HorseBetting.com.au brings you the best bets, top odds and quaddie numbers for what looks to be a competitive eight-race card at Cranbourne on Friday night. With showers forecasted throughout the day, we would be surprised if the track remains at its current Good 4 rating. Racing is set to get underway at 6pm.
Best Bet: Kermy
Surely it is fifth time lucky for the Phillip Stokes-trained Kermy, who is yet to finish worse than third in his three runs this campaign. The son of Kermadec has chased home a couple of smart ones in Steinem and Captain Spud, who have both won metropolitan races in fine fashion since. From barrier two under Michael Poy, we expect the three-year-old gelding to take up the running or sit just behind the leader in a race that looks to have one other speed influence in it. Either way, if Kermy needs to take a seat or lead the field up, he should be rock-hard fit fourth up and could prove too good for this field over a genuinely run 1300m.
In the opening leg of the Cranbourne quaddie, the Chris Waller-trained Suppression looks well placed to bring up back-to-back victories following a smart maiden win at Kyneton on March 19. Despite going around as odds-on pop that day, the Mongolian Khan gelding needed to to let down nicely to round up the field in the home straight, which is no easy thing to do at Kyneton. He will appreciate being able to get back and move through the gears on the Cranbourne track in what shapes to be a genuinely run 2025m.
Jamie Edwards saddles up the in-form If At First, who has strung together consecutive victories in her last two starts. On the back of a four-week freshen up from her tough win at Warrnambool, she looks well placed to bring up a hat-trick of wins. The mare has struggled in the past at 1600m, but her recent form is good and she should appreciate taking a sit just off the pace. With a bit of luck, the daughter of Choisir should be too strong late over the mile.