Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Friday & Saturday’s meetings, with horse racing tips and analysis for the five best bets of the weekend. Good luck, punters!


Jamie Kah could start off a big Valley carnival when she takes the ride on the Maher/Eustace trained COOLANGATTA. She jumped to the front and was just too speedy winning the Group 1 Moir Stakes at this track last start.

Drawn to drive through from inside gate and lead again and if she can get a little breather before the corner will be the one they have to run down.


I’m going to have something each way on DO IT LA in this. She started favourite and got the money at Hillside two starts back then she sat up on the speed in the Edward Manifold last start and fought the race out bravely beaten less than 2 lengths.

Must always respect the Peter Moody/Luke Nolen combination and if she can hold her form she will give thus a real shake.


BERKELEY SQUARE did plenty wrong in the Caulfield Guineas last start but he still caught the eye last 200m running on to just finish out of placings. His performance at Flemington prior to win was exceptional and if he can get around The Valley he should go close to winning.

Another positive on his side is the form of Everest winning rider Craig Williams and he should be able to weave a passage through them from the corner.


Going to stick with the all conquering “Blue Army” and ANAMOE. He just hit a flat spot when getting around the Caulfield home turn and looked to be in trouble but James McDonald was able to balance him up and like the true champion he is he was in for the fight and just proved a little too strong over final stages.

Proven around the tight Valley circuit after a luckless placing in last seasons Cox Plate. This is his chance


The run of FRANCESCO GUARDI was something to be seen to be believed in The Bart Cummings last start. He nearly fell before the corner but somehow picked himself up and balanced-up powering home last 200m to just miss in a close finish.
He was scratched from the Geelong Cup for this race and although he will settle back in the second half if James McDonald can get him moving from the 600m he may just finish too well for these.