UP to the Murray River we go as Mildura hosts an interesting eight-race card to lead us into the weekend.
We will get to see a number of stars of the future running around on Friday given half the card is comprised of maiden races filled with promising types that could go on to bigger and better meets.
The markets for this Friday’s full form preview were provided by CrownBet.com.au.
Race 1 – The Legendary Clem Derosa Maiden (1200m)
Written On Rock is a first starter that has trialled beautifully leading into this one. The three-year-old filly out of Written Tycoon won comfortably at Moe at the beginning of the month and if it brings the trial form into this contest it just wins.
Mecum is a Darren Weir runner that has jumped as a favourite in each of its last two starts but failed to salute. Both times the horse has finished within two lengths of the eventual winner, and it improved from its first start to the second. The next step is to take out a race and it may have been presented with the perfect opportunity.
Written On Rock looks the main danger but we have been a fan of Mecum since its debut. It gets the perfect race to break through here and has the talent to progress through the grades quite quickly.
Race 1 tip: Mecum to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 2 – Get Your 2017/18 Memberships Maiden (1200m)
In a race short of good form All Eez looks the clear standout. The Tony McEvoy-trained three-year-old placed in its last two outings and resumes after a strong trial win at Gawler a week ago.
Rat With Goldtooth is racing second up on Friday and looking to maintain an unblemished place record. In its two race starts the horse has finished second and within a length of the winner. The four-year-old only needs to settle in a racing pattern early to finish over the top of this field.
Race 2 tip: Rat With Goldtooth to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 3 – Congrats Darren Weir Maiden Plate (1100m)
Goodjamak Baby is racing well and is very unlucky to still be racing in maiden grade. Friday will be the horse’s 14th attempt to shake the maiden tag. It was within a length of the winner at Warracknabeal and gets the best possible chance of its career to date to break through.
Lynch Mob resumes after a four-month break and it brings close to the best form into this contest. The horse has an 80 per cent placing strike-rate and gets the perfect draw from barrier five to be inserted right into the thick of the action.
Race 3 tip: Lynch Mob to win at Crownbet.com.au
Race 4 – Congrats Dean Yendall Maiden (1000m)
Shane Stockdale-trained four-year-old Percival comes into the race with quality trial form. We think the three lead-in trial performances are indicative of a strong showing and we expect a good debut performance from the gelding.
Bindabooberri resumes after a break and on its debut form it should be hard to beat. The horse raced greenly but still managed to finish fourth in a strong field at Morphettville. The three-year-old colt jumps from a reasonable barrier and will be hard to hold out.
Race 4 tip: Bindabooberri to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 5 – Congrats Bounty Belle BM64 (1200m)
Providing it returns in good order following a spell, Ashero should be the horse to beat here. The gelding has not raced since winning at Balaklava in May, but the power of that victory among benchmark 64 company will hold the four-year-old in good stead come Friday.
Flying Flo Jo is looking to make it three wins from its last four races on Friday and gets the race to do so. The experienced six-year-old is in close to the form of its life. The only issue here is the additional weight it is set to carry but in this kind of form the horse will be competing hard to the line.
Race 5 tip: Ashero to win at Crownbet.com.au
Race 6 – Melbourne Cup Day At Mildura BM58 (2000m)
Don’t Have To Yell is seeking redemption after a torrid time at Swan Hill last time out where it finished last of 10 runners. The mare drops back slightly in grade and gets the perfect opportunity to atone for that out-of-character performance.
Sudden Moment had a horror run last time out at Geelong where it got checked and hurt. Despite that, the horse finished within two lengths of the eventual winner, showcasing the gritty nature of the veteran galloper. From barrier three the seven-year-old should be right in the mix and we are anticipating a big run.
Race 6 tip: Sudden Moment to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 7 – Lime Therapy BM64 (1400m)
Ribbon Of Choice is racing in terrific form this preparation and looks to be the main threat of this field. The horse has not missed a placing across its last three starts, one of which was at a higher grade than it will confront on Friday. The four-year-old looks poised for a big performance.
Rock’n’rollrock is third up on Friday and has placed at that point in its preparation in the past. It was evident from the opening two runs that the horse really needed to blow the cobwebs out, and we are expecting to see the best of the four-year-old here.
Race 7 tip: Ribbon Of Choice to win at Crownbet.com.au
Race 8 – Marios Bar At The Grand BM64 (1200m)
Bons Away brings in three straight placings from a trio of runs and has improved across each outing. The win at Sale at the beginning of the month was a professional performance which helps justify our selection here.
Her Command is looking to make it three straight wins and a second consecutive victory at the Mildura track. The horse gets a slight bump up in weight but winning form is good form and we cannot deny the horse’s credentials coming into the final race on the card.
Bons Away looks the clear standout here, however, and we think it is one of the better bets of the day.
Race 8 tip: Bons Away at Crownbet.com.au