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Weekend Best Bets: Nature primed for grand final


Saturday: RANDWICK (10 races, start 12.10pm), BENDIGO (9 races, 12.25pm), EAGLE FARM (9 races, 12.53pm), MORPHETTVILLE (9 races, 12.37pm), ASCOT (9 races, 3.22pm). All times EDTROYAL RANDWICK MITCH COHEN (Racenet) NATURE STRIP (Race 8 No.1 – $2.80)We’ve seen him get beaten in the lead-up to his grand finals before coming out and winning the major. Expecting Chris Waller to have him ready to do the same here and capture a hat-trick of TJ Smith Stakes wins.Value bet: MAMOUNIA (Race 3, No.12 – $8.50)JETT HATTON (Racenet)NATURE STRIP (Race 8, No.1 – $2.80)Both Eduardo and Shelby Sixtysix may have beat him fair and square last time out, but when it’s grand final time, Chris Waller has this champion sprinter ready to go and he’ll be guns blazing on Saturday. Looks a similar set up to his Everest win, he takes a furlong to get into stride so the wide draw suits him and he’ll likely track across to stalk Eduardo. Expecting Nature Strip to join Chautauqua as horse’s to win this race in three straight years.MR BRIGHTSIDE: (Race 9, No.19 – $15)ADAM SHERRY (Sportsman)STRAIGHT ARRON (Race 2, No.3 – $2.50)Promising three-year-old who looks destined for bigger things. Smart debut winner back in January and resumed from a break with a solid second over 1400m on a heavy track at Warwick Farm. Will appreciate the bigger track and extra distance.Value bet: REGAL LION (Race 7, No.5 – $6)BENDIGOBRAD WATERS (Racenet) REMARQUE (Race 4, No.7 – $3.80)Smart colt with form around the likes of Anamoe and Shelby Sixtysix. He drops in class and should win if he races up to his Sydney form.Value bet: SILENT SOVEREIGN (Race 5, No.5 – $11)GILBERT GARDINER (Herald Sun) ZAYYDANI (Race 8 No.3 – $12)Classy mare will be better over further ground but good enough to win first up.Value bet: GOLD SPARK (Race 4, No.11 – $12)CHRIS VERNUCCIO (Racing News Editor) CORNER POCKET (Race 9, No. 3 – $3.10)Great effort to finish within two lengths of Inspirational Girl and Zaaki in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes, and he goes better 1400m.Value bet: ZORRO’S DREAM (Race 4, No.6 — $7.50)GLENN McFARLANE (Herald Sun) CARDIGAN QUEEN (Race 7, No.10 – $2.80)Looked a certainly beaten last start and that form was franked at Moonee Valley last Friday.Value bet: FORBIDDEN LOVE (Randwick, Race 9, No.16 – $4.80)NICK QUINN (TAB) CAN’T GO WRONG (Race 6, No.1 – $3.90) Arrived on the scene by winning first two career starts at Sandown and was strong through the line last start when stepping up in trip. The 2200m looks ideal and a good bet on a tough day. Value bet: MARS MISSION (Race 7, No.4 – $7.50)EAGLE FARM TRENTON AKERS (Courier Mail) RUBY JULY (Race 4, No.12 – $6)This mare comes to town after putting in some huge efforts in North Queensland. Ran one of the fastest maidens ever clocked at Townsville and now joins a smart stable on the Sunshine Coast. Expect her to enjoy the wide open expanses of Eagle Farm. Value bet: HAMLET VON SNITZEL (Race 7, No.10 – $16)TAB odds correct at time of publishing.

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