Do you like your Jack’s ‘smart’ or handsome’? That’s the ‘sixty-four-dollar question’ at Ballarat tonight.
Speed machines Smart As Jack (18 from 45 – 3 from 6 Box 1) v Trending Air (6 from 29) v Rocket Boy (26 from 51 – 4 of past 5) v Handsome Jack (13 from 46 – 5 of past 8) face-off in what’s sure to be an enthralling contest.
And ‘smart’ – plus self-confessed ‘handsome’ – The Watchdog is tipping a ‘Jack’ 1-2.
Ironically, Smart As Jack (2nd – Victorian Straight Track Championship) and Handsome Jack (Healesville Derby finalist) are better known for their exploits up the straight.
Short-course fliers Aston Minerva (9 from 21 – 3 of past 6) v Aubameyang (12 from 36 – 4 from 7 Box 6) should also be a thrilling affair, while the ultra-promising Mohawk Mork (3 from 5 – 2 from 2 Trk/Dst) is resuming.
Meanwhile, at Cranbourne tonight, G1 Maturity Classic runner-up Fernando Mick (9 from 34) looks head and shoulders above his rivals.
He was a last start second to Ultimate Avenger in the Simon Benson Memorial on G3 Warragul St Leger night and hasn’t finished out of the money at his past eight starts.
And, at The Meadows today, Hardcore Vibes and Living The Lie – younger half-sisters of G1 Melbourne Cup hero Hard Style Rico – make their race debut.
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: A1 Signage Mixed 4/5
SMART AS JACK ? TRENDING AIR ? ROCKET BOY ? HANDSOME JACK
? Ballarat ? Race 7 ? 450m ⏱ 8:59pm
Form ? https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538456/race/7
The Watchdog says ?: A cracking affair loaded with some brilliant beginners and quite a few chasers who can push the 25sec barrier. ROCKET BOY (7) is the best credentialled chaser and although he loves a wide draw, the fact there is so much pace drawn around him means he’s a slight risk. He’s been setting the provincial circuit alight and if things go his way in the initial stages, he should make a significant impact. However, he’s likely to be slightly under the odds. SMART AS JACK (1) has won three of six from this draw and been runner-up on the other three occasions and his recent straight track form has been off the charts. With a clean getaway, he should have enough pace to punch through and hold the early lead and he’s a different chaser when in the clear. HANDSOME JACK (8) is another racing with tremendous confidence and is a near-faultless beginner. He doesn’t have a lot of experience from this draw but has blistering pace once balanced and should outside the ‘red’ for most of the journey. TRENDING AIR (5) is the interesting runner as she’s always done her best racing here and has gone 6.50sec to the first marker. If she can repeat that, she’ll be right in it as they head into the bend and an cause an upset.
Selections: 1 – 8 – 7 – 5