Race 1 No.1 - Celtic Rebel
The trial leading into his debut was strong and his run was full of merit despite getting too far back in the early stages. From a good gate here I expect this colt to settle closer to the speed and be very hard to beat. The rest of the field look either limited or suited to further so I'm confident to back Celtic Rebel at any price above $2.00.
Race 5 No.8 - Rizski
This looks like a pretty plain race on paper but there should be genuine speed from the likes of Counter Drive, Go Ballistic and Shining Brightly. From gate 10 I am hoping Todd Pannell rides Rizski quietly early to find a bit of cover. If he does that I think he has enough ability to finish over the top of them. His recent jumpout at Morphettville was strong and I like him over the 1000-metre journey. Each-way play at the $5.50 available.
Race 7 No.7 - Illumicon
He looks the class runner in the race but out to 1250m he would want to find a bit of cover early and be saved for the last crack at them. I'm expecting him to drift out to around the $3 quote and if he hits that price I'd be happy to back him. If not, I'll be keeping my powder dry.