RACING returns to rural Victoria this Tuesday as Wangaratta hosts an eight race card.
After looking like the area would be flooded out following torrential rain, the clouds have dissipated and a great day of racing should be in the offing at one of the premiere tracks in the state.
The HorseBetting.com.au team will be on course this Tuesday, and hopefully we can make the day just that little bit sweeter with a few winners.
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Race 1 – Maiden Plate (2000m)
Just A Gigolo looks destined to break its maiden sooner rather than later. Three times in its five race career the gelding has finished inside the first four and a last-start third in a maiden at Donald was encouraging after encountering trouble in the latter stages of the race.
Our Ladies Money looked to make significant progress after placing for the first-time last-start at Echuca. The four-year-old battled on well after being on the speed for much of the run. The performance suggested the penny might have finally dropped for the grey, which had not previously placed in eight attempts.
Race 1 tip: Just A Gigolo to win at Neds
Race 2 – Benchmark 64 (1170m)
Casa De Lago comes into this race on the back of two trials, which means it should be fit coming into the contest. A good draw well boosts confidence and a strong performance two starts back at Pakenham showed the horse has the talent to get a win on the board in the near future.
Three-year-old filly by Nicconi out of Spice Beauty, Cinnabon is having its first-ever start on Tuesday. The Hayes, Hayes and Daberning-trained runner is a well-bred filly that can make an instant impact from from barrier three. A decent barrier trial just under a month ago was encouraging. Could be one to watch for the future.
Race 2 tip: Casa De Lago to place at at Unibet
Race 3 – Maiden Plate (1400m)
Mr Money Bags draws wide on Tuesday but its debut run was encouraging enough to suggest it can overcome barrier 13. Missing out by less than a length at Moe on November 21 as a $21 shot, the son of Written Tycoon should go well here if that form holds up well.
Lu Bu brings race fitness into Tuesday’s race. Resuming as a short-priced favourite at Pakenham on November 16, the colt missed out by a lengthy margin, but we think the experience will account for plenty. A good draw will see it inserted into the race early and we think its time is now.
Race 3 tip: Lu Bu to win at Sportsbet
Race 4 – Maiden Plate (1300m)
Tennessee Boss looks to be the best placed horse in all the maiden events on Tuesday to break through. Back-to-back second placings boosts our confidence that a strong running will be in the offing, and the only thing holding it slightly back is a wide draw. Still, the horse should be winning this easily.
Madam Stowell is resuming, and it has placed on its solitary first-up run in its career. Only once in its four race career has the horse missed the placings, and a quality run is expected from one of the more experienced runners in the field.
Race 4 tip: Tennessee Boss to win at William Hill
Race 5 – Benchmark 58 (1100m)
Mirimbah looks to be one of the better horses in this race. Since resuming in September the horse has not missed a placing, culminating in a maiden win in Benalla just under a month ago. The Gerald Egan-trained mare draws in barrier 15 which is a concern, but the go-forward horse is capable of burning to the front and pinching it.
Rustic Debutante drops back slightly in grade after a disappointing showing at Wangaratta just under a month ago. The 26-race five-year-old has won at the track and at the distance in the past, and from barrier 4 it will have plenty of opportunity to dictate its own terms. Looks to be the horse to beat.
Race 5 tip: Rustic Debutante to win at Ladbrokes
Race 6 – Benchmark 64 (1400m)
Fast ‘N’ Rolling looks to be one of the horses to beat despite drawing barrier 12 here. In the last four races the horse has won twice and finished third a further two times, including a strong win at Ballarat last-time out. The slight rise in weight will not be an issue and we are expecting a strong performance.
Pittsburgh is the topweight coming into the sixth race at Wangaratta but a good draw helps alleviate that somewhat. The horse is coming out of the Wodonga Gold Cup, where it ran an ordinary eighth, but there’s a distinct class factor here and we believe it will take this one out pretty easily if it runs up to its capabilities.
Race 6 tip: Pittsburgh to win at Ladbrokes
Race 7 – Benchmark 58 (1590m)
River Reward is at the top of the weights here but the maiden victory as a $1.30 favourite was so strong we think it can make the jump straight into benchmark company. The horse has raced well in maiden races in the city, which arguably are as strong as it will confront on Tuesday. We are backing it to do the business.
Millie The Missle is racing well and is drawn extremely well here. Much like our pick in the race, the mare won as favourite last time, and there’s no reason to believe another great run won’t be in the offing. The horse gets a weight relief on our primary pick, but we think it lacks River Reward’s class.
Race 7 tip: River Reward to win at Sportsbet
Race 8 – Benchmark 70 (1100m)
Critical Rhythm resumes after a five month break, and it has previously won first-up in the past. The horse is making its track and distance debut, but the Robbie Griffth’s runner has won over the 1200m distance, and a great returning run should be in the offing.
Definia is third-up and it has won at that point in the past. The horse has won and placed across four runs in the past and the six-year-old should be right in the mix here. The horse will be able to be reined back from barrier 10 and will be charging home late.
Race 8 tip: Definia to win at Neds