Tonight we have 8 outstanding heats of the Group 2 CKH Painting Shepparton Cup featuring the best sprinters in the country.
RACE 3 HEAT 1:
This looks to be one of the easier heats on paper but a difficult betting race. MAJA MAHI MAHI (7) is a flying machine but has been sidelined for a few weeks after picking up an injury at Albion Park last start. If she’s fully fit and right to go she will be hard to beat. YARRAMAN ACE (3) has only tasted defeat once in his 6 starts at this track and from box 3 he will be a huge player in this heat.
BLACKPOOL CHUCK (2) is a lightning beginner and if jumps on the bunny he will be hard to reel in. His last two runs haven’t been flash but his two runs before that were low flying. Drawing closer to the fence is a big plus. MYRNIONG CORNER (6) has been airborne his last few runs at Ballarat running sizzling times and his run home times are very impressive. He usually takes a few strides to wind up so with the vacant box inside him will assist but with the speed in box 7 just worried he will be shuffled back early. With some luck he is a major player.
RACE 4 HEAT 2:
UP HILL JILL (8) is a superstar, boxes 6 and 7 vacant she will spear straight across the field and be too good. She’s at very skinny odds but with only 5 runners in the field, she looks extremely hard to beat.
RACE 5 HEAT 3:
RACE 6 HEAT 4:
RACE 7 HEAT 5:
he jumps, look out!
RACE 8 HEAT 6:
RACE 9 HEAT 7:
Cracking heat this one with plenty of early speed. Tough to map out where they all will be at the first turn but I think JESAULENKO (6) will charge to the early lead and might be hard to reel in. He is proven at this level and handles terrible boxes well.
RAW ABILITY (3) hasn’t been seen since May when he finished down the track in the Warrnambool cup final. If Anthony & Kylee didn’t think he was up for the challenge they would not have entered him. He is named appropriately as he has plenty of ability and can run serious times.
ACCLAIM (2) has been sensational in his two appearances at this track and distance running 25.17 & 25.18. He does like to use a bit of the track but if he jumps out in front he will be very hard to reel in.
RACE 10 HEAT 8:
LUCKY CHAP (6) is one of my favourite chasers to watch. He can be a little hit and miss early but once he hits the ground he can really fly. He hasn’t been seen for a month but expect Anthony to have him firing for this event. No speed in box 5 is advantage, if he can jump cleanly I expect him to be the one to beat in a very open race.