WE head to the outskirts of Melbourne for the Thursday night quaddie as Pakenham hosts a strong eight-race card.
After a successful stint on the punt over the Melbourne Cup Carnival, we head to the less glamorous, yet equally as captivating surrounds of Pakenham for a night racing fixture.
Race five on the card is a benchmark 64 race over the 1400m distance, which kicks off the quaddie at 8pm.
Race 5 – Benchmark 64 (1400m)
Benny Goes Berzerk missed out by a lip last race at Bendigo, but the result maintained a strong run of performances dating back to early August. The horse has not missed the first four across six races and in a smaller field we believe the gelding will get its chance to break through.
Savvy Belle won well at Seymour in class one company at the beginning of the month and returns to a track where it has not only won before, but at a distance where it has had success twice over four attempts. The daughter of Smart Missle is in quality form this preparation and has the ability to win this race.
Destiny’s Revenge only has one win to its name from 12 races but since breaking the maiden tag it has finished within a head of the eventual winner in two of its four subsequent races. Both of those runs were at the benchmark 64 grade, and the wide alley will see the gelding utilise its breakneck speed to drive to the front and take some catching.
Race 5 quaddie tips: 1, 4 and 6
Race 6 – Benchmark 78 (1600m)
Redzak has been impressive in its last two starts, finishing fourth and second since the beginning of September. The horse has never missed a placing across course and distance and a win on Thursday would ensure the horse maintains a strong record at the track of three wins from six starts.
Electric Fusion comes into Thursday on the back of a strong second placing at Moonee Valley on Manikato Stakes night. The eight-year-old has only had the one unplaced start at Pakenham in the past but having won at the distance in the past boosts our confidence of a strong run.
Guizot is looking to continue its decent run of form after a second placing at Warrnambool and a fourth placing at the Valley. The Aaron Purcell-trained gelding has won at the distance before but is making its Pakenham debut. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the smart four-year-old add to its winners tally here.
Race 6 quaddie tips: 1, 2 and 4
Race 7 – BM70 (1800m)
Rosti is first up on Thursday where it has won in the past. Although the horse has never travelled the 1800m at Pakenham, the four-year-old has won at the distance and at the track in the past. Rosti is our horse to beat.
Sang Choi Bao is in great form and has been improving with each run. Its last-start yielded a second-placed finish at Geelong in a race where it had every right to win. If the form-line continues Sang Choi Bao will be fighting out the finish here.
Perfect Command is a horse that has caught our eye over the journey. The horse has missed the placings just once in a five-start career and has won and placed over two attempts at the distance. The Robbie Griffiths galloper is also first-up, where it has won and placed before.
Race 7 quaddie tips: 1, 5 and 6
Race 8 – Benchmark 64 (1600m)
Hazard Ahead is in sparkling form and will be the clear-cut horse to beat in this race. Since September 25, the horse has not missed a quinella spot and has won twice in that stretch of time. The five-year-old gets a slight jump in the weights but we think it has the ability to overcome.
So Able is looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time in its career. In its last start at Yarra Valley the gelding went around at a double figure price and took the race out by just under half a length. The son of Soldier’s Tale will be right in the mix here and we expect another strong performance.
We are throwing in Fast Plan based on its run two starts ago at Ballarat where it won by just under a length. We are forgiving the run at Hamilton where not a lot went right and we are backing the four-year-old to bounce back in style here.
Race 8 quaddie tips: 3, 5 and 7