I’m A Lawyer looks the one to beat in the opener at The Meadows on Wednesday. He stepped up to the 600m trip for the first time here last week, and he led from start to finish off Box 2, winning by over three lengths in BON 34.83. There’s no reason he can’t repeat the dose this week.
Justify gets the perfect opportunity to break maidens in Race 2. She settled on the early pace at Shepparton last start before finding trouble, and recovering well for fourth. She’s raced once at The Meadows previously, and led nearly the whole way on the occasion, finishing second in 30.35. A clean getaway could see her off and gone on Wednesday.
Fernando Mick looks a winning chance in Race 3. While he isn’t the quickest of beginners, he’s demonstrated in his limited career so far that he is strong to the line, and he could be finishing over the top of them late on Wednesday.
In Race 4, Shima Jake looks like one for the multis, and stands out as one of the best bets of the day. He extended away powerfully late to score at Sandown on debut in 29.43, and this 35kg son of Bella Infrared and Bella Shima looks to have some X Factor about him. He’s expected to be too good on Wednesday.
Nonna Josie is a must-include in Race 5. She’s better than her recent formline suggests, and has previously recorded an all-the-way victory here in 30.32 back in June. She gets a winnable race on Wednesday, and providing she steps away cleanly, it could be a case of catch-me-if-you-can.
In Race 6, Just A Giggle is a leading contender. He should find Wednesday’s race suitable, and has caught the eye in some of his recent performances; not only is he generally a safe beginner, he also owns an enormous finish. With an ounce of luck, he could be too powerful late.
Trickster Cabang may represent some value in Race 7. She got spat out the back early here last start and was never a hope after that. She was ultra-impressive leading throughout at Cranbourne prior in 30.46, and if she jumps like that on Wednesday, she could be hard to run down.
Race 8 is a tough race to sort out, but Chun Li narrowly gets the nod. She has been competing against some of Victoria’s best greyhounds in her recent races, and she should find Wednesday’s assignment much more to her liking. The last time she drew Box 1, she won here in 29.97, and she’s primed to repeat the performance from the same draw.
Flair is capable of going one better in Race 9 on Wednesday. She was sent out at big odds here last week, and she was on the pace the whole way, finishing second in 30.30. A similar effort will see her go close again this week.
Mepunga Katie should appreciate the small field on Wednesday and is a top prospect in Race 10. She ran on strongly for second at Geelong last week, and won at Sandown in a quick time in October. She’s a winner over 600m here and will be super strong to the line as usual this week.
Although Magnussen isn’t ideally drawn in Box 1 in Race 11, he’s still capable of taking out the race. He’s won three of his last four races, and was involved in a blanket finish when he finished fifth at Sandown last start. He tends to use up some track, but if he manages to get a clear passage going into the first bend, he could be hard to beat.
In Race 12, Dark Jedi is one of the major players. He tried hard when third in 29.75 at Sandown last start, and his last win came here at The Meadows in September when he clocked 30.04 off Box 7. He’ll be working home well, and may be too good for them on Wednesday.
- Liz Whelan