Punters will be hoping Fernando Bluey – G1 Australian Cup runner-up & G1 Harrison-Dawson finalist – doesn’t “knock off for a smoko” at Warragul tonight.
But expert form analyst The Watchdog anticipates “is it me and you” for his top selection in a Free For All (400m).
Regardless, Coolant (13 from 24 – 3 from 5 Box 3) v Fernando Bluey (20 from 38 – 3 from 4 Trk/Dst) v Fortuna Bale (29 from 69 – dual G2 placegetter) is a fascinating face-off!
And Fernando Bluey’s young trainer, Kayla Cottrell, 19, will be confident her ‘true bluey’ “can bear the load”.
The Warragul meeting also has a ‘young talent time’ feel, comprising rising stars Revolution (4 from 5) and Aston Amigo (4 from 12 – 3 of past 5).
Additionally, Cottrell will be chasing a double on the program. She’ll also rug lightly raced Invictus Jaxson (6 from 20 – 4 of past 8), who defeated potential champ Rebellious two starts ago at Sandown Park.
And ex-WA star Fantastic Raven (13 from 30 – 4 of past 4) has ‘sprouted wings’ in Victoria.
Meanwhile, at Cranbourne today, we’ll find out whose ‘on song’ between Jazz Opera (7 from 21 – 1st G3 Vic Bred Maiden) v Xavien Bale (10 from 29 – 2nd Wagga Gold Cup).
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: The Barn Bar Free For All
COOLANT ? FERNANDO BLUEY ? FORTUNA BALE
? Warragul ? Race 8 ? 400m ⏱ 9:05pm
Form ? https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538521/race/8
The Watchdog says ?: Racing fans are in for a treat with Group 1 Australian Cup runner-up FERNANDO BLUEY (5) going around and he’s expected to light up the clock. He’s been sparingly raced of late but has won two of three since resuming with his latest victory being over provincial star Oriental Amber at Shepparton in a scorching 21.53sec. He comes into this after a month off the scene and has raced well fresh in the past so, with an even getaway, he should cross and lead and a sub-22.50sec run could be on the cards. Prolific winner FORTUNA BALE (6) appears to be ‘Bluey’s’ main danger. She’s won a staggering 29 of 69 (42%) overall and is still racing as well as ever. She’s normally faultless at box rise and with the pace drawn directly on her inside, she should get a nice run into the first turn. She’ll be there to capitalise if the favourite makes a slight mistake. COOLANT (3) is a consistent short courser and is expected to make his high-profile opponents work hard from the outset. He has some scorching 311m wins to his credit and although a little suspect in the closing stages, he should still give a great sight. Kennelmates TOP FAITH (2) and MY FAITH (7) are both track specialists and although rising in class, they can sneak into the placings at nice odds.
Selections: 5 – 6 – 3 – 4