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A really strong nine race program has been assembled for Bendigo this Saturday where it is Golden Mile Day. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.

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Race 1. (12:15) Alan Simpson Tribute Handicap (84) 2400m

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To me, it seems that 7 No Committment (Bet Now: $5.50 TOP ODDS) is a bludger that needs encouragement and in Victoria, you’d struggle to find a stronger rider than Noel Callow, so I love the booking of him for this horse, who ran last Wednesday at Sandown and was sound in defeat when third to the inform Kentucky Tornado. Think he’s a definite winning chance here.


2 Grand Promenade (Bet Now: $2.35 TOP ODDS) is a Maher/Eustace trained gelding that is in a real purple patch at the moment, winning four on the bounce, the latest being the Grand Handicap Classic at Caulfield two weeks ago when showing good ticker in the straight because he was strongly challenged but fought on and was too good. Good test here, but think he measures up.

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3 Andrea Mantegna (Bet Now: $21.00 TOP ODDS) looks to be ticking over nicely towards the jumps season. Far from disgraced first up at the Valley behind Polanco before going to the Wangaratta Cup and running a good one again when third to Salsamor. Up to 2400m looks a big tick for him. Not sure he wins, but goes in all multiples.

Race 2. (12:50) RSN 94.5AM Bendigo Handicap (78) 1300m

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Nick Ryan has 13 Battle Torque (Bet Now: $19.00 TOP ODDS) bursting to win a race and he gets a great chance here. Former WA galloper that has had three runs in Melbourne, the latest at the midweek meeting at Flemington when surging hard from the back and just missing out on picking up Jumbo Ozaki. Crying out for 1600m, but a fast run 1400m should be okay. Just hope he’s within range on the turn.


The best version of 4 Turn The Tide (Bet Now: $6.00 TOP ODDS) is certainly good enough to win this. Cindy Alderson trains this son of So You Think, who is first up after a pretty good Spring/Summer prep, which saw him win impressively at Caulfield and was generally around the mark each time he stepped out. Liked the recent Cranbourne jumpout and was very good late first up last prep behind Titan Blinders over 1100m. 1300m first up is a good sign for me.

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12 Villa Sarchi (Bet Now: $11.00 TOP ODDS) is working towards a win I feel. Wasn’t too bad two back down the Flemington straight behind Chicago Cub before going to Caulfield where he got back over 1200m but finished off with real purpose late behind Gododdin, running an eye catching fifth. Bigger track, fitter and 1300m looks a really good set up.

Race 3. (13:30) Underground Cabling Systems Handicap (84) 1100m

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2 Coruscate (Bet Now: $8.00 TOP ODDS) is worth another chance I feel. Was over a year between runs when resuming at Randwick back on Feb 15 and was pretty ordinary I thought behind God Of Thunder, but first up off a long break on wet ground, want to be forgiving. Tick over trial was very good and on top of the ground here, he can win for sure.


8 Barthelona (Bet Now: $26.00 TOP ODDS) is a talented son of Zoffany for Michael Moroney that resumes. This gelding hasn’t raced since August 4 at Sandown when down the track over 1400m behind Shot Of Irish, who at the time was flying. Been given a good break, likes racing at Bendigo and is a horse who can really sprint well with fresh legs.

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6 Redcore (Bet Now: $9.00 TOP ODDS) is a Greg Eurell trained sprinter that resumes. This gelding hasn’t raced since April 20 last year at Caulfield when badly held up and should have finished much closer behind Haunted. That form clearly reads well for this and his trial, as well as a subsequent jumpout, have been impressive. I’ll take a punt on him and will be backing him as well.

Race 4. (14:10) VOBIS Gold Rush 1000m

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7 Massuese (Bet Now: $6.50 TOP ODDS) on top for me. This filly has finished runner up in both career outings, the latest coming in the Redoute’s Choice two weeks ago when a very game second to River Night after doing work in the run out wide. She’s showed enough in her short career to date to suggest she’s above average and should take some beating here.


6 River Night (Bet Now: $4.80 TOP ODDS) is a daughter of Night Of Thunder who got a Stakes win next to her name a fortnight back in the Redoute’s Choice when leading throughout under Lane, getting things to suit in front and gave them zero chance of running her down. Bit harder here I think, but she’s got the runs on the board with good form around her.

Long Shot

The class of 3 Hilflager (Bet Now: $26.00 TOP ODDS) is the interesting one. Hayes/Dabernig youngster that resumes and returns as a gelding. Debuted in the Inglis race on Cox Plate Day where he looked very raw and new to the caper when down the track behind Ideas Man. Has been gelded, jumped out well and draws to get a soft run in transit. Knockout chance at odds.

Race 5. (14:50) URMG Security Handicap 2200m

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Banking on class getting 1 Adelaide Ace (Bet Now: $2.80) home. Hasn’t done much wrong this time in for Lindsey Smith, even though he was beaten as an odds pop in the Alister Clark last start at the Valley by the horse he comfortably beat the start prior, Nonconformist. The barrier is tricky, and to be blunt, the stable is going horrible in Victoria at the moment. Hopefully the tide turns here.


4 Royal Crown (Bet Now: $5.50) is heading in the right direction for Robbie Griffiths. He ran over 1800m at the midweeks at Sandown when settling off the speed before finding clear and finishing off strongly to win narrowly but impressively. Has always showed good promise since day one when with Mick Kent and out to a staying trip will suit I think.

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9 Coin Collector (Bet Now: $11.00) should appreciate the rise to 2200m and taking on his own age. Ran over 2040m at the Valley against the older horses last time out and kept finding in a good effort to finish second to Think We’re Due. That was March 13, and was around a month between runs, so he’ll improve off that and up to 2200m, hard to beat.

Race 6. (15:30) Bendigo Gold Bracelet 1400m

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An almighty throw at the stumps here with 15 No Money No Honey (Bet Now: $61.00), a Richard Laming trained mare that resumes. Hasn’t raced since the Country Final during Cup Week at Flemington when bleeding, so forget she went around behind Star Missile. Not asked for much in a Cranbourne trial but a subsequent jumpout was very good behind Snogging, a well performed stablemate. Did it without the Blinkers, so hoping she can get three wide cover and launch.


14 Clarice Cliffs (Bet Now: $6.50) is one to include in exotics. Greg Eurell trains this mare, who hasn’t really set the world on fire this time in, but in saying that, hasn’t been far away. Ran over 1400m at Flemington last start where she had the peach run just off the speed and loomed large, but couldn’t quite finish it off when a close up fourth to Jumbo Ozaki. Think that form reads okay for this.

Long Shot

If you like No Money No Honey, like I did, have to like 8 Snogging (Bet Now: $19.00). Her form from the Spring does read very well and if she’s forward enough in condition, think she only runs well. Resumes after a good prep in the Spring, which included a close up fifth to Amangiri on Cox Plate Day. That jumpout mentioned above was quite good and is a first up winner.

Race 7. (16:10) Bendigo Guineas 1400m

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7 Riddle Me That (Bet Now: $4.80) has come back in super order for Andrew Noblet. Sat wide throughout first up at Pakenham but gave them a proper spanking. Then raced over 1400m at Flemington when sitting off a moderate speed but still chased hard and got within a length of a good colt in Spend. Third up, hard fit, looks a very winnable race.


5 Heirborn (Bet Now: $10.00) looks a key chance. Anthony Freedman trains this three year old, who resumed over 1200m under the lights at Pakenham where they absolutely crawled in front so nothing really from the back was going to be in the mix, including Heirborn. Did a great job to get as close as he did to Paperboy. Suited up to 1400m and is hard to beat.

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Going to give 1 Condo’s Express (Bet Now: $27.00) another chance. Richard Laming trains this handy three year old, who hasn’t raced since the Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm when seemingly not 100% happy on the bog track behind Rubisaki, who of course ticked that form off in the Kewney. Fresh legs, at 1400m, his best is clearly good enough, and stable is finding form.

Race 8. (16:50) Golden Mile 1600m

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Going to give 17 Iconoclasm (Bet Now: $19.00) another chance. The wet track just wasn’t his go first up at Flemington over 1400m in what was a high rating race when down the track behind Wild Planet. Back on firmer footing should really help his cause, as should a rise to 1600m, and if they press forward, he can get over comfortably via Hellova Street.


5 Hellova Street (Bet Now: $13.00) is an absolute beauty for Patrick Payne who will give his all on speed. Got a ripping run in front two weeks ago in the Anniversary Vase at Caulfield and rightfully kicked on strongly when third to Guizot. I think 1600m these days sees him right out but with a soft lead, he’ll prove hard to beat as always.

Long Shot

7 Gold Fields (Bet Now: $17.00) is the improver here I feel. Comes through the Anniversary Vase at Caulfield where he took a sit off the speed in what was pretty much a barrier trial speed, a set up he clearly doesn’t like. He’s much better when on speed and rolling so if that can eventuate here, his best is clearly good enough to be around the mark.

Race 9. (17:25) Mitchelton Winery Handicap (90) 1400m

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12 Big Night Out (Bet Now: $2.60) looks one of the better gambles on the program. John Sadler trains this four year old, who has raced over 1200m in both runs back from a break and is clearly looking for further, which he gets here. Ran down the straight at Flemington last start and chased hard when second to Chicago Cub. Up to 1400m, off a good speed, he’s very likeable.


14 Jumbo Ozaki (Bet Now: $3.60) is going well for Danny O’Brien in two runs for the new stable. Last run saw him race over 1400m at Flemington when a well supported favourite and despite falling in to win, the victory had plenty of merit given he was on speed and left a sitting shot for those from behind. Hard fit now, looks a leading contender.

Long Shot

7 Black Sail (Bet Now: $14.00) lacks the class of some of these but I think the Maher/Eustace stable has him going well. Ran in the St Patricks Day Cup at Geelong where he was left in front early on in the straight but was going very well and despite being strongly challenged in the straight, he showed some courage when it counted and clung on. Looks to get on speed comfortably and has upside.

Best Bets & Quaddie Tips

BEST BET: Race Nine Number 12 Big Night Out

NEXT BEST: Race Four Number 7 Masseuse

LONG SHOT: Race Six Number 15 No Money No Honey


Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):

Leg One: 2, 4, 8, 14, 15

Leg Two: 5, 7

Leg Three: 5, 7, 15, 17

Leg Four: 12

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