Sandown - Race 1 No. 5 Forbes ($2.70)
Doomben - Race 3 No. 6 Hard Labour ($1.85)
Sandown - Race 5 No. 1 Buffalo River ($3.10)
Newcastle - Race 8 No. 7 Strawb ($3)
Doomben - Race 8 No. 7 Niedorp ($2.30)
Total combined odds $106.84
Read the reasons for our selections below:
Sandown - Race 1 No. 5 Forbes
We saw the Freedman stable unleash Hanseatic in this race last year and have brought along FORBES who looks a nice horse from what we have seen at the jumpouts. In his latest trial, he was over-racing a little out wide, but when asked to move up a gear, he seemed to find another three when bursting away from his opposition in emphatic fashion.
Doomben - Race 3 No. 6 Hard Labour
This Toby & Trent Edmonds-trained mare has been extremely impressive this preparation which includes a thrashing at Ipswich last start.
After settling behind the speed in both starts this campaign, the four-year-old daughter of All Too Hard smashed the clock first-up at the Gold Coast, running her last 800m in 44.48 seconds.
Facing Tracy May at Ipswich, who boasts strong Saturday form, Hard Labour presented at the turn under Robbie Fradd and powered away, running her final 200m in 11 seconds flat.
Savaging the line at Ipswich last start gives a great indication stepping up to 1350m will suit Hard Labour as the best bet of the day.
Sandown - Race 5 No. 1 Buffalo River
BUFFALO RIVER was Group One placed two back in the Toorak, but probably went too hard out in front, setting it up for those coming from behind. A smaller field is a big tick, as is having a horse likeKenya in the race who he could possibly take a sit behind.
Newcastle - Race 8 No. 7 Strawb
From the local Nathan Doyle yard is the smart 7. STRAWB who did herself no favours earlier in the year with her awful barrier manners, but the lightly raced mare really started to mature after a little break with a few big Provincial wins in the winter, before encountering a farcical on-speed bias at Kensington in July and was subsequently spelled.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock has worked strongly in two trials this spring where after cruising to the line behind the speedy Farnan, could've given a useful one in Two Big Fari (in the market via a stronger Benchmark in the last) windburn on November 4 but was kept under wraps and looks ready to produce fresh.
Doomben - Race 8 No. 7 Niedorp
Tony Gollan’s star mare returned in outstanding fashion first-up over this track and trip, thrashing her opposition with contempt.
Jumping straight to the lead under Baylee Nothdurft, the four-year-old by Not A Single Doubt was never in doubt at Doomben three weeks back, rolling through her gears to record an easy victory by over two-lengths.
Although there looks to be some speed drawn inside her from the wide barrier, Georgina Cartwright has been riding in outstanding form of late and with a long stretch to the first turn, will find the lead from the wide draw.