We’ve five meetings for punters to get involved in with heavy tracks the order of the day on turf at Wangaratta, Goulburn, Taree and Emerald while they also race on the synthetic surface at Pakenham.
The meeting at Pakenham Synthetic looks highly competitive as is so often the case with the fifth race of the day, a 1000m Benchmark 70 contest one such event.
Joseylin ended her last spell in good form having followed up a couple of wins on turf at Flemington and Moonee Valley with a close up second in a small field Benchmark 70 event on a good 4 track at the last named venue in February.
Drops to country level racing here but improved for her first start last spell and looks opposable in this event.
Along The River finished just behind Joseylin when the pair met at Moonee Valley in a 955m Benchmark 70 event back in February but crucially the selection is receiving half-a-kilogram in weight today as opposed to conceding two-and-a-half-kilos as was the case on that occasion.
The daughter of Written Tycoon finished a fair fifth on a heavy 8 track in a Benchmark 70 event at Sandown Hillside when racing first up last month and while that effort marked just her second run on a wet track her best form on turf has come on a sound surface and with that run under her belt Daniel Moor’s mount looks up to doubling her career tally.
Dubai Centre has been in good form of late and she goes in search of a hat-trick under jockey Michael Heagney in the fourth race on the Goulburn card, a 1400m Benchmark 66 contest set to take place on a heavy 10 track.
The John Rolfe-trained gelding was the narrow winner of a 16 runner Benchmark 58 contest over 1500m at Albury last month but he tackles what looks a tougher contest here and may have to give best to Amanda Turner’s Reoffender.
The seven-year-old Reoffender has shown good form on wet tracks in the past including when winning by a length in a 1500m Class 2 event on a heavy 9 track at this track at the end of July last year.
Notably that effort came third and the son of Snitzel races third up here having followed up a second place finish in a Benchmark 66 contest over 1300m here with a fourth in a higher grade 1300m contest at Randwick Kensington last month.
With a good barrier draw in six Reoffender ready for this step back up in distance and can provide jockey Kathy O’Hara with a victory.
In the sixth race at Emerald Dawson Diamond is expected to jump as favourite following an improved effort when sixth in a Class 3 event on a good 4 track over 1300m at Mackay last month.
Changed tactics that day racing in third having tried to make all when down the field over the same track and trip when racing first up prior.
Expected to have competition for the lead here with Tango Tino a possible rival for the lead while it’s notable that Dawson Diamond is unproven on wet tracks.
With that in mind preference is for Grand De Lago, a proven wet track performer having won or placed on four of his five starts on heavy tracks.
Trained by Ben Crear the selection was an impressive wide margin winner of a Benchmark 60 contest on a good 3 track over 1600m at Thangool on his penultimate start and the seven-year-old is expected to sit in behind the early pace with jockey Brooke Johnson, on board for his last two starts again in the saddle.