Kings Meadows Rotary Club Maiden Tips (Race 4)
Launceston Value Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Babe's Boy
It was hard to miss the November 21 return of this five-year-old from the Glenn Stevenson yard who after making a meal of the start and spotting them a big margin, motored home and was only a stride off grabbing third on the line.
Whilst the barrier manners are still a query, which was evident in the second-up attempt, he was completely luckless there when seeing nothing but backsides in the home straight whilst the winner came from back and wide just to rub salt into the wounds for favourite backers as they were forced to endure the "riding for luck" attempt on this gelding.
Babe's Boy clearly has some ability and with the in-form Anthony Darmanin taking the reins this Wednesday, a jockey that is striking at 34% in December, he's at least an each-way quote for the risk this time around.
Southern Cross Feeds Conquering Stakes Tips (Race 7)
Launceston Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Mandela Effect
One of Tasmania's finest is this six-year-old from the powerful Scott Brunton stable who after a short three run stint over the Melbourne Spring where he was a little disappointing, bounced back with an outstanding second to Gee Gee Secondover who got home over him courtesy of an outstanding ride.
They'll be looking to make amends in the Listed Conquering Stakes following a near miss in the 2019 edition when making a stack of ground but from barrier three, is drawn to get a much more economical run-in transit and as the class galloper in the field, is much better placed under the weight-for-age conditions of this feature.
The son of Turrfontein just needs that break at the right time in the run home, as he does need to build some momentum before unleashing over the seven furlongs at Launceston, a track and distance that Mandela Effect hasn't finished outside the top two over from three attempts.
Phil Hughes Office Solutions Benchmark 60 Hcp Tips (Race 10)
Launceston Next Best Bet - Race 10 No. 1 Appraise
Whilst it is worth noting that he hasn't won from five first-up tilts, the Hobart return on November 29 was somewhat disappointing given the two excellent trials but back on his preferred circuit and with a nice drop in grade, this John Blacker-trained gelding is more than capable of bouncing back here.
The son of Needs Further has always shown ability which was most evident in his strong second placing behind Deroche back in February, who he was spotting 5kg to on that occasion and she franked that form in style by taking out the Group Three Vamos Stakes at her next start (also placed at Group level prior to defeating Appraise).
He hasn't missed a top three finish from three second-up runs (was a moral beaten last campaign at this stage) and ideally with a more positive ride over the 1200m, Appraise can pinch what isn't an overly deep affair to end the Wednesday night card from Launceston.