Next Best: Sale R3 No.2 - DESERT GREY

Chased home a really smart one here three weeks ago over the 1400m/fresh, that horse has since gone on to win in BM64 grade and looks likely to compete at Stakes/Group level as a 3yo stepping up in trip. Was a noticeable drifter in betting that day and interesting to see the tongue-tie go on today (breathing issues?). Clearly returned an improved galloper and with any luck in running (should find a spot trailing the leaders) he'll be too good for them.
Desert Grey - 1pt @ 3.50

Best Bet: Sale R5 No.2 - HELLBENT

Total forgive when failing as well backed runner in latest at G3 level in town, was tightened/squeezed between runners and never really responded to urgings. He clearly resented the tight spaces and as a result drawing well here/back to 1000m he'll take a power of beating. Rates as clearly a better horse than his rivals here and if he gets clear galloping room (should sit 3 deep throughout) he'll be far too sharp. Win fresh over the five furlongs at Sandown was exceptional!
Hellbent - 1pt @ 2.10


Loved the way B.Thompson rode him at Warrnambool (sticks today) over the 1400m, turned it into a genuine test and basically was the first-time he'd ever been ridden on-speed. He went very well and just faded late, like the drop back to 1200m and with similar tactics (race lacks tempo) he can find the fence and if pattern suits take plenty of catching. Can pinch a few lengths on them rounding the bend. 1200m form rates well enough.
Charlie Garcon - 1pt @ 5.50

Casterton R4 No.5 - TURF TALK

Beatne by a city-class galloper fresh over the 1000m at Mildura three weeks ago, looked like a horse that needed then run (had one soft trial prior) so reckon today from the favourable marble he'll take a prominent position in running and take plenty of beating. Two runs on debut over the five furlongs earlier this year both rated well enough to easily win this, only query is if that same galloper shows up today. Gets in beautifully at the weights thanks to the claim.
Turf Talk - 1pt @ 3.00

Roughie: Casterton R6 No.6 - HASTA LA SUMMER

Didn't go a yard in latest effort in SA over 1400m a month ago on a bog track, totally forgiving and keen with the progression to a mile in a race that lacks tempo that he'll go close. Wide draw means he can roll across under his own steam and an improving track would help. His wins over 1200/1400m rate well enough to go close here, just needs to see out the end of the mile. Keen to spec that he can with mid-race splits run to suit.
Hasta La Summer - 1pt @ 11.00