Moonee Valley takes a break from the night racing circuit this Friday night, but we get a quality meeting at Cranbourne instead.
Cranbourne has always been a quality back-up night racing surface and due to the bigger track, the fields have attracted impressive numbers and the Pinker Pinker Plate is a feature race on the card.
Punters are getting a nice entrée before The Everest and the Guineas races on Saturday at Randwick and Caulfield, so load up the account and get amongst the action.
Please note: odds were not available at the time of publication but will be updated as soon as they are released.
Cranbourne free tips & form
Race 1. (18:00) Highview Accounting Maiden (1600m)
Chris Waller lines up Mister McIlroy which is trained by Chris Waller and is overdue a winning turn.
The son of Fastnet Rock has had six starts for three placings and he has taken on some good company over his career.
He ran second behind Osborne Bulls at Newcastle before running on well behind Wassergeist at Sandown and that’s a potential Derby type in the making.
His run last start for third at Moe as the $3.10 favourite was only fair, but he won’t find an easier field than this and he should take advantage.
Race 3. (18:30) AFC Fillies Maiden (1400m)
Premiership winning trainer Darren Weir has Maheera in this and she should gather support from punters.
The three-year-old filly by Artie Schiller ran third behind She Will Reign on debut and she subsequently won the Golden Slipper. She did finish nine lengths behind She Will Reign on that occasion, but the form still reads well.
Her starts since included a sixth behind Falconic at Rosehill and a second last start at Ararat, which appears to be its level of racing.
It would have enjoyed getting the fitness under her belt this time in and a much-improved run should be expected by punters.
Race 4. (19:30) SBG Building Group (1200m)
Robbie Griffiths lines up Chateau Griffo which brings in good form lines for a Friday night race.
The well-bred filly by Sebring ran in the Blue Diamond Preview on debut when finishing a close third behind Limestone. That form is stellar for this and despite being sent out at odds of $101, that was some effort.
Since then she has run third behind the unbeaten Crown Witness and seventh last start behind Our Crown Mistress.
Both runs are good form guides for this and we’re expecting bookmakers to have her at short odds.
Race 5. (20:00) Maiden Plate (2080m)
Tea for Choux is having her fifth run this campaign as a late-starting four-year-old and there are positive signs so far.
The Greg Eurell-trained mare has placed in three of its four starts and she looks a stayer in the making. The rise in distance from 1628m to 2080m will do her plenty of good as she is bred to handle the staying distances.
The mare is by New Zealand Derby winner Jimmy Choux and a New Zealand High Chaparral mare, so everything points towards her being a stayer and she might have the class edge over this field.
Jockey Nikita Beriman is riding in good form and that will help her chances.
Race 6. (20:30) Browns Sawdust & Shavings Handicap (1000m)
Open House was scratched from Moonee Valley last Friday night, but she gets in better here.
The four-year-old mare was a three-length winner on debut on this track before running third at Sandown in a tricky race.
She then came back to Cranbourne and scored a narrow all-the-way win last start and she looks to keep her unbeaten record in tact on this track.
Landing on the speed over this distance is key and she owns plenty of early pace.
Race 7. (21:00) Inglis Pinker Pinker Plate (2080m)
Smart As You Think is one of the unluckiest runners in Australia, but it should get its chance to turn that around here.
The John McArdle-trained mare has won only one from 16 starts, but she finished eighth in the Schweppes Oaks with no luck in running and she has since placed in the SA Classic.
Her most recent starts include a fifth in the Let’s Elope Stakes and fourth in the Stocks Stakes where she covered plenty of ground and battled away late.
That’s some solid form lines to bring into this and punters might get some handy odds.
Race 9. (22:00) Procon Developments Handicap (1200m)
The four-year-old mare has a poor form line, but she’s better than that and a return to form could be on the cards.
The Andrew Noblet-trained four-year-old finished off well for fifth in the Kewney Stakes in March behind getting clear late and battling home in the Alexandra Stakes.
Since then she has run against some slick fields, including a solid run behind Snitty Kitty at Caulfield earlier this month.
She’s better with that run under her belt and this is the easiest field she has faced in some time.
Punters will need to take a risk when betting on A Mist Opportunity, but as her names suggests, putners don’t want to miss a potential value opportunity.