Date: 30 October
Rail: True entire course
Weather: Fine & warm
Track Condition: Good 4
Track Expectations: Anticipating perfect conditions for racing on Bendigo Cup day with no rain about. The straight is long and wide, with most horses receiving a chance to feature at the business end.
The small field means Zoujea won’t be far from the speed in the opener. Her closing sections were smart in a maiden win last start and she’s well weighted against the older mares. Cosmic Ruby gives her something to catch.
The booking of D Oliver on home town debutant Hay Cliffy has him well respected in the market. But each of the resuming Hi Stranger and Showcase The Gold have made decent cases in stronger races – the latter’s more friendly racing pattern from a low draw gives him the nod.
Verdict: Showcase The Gold
Another debutant with D Oliver on is the early favourite, that being Kinane. He impressed at the jump out but late betting will be key. Manhattan Spector should appreciate the extra trip and kinder draw, so goes on top.
Verdict: Manhattan Spector
Seven last-start winners in the field of 13 and there’s enough early speed engaged. That gives the advantage to a horse like Sea Dragon who can secure a cosy trailing run, as can Oasis Girl, while Beehunter has a hope if slotting in early.
Verdict: Sea Dragon
The speed map favours Brimm over the mile, who can quickly find the front and control the speed. The form out of her last start is strong. Blenders Edition won’t be as far off them here and should enjoy the extra trip.
Asgard Massif will push across from the wide draw and set up a genuine tempo. This should suit the likes of Indian Thunder, Akkadian and Easy Beast – the latter should enjoy the box seat run and get every chance second up.
Verdict: Easy Beast e/w
The last closing sections from Screenager on debut were those of a promising galloper. This is a step up but she should enjoy a soft run behind the leaders. Cilauro looks the major threat third up but will need to slot in from the gate.
The Bendigo Cup is a last-ditch effort for each of Brimham Rocks, Patrick Erin, Raheen House and Sully to make the Melbourne Cup field. Of those, Raheen House brings the strongest form via the UK while Sully is well weighted and ready to peak. If the import overcomes the draw he will is the strongest stayer.
Verdict: Raheen House
There’s no denying Marcel From Madrid’s talent – and we’ve all seen the replay of his last run – but a strong 1400m remains a genuine query. That leaves Satori with a chance to control a race without any obvious speed and be hard to catch.
Can make a case for many of these. Speed comes from the lesser hopes drawn wide. Write Your Name can use the rail to position handily and is a strong fresh performer. Each of Got The Moves, Heavenly Emperor, Irish Butterfly and Victoria Star can make figure from off-speed positions.