Daily Dogs – Saturday, January 30

Cranbourne: Race 5 (8:13pm AEDT)

The first heat for next weekend’s Group 2 Cranbourne Cup Final has drawn a classy field, but Equalizer looks the runner to beat after drawing Box 1.

Equalizer has returned plenty of typically impressive performances this time in, and ran second behind Aeroplane Eric in the Group 2 Warragul Cup two back before returning to winning form at The Meadows last week.

He should be able to find a nice position in transit tonight and will be hard to hold out.

Cranbourne: Race 7 (8:56pm AEDT)
No. 2 Amarillo Highway

Amarillo Highway has been a strong and consistent performer this campaign, and I think that he’ll take beating in the third Cranbourne Cup heat.

The son of Aussie Infrared has won three of his last five races and was last seen finishing fifth in the Warragul Cup Final, having gone back to the tail and charged home late.

He can settle closer to the speed from Box 2 tonight and can win again.

Cranbourne: Race 8 (9:16pm AEDT)
Same Race Multi

Aston Gwen has drawn somewhat awkwardly in Box 6, but she looks to boast the best early speed of any chaser in this race and if she can cross the field, I think she’ll be winning.

The daughter of Fernando Bale recorded four wins in succession in December, including a Group 2 race at Sandown Park, and she was last seen running in to finish second over 595m.

I’m going to select her as the winner in a Same Race Multi, and fill out my ticket with both Fire And Fury and Zipping Sultan to finish in the first four.

Our Same Race Multi selections are:

  • 6 Aston Gwen (Win)
  • 2 Fire And Fury (Top 4)
  • 8 Zipping Sultan (Top 4)
Cranbourne: Race 9 (9:41pm AEDT)
No. 1 Fernando's Boy

Fernando’s Boy is another chaser whose chances of winning at Cranbourne tonight have been enhanced by a favourable draw.

The son of Fernando Bale has been a largely consistent performer this campaign, and I am happy to put a pen through his last-start effort from Box 6 here at Cranbourne, at which he was never able to get into the race.

He can go forward from Box 1 and fight out the finish.