BOWRA & O’DEA FUNERAL DIRECTORS MAIDEN Tips (Race 4)
Pinjarra Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 12 Miss Maranta
Whilst there's admittedly at least a few of these who aren't far away from breaking through, this mare appeals on an each-way basis at the early odds available.
A daughter of the mighty Blackfriars, Miss Maranta has seen stronger line-ups than what she faces here which was evident last time in with competitive efforts behind some useful gallopers that include Costa Del Santo and Roman Flirt.
Both of her second and third-up efforts this time in over a mile have given every indication that she's screaming out for this 2000 metre journey now as she's been so strong through the line for a third and fourth respectively.
Miss Maranta will likely get back as she isn't vintage out of the gates but over an extra 400 metres and with a string of good runs under her belt, she can be in the finish.
MURRAY VETERINARY SERVICES HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Pinjarra Value Bet - Race 6 No. 3 The Finest
This son of Oratorio has had genuine excuses in both runs this preparation where his eleventh and at his latest, seventh placing don't do him any justice.
He was specked at a big price fresh ($26-$17) but found himself four-wide throughout that journey when camping just off a slick speed so was certainly entitled to tire over the last 150 metres.
On July 16 following that effort, The Finest was eased right back to the rear after drawing out and riding for luck and when travelling well, saw nothing but backsides when it mattered in the run home and finished within two lengths of the winner.
Now finally drawing a good barrier in four and getting up to six furlongs now, The Finest can camp much closer to the speed and with better luck this time around, he's going well enough to be in the mix for what's a rather weak race.
BELHUSRACING.COM.AU 25 YEARS SYNDICATING WINNERS HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Pinjarra Best Bet - Race 8 No. 4 Street Fair
Given he was similarly flat second-up last campaign off a strong fresh performance, I'm willing to forgive the July 11 flop where he was up in grade and stepping up to the mile at Belmont.
Prepared by the big local Brett Pope stable, Street Fair was outstanding prior to that on June 24 where after he was met with good support ($10-$7), was on heels until the last 100 metres and was particularly strong late.
A big positive here is the re-engagement of Mitchell Pateman in the saddle who's 12 winners in July have come at an excellent strike rate of 30% and he'll aim to have this gelding positioned around midfield, if not a shade worse.
Street Fair has been a little frustrating over the journey in not being able capitalize more on his ability but back to a Provincial Class 1, he's worth another chance at a good price as the best bet at Pinjarra.