HORSEBETTING’s team of experts head to the scenic surrounds of Bendigo for this week’s quaddie as the rural city puts on an eight-race card for punters on Thursday.
Last week we watched our first leg go down at Seymour only to witness the next three come in. For the second week in a row we have been dudded by a single leg.
Bendigo presents a fresh chance for redemption however, and we are prepared to back ourselves in to generate a dividend.
Race five on the card is the Stramit benchmark 64 over the 1400m trip, which kicks off the quaddie at 3.30 pm.
Race 5 – Stramit BM64 (1400m)
Laughing Heir comes into Thursday’s first leg after a brilliant performance at benchmark 58 level at Benalla just under two weeks ago. The win was the second of its three run career and the gelding carried 1kg more than it will lug around on Thursday. The horse has never previously ran 1400m, but we think the step up in trip will be easily negotiated.
Andrew Payne-trained Sadia resumes after a three month lay off hoping to continue its great first-up form which has seen the horse win and place second across two attempts. The five-year-old also has a sensational record at the track which has seen it win on both occasions it has made the trip to Bendigo.
Channing is a quality runner that is taking to the track for the first time since running twice in a week at Geelong and Pakenham. As a double figure elect on the short turn around the four-year-old put in an admirable performance in finishing third. We are backing the two-week break to work wonders for Channing in a race that seems well within its grasp given it has multiple placings at a similar grade.
Race 5 quaddie tips: 1, 2 and 3
Race 6 – Beach Party Race Day 21/10 BM64 (1300m)
Consistent mare Her Command returns to Bendigo hoping to maintain its sparkling place record of 60 percent. Although the horse has never saluted at Bendigo in the past, it has won and placed twice across this distance and the last start at Mildura – where it finished second over the 1300m trip – is enough proof we need that a win is just around the corner.
Five-year-old Blithe Belle is racing in tremendous form recently and looks set for a break-through in the near future. After placing in three of its last four runs, the mare returns to a track and distance where it has won previously, and against a field it should easily account for. Only issue is the wide gate, but any luck in transit will see Blithe Belle in the finish.
Leather’n’lace steps up into benchmark company for the first time in its career but we have no doubt the horse has the ability to make the jump straight from the maiden grade. The horse won in stylish fashion at the second time of asking at Warrnambool as a short-priced favourite, and from a favourable draw under an experienced jockey in Damian Lane, we think the filly can go back-to-back on Thursday.
Race 6 quaddie tips: 2, 5 and 10
Race 7 – The Big Screen Company BM70 (1100m)
Destiny’s Reward is the best performing horse in this field after a second placing and two wins from its last three starts. The horse has a win at both the track and the distance and in a race that does not have a lot of in-form runners in it, the gelding is hard to go past.
Jade Darose’s gelding Parwan Prince returns to a favourable distance on Thursday and looks ready to win again. After three races out of the winner’s circle the gelding gets back to the 1100m distance where it has won twice from five attempts after what will be close to a month away from the track. While this is not a true spell, the six-year-old has one win and four placings from six first-up attempts. It loves to race fresh.
Winspot has raced almost exclusively at the sprint trip for its entire career and why would it? From 17 attempts the horse has won four times, placed second a further four times and finished third once. This is an enviable record for any galloper, and jumping from barrier five at a course it has won at previously further enhances our opinion of the runner.
Race 7 quaddie tips: 2, 7 and 9
Race 8 – Orrcon Steel BM64 (1600m)
In a difficult conclusion to Thursday’s quaddie at Bendigo More Spark’s last start win over this grade and distance should boost the confidence of investors. The horse has shown a great propensity over the mile in its career, winning twice and placing four times across its career and from barrier four it will have every opportunity to dictate its own racing terms.
Sully is a runner that has never missed a placing in its three races career, but the three-year-old only managed to crack the maiden tag at the third time of asking. Despite this, the strong length and a half win as an even-money favourite convinced us it can make the step straight into benchmark grade and we are happily including it in here.
Skyfire is having its second run back on Thursday after half a year away from the competitive circuit and it has previously placed second-up in the past. The horse has won its only attempt at the track and distance in the past and barrier six means it will have plenty of options in the run. The six-year-old should be right in the mix at the post.
Broccolo is jumping from the eight gate but it has the ability to take this race out. The horse was far from disgraced in its first race following the maiden win, finishing fourth in similar company at Wangaratta. The horse’s sole win came from the Bendigo track so a return to familar sorroundings could do the trick for the son of Snippetson.
Race 8 quaddie tips: 5, 7, 8 and 10