Murray Bridge - Race 5 No. 3 Nasifa ($3.30)
Flemington - Race 8 No. 6 Octane ($2.90)
Odds combined total $97.01
Flemington - Race 1 No.4 South Pacific
This horse has promised us a lot in his last two starts and should have no excuses to put them away third up.
He was solid at Caulfield first-up over 2000m and was heavily backed second-up at Flemington, where he ran third and was clearly in ned of one more run.
Dropping 1.5kg in weight, fitter and a .5kg weight swing on Exemplar should see him beat that runner home and hopefully progress deeper into the spring where we may see him as a lightweight Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup hope.
Rosehill - Race 2 No. 4 Royal Banquet
This gelding has been faultless since a third placed debut finish back in early 2019 where he's been unbeaten in four attempts following that which includes a winning hat-trick this time in.
By Snitzel and out of a group two winning mare in Twilight Royale, Royal Banquet is quickly working his way through the grades by ticking off a Country Class 1, Provincial Class 2 and scoring in his city debut at Warwick Farm on July 29.
That was his most brilliant victory to date when ploughing through a Heavy 10 surface for a 5.3 length margin and with 59.5kg on his back, was spotting weight to every opponent that came in well behind him,
He drops a whopping 5kg off that performance with the smart claim of Tom Sherry and as one of the few reliable gallopers in this field that is holding form, Royal Banquet can continue to build his picket fence as the best bet at Rosehill this Saturday.
Doomben - Race 4 No. 3 Reus
Although this Star Witness gelding went down at Doomben last start, it was a massive performance from the Michael Costa-trained four-year-old after shooting for home early around the turn.
Stuck at the rear of the field on the back of a slow tempo, Robbie Fradd took off early, striking the lead midway down the straight before being nailed late by Green Jacket.
After walking early, Fradd took off around the field running 11.70s between the 600m and 400m, 11.40s between the 400m and 200m, before his fitness gave out late running his last 200m in 12.35 seconds.
Drawn perfectly to be smothered up from barrier two and with Robbie Fradd remaining in the saddle, the very consistent Reus can bounce back as the best bet at Doomben.
With three runs now under her belt and stepping back to the 1200m looks the right set-up for this six-year-old from the local Kylie Huxtable stable who was unlucky when held up and forced off heels at key stage via her latest outing on July 25.
Although she was only beaten around two and a half lengths fresh at Morphettville, she did appear rather plain to the eye, however, first-up for six months and straight onto a Heavy surface is a decent excuse.
Nasifa was very brave following that performance when she was three-wide throughout here on July 4 and kept fighting despite peaking on the run to only be rolled by Silverhawk who won again last Saturday and four other individual winners have come out of that contest.
Back in grade here to a benchmark 68 against her own sex and only going up 1kg off her last run courtesy of the Sophie Logan claim, Nasifa looks well placed as the best bet at Murray Bridge this Saturday.
Flemington - Race 8 No. 6 Octane
This horse clearly has a world of potential based of his Adelaide wins, and deserves this crack at metro Victoria grade.
He certainly meets the strongest field he has seen, but will be sky high in confidence after an ever so easy win at his last start in 82 grade.
His race pattern is to settle off midfield and to rattle home which suits the 1000m straight course racing.
With some hot pace in the race coming from Snitzkraft, Chicago Cub and Elite Legacy, he will have his chance to rattle home, making the $3 look quite appetising.