Race 2 No. 5 Bionic Polly and No. 7 Zippy Volkswagon
We could call this the “Multiple Chances Stakes”. Both the 5 and 7 again getting another opportunity to show what they have. The 5 as well all know has the ability but also the ability to find trouble. Her run was good again last time and we get the big price to see her once more. She will come out on day and walk in. The 7 will not get an easier chance to break through here. I like the drop back from 600m as well and he should do something at odds.
Race 3 No. 1 Rippin’ Tomahawk
Boxed to lead, boxed to win. He only has to replicate his 29.84 with his good first section to lead these on a trek they won’t like. Mid race pace to sustain the advantage should see him go all the way. Only has to get the start right and he often does.
Race 4 No. 7 Zipping Virginia and No. 3 Bedrock Fred
The Group 3 Miata, named after one of, if not the greatest stayer of my time anyway. Early fav scratched and that opens it up again. The 7 will slide over here and if she lands close, can take this out. Runs time and strong. The 3 opened at $26 and that was wrong. Still a price and he showed last week that he’s capable of fighting it out against these. The 7 goes on top though, who with the 2, gives Paul Stuart a chance to win the race named in honour of the champion stayer he trained.
Race 6 No. 5 Bones McCoy and No. 8 Stanga Moose
The 5 was dynamite last week running 21.56 and can repeat the dose here. Accelerates quickly and impossible to catch if he finds the arm. The 8 will be a force if he brings his A game. Well boxed and can be hard to catch. The 5 top show however.
Race 8 No. 4 West On Fever
Best bet of the night for mine if he offsets this draw into the back. Racing better dogs than this and can unleash a strong middle and final section. Strikes the easiest heat of the sprinters plate and this is his chance. He won’t miss a place if he goes round untouched and should be winning.
Race 9 No. 3 Ready for Magic and No. 7 Garrio
Last chance for the 3. Has yet to replicate his trial prior to resuming and his box manners haven’t helped that. If he steps and gets into a close spot, they won’t beat him but he must assert his dominance early. The 7 is under rated and can get into this with a clean getaway. Drives hard in his races and can stick on. Both EW players.
Race 10 No. 2 Mystify
She will be rough but I just wonder if a few of these will hold her out of a top 2 slot as she smokes the pipe behind the pace. She will finish off strong as always and will be left untouched. Smokies play.
Race 4 No. 6 Gotham Baroness
Monster quote about a dog who will shake the life out of this if she lands handy first turn. Has a stack of talent and can run time. Great effort last time and only the box will be her downfall but she can get around that with her early toe.
Race 5 No. 6 Belle Violin
Very promising young dog who has good middle and a big last section. Tremendous record here track and trip and will weave his way through to look threatening turning for home. EW bird here.
Race 7 No. 8 High End
Looking for him to dash up out wide here and use his box to land close to the arm. Won his only start from the 8 and been here before and placed. Looks the one to beat here.
Race 10 No. 3 Foxy Bourbski
Can punch up here in race full of middle distance dogs. Boxed better this week and will be prominent early and no doubting her strength over the sprint trip. Can surprise here with a clean step.
Race 3 No. 8 Opal Model
They don’t come better boxed than this girl. Box 8 still isn’t wide enough for her. Will roll down the outside with her early speed to land the arm here and very hard to catch when she leads. She really is boxed to win.
Race 4 No. 4 Gypsy Yankee and No. 3 Equalizer
MDC qualifier and a few weapons here. The 4 might be the one to show up early and break the line. When he’s on the arm he always runs time and has raced the best FFA dogs in VIC. The 3 is clearly the fastest dog but has had some issues recently. The kennel do not start then unless they are 100% though so he has to be a chance. Runs home very hard.
Race 5 No. 5 Zippy Tesla
Surely, just surely this has to be his race. Has one of the most lethal gear changes in racing up the back but even that was not enough to run down the super kennel mate Lala Kiwi last time. Small field and the fact he could simply blow these into another post code if he gets clear running means he’s a top 2 special here. Massive show.
Race 7 No. 6 Daph’s Ascend and No. 8 Kaheem Bale
The 6 has knocked on more doors recently than a girl guide selling cookies. She has been so close to winning and this is finally her chance to cross and lead all the way. The 8 is the big smokie. High talent who has a booming middle and last run home. First up here but handles all tracks and will pounce if any mistake are made up front.
Race 8 No. 8 Vice Grip and No. 4 Indy Matilda
Tremendous race this MDC runoff. The WA star in 8 can spring the upset here on the 7. He’s a bully, plain and simple. If he wants a run, he just takes it. If it’s not there, he makes it appear by pushing whoever he has to out of the way. He has early speed and good box manners and is racing right at his top. If she makes a single error, he will punish her accordingly. The 4 isn’t hopeless either and will step quickly here. Runs time on the arm and if she happens to hold the front, will give a sight. The 8 on top though.
Race 10 No. 4 Grim Madara
Has a big motor and better boxed wide but they will struggle to hold him off here. Will come down to him getting a trouble free run. He gets that and they won’t stop him late. Place heavy bird here.