Sandown - Race 2 No. 7 Whipcracker Way ($4.60)
Eagle Farm - Race 4 No. 2 Georgie's Pride ($2.50)
Sandown - Race 4 No. 3 Grand Promenade ($2.40)
Hawkesbury - Race 5 No. 5 Athiri ($2.70)
Hawkesbury - Race 7 No. 2 Ellsberg ($2.05)
Total odds combined $152.76
Read the reasons for our selections below:
Sandown - Race 2 No. 7 Whipcracker Way
WHIPCRACKER WAY was enormous last prep, putting together three wins in a row at Moe before storming home for a fourth at Moonee Valley, the only horse to do so on a night that was dominated on the fence. Alexandra Bryan then jumped off when he went to town, and he subsequently flopped, but it is fair to say that the apprentice gets the best from him. Expecting him to be very hard to beat and he appeals as one of the better bets on the program.
Eagle Farm - Race 4 No. 2 Georgie's Pride
This filly is in outstanding form this prep with four wins and a second next to her name, leading all the way in each of those starts.
Georgie's Pride has won her last two outings by a combined total of over seven lengths, last start beating Poupee who is an outsider in this event.
Her early gate speed allows her to lead comfortably which should see her record win number five for the prep.
Sandown - Race 4 No. 3 Grand Promenade
GRAND PROMENADE was very good last start behind Independent Road who only nabbed him on the line. Third-up is when we want to be with this horse now with two nice runs under the belt and up to the 2400m. John Allen has been aboard him at all of his four career wins, so he clearly gets the best out of the horse, so happy to be marking this bloke as the best bet of the day.
Hawkesbury - Race 5 No. 5 Athiri
Kept coming back to ATHIRI who is the fresh one the scene. Following a debut victory last autumn, she certainly tested the patience of punters, missing in her next 12 starts before really turning the corner, winning four of her last six outings. It took Krone coming from nowhere to deny her at the Magic Millions, who won her next two including a Group One. Her April 19 trial win here was superb.
Hawkesbury - Race 7 No. 2 Ellsberg
Allowed to control the South Pacific Classic first-up was ELLSBERG who then proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson, pulling clear late for a comfortable three-length win on the line. If he's allowed another good run-in front, key rivals such as Rainbow Connection have more than three lengths to make up, with that winner still on the improve. Not sure what beats him unless one decides to pester him early.