Victoria’s major midweek card will be hosted at Ballarat this week and eight races are on the program.
The rail will be set out six metres around the course and at publish, we’re faced with a track rated in the Heavy (9) range.
Race 1 - 12:25pm
Eureka Concrete Maiden Plate (1500m)
This is a tough way to start the day from a betting perspective, and no horse in this seven-strong maiden is yet to show anything particularly impressive.
I’m happy to wait until Race 2 to open the account.
Race 2 - 1pm
Cervus Equipment 2YO Handicap (1200m)
There’s even less form on the board ahead of this race, but I’m going to have something on Vancity regardless.
Vancity did plenty wrong on debut, but she clearly took a lot of benefit from the experience when fifth at Cranbourne last time out.
Fitter third-up, she looks like she could be ready to do something.
1 Unit Vancity
Race 3 - 1:35pm
Pipe Pro Directional Drilling Maiden Plate (1100m)
Sabaku hasn’t been seen at the races since June, but she showed plenty of potential during her debut prep, and can make a winning return in this race.
The Written Tycoon obviously didn’t record a race win, but she also didn’t miss placing in three starts, ending her prep second in a race at Gawler.
She’s had the benefit of a trial in the lead-up to her return, and there doesn’t look to be a whole lot in this race to contend with.
3 Units Sabaku
Race 4 - 2:10pm
Evergreen Turf 3YO Fillies BM64 Handicap (1000m)
Twist Of Fury is another fresh runner with claims on winning at Ballarat on Wednesday.
The Written Tycoon filly returned several eye-catching performances during her last preparation, highlighted by a lovely win in BM64 company, and she is yet to finish worse than second at this point of her preparation.
The booking of Jamie Kah is obviously a big tick, and I am happy to have something on.
2 Units Twist Of Fury
Race 5 - 2:45pm
Porter Plant BM64 Handicap (1200m)
Sacred Palace flashed late to finish within a length of the winner when resuming at The ‘Bool a fortnight ago and looms as a winning chance in the fifth at Ballarat on Wednesday.
The Sacred Falls gelding began his racing career in New Zealand, breaking his maiden and running a place through three starts most notably.
I’m confident he’ll take plenty of improvement into this race and he is drawn to receive every chance this week.
3 Units Sacred Palace
Race 6 - 3:20pm
Hygain Winners Choice BM64 Handicap (2000m)
Flickitova finished down the order at Caulfield last time out, but this is a drop in class from that race, and I’m confident he can return to winning form at Ballarat on Wednesday.
The Raise The Flag gelding resumed for a lovely win over 1400m at Pakenham in March, progressing to a credible third placing behind Upswing in BM70 when second-up.
Getting out to 2000m should suit and with even luck in running, I really can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
4 Units Flickitova
Race 7 - 3:55pm
Same Race Multi BM70 Handicap (1400m)
Stuchbree Stamp didn’t show a lot when finishing at the tail of the field at Cranbourne when resuming, but he tends to enjoy sharp improvement with a run under his belt, and I am happy to give him another chance at Ballarat on Wednesday.
The Toronado gelding was a strong and consistent performer last time in, recording consecutive wins at Sale and The Valley, and he clearly had had enough by the time he finished down the order at Pakenham.
We can have a small each-way play at the price.
1 Unit E/W Stuchbree Stamp
Race 8 - 4:30pm
Hygain Winners Choice BM64 Handicap (1600m)
Spring Break was an impressive winner when fresh and looks well placed to make it two in a row at Ballarat on Wednesday.
The Tavistock gelding was a consistent performer during his spring and summer prep, breaking his maiden at Hamilton and ending his prep fourth in a better race at Ladbrokes Park.
He was dominant when fresh and will only improve for that effort.
5 Units Spring Break