Murtoa Tips July 17
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Race 2 - 1:40PM Shannon Bros Bulk Storage Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)
PORT LOUIS ($1.30 with TAB) finally breaks through here. The Maher/Eustace galloper comes to Murtoa for what shapes as an easy kill and has placed in six of 10 career starts with a couple of those coming at Listed and Group level. At his last campaign he resumed with a runner-up effort behind Minsk Moment at Moonee Valley then narrowly missed out in the Listed Springtime Stakes (1400m) at the Flemington carnival. His campaign ended after a luckless display as a $1.24 favourite in what has turned out to be a strong maiden race at Sandown last December. The son of Maurice has been gelded in the interim and resumes. Form looks superior and prepared to take the short odds.
Race 5 - 3:40PM Ecycle Solutions 0 - 58 Handicap (2050 METRES)
LET FLY ($2.70 with bet365) can go close in Race 5 of the day. The Matt Cumani-trained galloper claimed her Maiden earlier this preparation and wasn’t disgraced in a couple of runs in BenchMark 64 company before stepping up to the 2100m and heading to the Ballarat Synthetic on June 28. On that occasion, the three-year-old led them up and was just run down late by Saint Ay. She went 1.4 lengths faster than standard in the Ballarat race, which are the best last start figures of any runner and more than 10 lengths better than the class average. Robbie Downey rides and might look to push forward from the barrier to dictate.
Race 6 - 4:15PM bet365 Marma Cup BM70 Handicap (2050 METRES)
Race 6 is the feature of the day and is the Marma Cup, a BenchMark 70 over the 2050m. DIRT ON HARRY ($6 with bet365) can go on with the job after romping to a five-length win in BenchMark 58 company at Warracknabeal on July 4. The five-year-old rises in grade for this but seemed to relish stepping up to the distance for the first time. He went six lengths slower than standard in his recent win, which are the second best last start figures of any runner. I suspect he can improve that at his second go at the trip and his fourth run this campaign. Also worth noting the he was luckless in a BM64 two starts ago when runner-up over the 1600m at the Swan Hill carnival. Jack Hill rides and will bide his time on the son of Cluster.
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