Fri, Jul 21, 12:46pm by Senior Writer
This week Melbourne racing returns to Flemington where it looks likely we’ll get another good track in the middle of winter.
I’m no meteorologist but after apparently one of the driest June’s in recent history, July hasn’t been much different. We have tended to get a lot of showers, and plenty of cold weather, but not a lot of soaking rain .
Bren: I guess in some ways it has made it easier to assess the form, because repeatedly dry tracks mean that you don’t get the variances of form that you do when you are on and off wet tracks. Unlike lot of punters, I don’t mind betting on wet tracks. So long as they race consistently, then you can do pretty well. We’ll make do with what we have got this weekend at Flemington and that will be a track in the Good range yet again.
Our best of the day comes up in Race 7, No.8 Pacodali.
Pacodali is a former Irish galloper now under the care of Darren Weir. He’s had four runs in Australia for two wins, including a strong performance at Flemington two weeks ago.
On that occasion, he got a superb ride and was able to power clear late to win with some authority and he is drawn to get a similar easy time of it here. He stays in the same weight range and while technically he goes up in class, there is only one of his rivals I’m really worried about and that’s another former Irish horse in Kilimanjaro.
I’ve said plenty of times that I’m happy to keep backing these Weir stayers when they start winning and at $5.50, I’m happy to be on Pacodali here. Given his strength on good tracks, I think this is a horse you can follow for the next few months and have some fun with.
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Our Best value is Race 9, No.14 I’m Telling Ya.
I’ve been a big fan of this horse since he won his maiden by a big margin 12 months ago. He hasn’t won since, but his three runs this time in have been excellent, especially last time out when he ran a big race when beaten less than a length into fifth here at big odds.
I’m convinced he will improve again into this race and coming back from the 1200m to the 1100m is certainly suitable. He overraced last time and this time is drawn in what should be the best part of the track. He is currently $18, which is a great each way value for a horse that has the talent to win plenty of races.
Here’s our selections for the remainder of the Flemington meeting.
Race 1 VRC Recognition Hcp – 1600m
1st: 8. Dollar for Dollar ($4.40)
2nd: 2. Ebediyin ($3.70)
3rd: 1. Riyadh ($8.50)
4th: 3. Electric Fusion ($34)
Race 2 Wilson Medic Rising Start Hcp – 1600m
1st: 2. Dulverton ($4.60)
2nd: 5. Sea the Sparkle ($3)
3rd: 1. Hell or Highwater ($4.80)
4th: 2. Step the Pedal ($11)
Race 3 Byerley Hcp – 1800m
1st: 4. Anchor Bid ($1.55)
2nd: 8. Leicester Rocket ($16)
3rd: 1. Antipas ($8.50)
4th: 3. St Vaduz ($6)
Race 4 Murray Cox Hcp – 1400m
1st: 6. Orient Line ($6.50)
2nd: 8. Portman ($2.90)
3rd: 7. London Fog ($23)
4th: 4. Ken’s Dream ($3.80)
Race 5 TAB/ATA Trainers Trust Hcp – 1600m
1st: 6. Lovani ($4.50)
2nd: 1. Yu Long Sheng Hui ($23)
3rd: 5. First Approach ($6)
4th: 11. Balcazar ($5.50)
Race 6 KA Morrison Hcp – 1200m
1st: 8. Divine Mr Artie ($4.60)
2nd: 8. Fast Cash ($13)
3rd: 2. Ruettiger ($5)
4th: 7. Smackdown ($26)
Race 7 George Watson Hcp – 2000m
1st: 8. Pacodali ($5.50)
2nd: 4. Kilimanjaro ($3.30)
3rd: 1. Killarney Kid ($4.80)
4th: 5. Magic Consol ($5.50)
Race 8 Domain Plate – 1400m
1st: 4. Princess of Queens ($7.50)
2nd: 5. Swampland ($11)
3rd: 1. Moonlites Choice ($3.10)
4th: 2. Invictum Domina ($8.50)
Race 9 Flemington Event Staff hcp – 1100m
1st: 14. I’m Telling Ya ($18)
2nd: 2. Highland Beat ($6.50)
3rd: 3. Invincible Al ($5.50)
4th: 7. Hay Bale ($9.50)
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