Aussie Secret (22 from 45 – 3 from past 4) is tuning up for next week’s Victorian Straight Track Championship series and his clash v country champ Benchester (23 from 65) today at Healesville (350m) looms as a beauty!
However, this dynamic duo may not get things their own way, with Carry On Angel (3rd G1 Harrison-Dawson) to make his debut up the straight, and then there’s Untested (1), who The Watchdog has tipped to cause an upset at big odds.
Later on the card, Coolant (10 from 18 – 5 of past 7) – one of expert form analyst The Watchdog’s ‘Bets of the Day’ on this fixture – is ‘running hot’ and should get ‘punting motors’ started, while Louie Lou (6 from 12) tackles a feature final after being a dominant heat winner last week.
At Sandown Park this afternoon, Kuro Kismet (6 from 12 Trk/Dst) is the ‘big ticket’. The G3 Launching Pad winner boasts a flying 29.18sec PB over the 515m circuit.
And, at Sale tonight, a freshened up Sovereign Wind (3rd G3 Great Chase) – should be ‘gone like the wind’!
Here’s an extensive analysis of today’s Must Watch Race, and be sure to scroll down further for 💰 The Watchdog’s $10 spend…
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UNTESTED 🆚 AUSSIE SECRET 🆚 BENCHESTER 🆚 CARRY ON ANGEL
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 6 📏 350m ⏱ 12:47pm
The Watchdog says 🎤: Awesome line-up and we get to see superstar sprinter AUSSIE SECRET (2) go to work. He recently captured the rich Pink Diamond Champion Sprint Final at Bendigo and he has followed that up with a breathtaking 22.39sec Warragul win. He is having his first look at the track today and that may be a slight concern as he will want to head to the outside soon after box rise. UNTESTED (1) turned in a colossal performance here two runs back and he should get plenty of cover in the initial stages. His box manners are normally rather good, and he does possess a great turn of foot once balanced, so if he can reproduce something like his run here two starts back, he can cause a minor upset. BENCHESTER (7) is a prolific winner, and he has won here previously in a sizzling 19.19sec. If he can clear the inside division early, he will figure in the finish. CARRY ON ANGEL (8) is a Group 1 placegetter, and he has been dominant in his past two in town. He is having his first start here today and he would probably prefer a rails draw. However, if he can get balanced mid race, he can run over the top of them in the closing stages. BLACKPOOL ASTRO (6) is always a chance in these races, but he too would have preferred a rails draw.
Selections: 1 – 2 – 7 – 8
📢 THE WATCHDOG’S $10 INVESTMENT 📢
📅 Sunday 18 July
💰 $2 Quaddie – 16.66% (12 combinations)
📍 Healesville 🏁 Races 5 – 8 ⏱ 12:19pm ***includes Must Watch Race***
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541475/race/5
🦵 🦵: 1,2,7,8
🦵 🦵 🦵: 1,2,3
🦵 🦵 🦵 🦵: 8
The Watchdog says 🎤 : SCOTT HUE (1) is a real up and comer and he is drawn to get all the breaks. AUSSIE SECRET (2) is the class runner, but he is poorly drawn, so we have taken some extra runners in the hope to land some value. LOUIE LOU (2) is a jet, but KING KABOOM (1) and RUSSIAN SUB (3) need to be included. COOLANT (8) is flying at present and can lead from go to whoa.
💰 $2 Place – UNTESTED
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 6 🔲 Box 1 📏 350m ⏱ 12:47pm ***Must Watch Race***
TAB fixed odds: $1.95 Place (top two finish required)
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541475/race/6
The Watchdog says 🎤 : UNTESTED (1) was colossal here two runs back and with a wide runner drawn directly on his outside, he should get plenty of cover in the initial stages. He is capable of carving out serious time when in the clear. AUSSIE SECRET (2), BENCHESTER (7) and CARRY ON ANGEL (8) are all high class speedsters, so I think the top two finish is a much safer investment.
💰 $4 Multi
First 🦵: Win – UTAH GHOST
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 10 🔲 Box 1 📏 350m ⏱ 2:07pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.80 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541475/race/10
Second 🦵: Place – MEPUNGA GRACE
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 3 🔲 Box 1 📏 515m ⏱ 2:39pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.40 Place (top two finish required)
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541476/race/3
Third 🦵: Win – WEBLEC RANGER
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 9 🔲 Box 2 📏 515m ⏱ 4:41pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.65 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541476/race/9
The Watchdog says 🎤 : UTAH GHOST (1) has a blinding turn of foot, and he has always given the indication that straight track racing will suit. MEPUNGA GRACE (1) is armed with slick early speed, and she is getting stronger all the time. From the inside draw she can hold the top through the corner and a top two finish looks likely. WEBLEC RANGER (2) is a serious prospect and, in a smaller line-up, there should be no excuses today.
Multi price: $4.15
💰 $2 Multi
First 🦵: Place – OMEGA DODGE
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 7 🔲 Box 6 📏 440m ⏱ 7:19pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.30 Place (top two finish required)
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541474/race/7
Second 🦵: Place – ASTON ROSA
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 2 📏 520m ⏱ 7:42pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.55 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541474/race/8
The Watchdog says 🎤 : OMEGA DODGE (6) is a track specialist and, with the smaller line-up, he should get plenty of room to balance up mid-race and should run over the top of them in the concluding stages. ASTON ROSA (2) has terrific early speed, and she should have no trouble crossing the red in the early stages. If she can hold a top three spot as they head to the back straight, she should figure in the finish.
Multi price: $2.01
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