There’s just the two meetings to look at this Monday with a country meeting on turf at Grafton and a country fixture at Pakenham Synthetic.
The Tabulam Cup 1/10 Handicap is a competitive looking 1000m handicap that is set to take place as the fifth race on the Grafton card.
Once-raced The Light Fandango is sure to have his supporters following a debut win in a 1010m maiden on a good 4 track here at the end of last month while Durnstein, a disappointment when eighth on a soft 6 surface over 1200m here in July but the winner of a wet track maiden over 1015m here prior to that another expected to prove popular with punters.
Preference however is for top weight Hidden Trust who has been spelled since delivering a length second in a 1015m Class 2 contest on a good 4 track at this venue back in February.
Had previously finished third at this level over 1181m but the selections best form has come over this shorter distance including when delivering a victory in a maiden over 1000m at Ballina when racing first up last spell.
A liking for the forecast soft 5 going has to be taken on trust here but the son of Hidden Dragon has a solid draw in seven and looks up to registering a second career success.
Machinegun Krelley caught the eye when finishing third over 1400m in a Sale maiden on a good 4 track earlier this month and he looks to hold strong claims over the same trip in the second at Pakenham Synthetic.
Notably however Daniel Moor’s mount could finish only 11th when contesting an 1100m maiden here when racing first up here prior and connections can count themselves a shade unlucky to be up against Moko in this contest.
The Anthon and Sam Freedman-trained filly showed good form at a higher level las spell including when narrowly beaten when finishing runner-up in the Group 3 Schweppervescence over this distance on a heavy 10 track at Rosehill in March.
Delivered a solid second place finish behind the subsequent Group 1 Champagne Stakes third Williamsburg at Randwick subsequently and the daughter of Impending looks a cut above her rivals here and is taken to make a winning seasonal and synthetics debut with Damien Thornton booked for the ride.
There looks to be plenty of pace on in the seventh at Pakenham Synthetic with Victoria Falls, Only Need Time, Stirrup and Touch Of Patience all likely to want to go forward from the barriers.
With that in mind confirmed hold up performer Yosemite is expected to have the race run to suit given the daughter of Redwood has been ridden from off the pace in recent starts.
The winner of a race at this level over 1100m on a heavy 8 track at Bendigo at the end of July the five-year-old followed that triumph up with a third in a Benchmark 64 contest over the same track and trip the following month.
While the pick could finish only sixth in a Restricted 64 event when last in action it’s notable that she was beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths over the same course and distance and she is taken to make a winning synthetics debut under Jamie Mott.