Form analyst Trent Orwin previews his best selections for Albany on Friday night.
Race 1 (7:06pm local/10:06pm AEDT) – GRADUATION MS PACE – 2258m
Milliondollahanova looks a standout in this field and this is a huge drop in class for the Michael Callegari-trained three-year-old filly.
Two starts ago she was third behind Hit It Rich and Bad Boy Axel. Both have raced well to frank the form while she chased home stablemate Budd Sidewinder in this class last time; he is far too good for R0-R1 grade and so is this filly.
She has barrier nine but can sit back if they want and I’d expect her to sprint straight past them in the final circuit.
Tuatini is racing well and looks the main danger ahead of Clovelly Spirit.
Race 2 (7:33pm local/10:33pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 1828m
I really like two runners here in the form of Lucrative Dream and Haveacrackadda.
Starting with Haveacrackadda, the Chris Playle-trained and driven four-year-old gelding has been racing extremely well and he was still pretty good running seventh last time. Likely to be driven tough over the short-course and should run a strong race.
Lucrative Dream represents trainer David Goulden and will be driven by Lang Inwood. The 11-year-old veteran should appreciate a soft pegs run and looks over the odds.
Race 3 (8:02pm local/11:02pm AEDT) – FILLIES AND MARES MS PACE – 2258m
If I were the owner of Soho Jett I would be taking offense to the $67 on offer for this mare from a nice trailing draw. The horse she follows isn’t ideal but if she can land three pegs then the $9 to place represents big value.
She is clearly better than a few of her opposition who are shorter in the market and there are a couple that are clearly better than her, namely Track The Navajo and All About The Cash.
Soho Jett was beaten 40.2m last time by All About The Cash and 20.3m by Track The Navajo. Poor run right? No! She was hopelessly held up and had plenty to offer.
A lot of horses in this field are limited but Soho Jett shouldn’t be the outsider. I have her third pick in the race but she needs heaps of luck.
Machulbeatchu is one mare I haven’t mentioned yet that can run into the placings also and Safari Storm also has place claims.
Race 4 (8:30pm local/11:30pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2683m
Gotta Go Chocolate is the class runner and this looks a suitable assignment. If he finds the front it looks to be game over while he can still win from the breeze but it brings a few others into the race.
Two starts ago he ran down Trust My Judgement at Bunbury over the 2100m and four starts back over 2643m at this track he was second behind Machrie from the breeze position in a stand.
He has been holding form nicely and the Bridgetown run was great when planted three-wide for the final 1250m.
Jasper Casper will run the trip and should appreciate this company. Our Jeremes Gem will also appreciate this grade and looms as an each-way prospect with Across The Way.