RACE 5 – 1400m VOBIS Gold Bullion 4yo Set Weights & Penalties VIC SIRED RUNNERS – 1 Baron Archer, 2 Benchi Pegasus, 3 Cordoba, 7 Mr Walker, 8 So Does He, 9 Soosa Rama, 11 Miss Maggiebeel, 12 Whistle Baby, 13 Hot Ruby, TEMPO – Expecting a tempo that will suit those in the first half of the field, or with the best turn of foot Baron Archer, Mr Walker, and Hot Ruby are the likely leading pack.
RACE OVERVIEW – Great result for VIC sired horses here with Bel Esprit and Magnus both with multiple runners proving their consistency. This looks like the ideal race for LORD DA VINCI which should be about ready to peak now after three runs back from a break. Much to like about his last two runs at Bendigo and then Caulfield when a sectional star on both occasions, his effort last week when home in a sizzling 22.91/11.78 the last 400m and 200m, some of the best late splits of the day. Sam Pritchard-Gordon has given the horse a good grounding at 1000m -1100m in those three runs to get the horse to settle off a strong tempo, if he settles again stepping out to 1400m he has this race at his mercy. DEL PRADO will go off at double figure odds here and is a big chance on his last run. Ignore the “0” in the form guide, the horse was utterly luckless at Bendigo when caught back and very wide without cover, pushed even wider again off the turn. If you watch him late through the line and pick up his final 400m splits he was actually very good in that race. SOOSA RAMA and SO DOES HE will be around the mark, but fancy that this is a race that will be fought out between the top two selections.
SELECTIONS – 6 Lord Da Vinci, 4 Del Prado, 9 Soosa Rama, 8 So Does He
Analysis by Mick Sharkie