Written by Liz Whelan.
Race 1 on the programme at The Meadows on Wednesday is an open affair, with the majority of runners in the 525m Maiden having their first race day starts. On breeding, the littermates Shim Girl and Shim Bob look like leading contenders in the race. The Bella Infrared-Bella Shima pair have drawn Box 2 and Box 3 respectively, and while they are both on debut, their brother Shima Jake debuted at Sandown on Sunday, and was ultra impressive winning in 29.43.
In Race 2, Unlawful Assault looks a winning chance. He found early trouble here last week and rattled home for third in 35.11, and prior to that, was dominant leading from start to finish in 34.64. He reverts to the 525m trip on Wednesday and could be too strong for them.
Reiko Martini has the benefit of Box 1 in Race 3. She put in an eye-catching performance here two starts ago, when she got back early, then started to get into her work once she found the rails, and rocketed home to score in 30.52. If she finds clear air, she could finish over the top of them again.
In Race 4, Alpine Blaze is worth consideration. Although she can be hit or miss at boxrise, she’s a tough greyhound to catch when she finds the front. She steps up to the 600m trip for the first time on Wednesday, and provided she makes a clean getaway, she’ll be in it for a long way.
Race 5 is a competitive field, but It’s My Party still looks the one to beat. She has an excellent 600m record, and has won two of her last three races. She generally begins well, and it could be a case of catch-me-if-you-can if she finds herself in a forward position early.
Mepunga Katie has been costly for punters lately, but she deserves another chance in Race 6 on Wednesday. She was sent out the $2.20 favourite at Sandown last start, but was checked and fell soon after the start on that occasion. Her recent tardy beginnings have been costly, but she owns a serious motor, and only needs an ounce of luck to feature in the finish.
Utah Blues get the opportunity to atone for punters in Race 7. He wasn’t far away when making his Victorian debut at The Meadows last week, and his prior New South Wales form suggests he’s more than capable of taking this. He has previously demonstrated explosive box speed, and if he can show that on Wednesday, he’ll be hard to run down.
In Race 8, Barooga Dodge looks tough to beat. He got into an early bumping duel here last start when finishing a distant third, but he’s better than that. He is capable of clocking quick times, and will be too strong for them late if he lands in a forward position.
Moon Flower may represent some value in Race 9. While her formline only looks average on paper, she actually began fast here last week before being terminally checked early. She’s capable of a fast beginning, and from there, she’s a strong each-way prospect.
In Race 10, Count Me In is a leading contender. He never looked in doubt when leading from start to finish at Sandown last start in 29.80, and a repeat of that performance will see him go close to winning again on Wednesday.
Race 11 is a winnable Race for Majestic Way. She has brilliant box speed, and consequently can easily overcome Box 4, and also has the benefit of a vacant box to her outside. If there’s any trouble in behind, she could be off and gone.