WHAT a start Ballarat’s two big cup hopefuls Puissance de Lune (WS Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup bound) and Tuscan Fire (Caulfield Cup) have had to campaigns in the past few weeks.
Each has won impressively.
Darren Weir’s Warrnambool-based Puissance de Lune has tightened in markets at the top of the Melbourne Cup market and the racing public is eager to see him again.
Tuscan Fire has his second outing this preparation for Dan O’Sullivan in the SAJ Catercare Group Handicap, 1500m, at Moonee Valley today.
It is a big ask to expect him to come out and do the same as he did first-up when he saluted at 100-1.
Although apprentice jockey Patrick Moloney gets his weight down to 57kg with a 3kg claim, this will be still be an issue in a tougher field.
CONGRATULATIONS goes to Ballarat trainer Ken Moore on Gottino being crowned Victorian country racehorse of the year.
BALLARAT BEST BETS
TUSCAN FIRE (trained by Dan O’Sullivan) – Moonee Valley R6 – whether you got on or not at 100-1 in his last-start Flemington win, he is the type you should follow every start. Is again good eachway value.
GOSSIP GIRL (Jim Mason) – Moonee Valley R5 – no luck first-up. Is a winner over this distance (1200m) second-up and loves rain-affected going.
DUELLING MACHINE (trained by Simon Morrish) - Donald R3 today – having second start after third in Geelong synthetic maiden on debut on August 9
GOTTA TAKE CARE (Darren Weir) - Moonee Valley R2 today – highly consistent stayer and rarely runs a bad race in this type of company. Races well at MV, where he is a multiple winner and placegetter
BALLARAT STABLE FIRST-STARTERS
SHOW ARTIST (trained by Darren Weir) - R1 - 5yo gelding
STYLISH LILY (Darren Weir) - R2 – 4yo mare
SWAN HILL TOMORROW
DUBLE BARREL DAISY (Darren Weir) – R1 - 3yo filly
TICKING AWAY (Darren Weir) – R2 – 4yo mare
GRAND LIBERTY (Jim Mason) – R2 – 3yo filly
BALLARAT STABLE WINNERS IN PAST WEEK
POLITENESS (trained by Robert Smerdon) - maiden, 1200m, at Sale on Thursday.
BACHELOR ROYAL (Andrew Payne) - showcase BM70 handicap, 1400m, at Sale on Thursday.
LIVE FOR TODAY (Darren Weir) – maiden, 1200m, at Echuca on Monday
ARCH FIRE (Robert Smerdon) - maiden hurdle, 3200m, at Pakenham on Sunday
UP THE CREEK (Patrick Payne) - BM70 handicap, 2000m, at Seymour on Sunday
Puissance de Lune (Darren Weir) – group2 Lawrence Stakes, 1400m, at Caulfield on Saturday
BALLARAT stable feature spring nominations:
(Saturday, October 12)
Accord (unraced) – trialing at Cranbourne on Monday. Nominated for Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday.
Pyrrolic – Sandown Lakeside winner in May at only start. Running at Moonee Valley today. Also nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday and Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday.
Comic’s Professor (unraced)
Late Charge – unbeaten in two starts. Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
The Flying Sun (unraced) - Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
Spencer Street (unraced)
Under The Louvre
Trust In A Gust
(Wednesday, October 16)
Marianne - Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
The Huntress – engaged at MV today. Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
Scratchy Bottom (unraced)
She’s Tempting (unraced)
Politeness – Won Sale 3yo maiden on Thursday.
Every Faith - Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
Celeritas – engaged at MV today
Celtic Cat (unraced)
Scarlet Billows (unraced)
Musica Royale (unraced)
Talk of California (unraced)
Street Allure – finished second on debut at Echuca on Monday
(Saturday, October 19)
St Mark – running at Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday
Backbone - Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
Tuscan Fire – having second start this campaign at MV today
De Fine Lago
(Saturday, October 26)
Our Miss Jones - Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
Luckygray - Nominated for Cranbourne trials on Monday.
Puissance de Lune – stunning winner first-up at Caulfield on Saturday
* These trainers operate satellite stables in Ballarat or use Dowling Forest Racecourse as a support base to its main stable.
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