REPRIMANDR - 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.
TOP RAVINER - 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.
MEDIA VITAR - Media Vita was a solid performer in Canberra when trained by Keith Dryden and Scott Collings. I tipped him last start when he ran on fairly when resuming over 1050m at his first start for Jamie McConachy and he raced as if looking for longer. He should be improved by that run and drops 3kg but steps up in grade. He has gate speed and with Lachlan Dodds to ride if anywhere near his Canberra form where he won three on end before coming north should be hard to run down. At each-way odds I'm willing to give him another chance.
LE DUDER - Le Dude has been an honest performer during his career with three wins and seven placings from 14 starts. This preparation he has been racing consistently his only failure being when he took on Saturday city company last start. Le Dude placed at his four previous starts and won his only start at this track and distance. He is placed in the right class and over a suitable trip with Shannon Doyle to ride should be the one to beat.
LADY MCCABER - Lady McCabe is a daughter of Spirit Of Boom out of a General Nediym mare and it is no surprise she has abundant speed. She ran a bold race when resuming on a heavy track at Doomben and led the likes of Pennino, Sizzling Ace and Wicked Ways before being overwhelmed in the final stages. The filly will be improved by that outing and with Luke Dittman to ride from gate three over 1000m at Ipswich against fellow maidens should be very hard to run down.