Tom Gilmore starts the week with four tips from Wangaratta.
Clearly the most promising of this lot, thought his effort fresh over the 1100m at Sale recently (too short) was very good, he lost his spot in transit and as a result was forced to do a power of work looking to make ground late. He actually ran through the line ok (race rated), we've seen the winner of that since be unlucky not to win at G3 level at Caulfield (very smart!) and he'll only relish/improve for the run along with stepping to 1400m.
Thought the mares resuming effort on the pro-ride at Geelong three weeks ago was ok, she settled towards the rear of the field and managed to make decent enough ground in a race dominated by the on-pacers, 1000m was far too short, so back onto the turf/heavy (won soft previously) looks like a suitable recipe. Gets the PR of the race in transit and will be better off with the extra 100m.
Like the eight-day turnaround for him off the back of a sound effort at Echuca over the mile, rolled to the front/did a bit of work but was game in defeat to only be caught in the final 75m. Think he's now clearly at his peak and with the drop back to 1400m looking like it'll suit (mile found the bottom of him) along with the 2kg claim from M.Aitken (in well at the weights), he can win. Gets through soft no issue, either.
Latest two efforts in town have both been on good tracks, it appears he really hasn't let down at all/appreciated the firmer going. Did run a bottler fresh in July on a soft track at Caulfield over 1400m when going down narrowly (should have won!) in a high-rating race thats produced multiple winners since. First-time he finds a bottomless deck here but think he'll handle it fine and really be a bit too good for them. Expect he'll roll to the front in a race that appears to lack speed and look to control things.