Before punters enjoy five Group 1 races on Saturday at Caulfield and Randwick, including The Everest, Cranbourne hosts a nine-race card on Friday night.
We have our best bets for every race on the card, which serves as a terrific entrée to the spring festival on Saturday.
Cranbourne free tips & form
Race 1. (18:00) Horse Transport Maiden (2025m)
#9 – Hasabro @ $3.60 – BET NOW
New Zealand-trained runner for Stephen McKee, which is trying to find a spot into the Victorian Derby.
Good thing beaten last time out when blocked for a run in the straight at Geelong and with a good run in transit from barrier three, we’re expecting the well-related colt to hit the line with purpose.
$3.60 is a good price.
Race 2. (18:30) Ascentium Consulting Maiden (1400m)
#6 – Mutheera @ $2.10 – BET NOW
Tony McEvoy lines up the three-year-old which finished just behind the winner at Bendigo last start and the form out of that race should stack up nicely.
The three-year-old filly ran as a $1.31 chance on debut after winning two trials and although she has been costly for punters so far, she could make up for that here.
Drawing barrier 11 makes it difficult, but there has been a stack of money coming for her which is a good sign.
Race 3. (19:00) The Heath Agistment Corinthian (1200m)
#6 – Deck of Cards @ $1.95 – BET NOW
Highweight races are always tricky to work out, but Deck of Cards looks a solid bet at an odds-on quote.
The Don Dwyer-trained five-year-old is a winner of five from 30 starts and he ran well for second at Echuca last time out. That run was encouraging for this and it followed some consistent form, which included a win at Kilmore.
$1.95 is short but there’s not much form in this race.
Race 4. (19:30) Peter/Lavella Darose Maiden (1200m)
#11 – Soaring Eagle @ $3.50 – BET NOW
Soaring Eagle has shown signs of breaking through in all six runs of her career and her best chance could come here.
The three-year-old finished one length behind a nice type at Sale last start and although she was disappointing at Geelong prior to that, she didn’t get everything run to suit.
Carrying 55.5kg is going to help her chances here and the odds represent value.
Race 5. (20:00) Mypunter Maiden (1600m)
#10 – Riverina Lass @ $3.20 – BET NOW
Has been fluctuating in the market since opening at $3.10 following a handy run at double-figure odds last time out.
The mare by Squamosa wasn’t fancied on this track when running at $31 but she defied the betting and ran very well. She has promised a winning run throughout this campaign and this looks like an ideal target.
We wouldn’t take odds shorter than her current price but consider here.
Race 6. (20:30) Mercedez-Benz Mornington BM70 (1000m)
#3 – Matty @ $2.90 – BET NOW
Team Ellerton/Zahra lines up the five-year-old which hasn’t shown his best form for some time now, but he possesses a good turn-of-foot which should be respected.
He has won second-up in the past and drawing barrier two over 1000m is ideal. He should be able to use the draw effectively and scoot clear around the turn.
Race 7. (21:00) Pinker Pinker Plate (2025m)
#8 – Our Libretto @ $3.90 – BET NOW
Since arriving in Australia, the former Kiwi has rattled off three wins from three starts and they have all been impressive displays.
The mare by O’Reilly scored a quality win at Flemington last start and the form out of that race should be strong here.
This is be her toughest test to date but carrying 55kg brings her right into contention and she had a trial on this track last month, which should top her off nicely.
Race 8. (21:30) Procon Developments BM64 (1200m)
#9 – Misty Girl @ $6 – BET NOW
Misty Girl has had two fresh-up starts for one win and one placing, which bodes well for this run at Cranbourne.
The five-year-old mare is looking to bounce back after a poor showing at Pakenham last start but she gets everything to suit here and punters are getting good value.
The $6 could drop so take the odds when they’re on offer.
Race 9. (22:00) The Melbourne Cup BM64 (1400m)
#11 – Lady Cromac @ $6.50 – BET NOW
Good winner three back and her form has been sold since. The three-time winner finished only 1.3 lengths behind them at Mornington last time out and any improvement sees her winning here.
$6.50 is well worth taking and although this is her first time at Cranbourne, she appears as though she will handle it.