KALUN - Was caught late on debut by Evil Cry at Mornington, the winner had placed at Flemington and Caulfield last year and then won again at that track next start. Kaluna next time out at Cranbourne looked pretty good winning when leading throughout. She didn’t beat much but when challenged at the top of the straight found a good kick and had the ears pricked on the line. This good looking daughter of Medaglia d’Oro looks to have upside and is in the capable hands of Richard Lamming. She is nominated for Geelong on Sunday so if the stable elects to race here that would reinforce her claims.
SCOLIARO - Earlier this year she had a three week break after running fourth at Sandown Hillside then came out third-up and won at Moonee Valley. In that race she defeated Borrow and Reilmartini, that horse then came out and won here at Caulfield last start. She’s third-up here after another three week break and last start was unlucky at Sandown Lakeside. In that race she raced in restricted galloping room late and the run could best be forgotten given the margin of a length and fact that she carried 57kg. From the good barrier (2) and with just 51kg after the claim for Tahlia Hope she must be a chance here although up in grade. Trifecta players are Mamzelle Tess, Divine Quality and Creativity.
BEL BURGESS - First -up this prep he drew 13 of 16 at Bendigo on their metropolitan Saturday meeting. He was ridden up from the wide gate with 59.5kg and ran fifth to Hanski and Galaxy Raider, Galaxy Raider has since franked the form winning at Sandown Lakeside with 61kg. This horse was good here back in April last year when he ran Burning Front to a length, at the time that horse was absolutely flying. His second-up from reads (3:0-1-1) forget the miss as he suffered heat stress that day and his 1400m record reads (4:2-0-1). Down on 56.5kg after the claim for Jack Martin and from the rails draw he looks a good longshot provided Runson doesn’t unduly pressure him.
NOUMEA - Last start he went back from a wide draw when he came from 10th at the 600m to run third to Magic Consol and Top Of The Range. Those two were advantaged racing up on the speed that day, that race was over 1700m and here he’s out to 2000m which suits him better. There looks to be reasonable speed here with Prima, Hazard Ahead and He Ekscels all going forward, that should see him one or two pairs back on the fence. May need some luck but with pace on the field invariably breaks up. Will be saving on Abdon which let us down last start but can improve here for Damian Oliver and the Chris Waller stable at his second Australian start.
C’EST DAVINCHI - The Hawkes Racing-trained C’Est Davinchi and Spin Bowles from the Mitchell and Desiree Kearney stable clashed in a race at Hawkesbury on March 7 with the former finishing just over two lengths in front. C’Est Davinchi and Spin Bowles meet under the same weight conditions in the Berkeley Harbour Maiden Plate (1200m), so it is hard to justify just a 30-cent price differential between the pair in early betting markets. At $3.10 Spin Bowles looks unders despite finishing runner-up at Hawkesbury and Wyong in two subsequent races. The 30-days between runs for C’Est Davinchi is the only factor that appears to be influencing the early betting. All things being equal at the current odds available C’Est Davinchi is better value than Spin Bowles.