Race 1 - 11:45am
His win may have only been on the Synthetic at Geelong, but there was still plenty of merit in the maiden race win of Royal Duty and this isn’t the strongest two-year-olds race. James Winks will be able to settle him right on the speed and he will give his rivals something to catch.
1.5 Units Royal Duty
Race 2 - 12:15pm
Hectopascal chased home the talented Jamaican Rain at The Valley last start and there is no horse of that quality in this field. It would not surprise to see Fred Kersley push forward and settle the Pins mare right on the speed. She has an excellent chance to return to winning form.
2 Units Hectopascal
Race 3 - 12:50pm
There has been plenty of early support for Artie Dee Too and it is easy to see why. He has recorded two wins from his three previous starts at The Valley and his recent form since he failed to fire at Warrnambool has been strong. John Allen will be able to settle him right on the speed from barrier two.
2.5 Units Artie Dee Too
Race 4 - 1:25pm
King River is a horse that produces his best form fresh and trainer John Price has freshened-up him up since he recorded an impressive win at Caulfield last start. He is not the most consistent horse in the world, but he is capable of a high-rating performance on his day and this is a winnable race for him.
1 Unit King River
Race 5 - 2:05pm
The return of Group 1 winner Bon Aurum adds plenty of interest to this contest, but I would be surprised if he is able to beat Inn Keeper. Inn Keeper has gone to another level this campaign and he has now recorded four wins on the trot. He showed that he was up to metropolitan level with his win at Caulfield and he was very tough in the Golden Topaz at Swan Hill. The Valley is perfect for him as Linda Meech will be able to settle him right on the speed and he will prove very tough to run down.
3 Units Inn Keeper
Race 6 - 2:45pm
It has been a long time between race starts for Rillito, but he brings his best form to the races he will prove very tough to beat. He has form around a number of classy horses and he has won well at The Valley in the past. Craig Williams should be able to settle him in a forward position from the wide barrier and he can make a winning return to the races.
2 Units Rillito
Race 7 - 3:25pm
Layel is a filly that does have plenty of speed and she will give her rivals something to catch in this contest. She didn’t like the straight at Flemington two starts ago, but she beat Grey Shadow to win at Ladbrokes Park last start. The Valley should suit her and if Michael Walker rides her aggressively she will be tough to beat.
1.5 Units Layel
Race 8 - 4:05pm
Lite’n In My Veins has been in excellent form this campaign and he has now recorded four wins from his past five starts. His win at The Valley last start was full of merit and the field that he faces this weekend isn’t much tougher. He has drawn perfectly and there is no reason that he can’t continue his winning ways.
2 Units Lite’n In My Veins
Race 9 - 4:41pm
The key to the race is Tatoosh, who has gone to another level since being transferred to the care of Will Clarken in Adelaide. This race is tougher again though and I can’t get him as short as his current price.
Akavoroun has been building towards a race win and he gets the opportunity to breakthrough this weekend. He was gallant in defeat over this track and distance last start and he should be ready to peak fourth-up after what has been a lengthy spell.
1.5 Units Akavoroun
Race 10 - 5:11pm
Egyptian Bullet has recorded three wins on the trot – two of which were at very long odds – and the market has underestimate him once again. The majority of the lead contenders in this race map to get a long way back, while Jamie Mott should be able to settle Egyptian Bullet right on the speed. There is no reason that he can’t win at big odds again.
1 Unit Egyptian Bullet