Victorian racing heads down the Great Ocean Road for an eight-part card on Thursday afternoon. The track should be a Good 4 when the first race jumps at 1pm local time, with an upgrade to a Good 3 expected throughout the day. The rail is in the true position throughout the entire circuit, and as is often the case at The ‘Bool, each runner should get their chance no matter where they settle.
Best Bet: Andress
The Lindsey Smith-trained Andress will be looking to go one better than his second on debut over the 1100m at Warrnambool on January 25. She steps back to the 1000m today for her second run and get the blinkers on for the first time. Her chief market rival, Home Rule, maps to set the pace throughout, so expect Andress to take a seat towards the rear of the pack. With such a small field engaged, her turn of foot should be enough to see her break the maiden tag.
Matt Williams and Dean Yendall will be hoping Fleurmosa can maintain her consistent form this campaign. The mare has run in the quinella on four occasions in five outings this time in, including a win two runs back at Ararat. Her last-start second at Donald on February 1 was a tough watch for punters as she got nabbed on the winning post to go down by a half head. From barrier two we expect her to sit outside the leader and run on to victory in the second leg of the Warrnambool quaddie.
The first-up run Skyway Star put in over the Warrnambool 1300m on February 5 suggested she was screaming out for further, and she gets that here as she steps up to the 1700m. The five-year-old mare does some of her best racing when second up, where she has placed three times in four attempts. Jumping from barrier one, she should be fighting out the finish from the gun draw.