Hopefully the forecast of fine weather will allow the track to improve. The track is rated at a Heavy 10 and the rail will be at five metres for the entire circuit.
BEST BET: R4 No6 Scuzi
NEXT BEST BET: R8 No3 Baroota
BEST ROUGHIE: R2 No11 Big John Cannon
QUADDIES Races: 5-6-7-8
SKINNY PLAY: 4,7,14,15 / 1,2,3,7 / 4,6,7,9 / 3,8,13
WIDE PLAY: 4,7,9,14,15 / 1,2,3,4,7 / 2,3,4,6,7,9,11 / 1,2,3,8, 13,16
R1 1.30pm SILKS FUNCTION CENTRE MAIDEN PLATE 1300m
No14 QUEEN OF ZEALAND
No13 San Vincenzo
R2 2pm JAYCO MAIDEN PLATE 1100m
No4 Secret Obsession
No11 Big John Cannon (BEST ROUGHIE)
R3 2.30pm BET365 MAIDEN PLATE 1600m
No16 SMART AS YOU THINK
No9 Pablo’s Express
No1 Butler Butler
R4 3pm BENDIGO PROPERTY SERVICES BM70 HANDICAP 1000m
SCUZI (BEST BET) will have Damien Oliver again to ride and will be far sharper with the start under her belt after finishing second over 1110m at Sale first-up on September 21. She drops from 58.5kg to 55.5kg here. She eased in betting from $3.50 to $5 first-up but there will be no such good odds here and she lines up against a small field of just seven mares in this helter-skelter over 1000m.
SELECTIONS: No6 SCUZI, No2 Run Charlie Run, No3 Matilda Bird, No1 Dalrada.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Matilda Bird.
R5 3.30pm SCHWEPPES AUSTRALIA BM64 HANDICAP 1100m
MOONLITES CHOICE will be making her mainland debut for new trainer Darren Weir after coming across from Tasmania. She won very well at her sole start over 1100m on a Heavy 8 at Launceston on June 12. Top provincial jockey Dean Yendall is the pilot and she carries 54.5kg.
WANTED TO SING broke through for her maiden win in style, racing away to a 2 ½ length victory over 1135m at Geelong on September 25. She drops a kilo to 54.5kg here and has drawn perfectly in gate (3).
BABY ZARA is a four-year-old mare racing in top stead. She comes here off a smart win over 1100m on a Heavy 9 at Wodonga on September 12. Top jockey Mark Zahra is the new rider and she has drawn well in gate (7).
TYCOON BEAUTY defied a betting drift from $2.50 to $4 to score a strong win over 1100m on a Heavy 9 here on September 29. She goes up 1.5kg to 58kg, but Daniel Stackhouse stays on top.
SELECTIONS: No14 MOONLITES CHOICE, No15 Wanted To Sing, No9 Baby Zara, No7 Tycoon Beauty.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Tycoon Beauty.
R6 4pm JAYCO BENDIGO CUP CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1600m
PRIOR ENGAGEMENT gets his chance here to repay his backers after finishing fourth as a $2.15 favourite over 1750m at Geelong on September 25. Stable jockey John Allen replaces Damian Lane on the Darren Weir-trained galloper.
POP QUEEN gets Damian Lane to ride again after she broke through at her fifth start to claim her first win over 1421m at Geelong on September 21. She goes up a kilo to 57.5kg but has drawn well in gate (3).
ALL ABOUT GOLD broke through for his maiden win at his ninth start over 1606m at Ballarat on September 5. Rider Jarrod Todd keeps the mount and he drops a half kilo to 58kg here. Has each-way claims.
ASSERTIVE STAR will strip much fitter on his first-up sixth over 1535m at Geelong on September 25. He rises a kilo to 58.5kg but he has the services of the vastly experienced Steve Arnold to negate his weight rise.
SELECTIONS: No1 PRIOR ENGAGEMENT, NO7 Pop Queen, No4 All About Gold, No3 Assertive Star.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 All About Gold.
R7 4.30pm BENDIGO EYE CLINIC BM64 HANDICAP 1500m
ST SWITHUNS made a grand return to win a maiden over 1200m at Swan Hill on September 13. The track was a Heavy 10 that day. Then ran second over 1335m at Geelong last start on September 25. Luke Nolen rides again and makes strong appeal.
GRAN TRYPHENA won very well at her sole start over 1400m in a maiden at Pakenham on September 18. She eased in betting from $4 to $7 that day. She will lack nothing in horsemanship with Mark Zahra replacing Dwayne Dunn.
RIVERINA BELLA is a four-year-old mare who is drawn perfectly in gate three to repeat her first up effort when winning by a half-length over 1400m at Echuca on September 22. She faced a Heavy 10 track that day and meets similar conditions here.
ELECTRIC AURA has shown some ability and will be sharpened for her first-up start when running second over 1400m in a maiden at Pakenham on September 18. Michael Walker stays on top and ridden positively she is a hope.
SELECTIONS: No4 ST SWITHUNS, No9 Gran Tryphena, No7 Riverina Bella, No2 Electric Aura.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Electric Aura.
R8 5pm BEACH PARTY RACEDAY 15 OCTOBER HANDICAP 1400m
BAROOTA (NEXT BEST BET) hails from the top stable of Chris Waller. He exploded away to a brilliant 2 ¾ length win at his sole start in a 1200m maiden at Kembla Grange on February 2. Top Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman rode him that day and Jamie Mott rides at his Victorian debut here. He won on a Heavy 8, which is similar to the conditions he will face today and rates highly.
SELECTIONS: No3 BAROOTA, No11 Ticketing, No1 Un De Sceaux, No8 Sterno.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Ticketing.