Jason Bonnington's Preview for Tabcorp Park

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

There may be no metropolitan racing at Melton tonight but we're still competing @ Victorian Harness HQ & that always excites me, regardless of the circumstances. It's fair to say that my learned colleague Blake Redden has been carrying the load a bit this week with his huge effort on Wednesday night but I'm keen to join in the action with a big evening tonight and an even bigger one @ Kilmore on Sunday afternoon. Perhaps the best part about tonight's Game Plan is that it will be almost done and dusted by 8pm so you can take your winnings (hopefully) and enjoy the rest of the night.

Track information

Circumference: 1040m
Sprint Lane: Yes
Leader's win: 42.42% (28/66 from last 7 meetings)
Leading Trainer: Andy Gath & Geoff Webster (4 wins from last 7 meetings)
Leading Driver: Greg Sugars (6 winners from last 7 meetings)

The Moral

Race 1 - No. 7 Vanderley

On class, Vanderley has his rivals covered in Race 1 on the programme. He is first-up from a spell but did win a recent trial and should prove far too good.


Best Bet(s) - $20 Each Way
R4 No.1 - Regal Equation$3.2*
It's my contention that this bloke should almost have won a stronger race than this last time out under identical conditions when leading, handing up & galloping in the lane. There's a fast front lien engaged here but he should end up no worse than the leader's back & from that role he is the one to beat.
Money Race(s)
R1 $50 Flexi Trifectas
Vanderley (7) is the class factor of this race and if he's anything close to right he'll be too good here while Campaign Drive (6) looks a great chance to be sitting on his back in transit. Gotta Go Henry (9) is a clear third pick but there are a few who can fill the Bronze Medal role & we've made provisions for them as well.
7/ 6/ 9 $25 gets 2500%
7/ 9/ 6 $10 gets 1000%
7/ 6/ 1,5,10 $15 gets 500%
R2 $60 Flexi Trifectas
Myrniongfirecracker has a new lease on life for the on-fire Michelle Wight team right now and if he's gifted the front here as expected they should not run him down. The only little danger of blousing him for mine is Break Twenty One (2) who has the gate speed to find the pegs first if N jack chooses to drive her that way here.
3/ 2/ 5,7,8 $30 gets 1000%
3/ 5,7,8/ 2 $15 gets 500%
2/ 3/ 5,7,8 $15 gets 500%
R5 $60 Flexi First 4's
Beauty Secret (5) and Glencoe V C (6) are the key runners here to such an extent that I think they'll finish one-two or one-three at very worst. The rest of the field look very even for a variety of reasons so it's not unreasonable to play as wide as possible outside the top couple and hope for some value in First 4's.
5,6/ 5,6/ Field/ Field $40 gets 100%
5,6/ Field/. 5,6/ Field $2o gets 50%
R9 $60 Flexi First 4
We only need to target the one exotic here. Put simply, Broadway Playboy (3) should work to the top here before handing up to Yankee Rockstar (4). From there it would be no surprise at all to see then race in single file w/ the favourite way to good and the second elect a clear silver medallist for mine.
4/ 3/ 1,2,5/ 1,2,5 $60 gets 1000%
Early Quaddie(s) - $150 on EARLY Quad
7/ 2,3/ 4/ 1,2,3,4,9$40 gets 400%
7/ 2,3/ 2,8/ 1,2,3,4,9$40 gets 200%
7/ 5,7,8/ 4/ 1,2,3,4,9$30 gets 200%
6,9/ 2,3/ 4/ 1,2,3,4,9$40 gets 200%

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