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Daily Mail: Ferdinand Boy’s ghostly challenge

Healesville is set to host a cracking final of the Victorian Straight Track Championship today, featuring one of the biggest names in the sport, Ferdinand Boy.

The dual country cups winner will be short in betting, but it’s worth noting that Utah Ghost was the fastest heat winner last week in 18.93sec REPLAY, 1.5L superior to Ferdinand Boy’s winning time REPLAY.

The brilliant Coolant (11 from 19) will also go around at Healesville today.

There will be plenty of interest in how Weblec Blazer (5 from 16) performs in his Sandown Park debut after his breathtaking 29.65sec Best of Night win on last weekend’s Maturity Classic night, when his winning time eclipsed those of Aston Rupee and Qwara Bale.

In the opening event at Sale tonight, watch for 22-month-old first starter Blazin’ Lass, who is out of Group 1 Sandown Cup winner, Bells Are Ringin’.

Later on the card, Zachary (8 from 14 at Track) steps up to 520m for the first time at his favourite track.

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: Victorian Straight Track Championship Final


📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 6 📏 350m 12:42pm

Form 👉

The Watchdog says
🎤: Cracking line-up and although FERDINAND BOY (5) comes into this with the biggest reputation, he is not going to have things all his own way. He was not great to begin in his heat, however he did balance up quickly and scored impressively in a smart 19.06sec. With a wide runner on his outside and keen railer on his inside today, he should get plenty of room early and I would expect him to find one or two lengths on the clock and that will see him figure in the finish. UTAH GHOST (6) broke the magical 19 seconds barrier in his heat win and if given room initially, he will take some stopping again. He has gone 6.54sec and 6.50sec to the first marker in his two wins here of late, and something similar today will see him settle in the top three initially. SMART AS JACK (4) is another one of the ‘big guns’ and he was brilliant when placed behind FERDINAND BOY last week. The slight concern today is that there is plenty of pace drawn either side of him, so he cannot afford to make any mistakes at box rise. Track specialist HELLO GEORGE (3) has struggled a little in recent weeks when taking on elite company and he appears to be up against it again today. If there is to be an upset, it may come from UNTESTED (7). He has been brilliant in three of his past four here and he likes to stay wide on the track, so if there is some bunching underneath, he could be there to capitalise.

Selections:  5 – 6 – 7 – 1

📅  Sunday 1 August

💰 $4 Multi

🦵: Place – MCINERNEY
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 2 🔲 Box 5 📏 300m ⏱ 11:19am
TAB fixed odds: $1.22 Place (Top two finish required)
Form 👉

🦵: Win – COOLANT
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 5 🔲 Box 7 📏 350m ⏱ 12:17pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.65 Win

📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 10 🔲 Box 1 📏 300m ⏱ 2:11pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.65 Win
Form 👉

The Watchdog says
🎤 : MCINERNEY (5) powered to the line in his recent win here and he will appreciate the smaller line-up today. COOLANT (7) is airborne at present, and he should be leading throughout, whilst RUMOUR IS FACT (1) is a track specialist and he looks suitably graded today.

Multi price: $3.32

💰 $1 Quaddie – 50% (2 combinations)
📍 Healesville 🏁 Races 5 – 8 ⏱ 12:17pm          ***includes Must Watch Race***
Form 👉

🦵: 7
🦵 🦵: 5
🦵 🦵 🦵: 7
🦵 🦵 🦵 🦵: 6,7

The Watchdog says
🎤 : COOLANT (7) should win with ease in the first leg, whilst FERDINAND BOY (5) should get plenty of room to move early and he can add another feature event to his CV. SUPER FOOT (7) is a serious prospect and has the favourable draw in the third leg. HILL TOP JONAH (6) and COLDEN DAYTO (7) have the class edge in the final leg.

💰 $3 Multi


📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 3 🔲 Box 4 📏 515m ⏱ 2:27pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.55 Place (Top two finish required)
Form 👉

📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 4 🔲 Box 4 📏 595m ⏱ 2:47pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.45 Place (Top two finish required)

📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 6 🔲 Box 8 📏 515m ⏱ 3:27pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.35 Win
Form 👉

📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 10 🔲 Box 1 📏 515m ⏱ 4:37pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.30 Place (Top two finish required)
Form 👉

The Watchdog says
🎤 : EXTERNAL LINK (4) has turned in some big performances to date and he will appreciate the smaller line-up. MIDORIYAMA (4) is dropping in class, and he will get every chance to balance up mid race and figure in the finish. WEBLEC BLAZER (8) is the real deal, and he should make light work of this line-up. FATHER PHEVOS (1) is as consistent as they come, and he will be on the pace from the outset.

Multi price: $3.94

💰 $2 Multi

🦵: Place – DR. CARMEL

📍 Sale 🏁 Race 5 🔲 Box 1 📏 520m ⏱ 6:57pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.26 Place (Top two finish required)
Form 👉

🦵: Place – ZACHARY
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 7 🔲 Box 1 📏 520m ⏱ 7:38pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.45 Place (Top two finish required)

🦵: Place – BLACK ROBIN
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 8 📏 440m ⏱ 7:58pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.28 Place
Form 👉

The Watchdog says
🎤 : DR. CARMEL (1) has the good draw, and she should hold a top two spot throughout the journey. ZACHARY (1) is a gifted chaser, and he should be carving out serious time in front. BLACK ROBIN (8) has the speed to cross and lead and I expect her to run a big race.

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