THE focus remains on Ballarat’s two big cup hopes Puissance de Lune (WS Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup bound) and Tuscan Fire (Caulfield Cup).
Puissance De Lune (trained by Darren Weir) has a hit out at Dowling Forest this morning in readiness for the group 1 $350,000 Makybe Diva Stakes, 1600m, at Flemington next Saturday.
Glen Boss is again making an early helicopter flight to Ballarat to take the ride.
Tuscan Fire (Dan O’Sullivan) showed he is progressing well with a second-up fifth over 1500m at Moonee Valley a week ago.
Ballarat Turf Club launches spring with a Father’s day race meeting on Sunday.
The track is rate a heavy9, with the rail out 10m from 600m to the winning post.
The City of Ballarat Maiden, 1100m (race 3) provides plenty of intrigue with eight first-starters set to go around.
Race 1 – 1
Race 2 – 3, 16, 17
Race 3 – 1,3,7,9, 11, 19
Race 6 – 8, 10
BALLARAT BEST BETS
GOSSIP GIRL (Jim Mason) – R7 Morphettville today – giving her another chance. Will be fitter for MV run a week ago when raced close enough, but did not kick on at the business end.
UNO WHATS (Daniel T Kelly) - Ballarat R6 tomorrow –Ballarat winner two starts ago, followed up by Mornington second. Racing well. This looks an even field, although not helped by wide barrier.
FAST ENTRY (Darren Weir) - Stawell R1 Tuersday – three seconds and a third in seven race starts. Knocking on the door and ready to break through.
REBEL TRUCE (Patrick Payne) – Mildura Cup R7 Sunday – Second in past two starts. Is always kept fresh and this looks ideal for a stable which has excellent record on this track.
BALLARAT STABLE FIRST-STARTERS
KILMORE – TODAY
UNBELIEVABLE GUY (trained by John Thorn) - God’s Own-Zolletta 4yo mare - R4 maiden, 1200m
HOT MARMALADE (Robert Smerdon*) - Duke Of Marmalade-Harlem Heat 3yo filly – R3 3yo fillies’ maiden, 1100m
SHE’S TEMPTING (Mark Lewis) – Keep The Faith-Slashing Sort 3yo filly - R3 3yo fillies’ maiden, 1100m
ROCK SPEED (Darren Weir) – Fastnet Rock-Mrs Post 5yo gelding. R5 0-58 hcp, 1200m. Having first start for stable. Previously raced in Canberra/NSW. First-up since March. 15 starts for 3-3-1
NEVER FEAR (Darren Weir) – Primus-Gimme Go 4yo mare – R2 maiden, 1100m
PUTTIN ON A PARTY (Dan O’Sullivan) – Host-Puttin On The Ritz 4yo mare - R3 maiden, 1300m
BALLARAT STABLE WINNERS IN PAST WEEK
SKIP THE FAITH (trained by Patrick Payne*) – Mildura on Friday – maiden, 2000m
NEWSPAPER (Andrew Payne) - Mildura on Friday - BM64 Hcp, 1200m
MAIREAD (Tony Vasil*) – Mornington on Thursday – BM70 Hcp, 1532m
ARCH FIRE (Robert Smerdon*) – Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday – Rookie Jumpers Series final, 3400m
WESTSOUTHWEST (Robert Smerdo*) – Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday - $100,000 The Australian Hurdle, 3400m
CHAMPAGNE ESPRIT (Darren Weir) – Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday – BM70 Hcp, 1200m
CENT TO SAVE (Darren Weir) – Swan Hill on Sunday – Country Showcase 0-64 for filles/mares, 1600m
SHOW ARTIST (Darren Weir) – Donald on Saturday - maiden, 1000m
GOTTA TAKE CARE (Darren Weir) - Moonee Valley on Saturday – BM96 Hcp, 2500m
BROKEN - (Darren Weir) - Moonee Valley on Saturday – listed $120,000 Carlyon Stakes, 1000m
ELITE ELLE (Tony Vasil*) Moonee Valley on Saturday - mares’ handicap, 1200m
CLANG AND BANG (Darren Weir) – Moonee Valley on Saturday – 0-90 hcp, 2040m