All roads tonight lead to Shepparton tonight where a couple interesting GRV Vic Bred Grade 5 heat match-ups should whet the betting appetite. And the first of these could pay ‘handsome’ dividends.
Rockstar Ruby (5 from 19 – 2 of past 3) v Handsome Jack (12 from 43 – 4 of past 5) look set for a great battle.
At her last start, Rockstar Ruby beat G1 Maturity Classic finalist Envy To Burn while Handsome Jack, a Healesville Derby finalist, should relish Box 7 (4 from 9).
In the second heat, Aubameyang (10 from 31 – 4 of past 7) could ‘strike a goal’ against Healesville Winter Cup finalist Braemar Prince (12 from 26).
Elsewhere on the card, punters should ‘see the light’ with the lightly raced Visualiser (7 from 14), who has won 3 of his past 4 and is ideally drawn in Box 1 (4 from 5).
And watch for ex-NSW flier and How Not Too (14 from 45), who has settled in nicely with top trainer Anthony Azzopardi. The G2 Richmond Oaks finalist has been impressive at her past two starts, scoring in slick times at The Meadows and Sandown Park.
Here’s an extensive analysis of today’s Must Watch Race, and be sure to scroll down further for ? The Watchdog’s $10 spend…
? MUST-WATCH RACE: GRV Vicbred Grade 5 Heat 1
ROCKSTAR RUBY ? MY NAME’S CRAIG ? HANDSOME JACK
? Shepparton ? Race 7 ? 450m ⏱ 9:12pm
Form ? https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666541478/race/7
The Watchdog says ?: This might only be a Grade 5 event, however we see some very smart types engaged and they could give the magical 25 seconds barrier a shake. HANDSOME JACK (7) has finally started to deliver on his early promise having won four of his past five in devastating fashion and his blistering early speed makes him a factor in everything he contests. There is not an abundance of early zip engaged in this race, so with a clean getaway he should be able to get a cheap lead and, with the ability to push the 25 seconds barrier, he will take a power of beating. ROCKSTAR RUBY (2) can be a little hard to follow at times, but she is a gifted speedster and if she gets a clear crack in the middle stages, ‘Jack’ could be in a little strife. Last time out, she was able to run down ‘Envy To Burn’ who subsequently qualified for the Group 1 Maturity Final over the weekend, so her form line is exceptional coming into this event. MY NAME’S CRAIG (4) rounds out the genuine winning chances. His draw isn’t ideal, but with a vacant box on his outside he should get enough room to balance up and put himself into contention. He has done his best racing at this track and, considering his sizzling 25.11sec PB, a win tonight would not surprise.
Selections: 7 – 2 – 4 – 6