Racing is on the synthetic track at Pakenham today.
SKINNY PLAY: 5,8,10 / 2 / 1,5 / 5
WIDE PLAY: 1,3,5,8,10,11 / 1,2,4,5 / 1,2,3,4,5 / 1,2,3,5
BEST BET: R1 No2 El Sicario
NEXT BEST BET: R2 No10 Vintage Quartz
BEST ROUGHIE: R7 No3 Barwon
R1 12.30pm EquineTrain Centre 3YO Maiden Plate 1200m
No1 Butler Butler
No9 Miss Lily
No6 Sky Strike
R2 1pm Polytrack 3YO Maiden Plate 1200m
No7 Fromparis Withlove
R3 1.30pm Schweppes Maiden Plate 1200m
No11 Time To Sail
R4 2pm Cross Electrics Maiden Plate 1600m
No4 Sheer Magic
R5 2.30pm John Duff & Co Maiden Plate 1400m
CLUB TROPICANA charged home defying a betting drift from $4.40 to $7.70 and finishing third in a close conclusion for the winner’s cheque over 1200m at Sale on August 18.
HARLOW GOLD ran a great race at debut to finish third down the straight 1100m at Flemington. Charged home to run sixth over 1100m at Sale first-up on August 18 and extra ground here will suit.
LILYFIELD must be taken on trust. She makes her debut after showing some form in her jump-outs. She is a daughter of Australia’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice from Zabeel mare Empress Lily.
SELECTIONS: No5 HUSSOR, No8 Club Tropicana, No10 Harlow Gold, No11 Lilyfield
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Lilyfield
R6 3pm BMD BM70 Handicap 1600m
EYE THE WORLD is far better suited on this surface than when running seventh here on August 7. Goes up 2kg to 60.5kg but has top jockey Damian Lane replacing a 2kg claiming apprentice.
TRE DIECI broke a drought when winning over 1600m here on August 16. Heavy-weight rider Steve Arnold replaces Nicholas Hall and he makes place appeal in a small field.
KIFAAH has been placed at two of his past three starts across the border at Morphettville on soft tracks. Top apprentice Dylan Dunn gets the mount and would expect a solid effort.
SELECTIONS: No2 AMBER CAVALIER, No1 Eye The World, No4 Tre Dieci, No5 Kifaah
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Kifaah
R7 3.30pm Pakenham Produce BM70 Handicap 1400m
OLIVIA’S GOLD has a good record at this track and bounced back with a strong effort to run third over 1200m at Geelong on August 23. Stephen Baster replaces an apprentice and rates as a danger.
MONKSTONE has a strong affinity for this track and would discard his last start eighth at Caulfield on August 13. He has a bit of weight to lump on 61.5kg but loves this track.
BARWON (Best Roughie) is a son of staying sire Reset and returns here from a 103-day break. He has a sound first-up record and could be flying home at the end fresh.
SELECTIONS: No5 PURE ADDICTION, No4 Olivia’s Gold, No2 Monkstone, No3 Barwon
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Barwon
R8 4pm Racing.com BM64 Handicap 1200m
BURNING MOUNTAIN resumed after having had a very successful campaign last preparation. Has a good record of three starts for a win and a third first-up and has the experienced Stephen Baster to steer.
BALLYBRIT was not pushed along when running fourth in a 1000m trial at Tatura on August 16. She has an envious record of nine starts for two wins, two seconds and a third. Great campaign last time and respect.
DRILL MASTER beat Group 1 winner Palmentino to win his maiden three starts ago. Resumes here off a 319-day break, but he hails from a top yard and has top jockey Dwayne Dunn as the pilot.
SELECTIONS: No5 MILES OF KRISHAN, No1 Burning Mountain, No2 Ballybrit, No3 Drill Master
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Ballybrit