This week’s Victorian racing action gets underway at Wangaratta, where a nine-race card will be set down for judgement from 1pm AEST on Monday. We’re on a Good 4 at the time of writing, while the rail is out 4m from the 1000m to the 400m and then true for the remainder. Plenty of debutants are scattered throughout the card, including one or two who could go on to bigger and better things later in the spring.
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Race 9 – Chatelaine @ $2.10 Sportsbet
This Patrick Payne galloper has not been too kind to punters so far this preparation. The five-year-old mare has had five starts this preparation and was favourite in four of those, but she is yet to break through this campaign. This race seems perfect for Payne and his go-to jockey, Billy Egan, considering their galloper is the only one in the race to have run a place last time out. Chatelaine drops in class, and from barrier four Egan will have the benefit of putting her where he wants.
Race 1 – Kiani @ $4.50 Sportsbet
The Maher & Eustace three-year-old filly is fresh off four weeks between runs. Last time out she was 3L second to the impressive Jenni’s Rainbow on the Pakenham synthetic. She is having her first start on the grass this race and will take huge benefit from that. Despite a shocking draw of barrier 17, Harry Coffey will know Kiani has the speed to overcome the bad gate, get up on pace quickly and help dictate the terms.
Race 3 – Mister Monaro @ $15/$4 EW Sportsbet
William Masters gets his four-year-old gelding back on top of the ground for the first time since his debut preparation. Having had return runs on heavy tracks at Moe and then Cranbourne, he should appreciate the move back to a dry surface. Mister Monaro will have the tactical speed to overcome a tricky barrier draw, as there aren’t too many out and out dangers in this race. For a galloper who has only been out of the placings once in four starts, this seems a good each-way play.
Leg 1: 1-3-4-9
Leg 2: 1-3-7-10
Leg 3: 2-3-5-7-8-9-12
Leg 4: 7
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