Rocket Boy (31 from 61 – 3 from 7 Box 1) made headlines three starts back with a staggering last-to-first Warrnambool 390m win and The Watchdog expects him to prevail in tonight’s Mixed 4/5 450m race at Shepparton.
G2 finalist Zipping Vernon (3 from 6 Box 2) v Spring Driven v Uforo Bale (4 from 7 Box 6) v Geelong Oaks finalist Tan Star (4 of last 6) and G3 finalist Bett’s Blues (5 of last 7) v Aston Tango (4 from 10) v King Of Glory (8 from 21) v Call Me Harvey (2 from 2 Box 8) should be great clashes.
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: CKH Painting Mixed 4/5
ROCKET BOY 🆚 ASTON FLAME 🆚 SECURITY MAN
📍 Shepparton 🏁 Race 8 📏 450m ⏱ 9:18pm
The Watchdog says 🎤: ROCKET BOY (1) is one of the best provincial sprinters in the state and he will be looking to atone for his luckless performance in a heat of the Group 2 Bendigo Cup last week. He would have preferred a wider draw, but he has handled this alley in the past and he is armed with a blistering turn of speed once balanced. There is plenty of pace drawn directly on his outside but if he can step on terms, he should be able to fire through and hold the top and with a clear passage he could press the 25-second barrier. SECURITY MAN (6) took a few starts to work it all out, however he has been astonishing in his last ten starts. When he has timed the start and gained a clear passage, he has shown scorching early speed and carved out time wherever he has gone. His latest win is probably the best to date. He went through the first marker in a blistering 8.21sec before stopping the clock in a ridiculous 22.27sec at Warragul. If he produces something similar tonight, he will definitely test the red. ASTON FLAME (2) rounds out the ‘big three’. Her recent form does not read that well, but she is an explosive type when at her best and she should show improvement tonight. If she begins well, she will have enough pace to clear the red in the first 50m and she can give a great sight. Punters looking for value need to respect COOL CUSTOMER (3). He returned to the winners list with a solid 25.61sec Ballarat victory and he can sneak into the placings at odds.
Selections: 1 – 6 – 2 – 3
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📅 Monday 18 October
💰 $5 Win – AXEDALE PIRATE
📍 Shepparton 🏁 Race 4 🔲 Box 1 📏 385m ⏱ 7:46pm
TAB fixed odds: $2.40 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666539084/race/4
The Watchdog says 🎤 : He has really elevated his game in recent weeks, and he appears drawn to lead throughout. Three runs back, he took on the explosive HENNESSEY and he really tested him for around 350m before getting tired in the closing stages. From the good draw, he should be able to hold the top at the bend and with the ability to carve out around 21.70sec, they will have trouble reeling him in.
💰 $1 Place – COOL CUSTOMER
📍 Shepparton 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 3 📏 450m ⏱ 9:18pm 👀 Must Watch Race 👀
TAB fixed odds: $3.40 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666539084/race/8
The Watchdog says 🎤 : He takes on a few good ones tonight, but he returned to form with a strong 25.61sec Ballarat win and if the inside two runners can hold a forward spot early, he should be able to push through at the first bend and turn for home in a threatening position.
💰 $4 Place – MY ENVY
📍 Shepparton 🏁 Race 9 🔲 Box 8 📏 450m ⏱ 9:40pm
TAB fixed odds: $2.80 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666539084/race/9
The Watchdog says 🎤 : He lacks early speed and will need a few things to go his way, however he likes to stay wide in his races, and he has raced well here previously. There is plenty of early pace drawn underneath and I am expecting the leading division to bunch up at the bend. If he can stay wide, he should be able to avoid the traffic and run home into a top three finish.
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