Moonee Valley Race 1 – Front Runner Membership (Bm64) – 1200m
#6 Luna Cat – $9.50/$2.60
She was good in winning her maiden last start and if you forgive here first up run this prep, her 3 career runs have all been very good. There were genuine excuses for her failure that day at Pakenham too when she was caught wide without cover. She looks a decent each way bet to kick off our Friday night!
BACK LUNA CAT EACH WAY TO KICK OFF YOUR FRIDAY NIGHT
Moonee Valley Race 4 – Tote Bar & Dining (Bm78) – 1200m
# 2 River Twain – $4.40
He comes into this 4th up and rock hard fit after leading all the way to win last start at Kilmore. He’ll jump well and race on the speed, gets Alana Kelly’s claim, and if he runs up to his last start effort he’ll be mighty hard to beat.
BACK RIVER TWAIN TO WIN
Ascot Race 5 – G3 A.J. Scahill – 1400m
#4 Stageman – $4.40
The Wizard of The West, Willie Pike, jumps back on board this enigmatic galloper who Pike has a love-hate relationship with. He’s not an easy animal to ride and his racing pattern often leads to him finding bad luck, but he is absolutely flying at present. At the $4 plus on offer with Pike reuniting and gate 1, I’m more than happy to bet up.
BACK PIKE & STAGEMAN TO WIN
Ascot Race 6 – LISTED Sir Ernest Lee-Steere – 1400m
#7 Pat’s Got Sass – $21/$4.80
There doesn’t look to be too much separating this bunch, as the market suggests. The key to this filly is drawing gate 1 and getting the perfect run just behind the speed. Kyra Yuill jumps on board which I like and she simply had no luck last start when posted wide without cover for the entirety. She’s the one over the odds and will run a cheeky race for us.
BACK PAT’S GOT SASS EACH WAY
Ascot Race 7 – LISTED Jungle Dawn – 1400m
#9 Bright Diamond – $3.10
Stopped in her tracks last start when about to explode to the front and very rarely do you see Pike put in two bad ones on the same horse. She’ll settle just off them from the good gate and looks really well suited stepping up to 1400m. She’s clearly the one to beat.
BACK PIKE ON BRIGHT DIAMOND TO WIN
Ascot Race 8 – G1 Kingstown Town Classic – 1800m
#2 Trap For Fools – Place only – $7
Make no mistake, Western Empire is clearly the one to beat and if you like piling into the shorts, then go right ahead and launch away (maybe a cheeky ODDS BOOST to get a better price)… It’s hard to see Western Empire being beaten but the way I will play this race is by having something on the old boy Trap For Fools to place. He’ll roll forward and make his own luck and he has proven to race well when fresh over these trips previously. Outside of the favourite the race looks wide open and I reckon the old boy can cling on for a drum at big odds.
LOAD UP WESTERN EMPIRE OR BACK TRAP FOR FOOLS TO PLACE
Doomben Race 9 – G3 George Moore Stakes – 1200m
#9 Shooting For Gold – $6/$2
There’s been a stack of rain up north in Brissie and you would expect the track to race very heavy. A testing 1200m might see Zoustyle being vulnerable late and the one who will be flashing home is Shooting For Gold. Unsuited last start over the 1000m and with the step up to 1200m on a testing surface, he is much better suited. He looks a great each way bet.
BACK SHOOTING FOR GOLD EACH WAY
Pakenham Race 7 – LISTED Pakenham Cup – 2500m
#8 Smokin’ Romans – $3.50
I’m tipping it won’t take long for the Queen of the turf, Jamie Kah to bounce back to a feature win and this could very well be it. Smokin’ Romans has had a freshen up after being narrowly beaten in the Bendigo Cup. It was hard to make any ground out wide that day and he hit the line very strongly. This is a stable that often produces them well when fresh and with Kah back in the saddle, he’s the one to beat.
BACK KAH & SMOKIN ROMANS TO WIN THE PAKENHAM CUP
Race winner – #888 Shane van Gisbergen / Garth Tander @ $4
Not often do we see back to back winners at Mount Panorama but I’m tipping they can do it. Tander will be looking for his 5th win in the race and Shane van Gisbergen his 2nd, after breaking the duck last year at his 14th attempt in the race. Go get em boys!
BACK SHANE VAN GISBERGEN / GARTH TANDER TO WIN
Seattle Seahawks ($2.40) VS San Francisco 49ers ($1.57) – Lumen Field
San Fran -3 @ $1.83
Seattle slumped to another loss last week and QB Russell Wilson looks a shell of the man he was prior to injury. There were numerous times where WR Metcalf was wide open and Russ failed to even look at him, let alone throw him the pigskin. The 49ers are stringing together some wins now and they can beat up on a Seahawks team playing well below their best.
BACK THE SAN FRANSICO 49ERS TO COVER THE LINE