Current Track Rating: Soft 5

Rail: +4m 1400m – 700m, True remainder

Weather Forecast:

Friday 25th – Max 24, partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain

Saturday 26th – Max 22, shower or two. 50% chance of rain (0-1mm)

R8 Bendigo Cup Handicap G3 2400m

Race Profile

  • 2 of past 5 winners have been first up
  • 1 of past 5 winners have been back in distance from their previous start
  • 4 of past 5 winners have 3 weeks or more between runs
  • 0 of past 5 winners have been the SP favourite

Major Players

1. Howard Be Thy Name: Sent out $4.00 in the Herbert Power Stakes, he had a perfect run ‘1 out 1 back’ in an evenly run race but was left flat footed as the pace went on from the 800m. He finished a disappointing 7.7 lengths from the winner (Assign) with no real excuses. He looks a likely drifter and a LAY at his early market price of $4.00.

2. Bring Something: After a pleasing return first up, Bring Something failed to fire in the Coogny Cup, beaten 12.3 lengths by Vanbrugh. He looks a run behind.

5. Ferro Nero: In hindsight he went around at crazy odds when winning at $41 last start at the Blue Sapphire meeting at Caulfield. He’s no star galloper but has been relaxing beautifully and finishing off well in his races this prep. He finished over the top of Data Point in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick, who finished 1.6L behind He’s Our Rokkii. He was strong on the line (11.72 seconds final 200m) last start indicating the step to 2400m looks suitable.

6. Francis Of Assisi: Charlie Appleby’s yard has fired this time in Australia after Qewy saluted in last week’s Geelong Cup. This 7YO has done the majority of his racing over longer distances (3000-4000m) however, using his last start run as a guide, he actually hit the front over 2800m at Goodwood before the likes of Elidor and the afore mentioned Qewy outstayed him over the concluding 200m. That form fits in well for a Bendigo Cup, dropping 6kg here.

8. Our Century: The Lloyd Williams owned Our Century has had two starts in Australia with his latest being a victory in a BM84 at Caulfield over All I Survey and Firenze. He carried an additional 4.5kg on the runner up and drops 4.5kg down to 55kg here on Wednesday. His 0.4 lengths 2nd to Hartnell at Ascot is certainly a salivating form reference albeit three starts back in June 2014. Has to be in the mix with a last start victory at the distance.

9. Second Bullet: Ridden forward last start in the Turnbull Stakes, he dropped out terribly to be beaten by 18 lengths. Not a great platform to come into this race.

Betting Strategy

 LAY (WIN) Howard Be They Name – 5 units at $5 or less

 BACK (WIN) Ferro Nero – 2 units at $7 or more.

 BACK (WIN) Francis of Assisi – 2 units at $7 or more.

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