Interesting encounter. The two favs both currently at $2.30, HURT MONEY and NUMBERS GAME look to control this race. Both like to drive forward b ut I think Hurt Money will find the fence with Numbers Game at his girth. The latter is unbeaten from one start and his two recent trials have been excellent. Hurt Money did lead all the way to win his maiden when resuming and was strong when leading and 2nd next start. Both appear to be progressive. I think the inside draw probably determines the outcome. But the quinella should pay $3.00 so it may actually be the prudent bet here. That will do me.
Tip: HURT MONEY
Lots of money for this former Sydney trained galloper HARDEDGE. He’s now with trainer Chris Manson here at Grafton. He has a provincial placing to his credit ands trialled very well recently. But I’m going around him. I’m on MORGENSTERN. He too resumes here off a provincial placing and his trials have been encouraging as well. I think he might be handy and has been sent here for an easy kill. Quinella them.
I think this AEECEE POWER is much, much better than her disappointing, fading last place when resuming in the mud last start. She strips fitter here. The fast track as opposed to the heavy last start will suit her speed pattern. And, most importantly, she is down in class. Can jump and go bang out in front. PROUD MIA is smart and has been heavily backed but being behind this filly to the bend may bring her unstuck.