It’s the final day of the season this Saturday before all our equine stars turn a year older on Sunday, August 1. After a week off in Victoria racing returns to Moonee Valley for the first time since March. The entire MV track staff were forced to stand down after a positive Covid test for one worker, but the meeting will go ahead. Eagle Farm has the rail out three metres but a good track is expected. A soft 5 currently at Randwick but with warm weather predicted we could get to a good track.
TONY GOLLAN’S OLYMPIC DREAM
Fresh from his holiday eight time premiership winning Queensland Rogues trainer Tony Gollan is a master of multi-skilling. In between controlling his massive stable Tony has also been keeping a close eye on the Tokyo Olympics. Click on the link below to hear Tony’s twist on the Olympics, along with what Olympic sport he would choose to chase Gold in, plus the horses you should follow over the weekend.
BET: Lashoni – Win (EF Race 3)
BET: Vinco – Each Way (EF Race 7)
BET: Frosty Mango – (Gold Coast Race 1)
FATHER/SON COMBO HARD TO BEAT
“Fresh is best” for Indian Dreamer (Race 3) trained by the Queensland Rogues combo of Toby and Trent Edmonds. Indian Dreamer will be first-up over 1400 metres, but has a tremendous fresh record and will be steaming home. Alpine Eagle (Race 4) has a big weight and a terrible barrier but is a pretty smart horse and has already been smashed in the early markets. Toby and Trent have three runners in Race 5, I like Gdansk on top who never runs a bad race, lost on protest last start at the Gold Coast and has been scratched a couple of times with this now the target.
BET: Indian Dreamer – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 3)
BET: Alpine Eagle – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 4)
BET: Gdansk – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 5)
GAI SET TO FINISH STRONGLY
NSW Tycoons training duo Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have Vreneli (Race 1) returning after a terrible run last start. The stable found an issue with Vreneli, he’s now been passed fit and will appreciate the firmer surface. Surf Dancer (Race 7) is an imported galloper who showed plenty of courage last start. He’s now on a second day back-up, should be strip fitter and the good track should be another plus. Surf Dancer has been one of the best backed runners of the day in early markets.
Bet: Vreneli – Each Way (Randwick Race 1)
Bet: Surf Dancer – Each Way (Randwick Race 7)
KIM WAUGH WATCH
The Kim Waugh trained Bethencourt (Race 4) certainly has his hoof on the till after being runner-up at his previous two starts for the NSW Tycoons trainer. Bethencourt is now deep into his preparation, he’ll take up a handy position and be strong to the line. Kim also has Ashman (Race 5) at big odds. Ashman has to lump the topweight of 61.5kgs but does have the services of Brock Ryan claiming 2kgs which could just be the difference.
BET: Bethencourt – Each Way (Randwick Race 4)
BET: Ashman – Each Way (Randwick Race 5)
The Ciaron Maher – Jamie Kah combination is a powerful one and we are jumping on the bandwagon this Saturday at Moonee Valley where the track is expected to be a soft 5. The champion pair combine on three occasions Decent Raine (Race 2), Dr Drill (Race 4) and Flash Flood (Race 9). Decent Raine is a two-year-old with ability and is resuming. Dr Drill is deep into his preparation, is a tough competitor and will prove extremely hard to get past. Flash Flood has had the ultimate gear change (gelded) and while he is first-up looked pretty good in a lead-up trial.
BET: Dr Drill – Win (MV Race 4)
BET: Flash Flood – Each Way (Race 9)