RACE 1 MGIB INSURANCE MAIDEN 12:46 PM (1016)
Competitive maiden for the babies to kick things off and there are three standouts in LITTLE HERCULES, GALVESTON BAY and DISRUPTIVE. Any of these could win, however, we opted for the race-experienced LITTLE HERCULES on top due to the strong Achernar Star formlines and his quality trial effort behind Seannie at the Pinjarra trials recently. Maps well from the draw and LITTLE HERCULES looks the horse to beat. $140,000 yearling GALVESTON BAY has shown plenty at the trials and looked in good order when dashing up 400m in a recent Belmont hit-out. Drawn to land leader’s back on debut and with the cutaway in play should get his chance in the straight. Another first starter DISRUPTIVE, a former $80,000 yearling, also hasn’t done a thing wrong at the trials and has form around the likes of Riasc and You Am I. Has natural gate speed, so capable of rolling forward from the mid-draw, and his trial results suggest he’s got real talent. Debutante filly BRIAR WOOD appears the best of the rest, having performed well at the trials, but she appears likely to drift back and be running on late.
Tips: 1-4-9-2 (*amended after Final Scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (1) LITTLE HERCULES to win.