Echuca R2 No.12 - LUCKY BEAU
Looks a fairly smart debutant this fella, was really impressed by his recent trial at Mornington over 900m (soft going/crossed the line with a good one!). He jumped well, settled, then basically trucked around under his own steam. They ran good time for the morning and he clearly had more up his sleeve, managed to only be bettered by Magic Millions Clockwise Classic winner Clara El Banco (handy). Reckon wide draw suits him on debut, he'll push forward looking to take a position and fancy he'll be a bit too good. Heavy track shouldn't pose any problems.
Lucky Beau - 1pt @ 4.80
Echuca R3 No.14 - LUCY IN DISGUISE
Another we like here from the trials at Mornington on the 20th (also 900m). Wasn't brilliantly away bit did appear to settle nicely in transit before picking up well late under minimal urgings. Was very pleasing to see the ease of which she got through the going and with the 1.5kg claim from B.Mertens she gets in with only the 52.5kgs. Had excuses on debut back in March (Morphettville) when starting in a $200,000 race, stable clearly have an opinion of her!
Lucy in Disguise - 1pt @ 6.00
Echuca R4 No.5 - THRILL KEEPER (x2 NAP)
Thought he went very nicely in latest outing at Sale over the 1700m, it was a day when the inside half of the track proved to be quicksand, so drawing gate 5 turned out to be far from ideal. He did find a lovely cart mid-race before the jockey inexplicably ducked back to the inside upon straightening/looking to improve. He still managed to take ground off the leaders and was only bettered by those towards the outside fence (A ground). Under the circumstances the run was very good against the bias, gets more favours today.
Thrill Keeper - 1pt @ 3.40
Echuca R10 No.10 - AVENUE WHISPER
Genuine city-class mare who strikes very favourable conditions today, no concern the three weeks between runs, latest effort at Flemington over a mile in the Rivette Series Final was very good, got within 3 lengths of two very promising fillies. Best win/effort to date was over the 1400m at Cranbourne when she led/dominated the race (yes to a drop in trip!), that was also on a bog track. Should cross to the front and just be better than them.
Avenue Whisper - 1pt @ 1.90
Darwin R9 No.1 - LIGHTINTHENITE
Thought we better try and find the winner of the $200,000 Darwin Cup! I've landed on last years winner, he won on that occasion by an ever-widening 9 lengths! Think he's had a very similar build-up this year (run fresh over a mile was good!) and clearly has been again set for the race. Is faced with the task of carrying a grandstand weight of 63kgs (3kgs more than last year), but fancy he's good enough. Reckon we'll see him turn it into a genuine 2000m contest from gate 5, he just loves racing on the dirt and should be going close again.
Lightinthenite - 1pt @ 4.50