In Race 1 at The Meadows on Wednesday afternoon, Unlawful Assault is a big winning chance. He stepped up to the 600m trip last week, and won here impressively in 34.64. He led throughout on that occasion, and there’s no reason why he can’t go back-to-back on Wednesday.
Westar Misty was sent out the $1.60 favourite at Geelong last start, where she led for most of the way, but was swamped late, eventually finishing a close-up fourth over the 460m journey. She’s expected to lead for a long way again in Race 2, and they may not be able to catch her this week.
In Race 3, It’s A Cruise is worth consideration. His last start miss at Warragul was a total forgive run, and he previously tried hard for second at Sandown behind a smart type. If he makes a clean getaway, he’s capable of taking this.
Dark Compass is one of the leading contenders in Race 4. He’s won two of his last three races, including a 30.18 all-the-way victory here last month. Last week, he initially began well here off Box 5, then got skewed sideways soon after the start, before recovering brilliantly to win in 30.73. With an ounce of luck, he’ll be hard to beat.
Colden Dayto will don the red rug in Race 5, and he is a must-include from the kind draw. He’s been racing with limited luck in his recent races, and the last time he drew Box 1, he won here in 30.54. If he begins on terms, he may be too strong late.
While Good Juan can be a tricky punting proposition, his enormous talent his undeniable. He contested a heat of the Group 3 Sydney Cup last start, when he got an absolute mile back and rocketed home for third. It was deemed that he failed to pursue the lure, and he has since trialled satisfactorily at The Meadows last week over 525m. He’s the dog that broke the internet a few months ago, and he’ll be powering to the line late in the piece as usual in Race 6.
In Race 7, Utah Blues is making his Victorian debut. The former NSW chaser brings excellent form into the race, have previously clocked some fast times at Bulli in particular. He’s got explosive box speed, and while he can struggle at the business end, he could be off and gone on Wednesday.
It’s A Shadow looks like one of the main chances in Race 8. He jumped straight to the lead here last week and led throughout over 600m in 34.59. He reverts to the 525m trip on Wednesday and if he employs similar tactics again on Wednesday, he’ll be tough to catch.
In Race 9, King Of Calypso will enjoy the small field, especially the vacant box to his inside. He had no luck whatsoever here on Saturday, but at his previous start, he extended powerfully late to score easily in 29.73 at Sandown. He’ll be unwinding late again on Wednesday and could finish over the top of them.
According may represent some value in Race 10. While his recent formline appears average on paper, he wasn’t far away when fourth at Sandown last start in 29.86, when paying big money. He’s not the quickest of beginners, but he’ll be trying hard, and could find himself on the podium if he lands near the pace.
Just Cruising went an improved race at Geelong last start, when leading from start to finish in BON 25.87. His confidence should now be up, and the small field looks ideal. He’s capable of leading throughout again in Race 11 on Wednesday.
- Liz Whelan