Race 1 - 12:15pm AEDT
Alan Simpson Tribute BM84 (2400m)
Grand Promenade has found career best form and looms as the
one to beat again in the first on Golden Mile Day. The Maher & Eustace-trained
gelding has won four races in succession leading into this contest, including a
handicap over a mile and a half at Caulfield last time out. This race doesn’t look
any harder and with even luck, he can win again.
4 Units Grand Promenade
Race 2 - 12:50pm AEDT
RSN 94,5am In Bendigo BM78 (1300m)
Write Your Name will take winning form into this and looks well placed to make it two in a row. The Written Tycoon gelding has returned several pleasing efforts since returning from a spell and was rewarded for his consistency with a lovely win over 1400m at Ballarat last time out. This is harder, but I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
2 Units Write Your Name
Race 3 - 1:30pm AEDT
Underground Cabling Systems BM84 Handicap (1100m)
Terbium hasn’t been seen at the races since October, but his
best form would be good enough to win a race of this quality. The Phillip Stokes-trained
four-year-old finished fourth behind the talented William Thomas when resuming
in spring and while he probably didn’t click into top gear at any point, he has
trialled well in the lead-up to his autumn return.
Prezado has stripped fitter for four starts this campaign and is ready to do something fourth-up. The Denman gelding filled the minors at Flemington two and three starts back and is on the short back-up from a run in the Hareeba Stakes at Mornington, albeit a failed tilt. This is a drop in class.
2 Units Terbium
1 Unit E/W Prezado
Race 4 - 2:10pm AEDT
Vobis Gold Rush (1000m)
Bella Nipotina has stamped herself as a filly to follow and the Gold Rush looks a lovely feature race for her. The Pride Of Dubai filly ran fourth in the Blue Diamond Preview when resuming before going within a nose of pulling off a big upset in the Inglis Millennium. She was last seen finishing fourth in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes and looks ready to peak in condition fourth-up, in what is an easier race. She looks over the odds at around the $6 mark (at publish).
2 Unit Bella Nipotina
Race 5 - 2:50pm AEDT
URMG 3YO Handicap (2200m)
Adelaide Ace has been charged with carrying topweight, but will get some relief with top apprentice Campbell Rawiller in the saddle and he will be hard to beat over 2200m at Bendigo. Adelaide Ace hasn’t run a bad race in four starts this time, winning the Group 2 Autumn Classic most notably, and he was last seen finishing second in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at The Valley. This is clearly a drop in class and he can record the fifth win of his race.
2 Units Adelaide Ace
Race 6 - 3:30pm AEDT
Bendigo Gold Bracelet (1400m)
Neighbourhood has returned to the races in excellent form this campaign and is over the odds to win the Gold Bracelet ($7.50 at publish). The Street Boss mare recorded a couple of lovely wins in easier races when resuming from a spell and she has continued to race well as trainer Enver Jusufovic has raised the bar; placing fourth in the Group 3 Mannerism two back and flying home to finish a length and a half from the winner in the Group 3 Matron last time out. She’s rock-hard fit and is up to winning.
2 Units E/W Neighbourhood
Race 7 - 4:10pm AEDT
Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m)
Score has been racing well in tougher races recently and looms as a live chance of winning the Bendigo Guineas at a double-figure price ($12 at publish). The Written Tycoon filly won each of her first two starts back from a spell and was last seen finishing fifth behind the talented Rubisaki in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes. Jockey Mark Zahra has options from the rails draw and with even luck, the horse can fight out the finish.
1 Unit E/W Score
Race 8 - 4:50pm AEDT
Listed Golden Mile (1600m)
This is an outstanding edition of the Golden Mile and there
is a case to be made for more than half of the capacity field finding their way
into the winner’s stall.
Group 1 winner Princess Jenni has returned two competitive efforts this time and is ready to win third-up. The High Chaparral mare filled the minors of the Super Saturday Stakes first-up before running fifth in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes last week.
So Si Bon doesn’t win out of turn, but he also generally steps out in better company than this and he looms as a live chance at a price ($7.50 at publish). He finished down the order in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes first-up but progressed to a fourth placing behind subsequent Group 1 winner Fifty Stars ion the Blamey Stakes and was last seen finishing sixth in the All-Star Mile.
2 Units Princess Jenni
1 Unit E/W So Si Bon
Race 9 - 5:25pm AEDT
Mitchelton Winery BM90 (1400m)
This looks a terrific race for Big Night Out. The John
Sadler-trained sprinter simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race and finished fourth
down the straight at HQ first-up before flying home to finish second in a
similar race last time out. He’ll relish getting out to what is probably his
pet trip and with even luck, will take a power of beating.
4 Units Big Night Out