Slaughter Bah has been charged with carrying topweight in the first at Grafton this afternoon, but he looks to have most of his rivals covered on class and can return to winning form. The Teofilo gelding was an easy winner over 2180m at Ipswich in late August before finishing fourth amongst quality company on the Sunshine Coast. His near six-length win over 2200m again on the Sunshine Coast was easily the best of his career two runs back and he’ll appreciate a step back in class into this field from a Saturday race at Doomben last time.
Indian Rock has been racing well this time and is offered a great opportunity to return to the winner’s stall at Grafton this afternoon. The Congrats gelding took a couple of runs to tune up when resuming in July, but trainer Matt Dunn’s decision to space his runs recently has really paid off and he ran a close-up second at Lismore in August before a smart win at Murwillumbah two starts back. He has the speed to overcome a wide barrier and will give them something to chase. I think he’ll prove too good for the other horses in the market here.
Rioli is sure to have stripped fitter from a credible first-up run at Port Macquarie and he looks big overs to win the fourth at Grafton this afternoon ($12 at the time of publish). The Sepoy gelding was charged with carrying a big weight three weeks ago, but he still struck on well to finish fifth amongst a decent company of horses. He has the added bonus of a claiming apprentice in the saddle today and will enjoy what looks like a step back in class. He’s no Group 1 horse, but he’s well and truly up to winning a race of this standard and he can fight out the finish today.
Zelsignoret has a class edge in the last at Stawell this afternoon and is the horse to beat. The Snitzel mare ran on well to finish second over 1400m at Mildura three starts back before an impressive performance converted a smart win at Kyneton earlier this month. She was last seen finishing a credible fourth over a mile at Pakenham ten days ago and will relish a noticeable drop in class.