Our experts have studied the form for the first Saturday meeting for jump racing this year.
Race 6: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 14
Race 7: 1, 2, 6, 7, 12, 15
Race 8: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 12
Race 9: 1, 2, 6, 7, 12, 13
Race 6: 1, 6, 9
Race 7: 1, 2, 6, 7
Race 8: 2, 7, 8
Race 9: 6, 7, 12, 13
Race One - THE AUSTRALIAN HURDLE (3400M)
Arch Fire was a four-length runner-up to Gingerboy in the Galleywood Hurdle. He had a warm-up run over 2580m on the flat at Cranbourne on May 13 and appeals as the main danger in a small field of six.
I’ll’ava’alf looks set to fill one of the minor placings in a race dominated by Gingerboy, who opened at $1.50 to win. The seven-year-old will strip fitter on his last start when he loomed up but faded in a 3200m hurdle at Ballarat on May 18.
King Of Dudes is an English bred gelding who will strip fitter on his last start fourth to Gingerboy in the Galleywood Hurdle. Looms as a place chance.
SELECTIONS: No3 Gingerboy, No1 Arch Fire, No6 I’ll’ava’alf, No2 King Of Dudes.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 King Of Dudes.
Race Two - SAMSON HANDICAP (1200M)
Violate was most impressive at debut over 1100m in a maiden at Bendigo on May 6. The Sebring colt carried 58kg that day and dips to 57.5kg with James Winks retaining the ride.
Rock Giselle is a well-bred daughter of Fastnet Rock who will benefit from her debut when she worked home well to run sixth to Blue Tycoon over 1100m at Caulfield on May 14. She had drawn wide in 10 but has Dwayne Dunn riding her at 54kg.
Perpetual Crisis has been in tip top form on country tracks, building a record of two wins and a third from his five starts. He hails from the yard of top trainer Darren Weir and has SA Derby winning Irish jockey John Allen to steer at his debut at Sandown. Markets have him at $4.60 to make a splash here.
SELECTIONS: No2 Bringaroo, No5 Violate, No12 Rock Giselle, No1 Perpetual Crisis.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Rock Giselle.
Race Three - LE PINE FUNERALS PLATE (2400M)
Golden Mane was a drifter at $10 to $16 before he ran home solidly to finish second to the highly talented Raw Impulse over 2000m at Caulfield. He beat today’s rival, Spur On Gold, that day and he should relish the step up in distance now with two 2000m runs under his belt.
Manhattan Boss faces older stayers here after having a baptism of fire when running seventh to Howard Be Thy Name in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at his last start at Morphettville on May 14. He ran third to Howard Be Thy Name in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) at his prior Morphettville start. He has claims on 54kg.
Spur On Gold is racing in career best form. The four-year-old won over 2000m at Flemington two starts ago and ran third over the same distance to the talented Raw Impulse at his last start at Caulfield on May 14.
SELECTIONS: No2 Master Of Arts, No5 Golden Mane, No10 Manhattan Boss, No8 Spur On Gold.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Four Carat.
Race Four - THE AUSTRALIAN STEEPLECHASE (3400M)
Hucknall enjoyed a terrific passage when he easily beat Angelology over 3200m at Ballarat on May 18. He carried 63.5kg that day and is handicapped on 64kg here today so he meets his arch rival much worse on weight terms.
King Triton has not raced since his solid second in the Brierly Steeple (3450m) at Warrnambool on May 3. He faced a heavy 10 that day but is known to handle all track conditions and at $7.50 in early betting represents each-way value.
Wells won the Grand National Steeple last year and is now ready with three runs under his belt to show up. He finished strongly at his latest trial over 2400m on the steeple grass at Cranbourne on a Heavy 8 on May 20.
SELECTIONS: No6 Angelology, No10 Hucknall, No4 King Triton, No1 Wells.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Urban Explorer.
Race Five - GEORGE MALONE MEMORIAL PLATE (1200M)
Caprese will have senior rider Steve Arnold on board today. Apprentice Ben Allen reduced his impost to 53.5kg when he won over 1200m here on May 11, whereas Caprese carries 58.5kg at his rematch. He is at good odds at $10 after winning at $6 last start and is rock hard fit.
Coram was second-up when he charged home to be narrowly beaten by Olivier over 1100m at Caulfield on April 30. He won’t be at the same luxury odds at $15 this time ($7 in early betting), but, with Ben Thompson’s 3kg claim, he drops from 58kg to 56.5kg.
Marwood was backed from $4.60 into $3.60, but he found the winner, Voodoo Lad, too hot on the day when second over 1100m at Warrnambool second-up on May 5. Top jockey Damian Lane sticks to the five-year-old gelding, who carries the same weight on 58.5kg. SELECTIONS: No3 Armada, No9 Caprese, No10 Coram, No11 Marwood.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Smart Dart.
Race Six - LE PINE FUNERALS HANDICAP (1400M)
Lord Tennyson has been most reliable on provincial tracks. At his latest effort treated his opposition with contempt to run away to a 2 ½ length win over 1400m at Warrnambool on May 4. The win was on a rain-affected track and he makes good each-way appeal.
Robert De Hero has been in excellent form on provincial track. He thumped his rivals by 4 ½ lengths to break his maiden status in style over 1400m at Werribee on May 12. The three-year-old was backed into a $2.15 and carried 58kg. He drops to 54kg here.
Twisting Typhoon won his maiden over 1300m on this track on December 2. From three starts the gelding has a win and a third for leading trainer Mick Price. He was pushed out in a recent jump-out and would keep an eye on betting here.
SELECTIONS: No1 Mr Individual, No8 Lord Tennyson, No14 Robert De Hero, No6 Twisting Typhoon.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Twisting Typhoon.
Race Seven - LADBROKES ODDS BOOST HANDICAP (1600M)
Miles Of Krishan can reward her punters after she was narrowly beaten at her second start at Caulfield. The daughter of Snitzel lost ground in a tight field and was held up in the straight when going down by centimetres to Gingie over 1400m on May 14.
Gingie has won three of her past four starts and is searching for a hat-trick here. The Ciaron Maher-trained filly beat hot-shot Miles Of Krishan last start over 1400m at Caulfield. Maher has again booked the in-form apprentice Ben Allen to use his 3kg claim to reduce her handicap to 53kg which is 2kg more than she carried last time.
Lahqa drops in class here on her last start third to Antelucan in the Adelaide Guineas (1600m) at Morphettville on May 14. The three-year-old filly has been up for some time but she continues to race well for co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Can overcome a wide alley (11).
SELECTIONS: No6 Whirlpool, No7 Miles Of Krishan, No2 Gingie, No1 Lahqa.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Gingie.
Race Eight - JIM CONWAY HANDICAP (1600M)
Kenjorwood has been specked early in betting. Leading trainer Darren Weir has a great record with horses he receives from other stables of late and it would be a good idea to keep a close eye on betting moves with 3kg claimer Ben Allen reducing his weight to a manageable 56kg.
Petrology bounced back from a slump in form to post a smart win over 1600m at Caulfield on May 14. Senior jockey Damian Lane replaces apprentice Ryan Bayliss and he goes up 2.5kg to 56kg on his last start. Was not wanted at $15 last start and is much higher up the market at $7 here.
Lord Durante is rock solid now with four runs under his belt this campaign. He led and fought hard inside the final 250m before finishing fourth to petrology over 1600m at Caulfield. He is again lightly weighted on 54kg and would respect.
SELECTIONS: No7 Longeron, No2 Kenjorwood, No6 Petrology, No8 Lord Durante.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Au Revoir.
Race Nine - BROWN'S SAWDUST AND SHAVINGS HANDICAP (1400M)
Spreadeagled has top jockey Dwayne Dunn to steer him across from his wide alley (15). He gave a good sight first up when running on into fifth to Olivier over 1100m at Caulfield on May 14. He won twice over 1600m at Moonee Valley last preparation and is better suited here than he was first up.
Niminypiminy will strip fitter for having two runs now. She should appreciate the softer track and extra distance here on he last start eighth to Olivier over 1100m at Caulfield on April 30. Olivier has franked the form to win again at Caulfield. She was held up that day, too, and with a clear passage can show.
Del Prado looms as a chance here. It is a suggestion to draw a line through his last run, when finishing ninth to Scherzoso over 1400m at Flemington on May 7. He does rise substantially in weight to 61.5kg, but from gate two will get a perfect run.
SELECTIONS: No6 Show A Star, No7 Spreadeagled, No13 Niminypiminy, No1 Del Prado.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Niminypiminy.