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Race 5 - 3:10PM QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Handicap (1200 METRES)
Locally trained by Georgie Holt, IMBATIDO (best odds $4.20 with Sportsbet) has his third start for the new stable today and looks ideally placed to make it a winning one. Last start, the Husson gelding lined-up in a 1000m Maiden at the Cluden Park track and with Ryan Wiggins aboard, finished third, beaten a length on the line. He was held up mid-race forcing Wiggins to ease the galloper to avoid clipping heels. He ran home well once he ‘got going’ but lost a lot of momentum in the run, costing him any chance of victory. He ran the trip, 10 lengths slower than benchmark (an indication of what the trouble cost him), but that still rates second-best here. He did manage to record the fastest final 200m sectional for the race though. Formerly with the Steven O’Dea stable in Brisbane, he has now had two runs on his new home track and from gate two today, gets all the favours as he maps to box-seat from there. Ryan Wiggins makes the trip north for another ride on the three-year-old who looks set to shake the maiden monkey today.
Race 6 - 3:45PM CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES Class 3 Handicap (1000 METRES)
The Michael Geaney-trained COLD POWER (best odds $5 with BlueBet) didn’t appreciate the slow tempo last start but with plenty of early speed here, he shapes up as a genuine winning chance today. Last start, the Choisir gelding took on a Class 3 field, here over today’s trip and settled nicely, just behind the pace. However, the front runners slowed them up (mid-race) which had them all back peddling for a time. On straightening, he was off the bit and had the job ahead, but still ran home well to finish just 1.5 lengths behind Curvetta, conceding the mare 5.5kgs in weight that day. He ran his last 600m right on benchmark, 5 lengths quicker than his rivals here and meets Curvetta 3kgs better today. The six-year-old is also reunited with Graham Kliese who boasts a record that reads two wins and two runner-up finishes from his four previous rides on the galloper. From gate five, he maps to settle just behind the pace again and fitter for three runs back, he is in this contest up to his eye teeth.
Race 7 - 4:25PM CLUDEN PARK SPORTS BAR OPEN THIS SATURDAY Class 6 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Local trainer Bill Kenning saddles-up STAR BANNER here (best odds $5.50 with Unibet) and now four starts into this preparation, he looks ready to win today. Last start, the Starspangledbanner gelding improved enough to bring up his first podium finish this time in when taking home third prize in a Class 6, here over the 1000m sprint. He ran the trip, 1.5 lengths slower than benchmark, the best in this line-up. He also posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. The signs are there for even more improvement today. Brad Pengelly sticks with him here and boasts a solid record himself, with 10 previous rides resulting in two wins and three other podium finishes. There is a bag full of early speed here today, leaving the six-year-old with a perfect sit behind them from gate four, and with a clear run home, the final say in the contest. A true track specialist, he boasts all six career wins and just as many minor placings from his 16 starts at Cluden Park and he is our Best Bet 🏆 for the day.
No. 4 STAR BANNER $5.50 UNIBET (WIN)
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