It's a big week of racing ahead, but before that kicks off, Luke Krahe has scouted the country meets for his best racing bets off the day for Friday, November 1st from Wagga, Tatura and Moree. For more tips for Friday night's metropolitan meeting, check out our Moonee Valley Preview and Tips here.
We can put a line through the non-winners in this Class 1 and Maiden plate, that leaves us with 6. (4) Verdi is from the Kurt Goldman yard at Goulburn and looks to have plenty of upside. He won his maiden at career start number two after plenty went wrong. He was sent to the paddock and resumed at his home track 3 weeks ago in a BM58, was stuck in on the rails behind the leader and never really got warm. His latest was at Canberra in a much harder BM60, although the beaten margin was more than 3 lengths, he was brave in defeat after doing a mountain of work off the track without cover. He gets the small field and out in trip, back in grade, I expect him to be well backed and winning this.
With the early scratching of the topweight, it leaves us with a field of 6 and a likely odds-on favourite in our selection (4) Righthere Rightnow. She debuted here at the track in late September, was under pressure early in the straight and never fired. She was then huge odds at a Cranbourne maiden, showed good tactical speed to lead and kicked a few lengths clear early in the straight. She tired late but never looked like getting beat. Although she has to step out of maiden grade, this looks a suitable task. If she can jump and run like she did last time, she will simply be too quick for them.
(5) Future Road doesn’t win out of turn, saluting just twice in 22 previous starts. She was brave in defeat resuming at Moree after sitting four-wide the majority without cover and stuck on for third. She then went to Coonamble and got a lot further back, she never got into the race and continued her poor record when racing second-up. She ventures to Moree in what looks a winnable race against the girls, up in trip, I expect her to show a lot more tactical speed. She led over 1200m at her last run before going to the paddock and her latest win was sitting outside the leader at Dubbo. If she jumps well from the good gate, expect that she will be making her own luck and very hard to run down.
Another of these races where some maidens race out of their grade, this time over a mile. The Jeremy Sylvester trained (4) Dukes County hadn’t showed much in his career, he had placed two from 10 prior to going to Muswellbrook last start. He started long odds in maiden grade, over-raced badly but was strong through the line and finally got the first win. He had to survive in the steward’s room after he was protested against, but kept the race. Although the SP profile doesn’t read great, this is not a strong race and he may have turned the corner with that maiden win. Aaron Bullock goes on, regarded by many, including myself as the best provincial/country hoop in NSW.