An eight race card at Geelong kicks off another fine week of racing in Victoria, after a tough weekend to find winners at Ballarat on Saturday. The track has come a Good 4 for the event on Monday in Geelong, and with the rail out 9 metres from the 1700 metre mark to the 800 metre mark, and out 11 metres the remainder it may pay to be up on speed where possible.
It was hard not to be impressed by the debut performance of the Peter Hardacre 3YO filly after bombing the start at Warrnambool on debut but finished with a head of the winner after running all over the place in the home straight. She will benefit from that debut run and the extra 250 metres will seemingly only improve her chances. Prior to her debut performance she was ridden quietly in a Penola trial and showed she has plenty of ability to get her maiden out of the way early on in her career. That being said, we think she will get it done on Monday at Geelong and is our top tip of the card.
The Phillip Stokes 4YO mare was a well supported favourite last time out at the track and distance a fortnight ago. Patrick Moloney opted to make a mid race move to take up the lead on that occasion, and it looked to have been a race winning maneuver until going down in the last fifty metres. She had comfortably held at bay the remainder of the field, and if she can reproduce that form here she looks to have enough in the locker to topple the early market elect in Just Like Mum.
Michael Kent and Michael Poy will be looking to build on this 4YO mare’s building career so far. Her last two starts at Kyneton and then at Sale have easily been her career best performances and if she can bring that form here she looks to be the best tip at odds at Geelong. Despite being gapped by the eventual winner last time out at Sale, this mare put enough of a gap on the rest of the field to show that she will be competitive here.