Big fields are the order of the day at Pakenham with no fewer than 11 in each of the nine races.
The fourth race on the card (14:00 local time), a maiden over 1000m for horses aged two-and-up looks a highly competitive affair with newcomer He’s Essential expected to deliver a big effort first up for trainer Peter Moody having placed third in a trial at Moe last October.
Among those with experience King Tommy showed solid form first up when fading late on in finishing sixth in an 1100m maiden on turf at Geelong back in January.
However the pair may have to give best to the experienced VIKING REBEL for handler Matt Laurie with Ethan Brown up having returned from a spell with a good second place finish over this trip on a heavy turf track at Echuca at the start of the month.
The Rebel Dane gelding has made the top four on all bar one of his six previous starts and looks up to getting off the mark on his synthetics debut.
Tywina to double up
The seventh race (15:30 local time) on the Pakenham card sees the Patrick Moloney ridden Wilde Gem likely to jump as favourite following a second place finish over this course and distance at the end of last month.
The veteran looks vulnerable to some younger rivals with Jamie Mott’s mount TYWINA chief among them following an impressive victory in a maiden over this distance on her first start at this venue on 3 rd June.
Jockey Mott has a decent record on the synthetic surface at Pakenham and while his mount is likely to need luck in the run given her hold up style of racing she looks capable of delivering a victory in her first handicap start.
Cornish to steer Entity to glory
Beaudesert provides the action in Queensland this Tuesday with the going currently a soft 7 with plenty of action for the speedsters with no fewer than five of the seven races over less than 1600m.
One of those is the fifth race (15:04 local time) on the card, a fillies and mares Class 2 event over 1100m with Ryan Wiggins’ mount My Oddette likely to prove popular with punters following a fourth place finish at this level in a 1400m event at Gatton just under two weeks ago.
While the Rock ‘N’ Top mare has placed over this trip in the past she looks vulnerable here with DREAM ENTITY taken to deliver a second win in her last three starts following a fourth place finish over 1300m at Toowoomba last month. Prior to that the Dream Ahead mare had defied an outside draw to deliver a length victory over 1200m at this venue and with track conditions no issue and a likely strong pace to run at she looks up to delivering a third career success with Jasmine Cornish up.
Viking to power to victory
In the final race on the Moruya card, due off at 16:10 local time the Paul Murray-trained VIKING POWER is selected to deliver a victory.
The selection has shown he handles soft surfaces in the past including when winning on a heavy track at Nowra on his penultimate start. Subsequently delivered a fifth place finish in a Class 3 contest over 1650m at this venue at the start of January.
Jockey Brock Ryan takes the ride for the first time since the pair teamed up to take a 1400m maiden at Wagga in February of last year and while the Mike Petrovic representative Accrue rates a big threat on the back of a close up sixth place finish at Sapphire Coast Viking Power comes into this event fresh and having won first up in the past is taken to return with a victory.