Tom has five best bets from around Australia today.
Yarra Valley R1 NO.2 - DARU SAM (x2 NAP)
Was excellent in a good race at Sandown two weeks ago, sat handy enough despite being no match and went through the line ok considering he was first-up. Runner-up looks a very nice horse (should have won MV last Friday) and with the run under his belt he'll simply be too good for this lot.
Daru Sam - 2pts @ 1.50
Tatura R3 No.11 - TYCOON BEAUTY
Thought this mare had excuses fresh in whats proved a slick form race at Pakenham, then was ridden with a sit at Colac over the 1100m when those leading had every chance (favoured). From the wide draw/third-up I expect them to be positive early looking to take luck out of the equation. If she finds the rail she should be far too good, and winning.
Tycoon Beauty - 1pt @ 2.00
Tatura R7 No.3 - LEVERACTION
He is in fine form this prep and the fact he's rock-hard fit/back to the mile makes him a very appealing betting proposition. Was a winner Sandown (Hillside) in good company before being ok behind Assign and co in town. Think he maps well here (track favours those on-speed) and he shouldnt receive a whole lot of pressure early. If Sweeney can control things and ramp up the tempo from the 600m he'll be there for a long way.
Leveraction - 1pt @ 3.60
Wyong R1 No.2 - FRENCH BLUE
Looks a good style of colt and off his recent trial at Randwick 4/3 over 740m he'll be very tough to beat. Was given a good hitout/ridden but he responded well. Like the wide draw as they'll clearly roll forward and Wyong can often favour those closest to the speed early on the card. Has the talent to beat a limited bunch!
French Blue - 1pt @ 2.45
Sunshine Coast R7 No.7 - VA VA VENI
Has his hoof well and truly on the till this bloke, good fresh at Kembla Grange on a soft track before getting back at Canterbury and hitting the line well behind an all-the-way leader. His effort at Ipswich when three weeks between runs following was good, just missed to one who'd been competitive with city-class gallopers. Good draw and 1400m no stress, he's rock hard fit and will go close!
Va Van Veni - 1pt @ 3.80