Eagle Farm - Race 2 No. 3 One For Betty ($2.15)
Rosehill - Race 3 No. 2 Discharged ($6.50)
Morphettville - Race 3 No. 7 The Difference ($2.25)
Caulfield - Race 6 No. 12 Humma Humma ($9)Rosehill - Race 8 No. 3 Mugatoo ($2.20)
Total Combined Odds $622.58
Read our reasons for our selections:
Eagle Farm - Race 2 No. 3 One For Betty
The All Too Hard mare is undefeated since joining David Vandyke’s stable and looks well placed to continue her winning form from barrier seven.
After a strong win at Eagle Farm first-up, the five-year-old mare recorded a tough victory at the Sunshine Coast on a Soft 6 track.
She's been given three weeks to recover after the Sunshine Coast victory where she gave every indication through the that the mile would suit.
Drawn to land one off the fence three pairs back, Ryan Maloney and David Vandyke are a lethal combination and look well placed to record another victory with One For Betty.
Rosehill - Race 3 No. 2 Discharged
Although it wasn't a strong performance visually, there was enough merit in the fresh effort on August 8 for this Waterhouse & Bott-trained gelding.
Resuming with the ultimate gear change, Discharged was forced to do the donkey work early of dragging the field up to the early leader in Partners (beaten a further four lengths into fifth) and was spotting 5kg to the winner who did relish the conditions (also gave 5.5kg to the runner-up Valdostana).
Now getting back on top of the ground looks far more suitable for the four-year-old son of Snitzel who was expected to need the run first-up which the market indicated ($4.40-$6.00) as did his trials leading in which were a little under par on wet ground.
Discharged is a tough galloper that loves a scrap and with gun front-running hoop Tim Clark takes back the reins here, he can give a big sight up front at nice odds in what looks a winnable race.
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 3 No. 7 The Difference
Ability backs up the looks with this lovely long striding son of I Am Invincible who had some problems early days but the McEvoy team have been patient and they're starting to reap some of the rewards.
He debuted in July 2019 as a rising four-year-old where he backed-up a prohibitively short quote ($1.20-$1.07) when giving them a galloping lesson in sharp time then was tipped out following a flop at start number three in September.
The glue on shoes and pads have been removed from the gear for this preparation, so they've got his feet right and following a slashing fresh return as runner-up, he won like a good thing should second-up on July 25.
Rising up a little grade now is The Difference who's been kept on the fresh side and the one who seemingly has the most upside in the line-up, he can progress further as the best bet at Morphettville.
Caulfield - Race 6 No. 12 Humma Humma
Not only should she be a lot shorter in the market, but I have her marked at $4.50 due to a number of factors.
She is a bomb fresh, having won three from five of her first-up attempts, as well as throwing in a second placing last prep.
Her recent jumpout at Mornington was dynamic as well, when asked to chase down Pippie on the bend and motoring past her, giving every sign that she will be ready to fire first-up.
There is a moderate northerly wind, meaning that from the chute at Caulfield, all those horses without cover down the side will be punching the wind.
This girl has some electric splits between the 400m and 200m, which is where she brings herself into races, including last prep when she was second to William Thomas first-up at this track and trip, running 11 second flat, in which only William Thomas was quicker.
Unless there is another leader bias track, she should have every opportunity to motor down the outside and win this race.
Rosehill - Race 8 No. 3 Mugatoo
This well bred import was outstanding in his first Australian preparation where he won his first three starts before a runner-up in the Group Three Manion Stakes and was tipped out after a failed Group One Tancred attempt in the autumn.
He couldn't have been any more impressive when resuming on July 25 over the 1500 metres, a trip that's certainly on the short side but class got him home when going straight past Sambro and Taikomochi who franked the form with a tough all the way win on August 15.
Recording a slick last 600m of 34.07 on that occasion was this gelding who despite now having a space between runs, the August 12 tick over trial was outstanding when making light work of a strong heat which should have him ready for the 1900m of the Premiers Cup.
Drawing for a soft run throughout from barrier three under Kerrin McEvoy who took out the 2020 Canberra Cup on Mugatoo, he's ticking plenty of boxes as the best bet on a competitive Rosehill program this Saturday where he may be booking a Melbourne trip in the process with a good win.