Mashrabiya hasn’t been seen at the races since January, but she is also unlucky not to have recorded an elusive race win, and I’m confident she can begin her new campaign in the best way possible.
The Teofilo filly has had three starts since debuting in September last year, incredibly finishing second on each occasion.
She returned a nice effort in a Flemington jump out a couple of weeks ago and on exposed form, looks the one to beat in this contest.
I’m confident that The Lion Inside is another runner who can break her maiden at Ballarat this afternoon.
The Savabeel filly finished at the tail of the field at Bendigo last time, but her debut effort for third, beaten just over half a length by Double Chance suggested that she has plenty of ability.
Fitter third-up and further out in trip, I’m happy to give her another chance.
Zoudini will take winning form into the sixth at Ballarat this afternoon and can continue his rise through the grades.
The Zoustar gelding hasn’t returned a poor effort since debuting, and he was rewarded for his building condition when charging in to score in maiden company here last time.
He harbours plenty of upside and is drawn to receive a lovely run once more.
This shapes as one of the more open races on today’s Ballarat program and I thought that a horse like Thunder Pace had claims on winning, at a price ($17 at publish).
Thunder Pace kept all of his best work for late when flashing into third, though well beaten by a classy one in Tanner here last week.
I like that he is on the short back-up, and he’ll get some relief in the weights under Campbell Rawiller.