• Wednesday, 01 Dec, 2021,
  • by @WatchDogRacing

Daily Mail: ‘Bit’ of a battle looming at Ballarat

A terrific battle between the in-form On The Bit, G2 Healesville Cup placegetter Hill Top Jonah and G3 Great Chase finalist Indy Fido is set to take place at Ballarat tonight.

Geelong Derby winner Nikoli Bale, plus the duel between the promising Indy Lolly and Healesville Derby runner-up Paddy’s Marvel, are also highlights of the meeting at Ballarat.

Multiple Group finalists Fernando Frank and Riccarton Rick is the feature clash at Cranbourne this evening.

Isolating v Starlight Tyson and Apache Runner v Freya Bale should also provide strong duels at Cranbourne.

Recent G3 Great Chase runner-up Hamillson and Group 1 Rookie Rebel winner Fernando Cazz headline this afternoon’s card at The Meadows.

Today’s Racing

The Meadows: 12:01pm start
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Bendigo: 3:09pm start
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Cranbourne: 6:44pm start
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Ballarat: 6:57pm start
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Today’s Drawcards


Trainer: Richard Hill
? The Meadows ? Race 6
? Box 7 ? 525m ⏱ 1:32pm

Claim to fame:
– 2nd Group 3 Great Chase
– Won 9 from 17

TAB fixed odds: $2.20

The Watchdog says: No


Trainer: Kayla Cottrell
? The Meadows ? Race 8
? Box 4 ? 600m 2:17pm

Claim to fame:
– 1st Group 1 Rookie Rebel
– 34.04 PB The Meadows 600m

TAB fixed odds: $1.55

The Watchdog says: Yes


Trainer: David Geall
? Ballarat ? Race 6
? Box 5 ? 450m 8:37pm

Claim to fame:
– 3rd Group 2 Healesville Cup
– Won 18 from 38

TAB fixed odds: $3.30

The Watchdog says: Yes

? Wednesday 1 December

? $3 Multi

? The Meadows ? Race 6 ? Box 1 ? 525m ⏱ 1:32pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.75 Place (Top two finish required)
Form ?

?: Place – SHE’S SO KIND
? The Meadows ? Race 7 ? Box 1 ? 525m ⏱ 1:57pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.50 Place (Top two finish required)
Form ?

?: Place – I’M EASY BOYS
? The Meadows ? Race 8 ? Box 1 ? 600m ⏱ 2:17pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.40 Place (Top two finish required)
Form ?

The Watchdog says
? : PLAN AHEAD (1) loves racing around this circuit, and he will scrape the paint throughout. From the good draw, he should be able to settle in the top three and he will be very strong in the run home. SHE’S SO KIND (1) was brilliant here last time, and she will be on the pace from the outset, so a top-two finish looks likely. I’M EASY BOYS (1) is as consistent as they come, and he is armed with slick early pace. He will need to be at his best, as he takes on the classy FERNANDO CAZZ (4), but an even getaway should see him finish in the top two.

Multi price:

? $4.50 Win – LEVI BALE
? Ballarat ? Race 3 ? Box 5 ? 450m ⏱ 7:37pm
TAB fixed odds: $2.15 Win
Form ?

The Watchdog says
? : Has been impressive to date and he really caught the eye here last Wednesday night. After missing the start, he showed an amazing turn of speed to get into second spot and he really made the explosive DAPH’S YAK work hard for 300m. With an ounce of luck early, he should be able to assume control quickly and I’m expecting him to hit the line a lot better tonight.

? $2.50 Win – HILL TOP JONAH

? Must Watch Race ?

Grade 5 Final

? Ballarat ? Race 6
? Box 5 ? 450m ⏱ 8:37pm

TAB fixed odds: $3.30 Win

The Watchdog says ?:  HILL TOP JONAH (5) carved out a brilliant 25.16sec when winning his heat and he is armed with an unrivalled turn of foot soon after box rise. With some room in the first 20m, he should burst to the early lead and give them something to catch.

‘Must Watch Race’ Preview ?:
ON THE BIT (1) is a gifted speedster and he has some breathtaking wins to his credit. He was desperately unlucky last Wednesday night and with a clear run early, he can figure prominently. However, his box manners can let him down and from the red draw, he can’t afford to make any mistakes. HILL TOP JONAH (5) has an electric turn of foot and if given room early, he should be able to burst to the early lead. He was a dazzling 25.16sec heat winner and a similar performance can see him score again. INDY FIDO (6) won his heat in a scorching 25.02sec and he will get a nice cart across in the initial stages.


The Watchdog’s selections: 
5 – 1 – 6 – 4


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