The final Saturday metro racing of 2018 takes place this weekend and we look to end the year with a bang.
Moonee Valley hosts the key Melbourne racing and Randwick takes centre stage in Sydney. There is also metro racing at Ascot and Doomben with some solid chances to be backing.
We’ve got the best bets for the four venues picked out.
A number of the runners met in the recent Towton Cup (2200m) that went the way of Cappo D’oro, who led all the way off a slow tempo. The improver should be ACTION ($1.90 ClassicBet), who finished two lengths away in 6th position. He meets the winner 2kg better at the weights and with the appearance in this of Mr Alby and Persistence Time, the pace should be a bit more genuine, which should play more into the hands of those that get back. William Pike jumps on board the four-year-old and the pair should go very close.
OUTBACK BARBIE ($2.60 TopBetta)only needs to reproduce her last start effort to be mighty hard to beat here. Resuming after a stint in Sydney, the Spirit Of Boom filly roved too good for her rivals in a Listed race for fillies here over 1200m. She broke 1:09 that day on fresh legs. Then last start, gave stablemate Zoustyle seven lengths on the turn, and got within a length of him in the run home. They covered the 1200m in 1:08.2 that day. Very few of these would finish in front of Zoustyle which leaves Outback Barbie the clear choice.
This looks a two-horse race between Crimson Tears and OCEANEX ($2.60 TopBetta). Oceanex made ground from an impossible position two starts ago at Yarra Valley behind Made Me Shiver before bolting in by seven-lengths at Geelong a fortnight ago. Esposito Gold should roll forward with the claim from Jess Eaton, with Miss Entice with Steve Baster on board. Yatta Izu and Ice Girl shouldn’t be too far away, with Oceanex who should get the perfect run just off the speed from barrier five. Crimson Tears has never settled better than midfield in her four-start career and the Weir/Allen combination aren’t known for intent out of the barriers. She could get buried the fence and Oceanex may be off and gone at the 300m mark.
BONDI ($2.80 TopBetta) has been backed and now looks somewhere near the right price. He was only a half-length off Seabrook in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in the Autumn before returning the McNeil Stakes. He ran a long last, pulled up with an issue and was spelled. He has seemingly returned in terrific order, running a close-up second at Wyong first-up behind Problem Solver who is in the market behind Alizee in a later race. Staying at 1200m second-up is the only query but he does look the horse to beat.