Sandown Park - The beautifully bred first starter by Fabregas out of Group I Melbourne Cup producer, Brook’s Doll will be one to keep our eye on. All Dolled Up has drawn box one in her first career start and I expect her to be very hard to beat. She is a half brother to Melbourne Cup winner, Ando’s Mac and if she has half the ability of him she should be winning this.
DUCK IN DUBAI - Getting my head around the weights for the Lifeline 131114 Benchmark 65 Handicap (1100m) has been one heck of a task. 65kg for the top weight Somebody at first glance says no, no, no, however when you consider only three horses in the race have less than 57kgs there is a part of my brain saying, Greg he is well weighted but the record at Dubbo with horses carrying 63.5kg or more says only one horse from 26 have been able to win and further investigation revealed that success was at picnic meeting. Joey’s Destiny is well-weighted after the claim, but an expected solid early tempo doesn’t help his chances. I did say it was borderline, but I do think connections have found the right race for the Allan Denham-trained Duck In Dubai. A winner of four of his 13-starts, Duck In Dubai had no luck at Taree last start and with Greg Ryan in the saddle is the one likely to get the ideal run parked behind the expected quicker than average early tempo.
REPRIMAND - The Cameron Crockett-trained Reprimand stands out as the day’s best bet chasing back to back wins in the Blue Elephant Class 2 Handicap (1000m). As a general rule I have no issues with a horse going to a class two after a maiden victory provided there was enough in the maiden win to suggest the horse in question is capable of winning in stronger grade and that is the case with Reprimand. A four-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible, Reprimand had plenty on a maiden field at Dubbo last start winning by 3-1/2 lengths and running quicker time than the class one winner on the day in the process. The jump in grade means that Reprimand gets in with 56kg on Sunday and is drawn to advantage in barrier three. Take advantage of products like Ladbrokes Odds Boost and Sportsbet Powerplays to make Reprimand a betting proposition.
TAMBO’S VIXEN - I tipped her first-up and she disappointed but with the benefit of the outing, a three-week break and some gear changes she can improve. She showed plenty of talent on debut beating Ruby Georgie who is a long odds-on favourite in this. Nigel Seymour takes the mount and from gate two the Foxwedge filly should get a good run throughout and could upset the favourite. Sadly, there are only seven acceptors but she is still worthy of a small play.
TOP RAVINE - Top Ravine only battled last start but will be better suited in this Benchmark 62 class with Lachlan Dodds claiming 2kg. Shane Sigvart has decided to step the horse up to 1819m a trip he hasn’t undertaken since he left Mick Price’s care over eighteen months ago. His record at these longer journeys was good with a win at Sandown over 1800m and placing in the group two Autumn classic. His form since going north has been sound with two wins and a placing from five starts over shorter trips. At what has been his best distance in the past he should be much too good for these.