We head to Bendigo this Sunday, May 19th, for a big eight-race card with a couple of likely types in action. We've previewed every race on the card, along with our Bendigo betting tips for you right here:
Track: Soft 5
Best Bet: Race 5 - (3) Harbour Views
Lay Of The Day: Race 3 – (9) Duns ‘n’ Roses
Race 1: Maiden Plate Set Weights 1300m
It doesn’t look an easy to race to kick things off, (2) Heavenly Emperor is likely to start a short priced favourite but I couldn’t be jumping in. He was ok at his Australian debut and will be fitter but he looks way too short. (9) Play School has been to the races four times, there was a lot to like about his last start in a maiden that has already produced a subsequent winner. He was well back in the field before being held-up at a vital stage, chased hard in the straight in what may not have been the best part of the track. He will get back, look for him late at the double figure odds.
Race 2: 3YO Maiden Plate Set Weights 1300m
(3) Hot Glory was huge odds on debut and ran a very good race. He was well back in the run before coming wide and made steady ground running into third. He gets out to the 1300m which looks ideal after he couldn’t really stick with the speed early on debut, there have been two winners out of that maiden so the form line has held-up well. There doesn’t appear to be any stars here, and let’s be honest, we love seeing his trainer Udyta Clarke celebrate!
Race 3: Super VOBIS Maiden Plate Set Weights 2400m
(2) Fiorentino was beaten a long way last start, but I am willing to forgive him as the form out of those highweight races can often be all over the place. He wasn’t beaten far in a much harder race prior to that in town, as is usually the case with the Waterhouse/Bott team, he will roll forward and try to lead all the way. His main and possibly only danger is (9) Duns ‘n’ Roses who was good at Sale last time but he was huge odds and is getting out to this trip for the first time.
Race 4: BM70 Handicap 2200m
(1) Fanciful Toff is very consistent, he has versatility but from the wide draw you would imagine he will be ridden positively and be in front or outside the speed. From there, John Allen should be able to control the tempo. He is dropping back in grade where he was beaten as favourite at Sandown, he was wide early and probably had to work a little harder than they wanted him to. The last time he raced here at Bendigo he won by sitting outside the leader over this trip at this level, a repeat looks likely today.
Race 5: BM64 Handicap 1600m
(3) Harbour Views was officially easy in the betting at the Bool on debut, but they may have got all the money early in the week after double figure odds where posted. He had jumped out well and he was smashed all week in the betting into favourite. We know they like to set one for that carnival and they certainly didn’t miss, he was well back, got held-up slightly when coming wide before running on hard and drew clear on the line. He looks well above average and should have no problem stepping up to this level.
Race 6: Fillies and Mares BM70 1600m
(5) Radiant Warrior is a last start winner in an easier race at Benalla, but wow she was impressive. She settled mid-field before easing four-wide and running on hard and looked the winner a long way out. She has to step up in grade and does have the tricky gate, she probably has to be ridden for luck but if she gets it, she will be finishing best.
Race 7: BM64 Handicap 1100m
(11) The Commoner is going to start favourite in this after a dominant maiden win 10 weeks ago, he led and kicked strongly at the 200m mark and bolted in by almost 4 lengths. I am happy to take her on though here resuming, she was unwanted in the betting that day and was suited by being hard-up against the rail. If she has to work at all to get to the front then (1) River House should be the beneficiary. He attacked the line well last time here at the track after getting held-up for a furlong, he was a real eye-catcher late. The speed should be on and although he has the big weight, he seemed to carry it ok last time.
Race 8: BM64 Handicap 1300m
(1) Czechoslovakia was huge in defeat at the Bool, he sat wide and mid-field without cover before running on strongly, hitting the lead late before being swamped. He did a mountain of work in the run, the winner has since come out and won earlier in the week. It has been a long time since his maiden win but he is knocking on the door, coming through strong form-lines. He looks a certainty to run a place so he is an each-way bet to nothing, if that is your way of punting. *SCRATCHED*
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