Eight races are set to be run and won on Thursday afternoon when we return to Echuca for the first time in almost two months. The rail is in the true position, where it was on July 26 at the last meeting here.
With the track coming up a Soft 5 at the time of writing, and with a positive forecast over the next 24 hours, we could see an upgrade early on in the meeting. The first race is set to jump at 1:30pm AEST, when one of the better bets on the card will go around.
Thursday racing tips for Echuca
Race 7 – Toffee Doll @ $2.70 Sportsbet
Having her first start for new trainer Matt Laurie, Toffee Doll resumes after nearly a six-month layoff. The now-4YO mare last competed in the Listed Bendigo Guineas and was far from disgraced when finishing midfield. If she can bring the form she showed last campaign to this BM64, it should be good enough to get the job done. She should be able to settle midfield one off the rails from barrier four considering there isn’t much speed underneath her. She’s won first up in the past and was a strong fourth with no luck in her other first-up run at Flemington. She may need a little bit of luck at the top of the straight, but Toffee Doll should prove too strong at the end.
Race 1 – Kiani @ $3 Sportsbet
This Maher & Eustace galloper was scratched at Wangaratta last week; it looks like connections want her first run on turf to be on a surface with the sting out of the ground, which she may get here. She has form behind the city class filly Jenni’s Rainbow when finishing three lengths off her for second on the Pakenham synthetic. She has had a six-week freshen up off that run and gets blinkers on for the first time, and all signs point towards a positive result. The third placegetter in the Princess Jenni race, Orpheline, came out and scored easily at Wodonga on Tuesday too.
Race 6 – Zouy’s Comet @ $10/$3 EW Sportsbet
This 5YO gelding is having his first start for trainer Shawn Mathrick and gets back onto turf for the first time since June after an up and down synthetic campaign. He is capable of carrying a big weight, and Campbell Rawiller’s 1.5kg claim could make him a knockout chance in the second leg of the quaddie. His run two starts back was eye-catching before a let down in his last start. Zouy’s Comet will likely settle worse than midfield, but look for him late down the outside part of the track.
Leg 1: 3-6-7-10
Leg 2: 1-6-8-10
Leg 3: 2-4-6-10
Leg 4: 7-13-14
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