Mid-week racing takes us down to Geelong this week for the Geelong Cup, a race long-used as form guide to the first Tuesday in November. French imports Americain and Dunaden won the Geelong feature before backing up and winning the Melbourne Cup, while Irish star Media Puzzle saluted in emotional scenes for Damien Oliver in 2002.
This year’s edition may not play as big a role in the Melbourne Cup but still has a good field and plenty of potential.
Race 1: An incredibly even race opens the card here, Vellaspride has a habit of finishing second and will test the trust of punters, is doing all the right things but can’t find the line first. Fields Of Yulong won over this trip last time out and showed plenty of class, and if he keeps improving he will be hard to stop and is worth a punt ($2.80 Playup). Olympic Oath looks like a real stayer, connections have decided to avoid the Geelong Classic which would’ve been a harder run. Will be right in the finish at this level.
Race 2: Zouy’s Comet won convincingly last start fresh, will come to the races fitter this time and deserves respect. Maclairey ran into trouble last start when the leader lost its jockey and the race slowed to a crawl, hasn’t had a great campaign thus far and may be worth watching again. Midas Prince was superb 2nd up, will be fitter here as well and should prove tough to beat at a good price ($5.50 Playup). Ridgewood Drive has been too inconsistent to trust here, up and down through the prep and while his up is due, it’s not worth touching.
Race 3: Mr Tipla comes here fresh, loves it first up with three wins from four and will be amongst the best chances here, trust the form ($3.50 Playup). Chicago Cub will prove hard to displace, will eat 1200m this time and maps terrifically. Fly for Yulong is making his Oz debut, Irish import who has had the past year and a half off. Prefer to watch him again.
Race 4: Ruban Bleu looks safe money here, a genuine class above this. The race maps well for him and has plenty of form after just missing to Marcel From Madrid in Ballarat last start. Get on! ($2.40 Playup). Blue Tycoon provides a danger, will most likely go forward, Craig Williams on board is a big plus too.
Race 5: Into The Abyss simply is too good for this company, dropped back from G3 class last start and brained them there. This opposition doesn’t measure up to those group races, will be short but worth the punt ($2.05 Playup). Gina’s Hope comes up in class here after winning last start, will provide a great quinella option to the favourite. Smart Coupe is another possible quinella option, is usually pretty good fresh but hasn’t touched this distance 1st up before.
Race 6: Not to sound like a broken record but again here the favourite seems way too good, as Harbour Views ($1.80 Plauyp) was clinical at Caulfield last start. Will come here fitter and if he reaches anywhere close to his best he won’t be beaten. Impi is class and makes this almost a match race of sorts, it doesn’t seem like any other runners can get near these two. Will be carrying 3kg less and will like the draw more than Harbour Views, excellent three wins so far but this is a far greater test than any of those. The suggestion is to find some each-way value or a box ti amongst the field.
Race 7: The Geelong Cup will play host to some runners looking for Melbourne Cup qualification, none more so than Prince of Arran. He was great on Saturday at Caulfield, ran home terrifically and will be much fitter for the run. Needs to win, this is his last way into the Cup. Connections need this win and we should back them in ($3.40 Playup). Steel Prince is all class, was unfortunately a late scratching on Caulfield Guineas day after an incident at the barriers. A win there had him in the cup but I have mail from connections saying he was never being prepped for the Melbourne Cup anyway. This may play as his Grand Final but would he be here if he ran last time out? True Self knows how to win but may find the above mentioned just too good, keep in thoughts though and watch betting patterns.
*All odds are correct at time of writing