Geelong R2 No.8 - YULONG XIONGZHUANG
Two runs to date have been good despite getting rolled at a short quote on both occasions, the 975m on debut at Swan Hill was too short but latest outing at Donald on a bottomless track was very good behind a smart one (ran super in town since). Recon third-up/out to 1100m will be a winning recipe, like the wide draw for him, too, as it forces Yendall to be positive early. If he rates to that Donald performance he should win this.
Yulong Xiongzhuang - 1pt @ 3.10
Geelong R3 No.5 - ANNRHON (x2 NAP)
Looks a fairly smart filly going off her trial back in April at Wodonga over the 1000m, won easily by 10 lengths (in good time) and may have had more to give. Granted we haven't seen her publicly since but fancy she is smart enough to beat this lot, and with blinkers of for her debut/wide draw, she'll roll to the front and take plenty of catching on her home deck.
Annrhon - 2pts @ 2.60
Geelong R5 No.10 - REBELUTION
Thought he went well on debut at Sale on a fairly shifting surface, was more suited to the raced/fitter brigade so under the circumstances his effort was good. Reckon he'll take good benefit from that and should appreciate getting back on top of the ground. Can get the PR of the race from the friendly marble and be very hard to beat out to the 1300m.
Rebelution - 1pt @ 3.90
Geelong R6 No.2 - SECRET BLEND
Went really well winning over 1200m at Pakenham on the pro-ride two weeks ago, found the front/was tested and yet was still too good late when he probably had excuses to fade late. Reckon he's a much better horse back to 1100m and in the small field with a 2kg drop at the weights he should take plenty of beating. Can box seat/lead and be too sharp.
Secret Blend - 1pt @ 2.45
Scone R3 No.1 - BAO ZHENG
Gelding making his debut off the back of two fairly quiet/good trials, keen on him here because the raced brigade is a fairly limited lot and think he left plenty in the tank in his jump-outs. Wide draw is interesting, would suggest the long run in here at Scone/pattern should suit if they elect to take a trail, but no issue if they press on early. Stablemate also debuting but confident he may have him covered.
Bao Zheng - 1pt @ 4.80