Randwick - Race 4 No. 8 April Rain ($2.10)
Eagle Farm - Race 6 No. 1 Baller (P) ($2)
Caulfield - Race 6 No. 8 Miss Siska (P) ($2.80)
Caulfield - Race 8 No.10 Crosshaven ($3.80)
Randwick - Race 9 No. 6 Blaze A Trail ($3.20)
Total odds combined $143
Read the reasons for our selections below:
Randwick - Race 4 No. 8 April Rain
Chris Waller trains five of the field of 12 mares that have accepted for this Benchmark 78 and while the bookies certainly haven't missed her, I'd be surprised if the lightly raced 8. APRIL RAIN wasn't the clearly the best of this whole line-up going forward.
By Pierro and out of a Group Two winning miler Faith Hill, this four-year-old was given plenty of time and resumed in January, recording back-to-back wins at Canterbury and last of those had plenty of merit given how slow they went up front. A likely (eventual) stakes-class runner that's facing opposition who are mostly at their ceiling, she should be winning.
Eagle Farm - Race 6 No. 1 Baller (P)
At his best he would win this by five lengths, but to kick off the campaign he just struggled to get to his best due to no luck and races not run to suit.
He was not too bad last start in a Magic Millions race behind Eleven Eleven and Soxagon, where he rocketed home with a light weight to finish just four lengths from the winner.
This of course is a much weaker race than he faced last start, now looking ready as if he is about to hit peak form.
Caulfield - Race 6 No. 8 Miss Siska (P)
Miss Siska won this race last year when trained by Grahame Begg and is excellent fresh. She did not show up last campaign and was quickly spelled, so happy to forgive that and judge on prior first-up attempts. She has won two trials in Sydney and now looks back to her happy and honest self.
Caulfield - Race 8 No.10 Crosshaven
CROSSHAVEN kept doing what he had to do last prep, kicking off with a sixth in the McNeil before winning at Flemington and winning the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. After finishing fourth in the Guineas, he was the winner of the Carbine Club at Flemington so he has clear class. Three-year-olds have a great record in this race, so happy to stick with history and have the three-year-old on top.
Randwick - Race 9 No. 6 Blaze A Trail
Going 1300m-1600m, I'd be a little surprised if BLAZE A TRAIL didn't improve again off whatever he does on Saturday, but as a classy three-year-old on the rise and off a lovely return effort, I kept coming back to him in the last from Randwick as one of the few runners with genuine upside that is taking some well exposed opposition.
After being well held in Golden Slipper lead-ups last year, a stable switch was made and trainer Matthew Vella lowered the eyes, getting some confidence with a pair of Provincial kills before a spell and found the line strongly first-up on January 16. With further progression and a win here, he may well put himself into Stakes contention this Autumn.