The Racing League’s remarkable winning record goes on the line this weekend with last start winner The Big Goodbye heading to Doomben for the first time. TRL has had four horses to the track and all have won across the three Eastern States – amazing. Not only are the horses winning but TRL have unearthed a potential 2022 Melbourne Cup contender in Team Captain who spanked his rivals on Cup day at Flemington.
Let’s try and find a winner from our TRL trainers.
WET TRACK WON’T STOP THE BIG GOODBYE
According to the weather bureau, Doomben will be better suited to “ducks” than horses on Saturday. A heavy track shouldn’t worry The Big Goodbye (Race 7) he’s an impressive last start winner, has had one start on a heavy track for one win, two starts on a slow track for a win and a second.
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Trainer Rob Heathcote should also go close with Scottish Mist (Race 4) rated a $8.50 chance with Sportsbet. She can be hard to catch but was good last start and gets through the soft ground.
BET: The Big Goodbye – Each Way (Bris Race 7)
BET: Scottish Mist – Each Way (Bris Race 4)
TEAM EDMONDS UNVEIL THE HARROVIAN
The Toby and Trent Edmonds trained The Harrovian is a super popular galloper north of the border and has plenty of class. The Harrovian has one win from one start on a heavy track, he’ll probably get back worse than midfield which means backmarkers will have to be able to make ground at Doomben for him to be a chance. Green Jacket (Race 3) had excuses last start, will be okay on a slow surface and is a winner at Doomben two starts back.
BET: The Harrovian – Each Way (Bris Race 8)
BET: Green Jacket – Each Way (Bris Race 3)
LYRICAL GIRL TO GO BACK TO BACK
Lyrical Girl has been a ‘little champion’ for her miRunners owners and is favoured by Sportsbet $3.10 to post back to back wins at Doomben on Saturday. Trainer Tony Gollan believes Lyrical Girl has improved since her last start win and is not overly concerned about soft ground. She’s tight in the Sportsbet market at $3.10 but happy to stick.
BET: Lyrical Girl – WIN (Bris Race 6)
CUMANI LOOKING TO CLIMB TO NOBLE HEIGHTS
With Team Captain’s emphatic win at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day, trainer Matt Cumani is the flavour of the month with owners in the VIC Husslers team and so he should be. On Saturday, Matt’s priority will be Noble Heights (Race 8) , a last start winner at Geelong who now is up in distance and class. He will go forward and if he handles the ground will prove hard to beat.
BET: Noble Heights – Each Way (Melb Race 8)
OUR MICK PRICE, OUR PLAYBOY
Our Playboy stamped himself as a very good horse winning last start but will now have to overcome a horror barrier to win the Cranbourne Cup over 1600 metres. Barrier 17 is rarely an advantage but with an even share of luck and a good steer from Zac Spain he can post his third win at the mile distance. Take the $4 at Sportsbet.
Bet: Our Playboy – Each Way (Melb Race 7)
NEWCASTLE STAND ALONE
Metropolitain racing heads up the freeway to Newcastle for the running of the Hunter, the first lady of racing Gai Waterhouse in partnership with Adrian Bott has Dawn Passage in the big race. Dawn Passage is a $14 chance with Sportsbet in a wide open affair with Lost and Running clearly the one to beat. I reckon Gai can win Race 1 with Uncorked, who looked pretty good in his barrier trial where he led and was strong over the final 200 metres.
BET: Uncorked – Each Way (Newcastle Race 1)
BET: Dawn Passage – Each Way (Newcastle Race 8)
FREEDMAN BROTHERS LEAD THE WAY
On The Lead (Race 10) is one of the horses who was getting the unwanted reputation as a non-winner or hard to catch. That changed last start when he sizzled home for an impressive win. He’s had two wins on a slow track but you wouldn’t declare him a wet tracker. At $20 on Sportsbet he’s worth an each way flutter.
BET: On The Lead – Win (Newcastle Race 10)
CIARON MAHER TO BE KING
It was a little hard to be overly impressed with King’s Charisma last start effort over 2500 metres at Flemington where he could only manage fifth. He drops back in distance in what appears to be an easier race on paper, gets through soft ground and looks to be better suited.
BET: King’s Charisma – Each Way (Newcastle Race 6)