Middle-distance stars get their opportunity to secure a berth in the $75,000 to-the-winner Group 1 Hume Cup final (600m) with six great heats taking place at The Meadows tonight.
The fifth heat is extremely open as The Watchdog’s selection, multiple Group finalist Mepunga Warrior (3 from 5 Trk/Dst), faces fellow Group finalists Zipping Alabama, Highly Explosive (9 from 23) and Jarick Bale (2 of last 4).
G1 Sandown Cup champion Zipping Rambo (19 from 40 – 34.16sec PB) is against Zipping Ontario (4 of last 6) and Aston Amigo (9 from 19 – 3 from 4 Box 8) in the first heat.
Group finalists Paddy Wants Pats (2 of last 3), Bobby The Brute (2 of last 4 – G1 placed), Fernando Frank (4 of last 5) and Aston Ulysses (34.12sec PB) clash in the second heat.
G1 Rookie Rebel winner Fernando Cazz (34.04sec PB) battles G3 placegetter Knicks Bale and King Of Calypso in the third heat, while dual G1 placegetter Tyler Durden v Untapped v G3 runner-up Bounce Back (2 of last 3 – 5 from 11 Box 5) v G2 finalist Drako Bale highlight the fourth heat.
G3 winner Gypsy Wyong (12 from 22 – 6 from 7 Box 2) faces G1 finalists Persian Goddess (3 of last 6) and Midnight Flash, plus G3 runner-up Enter The Son and Zipping Virginia (3 of last 6), in the sixth heat.
G2 Sydney Cup winner Miss Ezmae (13 from 20 – 3 from 4 Box 5) v G3 placegetter Zac’s Entity (won last 2) is an amazing start to the meeting, while G2 winner Jungle Deuce (16 from 27) lines up against track specialist Javi (4 from 7 Box 2) and One Night Only.
At Geelong this evening, Aston Bel Air and the promising Shake And Treble (3 from 6) are both expected to prevail according to The Watchdog.
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: Hume Cup Heat 5
ZIPPING ALABAMA ? MEPUNGA WARRIOR ? HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE ? JARICK BALE
? The Meadows ? Race 8 ? 600m ⏱ 8:58pm
Form ? https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666539100/race/8
The Watchdog says ?: It’s going to be a cracking series and this heat features two of the ‘big guns’ in MEPUNGA WARRIOR (2) and JARICK BALE (8). I give the edge to the ‘Warrior’ based on the box draw and his reliability. He has turned in some monster performances in recent months and in August he recorded three devastating wins on the spin over this track and distance. With the lack of early speed from ZIPPING ALABAMA (1), he should have no trouble finding the rail soon after box rise, and he should get a nice sit on likely leader ASTON LAVINIA (3) for most of the journey. The last 200m is where he does his best work, so if he is within three lengths of the leader, he should be too strong in the run home. The gifted JARICK BALE (8) has been impressive since resuming from a spell and if he can get through the first turn unscathed, he can make a big impact. He has not had a lot of luck in his three tries over this journey, but he has obliterated the clock at Sandown Park over this distance range and he has a good record from this draw. The first 50m will be crucial and he will need to step, however even if he does slightly miss away, MT. VIEW EMMA (7) may give him a nice cart across. HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE (4) is another star chaser and she is going to be well fancied by punters, however she has drawn awkwardly again and with pace on either side, she may get crowded in the initial stages. It should be a keenly contested affair and it would not surprise me if the winner of the Group 1 final on November 1 came out of this heat.
Selections: 2 – 3 – 8 – 1