SHEZ ALL ROCK - The first heat of the Victoria Oaks looks a cracker, Shez All Rock is trying to emulate her efforts winning the NSW version. She draws out but expect her to bully her way to the front, in heat and final races of rich series such as this the lesser chances are more likely to hand-up in the heats to the better performed horses. She has showed good gate speed previously from this gate in the Vicbred final, expect Mark Pitt to find the top and for her to be very heavily backed. If you can get black figures, dive in.
IM SCORCHING - The second heat of the Oaks looks a little more challenging when it comes to the speed map. There looks to be plenty of speed and expect that it will be on throughout. Im Scorching certainly hasn’t set the world on fire at her nine career starts, but she was impressive when facing the breeze two starts back, and last time she was forced to race wide for the majority when a beaten favourite. She will get a soft pegs run and be looking to dive back to the sprint lane late at a huge price.
SOCIABLE - Sociable has improved at each of her three Australian starts, she had drawn the back row at the first two of those before showing great gate speed last time, handing up and being too fast late. With driver John Caldow likely to be “handlebars down” at the start again, if she can cross and either get a soft lead or hand-up to a more fancied runner, she will get the perfect run in transit. She may have some more improvement in her yet and hasn’t ad the vigorous top shelf racing of some of her opponents of late.
ILLAWONG ARMSTRONG - There is only two place dividends in the feature trot race at Melton, and the favourite Tornado Valley will be at unbackable odds and deservedly so. Illawong Armstrong has tremendous gate speed, if he can settle in front back to the mile here, he looks a good thing to run second to the hotpot. Driver Jodi Quinlan can have some trouble holding him at times, even if he gets fired up he may be too quick for the others and be able to hold on for second.
DESTINY’S HERO - Although he has only raced on six occasions it is possible to draw a conclusion on where the Jason Coyle-trained Destiny’s Hero is likely to record another win at this early stage of his career. A three-year-old son of Helmet, Destiny’s Hero will be chasing a second career win when he lines up in the Figtree RSL Bowling Club CG&E Class 1 Handicap (1500m). Destiny’s Hero has contested metropolitan races in four of his six starts without placing whilst the two times Coyle has ventured to a provincial track the gelding recorded a win at Kembla and a runner-up finish at Hawkesbury. The runner-up finish came two runs back first-up from a break before when Destiny’s Hero hit the line strongly in the race won by Schubert before finishing just over three-lengths from the winner at Warwick Farm last start. A Kathy O’Hara ride, Destiny’s Hero is ready to win third-up in his right grade and it is worth noting the Kembla win was recorded over 1500m at the same stage of his first preparation.