As mentioned, I’m keen on the Patrick Payne-trained ECHO BOOMER in the opening race. She was given no winning chance on debut at Hamilton behind the smart Evening Glory, settling last in the small field, running 7.5L below benchmark to the 600m. She was given a 164-day spell and resumed with only two trials under her belt, which isn’t a lot for a Paddy Payne runner. She resumed at Warrnambool and was $5.00 out to $9.50, indicating she probably wasn’t there to win. She settled near last off a very hot tempo and charged home along the inside, running the fourth-fastest last 200m and 400m of the meeting to just miss behind Garbo. I was really impressed with the way she picked up along the inside for an inexperienced horse and I get the impression that she will only be better on the outside of horses, which she’ll get from barrier 10 today. She goes from L.Lafferty to J.Fry, which is a positive jockey change, even though I think Laura is a terrific young rider. I’m puzzled why the Lindsay Park first starter Field Of Lights is favourite. Yes, he beat the handy Stokes horse That Girl in a jumpout but was whipped and had the blinkers on in average time. From what I’ve seen at the jumpouts, I’d have him closer to a $10 chance. I thought the main danger was The First Of May, who closed well at Mornington last start and has the grounding to win third-up over 1200m, although I think Echo Boomer may have the class edge.