Aussie Secret will be the main attraction at Bendigo’s Monday meeting, where the 3-time Group finalist is poised to boost his claim to the mantle of Victoria’s most in-form sprinter.
Trained by one of the best in the business in Jason Thompson, Aussie Secret (26 from 50 – 7 of past 9 – 5 from 9 Box 6) is unbeaten in three appearances at Bendigo, the most recent seeing him take out the Pink Diamond Champion Short Course final in June, leaving an all-star cast in his wake.
The threats to Aussie Secret continuing his purple patch in The Watchdog’s ‘Must Watch Race’ shape as veteran Run Baba Run (24 from 131), lightly-raced Studley (7 from 18 – 3 from 4 Trk/Dst) and in-form Gunai Rebel (13 from 31), winner of her past 2 at Shepparton.
Thompson also has another key Bendigo contender later in the card in the talented and well-drawn Louie Lou (8 from 16 – 3 from 4 Box 1), which was victorious at his only previous visit to Bendigo.
Another leading trainer with a couple of strong Bendigo chances is Anthony Azzopardi, with lightly-raced litter brothers Awesome Ability (2 from 6) and Dublin My Money, sons of Azzopardi’s dual G1 winner Raw Ability.
Another highly competitive event looms as a three-way clash between Love Heart (12 wins – 4 wins Box 2), Eagle Boy (5 from 13 – 5 from 9 Trk/Dst) and Loves The Surf (9 from 33).
While Richmond’s AFL premiership defence has come to an end, Yellow And Black (11 from 38 – 3 from 6 Trk/Dst) could still see the Tigers’ catchcry heard at Warrnambool earlier on Monday.
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: Giddy Up Grade 5 – Heat 4
REBELLIOUS ? The Clock
? Sandown Park ? Race 8 ? Box 6 ? 515m ⏱ 4:07pm
Form ? https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538490/race/8
The Watchdog says ?: Excitement machine REBELLIOUS (6) is making his much-anticipated metropolitan debut and like most racing fans, I can’t wait to see what he can run. Some of the times he has been recording on the provincial circuit have been simply breathtaking, and his effort to score at Warragul last start in a scorching 25.58sec when coming from off the pace indicates that he should be able to handle the rise in distance. There is plenty of early speed in the race in the form of BIG WINGS (7), but he can race middle to wide and, with the limited early zip among the inside four runners, REBELLIOUS should get every chance to balance up and find the top as they head through the first bend. I’m predicting him to carve out a 5.06sec run to the first marker and to then hit the second marker in around 18.55sec before bringing it home in around 29.10sec. He is going to be unbackable odds today, but INVICTUS JAXSON (1) is no slouch, and he will keep the favourite honest throughout. He has won three of seven this track/distance and if he can reproduce his 29.42sec PB run, he won’t be too far away as they near the line. If the top elect happens to miss the kick, ‘Jaxson’ will be there to capitalise. Hopefully we can see the REBELLIOUS test the clock and I think he has the potential to go sub 29 seconds in the near future.
Selections: 6 – 1 – 7 – 2