Cranbourne is the lone Friday night meeting this week with Group 1 action taking place on Saturday in Melbourne.
The eight-race card features good betting fields and we have our best tips with form for every race this Friday night.
Cranbourne free tips & form
Race 1. (18:30) Tab Maiden Plate (2025m)
#9 – Reality Show – BET NOW
Nigel Blackiston is one of the better staying trainers in Australia and he lines up Reality Show, which should enjoy this distance.
The well-bred filly by High Chaparral finished second on debut over a mile before running a disappointing ninth two starts back.
She ran on with distinction last start at Ballarat and the rise from 1600m to 2025m will do her plenty of good.
She’ll get a great run from the inside draw and be tough to hold out.
Race 2. (19:00) NP Distribution Fillies Maiden (1500m)
#3 – Indrabeel – BET NOW
Twice-placed from six starts and there were encouraging signs last start.
The Blackiston-trained runner finished second at Bendigo behind Play That Song and she was a filly that competed against the likes of Royal Symphony in town last season.
Having had two runs back this time in work will help and she looks to have her foot on the till.
Race 3. (19:30) O’Brien Tecoma Maiden (1400m)
#12 – Longmu – BET NOW
Longmu travels to Victoria having spent her career in Sydney for Peter and Paul Snowden.
The three-year-old filly is looking for easier races and she has seemed to have found one here.
Her past two starts resulted in placings but she never looked a winning hope against some speedy Sydney types and this field looks a touch easier.
Rising to the 1400m should be ideal as she likes to settle back and she could come with a big run late down the outside.
Race 4. (20:00) O’Brien Wantirna Maiden (1200m)
#10 – Royal Parade – BET NOW
Mitchell Beer lines up Royal Parade, which finished fifth on debut at Echuca last year.
The Street Boss filly was a $16 chance when running 2.65 lengths behind the winner and it was a fair effort given her odds.
We’re unsure why she has been on the sidelines since October but betting will give punters a good indication as to her chances fresh up.
Race 5. (20:30) Tarneit Grand Opening Handicap (1500m)
#4 – Mega D’oro – BET NOW
Meda D’oro is a consistent runner which has won six from 32 starts.
The six-year-old was a winner at Kyneton four back and repeated that effort two starts ago at an easier level than this, but winning form is good form.
The son of Medaglia D’oro doesn’t have to beat much in this field and he could be paying solid each way odds.
Race 6. (21:00) Keysborough Now Open BM64 (2025m)
#8 – Aurora Miss – BET NOW
Seven-time winner Aurora Miss is seeking win number eight this Friday night at Cranbourne.
The Logan McGill-trained seven-year-old has been in form this year, which includes one win and three placings from four starts.
Her win came at Moe in February and she hasn’t been too far away from some smart types since. She ran third at Sandown and third at Yarra Valley to prepare for this.
This is an even field and she should represent good each way value.
Race 7. (21:30) Foundation Handicap BM70 (1000m)
#8 – Rioli – BET NOW
The Darren Weir-trained three-year-old hasn’t done much wrong in four career starts and he should be well-backed with bookmakers.
Rioli was a winner on debut at Sale by a half-length before running consecutive placings at Morphettville and on this track.
He might have finished fifth last start at Yarra Valley as the $3.20 favourite, but he was under two lengths from the winner so that result wasn’t as bad as it looked.
He’s a talented son of Sepoy which should go close with any luck.
Race 8. (22:00) BM64 Handicap (1300m)
#8 – Crystal Kingdom – BET NOW
Crystal Kingdom looks to have good ability after winning on a heavy track at Bendigo last year.
The New Approach four-year-old hasn’t been seen since running sixth at Sandown in July and although the time off the track won’t do him any good, he has a fair amount of talent.
He has placed twice from three starts fresh up and he could go under the radar here at nice odds.
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