Chequerboard is resuming at Bendigo this afternoon and looms as a key winning chance in Race 5.
The Fastnet Rock filly made just three appearances at the races during her debut preparation but stamped herself as one to watch by winning each of her first two starts.
She had clearly had enough by the time she finished down the order behind Cherry Tortoni at Flemington in June, but this is a drop in class from that race, and the form reads extremely well for something like this.
Dune Field will enjoy good improvement into this race and rates as a winning chance at a lovely price.
The Shamexpress gelding was a good horse for the Geelong-based Jamie Edwards last time in and ended his preparation with consecutive wins at Sandown.
He kept his best work for late when fifth, just over two lengths behind the winner at Cranbourne when resuming, and he’s drawn to receive a lovely run this week from barrier 3 with Luke Nolen in the saddle.
Irish raider Pondus will have his first Australian start in the Bendigo Cup, and anything close to his best form would see him into the finish.
The Sea The Moon gelding has had just twelve career starts for three wins and four placings, and he returned to the races in June for a second placing over 2515m in Listed company at Limerick.
He followed that up with a classy win, also in Listed company and over a mile and a half, before two somewhat flat efforts in tougher races, including the Ebor Handicap.
He has been freshened since that run, he clearly races well earlier in his preparations and he has a class edge over the lion’s share of these rivals.
Zende has continued to improve with racing this campaign and he is ready to win at Bendigo this afternoon.
The Brazen Beau gelding has missed a placing just twice in eight career appearances so far, and he was last seen hitting the line to finish second over a mile at Morphettville on a Saturday.
He looks to be in peak fitness for this contest and might not be offered a better opportunity to return to winning form.