A busy Sunday of racing, get the inside scoop from Tom Gilmore,
Bendigo R1 No.5
Was excellent at Wangaratta in a smart maiden when only bettered by what looks a very smart filly, she jumped well/sat handy and extended well late (big gap to 3rd). Has the right recipe going forward and do like she's been freshened, interesting to see the winkers going on for the first time to keep her mind on the job. If she box seats she should just be a touch too good for this lot.
Bendigo R2 No.4
Went well getting to the 1400m for the first time here two weeks ago, led them up but just tired late and was beaten by one that had been competitive with a few smart types. The tongue-tie goes on here (suggests might have choked down?) so there may have been an issue, will take great benefit for the run at the trip and back to 1300m no issue. Will again lead them up and with the rail out it'll be tough to make ground. Pattern suits!
Bendigo R7 No.2
This might be a really, really good horse. Win on debut here back in October last year was not just visually impressive but he smashed the clock too. Was tipped out and given time to mature further both physically and mentally, returns now as a bigger, stronger horse and recent jumpouts have been very good. Owners have turned down big money offers to buy the horse, so you sense he's got more than this in him. Should just be too good, will progress to town next start.
Casterton R3 No.3
Thought he was outstanding at Warrnambool a few weeks back on a bog track when going down narrowly in what looked a pretty smart field, was positive early putting himself into the race and it seems fitness just told the stort late (was 8 weeks between runs). Strips fitter and rolling forward here at Casterton usually means you're in the race, should be too good against a very average bunch.
Casteron R6 No.3
Went ok at Warrnambool in what was a slick race, not sure he got through the ground despite performing well on soft tracks in the past. Winner of that has since won again at Flemington, so I think theres merit in the effort. Big plus getting to 2000m and he strips fitter for the recent outing. Will get a lovely run in transit and be the one coming home over the top of his rivals late. Has been Saturday standard over 2000m in previous preparations.
Sunshine Coast R1 No.7
Was even/ok fresh here over the 1000m two weeks ago, box seated but found a few rivals a bit too sharp. Pleased to see him step up to 1300m/second-up. Has been a genuine Saturday performer in her career to date, finished on the heels of Dieters (favourite in G3 Black Opal and was Slipper bound) which is enormous form for a race like this. Can again get the right run in transit and this time prove hard to beat.