The weather is bitterly cold with a minimum of 4C and a maximum forecast of 13C.
The day will be cloudy but fine but with low temperatures. There is no chance of the track drying out.
The track is a Soft 7 with the penetrometer at 5.91. The false rail will be at 5 metres for the entire circuit.
QUADDIES Races: 6-7-8-9
SKINNY PLAY: 1,2 / 4,5,8 / 1,2,3 / 1,4,12
WIDE PLAY: 1,2,5,11 / 4,5,6,7,8 / 1,2,3,7,11,13,15 / 1,4,6,9,12,13
R1 1pm The Cove Hotel Plate 1600m
CRAVEN IMAGE has a superior draw on his last start in one. Brad Rawiller keeps the ride on him after his good second over 1300m here on August 10. Again will carry 58.5kg.
ALL ABOUT GOLD needs a golden passage with a wide gate in 13. But he has been consistent and had no luck when finishing second over 1426m at Sale on August 3. Suited at the 1600m.
RED DRAGON is solid as a rock. Will enjoy his drop back to 1600m after finishing solidly in a close finish over 2200m at Pakenham on August 5. Definitely one for the novelties.
SELECTIONS: No16 ESCHATOLOGY, No4 Craven Image, No1 All About Gold, No9 Red Dragon
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Red Dragon
R2 1.30pm The Grand Hotel Frankston Handicap 1300m
CANALASSO was heavily backed into a $1.65 favourite before breaking his maiden by 2 ½ lengths at his debut over 1100m at Echuca on August 7. Hard to beat again.
GUNN ISLAND fired home like a cannon to win his maiden over 1000m at Cranbourne very smartly on August 11. Drew wide that day but has an excellent gate here in two. Strong showing.
SUNDAY PRAY left his backers full of faith after he demolished his rivals at his debut over 1200m at Pakenham on August 5. Was backed from $41 into $26 that day.
SELECTIONS: No1 HAVILDAR, No2 Canalasso, No3 Gunn Island, No5 Sunday Pray
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Gunn Island
R3 2pm Racing.com Handicap 2400m
MARGIN TRADER is fit now with a run over 2100m here on August 7. Finished on well to run second to Refectory and with Dylan Dunn’s 2kg claim will carry 58kg.
QUEEN OUIJA gets her chance in a small field to claim back-to-back wins after claiming a good win over 2400m at Bendigo on August 14 as a $1.70 favourite.
RIYADH has top jockey Dwayne Dunn to steer and is chasing successive wins after a good effort over 2025m at Cranbourne on August 11. Makes appeal.
SELECTIONS: No1 SIR LOPEZ, No2 Margin Trader, No4 Queen Ouija, No3 Riyadh
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Sir Lopez
R4 2.30pm Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap 1500m
ELJETEM is out for revenge after going down to Chivadahlii over 1600m at Bendigo on August 14. Ben Melham keeps the ride and he goes up half a kilo to 59kg. Good chance.
DEVERE won two in a row at Pakenham and would draw a line through his unexplained last-start flop when 10th at Pakenham on July 30. He has been freshened and expect a bold effort.
LEGAL HUNTER chased hard to the line when finishing third over 1600m here at his last start on August 10. He gets ace jockey Craig Williams this time and will carry the same weight on 57kg.
SELECTIONS: No2 CHIVADAHLII, No9 Eljetem, No10 Devere, No11 Legal Hunter
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Legal Hunter
R5 3pm Crown Golden Ale Handicap 1600m
DULVERTON struck a bog track when she ran sixth here over 1600m against this class at her last start on July 27. Better here on a superior surface.
STAR CIRCLE gets some weight relief with top trainer Darren Weir booking Ben Allen, whose 3kg claim will reduce her impost to 56.5kg. Very consistent and a last-start winner.
WINTA CHILLER appears the omen bet on the day. She was plunged from $7 into $4.60 before running fifth over 1600m at Caulfield last start on August 13. Respect.
SELECTIONS: No2 SAVANNAH MOON, No3 Dulverton, No4 Star Circle, No5 Winta Chiller
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Winta Chiller
R6 3.30pm Ladbrokes Up For The Challenge Handicap 1000m
ABILITY will butter up here after posting an impressive win over 1100m at Geelong last Thursday. He gets 61kg but with apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim will carry 59kg. The main danger.
BUCKLER was urged along to win his 800m trial at Cranbourne on August 8. He gets the in-form Damian Lane to steer after riding a double at Moonee Valley on Saturday. One of the better chances.
MANIHI MISCHIEF set a strong tempo before finishing fourth over 1000m here second up on August 10. He is fitter now and has champion jockey Damien Oliver as his new rider.
SELECTIONS: No11 ARIAZ, No1 Ability, No5 Buckler, No2 Manihi Mischief
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Manihi Mischief
R7 4pm Schweppes Handicap 1400m
JUNGLE EDGE won here before he was elevated to top class where he chased Voodoo Lad home in the Regal Roller at Caulfield on August 13. Easier here.
OSCAR’S MY MATE didn’t run out the 1600m last start here on August 7. Apprentice Beau Mertens’ 3kg claim sees him carry a mere 51kg.
DEL PRADO is a consistent galloper and has been freshened on his last start seventh over 1600m at Flemington on July 9. Apprentice Jordan Childs’ 1.5kg sees him carry 56.5kg.
SELECTIONS: No6 MARWOOD, No5 Jungle Edge, No7 Oscar’s My Mate, No4 Del Prado
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Del Prado
R8 4.30pm Le Pine Funerals Handicap 1800m
TOP RAVINE fought tooth and nail right to the line when finishing second over 1743m at Sale at his last start on August 3. Craig Newitt steers here and is a good chance.
FIRST COURSE will be looking to keep the edge on Top Ravine after beating him narrowly over 1743m at Sale on August 3. Will carry 56kg with Ben Thompson’s claim.
VENGEUR MASQUE is a staying import from France who is an interesting runner here making his Australian debut for trainer Michael Moroney. One to watch.
SELECTIONS: No1 MR WONDERFUL, No11 Top Ravine, No6 First Course, No2 Vengeur Masque
VALUE RUNNER: No15 Spanish Love
R9 5.05pm Martin Collins Australia Handicap 1300m
TAPESTRY VISION bounced back to record a smart win over 1400m at Geelong. He won at Pakenham three starts ago and gets his chance again from gate six.
WALL STREET WOLF has been an impressive winner at his past two starts at Geelong. Nicholas Hall keeps the ride after his win over 1300m on August 12.
POLAR VORTEX comes into this race first-up with good credentials. He ran a solid third over 800m in a trial at Cranbourne on August 8. His prior form last campaign was tops.
SELECTIONS: No1 ORIENT LINE, No4 Tapestry Vision, No9 Wall Street Wolf, No12 Polar Vortex
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Polar Vortex