Racing returns to Bendigo for the first time since the running of the Bendigo Cup.
R1 1.30pm SCHWEPPES AUSTRALIA MAIDEN PLATE 1100m
FAST TYCOON comes to Bendigo off two solid runs in Adelaide. He ran a strong fourth over a 1000m maiden at Morphettville on October 22. Two horses who finished in front of him have gone on to win and he gets leading Melbourne apprentice Regan Bayliss to steer.
GATLINBURG has been placed at both starts this campaign. Latest he found the winner far too strong, but battled on for third placing over 1200m as a $3.10 favourite at Mornington on October 21. He looms as one of the better chances again here.
MISS VINDALOO hails from the local stables of Brian Gentle and is reported to have shown enough in her lead up work to warrant at her debut here. John Keating takes the ride and stable support expected.
CRANIUM is a $200,000 Inglis premier sales graduate. He comes from the top stables of John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes and will have ace jockey Dwayne Dunn to guide him. He has drawn perfectly in (3) and had several jump-outs at Flemington.
SELECTIONS: No5 FAST TYCOON, No6 Gatlinburg, No12 Miss Vindaloo, No4 Cranium.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Cranium.
FAST TYCOON - 1pt @ 3.10
R2 2pm NO FUSS EVENT HIRE 3YO MAIDEN PLATE 1500m
KAPTIVE HERO was held up on the rail before pushing free to finish off well and run third over 1600m at Pakenham on October 20. He has been as consistent as clockwork and deserves to climax his campaign with a win here.
THE WAY YOU MOVE was a noticeable drifter from $4.40 to $7 last week before finishing 1 ¼ lengths second over 1300m in a maiden at Geelong on November 5. Faces a quick back-up which may be a query.
SASSOON is by the handy stallion Snippetson. He was a $35,000 yearling graduate and showed enough when running third over 990m at Cranbourne on September 19 to warrant here.
POCKETEERING showed plenty of courage to fight hard but was outgunned when finishing third over 1500m at Cranbourne on October 25. He was well backed in the betting from $8.50 into $6.50 that day and expect support.
SELECTIONS: No1 KAPTIVE HERO, No4 The Way You Move, No3 Sassoon, No2 Pocketeering.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Sassoon.
KAPTIVE HERO - 1pt @ 3.00
R3 2.30pm SILKS FUNCTION CENTRE MAIDEN PLATE 1400m
POIGNANT MOMENT is a three-year-old daughter of Stratum who grinded away at her debut to finish fourth in a fillies’ maiden over 1106m at Ballarat on October 24. Dwayne Dunn takes the reins here and makes appeal.
HER COMMAND is one of the most experienced maidens here. She resumes here after ending her last campaign with an eighth over 1300m against her own sex and age at Bendigo on June 2. Harry Coffey will ride her here.
FIRST AMENDMENT blew significantly from $4.20 to $10 second-up when struck a Heavy 9 and finished ninth at Sale on October 23. Would go on her debut third when she raced on superior ground.
SELECTIONS: No12 POIGNANT MOMENT, No8 Her Command, No6 First Amendment.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 First Amendment.
POIGNANT MOMENT - 1pt @ 11.00
R4 3pm JAYCO BM64 HANDICAP 2400m
RAKTI ROULETTE is tough and faces a quick back-up on his win over 2025m at Cranbourne on November 4. With apprentice Jordan Grob’s 3kg claim he will carry 58.5kg so he gets in okay on weight terms in a small field.
THE TINKER was steady in the market last start before finishing a good third over 2500m at Pakenham on October 27. Craig Robertson rides again and he will carry 58.5kg once more.
MASTERSON broke through for a good maiden win over 2100m at Echuca two starts and has been consistent on country tracks. Michelle Payne rides for her brother Patrick and has claims.
ARITE GURU was backed into a hot $1.95 favourite when he broke the ice to score over 2500m in a maiden at Pakenham on October 27. He spread-eagled his opposition that day and rates highly.
SELECTIONS: No1 RAKTI ROULETTE, No4 The Tinker, No3 Masterson, No5 Arite Guru.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Arite Guru.
RAKTI ROULETTE - 1pt @ 3.00
R5 3.30pm| BET365 BM70 HANDICAP 1500m
GLOBAL ASSAULT (BEST ROUGHIE) goes up to 60kg from 56kg last start when he ran fifth to Vital Importance on a Heavy 9 at Sale over 1600m on October 23. Boom Time was placed in that race he won at Flemington on Saturday.
BUT IT’S TRUE chased hard to run a fighting third to Maternal over 1400m at Pakenham on October 20. Has a great record of two wins and a third from five starts and Patrick Maloney stays on top.
SHOCKAHOLIC came in for support when he was backed from $15 into $11 before finishing fourth over 1400m at Pakenham on October 27. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn is the new rider.
SELECTIONS: No1 GLOBAL ASSAULT, No4 But It’s True, No5 Shockaholic.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Global Assault.
GLOBAL ASSAULT - 1pt @ 5.50
R6 4pm BENDIGO PROPERTY SERVICES BM64 HANDICAP 1400m
CEYLON (BEST BET) is a New Zealand-bred filly who posted an emphatic two-length maiden win over 1400m against her own age and sex at Cranbourne on October 7. She has been kept fresh for this with a 32-day gap between runs. Trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have booked top Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn to make her a good thing. She has a win and a second at her only two starts.
SELECTIONS: No10 CEYLON, No3 Koolama Bay, No2 Amortise, No1 Von Classic Hero.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Von Classic Hero.
CEYLON - 1pt @ 2.30
R7 4.30pm MYPUNTER BM70 HANDICAP 1300m
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED is a Sebring four-year-old who has been honest on country tracks. He ran a solid third over 1300m here at his last start on October 26. He gets 59kg again and has a change of rider, with Brad Rawiller replacing Luke Currie.
DU SUMPENT was heavily backed to win at Geelong two starts ago. At his latest start he was at $6 before running a strong second over 1200m at Geelong on October 19. He has had a 21-day freshen-up for his return and he commands respect here.
I BOUGHT A HORSE never runs a bad race and must be considered here. He ran a good third over 1200m carrying 58.5kg for jockey Jamie Mott last start at Pakenham on October 27. Has a perfect draw in (1).
SALLANCHES gets leading apprentice Ben Allen to ride here after Jamie Mott rode her to post a ¾ length win over 1200m against her own sex at Pakenham on October 27. She was steady in the betting at $5.50 that day and should be fancied again.
SELECTIONS: No3 CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, No5 Du Sumpent, No4 I Bought A Horse, No10 Sallanches.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Sallanches.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED - 1pt @ 4.20
R8 5pm CHRISTMAS PARTY RACEDAY 18 DEC 2016 BM70 HANDICAP 1100m
ZUPRISING (NEXT BEST BET) was warmed up for his comeback with an easy two-length win in a 900m barrier trial at Seymour on October 25. Race rider Steven Vella rode him at his trial and he shows a lot of ability with a record of four starts for two wins and two placings. The five-year-old won at his last two starts of his debut campaign at Sandown so his form stacks right up there.
SELECTIONS: No5 ZUPRISING, No3 Money Clip, No1 Johnny Roo Boy, No6 Our Vidia.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Money Clip.
ZUPRISING - 1pt @ 3.30