Feature racing in Victoria comes to us from Bendigo for Golden Mile day this Saturday.
A fantastic field of horses has been assembled for the feature event and there is plenty of other quality racing happening also.
Our full 2020 Bendigo Golden Mile Day Tips and Preview can be found below.
Grand Promenade again looks the one to beat in the first event of the day. He has now won four on the trot with the most impressive of those wins coming at his last start at Caulfield. Reflect The Stars made it a real staying test when that horse loomed up before the turn and Grand Promenade was more than up to the test, digging deep after being headed. He is the clear pick for mine in this race.
Turn The Tide was an impressive at this grade at Caulfield on Boxing Day last year and I think the four year old gelding can measure up in this contest after a nice freshen up. Dwayne Dunn will steer from barrier four and we are getting overs at the moment in my opinion.
Simply Optimistic is a very lightly raced five year old gelding who has managed four wins from just ten race starts. He had his first run in 280 days when making the trek over the Tasman from New Zealand and winning at Randwick in June last year. He has won three from four first-up and I’m willing to gamble he can measure up to these. Watch any betting moves for confidence.
I was really impressed with the way River Night worked right through the line when he won the Redoute’s Choice Stakes last start at Caulfield. She responded really well when Damian Lane asked for an extra effort in the straight and I can’t see why she wouldn’t be going close yet again. The each way odds are overs.
I really liked the way Royal Crown ran right through the line when winning at Sandown last start over the 1800m and I don’t think the step up in distance should be an issue. He has won two of his four career race starts so far and I think he is a horse of some ability.
Clarice Cliffs is another lightly raced mare with plenty of ability. She is never far away in her races and she was only narrowly denied in Group 3 company over this distance this time last year at Flemington. The inside draw should not be an issue and she is right in this contest as well.
I’ve been with Score at his last couple of runs and I’m finding it difficult to jump off now after a very impressive and tough fifth behind Rubisaki at Group 2 level last start. I didn’t mind the change of tactics to ride him a bit more forward in that race and he should be plenty fit at this stage in his prep. Mark Zahra jumps aboard for the first time and I’d like to see him take a sit in behind the leaders from the inside barrier.
I know he doesn’t win out of turn but So Si Bon represents incredible value in the feature race of the day. The last time So Si Bon raced below Group 2 level was in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star last September and he won! He has finished withing 3 lengths of the winners in four of his past five starts which have included three Group 1s and the All-Star Mile. I think he is worth the gamble from a decent barrier.
Ef Troop has been up a long time this prep however he has had his runs spaced out by Tony McEvoy which seems to be working well. He was excellent when finishing fifth at Listed level last start behind Wild Planet and he will appreciate the step back in class for this contest. He does rise sharply in weight but with even luck from the inside draw, he can finish our day on a winning note.