Ladbrokes Friday Night Lights Preview – 22nd November


Race 1 - 6:30pm

3 Point Motors Plate (1600m)

Tinszel flopped badly at Ballarat last start and she is a much better mare than that effort suggests. If you forgive her last run, her effort before that at Pakenham was full of merit and she has form around Kennedy Oaks winner Miami Bound. If she is able to return to her best form, she will prove tough to beat.

1 Unit Tinszel

Race 2 - 7:00pm

$99 Summer Membership Handicap (1000m)

Unicorny has gone to another level this campaign and she has now recorded two wins from as many starts over 1000 metres. Her last start effort at The Valley was particularly strong and she showed a lovely turn-of-foot to finish over the top of Write Enuff. There is no reason that she can’t continue her winning ways.

2 Units Unicorny

Race 3 - 7:30pm

MLA Holdings Handicap (1600m)

Sovereign Award is a mare with a fair amount of promise. She finished a tough second first-up at Bendigo and she finished a more than credible sixth behind Nudge at Flemington on Kennedy Oaks Day. This is a genuine drop in quality and she does have the early speed to control the race from barrier four. She has an excellent chance to return to winning form.

2 Units Sovereign Award

Race 4 - 8:00pm

K Line Group Handicap (1600m)

Living The Dream doesn’t win out of turn, but he never runs a bad race and he does look well-placed in this contest. He has been beaten as favourite in his past two race starts at Geelong and Ballarat and it is fair to say that he had excuses in both. Barrier nine should allow Ben Melham to keep him out of trouble and this is his chance to return to winning form.

1.5 Units Living The Dream

Race 5 - 8:30pm

Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge Heat 6 (955m)

Bold Star has produced a number of high-rating performances in South Australia and he has recorded two wins from his three race starts over these shortcourse sprints. He was nothing short of dominant at Morphettville two starts ago and wasn’t disgraced at Listed level in the Lightning Stakes. Barrier three is ideal and he should be able to settle just behind the speed with Craig Williams in the saddle.

2 Units Bold Star

Race 6 - 9:00pm

Ranvet Handicap (1200m)

This is a drop in class for The Executioner after he ran fairly in both the Poseidon Stakes and the Gothic Stakes. He doesn’t have a great record, but he has generally raced in stronger company than this and he clearly does have talent. Barrier ten means that he is likely to settle in the second half of the field, but he does have a turn-of-foot and he will be storming home late.

1 Unit The Executioner

Race 7 - 9:30pm

Ladbrokes Odds Boost Exotics Handicap (1200m)

Dane Clipper is on the quick back-up after having no luck in running whatsoever at The Valley last Friday night. She was backed as if unbeatable, but she got shuffled back at the worst possible moment and never got a shot at them. There is almost no doubt that she was a good thing beaten and I am more than happy to give her another chance in this contest.

3 Units Dane Clipper

Race 8 - 10:00pm

Christmas Functions At The Valley Handicap (2040m)

Arctic Shock has been racing well in tougher company than this and she does look well-placed. She wasn’t beaten far in what was a fairly strong race at Flemington on Kennedy Oaks Day and before that she chased home Extreme Pride at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup Day. The step-up to 2040 metres looks as though it will suit and this is the weakest race that she has contested in some time.

1 Unit Bianconi Magic

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