35) with ex-WA gelding Tradesman ($9), the third emergency.
The Bendigo Gold Bracelet is a set weights and penalties for the mares over 1400m with a field of 14 accepted. French Emotion ($3.90) is second-up after a second to Quilista down the Flemington straight when fresh and she’s opened as favourite for the race.
My True Love ($9) has a G2 second to Prompt Response in Queensland and was runner-up to Crack Me Up in the G2 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) last winter and she resumes here for the Waterhouse/Bott stable.
Tahanee ($6.50) has had six starts in Australia for one win, with six wins and four placings from 19 starts overall, similarly Jester Halo ($7), who’s six wins and four minors have come from 16 starts.
Miss Gunpowder ($11) is down from Sydney after two runs in G3 level where she finished at the tail of the field on both occasions while stable mate Sebring Dream ($16) is first-up since the spring. Near Queue ($34) is looking for three on trot and has had some early support at odds.
The smallest field of the day opens proceedings with ten to tackle the 2400m of race one. Gallic Chieftain ($6) won the Stony Creek Cup (2100m) two starts back and he’ll carry top weight of 58kg.
Harrison ($3.20) has finished behind Kings Will Dream at his past two starts with the five-year-old gelding opening favourite for the race. Brimham Rocks ($4.80) is an ex-import having his second start for Chris Waller – his debut being when second to Velox over 2000m – with stable mate Zourkhan ($6.50) also lining up for Sydney’s leading trainer as he looks for his first win since May last year.
Sin To Win ($5.50) is one of three runners from Team Hayes/Dabernig – and his only try at 2400m resulted in a victory. Charlevoix ($14) was a horse of some promise as a youngster but is finding it hard to win of late while Raindrops on Roses ($23) drops back from a G2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) and she was a winner over 2500m at Moonee Valley two starts back. Multitude ($12) is down from Sydney for Waterhouse/Bott after a tenth of 13 – beaten 4.3L – last start in the G3 Manion Cup (2400m).
Suggested Bet: Race four is a pretty good little race and while there are a few chances, leaning towards the favourite Sprightly Lass ($2.45, race 4, number 6) given her kind draw in comparison to a couple of her main dangers. She’s only had the six starts for four wins with two seconds, her most recent run when first past the post but relegated to second on protest behind Dothraki who’s put in a good run since. Property and Toy Boy will be charging late but hopefully Sprightly Lass can hang on.
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