ROSAS FIRST - In the second heat of the Betta Home Living Pace, there will be a short-priced favourite in gate four, Gilty Hanover. She has been super at her two runs back from a spell, being narrowly beaten in 1.53 around Melton last time after leading. He has enough gate speed to cross the pole marker early, if driver Simon Turnbull can find that spot then hand-up to the favourite, it is hard to see him missing a place after her impressive last start win when running on hard. Even if he doesn’t cross early and get that spot behind the leader, she showed he can sprint well enough late, so she has other options.
BYE BYE BARBIE - A poor draw on paper for Bye Bye Barbie, but she does have a few things in her favour. There is likely to be good speed on which will suit her, many of these went around in the same race last time and she acquitted herself well when giving the more favoured runners a start. Admiral was well favoured in that event, led and was well beaten, Bye Bye Barbie should have the option of waiting to see when the three-wide horses go and then getting the cart up on the back of them. If the speed is genuine, expect the back-row horses will feature prominently.
OZZIE BOGAN - Ozzie Bogan has been racing in metro races at his last couple, both of which he was drawn off the back line where he was not able to use his great gate speed. He has been victorious at his last two starts when drawn the front, leading all the way, so expect that with the clever concession driving option of Kima Frenning, she will roll straight to the front and be very hard to run down. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding has never missed a place in nine starts around the track and the longer trip looks more suitable than the mile.
MISS DANGERFIELD - Miss Dangerfield has the luxury of the outside horse of the second row but only one off the fence, so she will have all the options in a race where there looks a stack of speed up front. Bet The Limit can really ping the lids from out wide but will be vulnerable at the back-end if he finds the top, there will be a few underneath him that will also be trying for that spot. If Miss Dangerfield comes to the breeze when they settle into formation, or if the speed is good and is saved for one run, she should be too classy for this lot.
INTUERI - This isn’t an overly strong race and the favourite is Hallelujah Boy, who’s credibility is questionable. Intueri arrives here third-up from a spell, a profile he’s attempted twice and returned two of his three wins. He drops back from Saturday grade when beaten three lengths by Siren’s Fury and that mare then came out last Saturday and won at Group III level against the mares at Scone so there’s no questions on the form out of the race. He improved off a 3-1/2 length defeat second-up last prep and I think his form reads better coming into this. He’s value at the current quote.