Murtoa Marma Racing Club is scheduled to host an eight-part card on Monday afternoon and Horsebetting’s Victorian horse racing form analyst presents his best bets, quaddie selections and top odds from Australia’s top online bookmakers. The track is rated a Soft 7, with rail in the true position for the first meeting at the track since October 3, 2020.
Murtoa Best Bet: Decurio
The formidable duo of Patrick Payne and Billy Egan are set to combine with the four-year-gelding Decurio who comes to Murtoa following consecutive runner-up performances to begin his career. The former Kiwi had his first Australian start at Warrnambool on June 17 where he sped out to lead, but ultimately found one better over the final 200m. Despite, going down to Fort Charles by 2.5 lengths he managed to put 2.5 lengths of his own on his rivals behind him. From barrier nine, we anticipate Billy Egan to take this son of Niagara to the front of the field, where he can then dictate terms over 2050m and considering there is minimal early speed engaged in this race he should get his own way out in front and prove too tough over the concluding stages.
Matthew Williams sends his three-year-old son of Brazen Beau, Boromir to Murtoa for just his second career start following a near nine-month spell. He seemed desperately unlucky on debut at Horsham back on October 18, 2020, when struggling to find clear air until it was too late. He hit the line strongly to suggest there may be some untapped talent there and with even luck on Monday he could prove hard to hold out. Since we last saw him at the races he has since been gelded and with Dean Yendall retaining the ride the pair rate highly in the opener at Murtoa. From barrier two, expect Yendall to have him settled on the rails just off the leaders heels and with even luck he should be breaking his maiden.
In the second leg of the quaddie, the Nathan Hobson-trained Toojay looks to be over the odds considering his form prior to a poor run at Echuca on July 3. On the quick back-up from that effort at Echuca he had two runner-up performances at a win at his previous three starts he commands serious respect. Despite drawing wide, we expect Tahlia Hope to find him cover in the first half a dozen and with even luck there is no reason why he cannot be fighting out the finish with a nice turn of foot.