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Ballarat - Race 4 2:30pm AEST

No. 2 My Boy Birmingham

Decent race here with a case to be made for a few. 

My Boy Birmingham goes on top, just thought he responded well to pressure down the straight over the track and distance last start where he finished a narrow second to Black Bolt, who he meets better off at the weights this time. 

He’s a proven performer on the synthetic with three wins and a couple of placings to his name, and I think he’ll have no trouble finding the front again under Dean Holland.  

Ballarat - Race 5 3:00pm AEST

No. 5 Cooper Gem

Cooper Gem won her maiden quite well over this track and trip last start and looks capable of taking the next step now. 

The daughter of Star Witness jumped well and found the box-seat early before kicking clear at the 300m mark, even fending off a late challenge to win by three-quarters of a length. 

There’s definite scope for improvement with some fitness now on her side and I suspect she’ll take a similar sit in transit. 

Ballarat - Race 6 3:30pm AEST

No. 5 Autissiodorum

Willing to give Autissiodorum another chance following a rather plain effort at Swan Hill over further last-start. 

The New Zealand import got away only fairly and was too far back at the turn to strike, but his run the start prior when second at Sale over 2200m suggests he’s capable of much better. 

Daniel Stackhouse has a feel for the horse now and from a low draw, I think they’ll be able to get back and run on well. 

Ballarat - Race 7 4:00pm AEST

No. 1 Shotmaker

Shotmaker ran a much-improved race on the synthetic at Pakenham last time out, landing in the box-seat and exploding with a big run over the final stages to win by more than a length. 

The step back to 1200m was clearly the right decision that day and I don’t think he needs to improve much to make it a double here. 

He’s shown before that he’s capable of holding his form and from the low draw, I expect him to take an almost identical sit under Matthew Chadwick.