Race 3 No.1 - Star Status
This horse has been bursting to win a race and I think he gets conditions to suit on Saturday. His past two starts have been completely luckless, either being wide throughout or hemmed in against the fence. Drawing gate six of nine should mean he is able to stay in the running line and take luck out of the equation. I can't see his price drifting much, currently $2.25 with Topsport, as I'm forecasting Spiegel Grove ($4.40) and Classy Joe ($5.50) to both drift significantly. Karaoke Express looks second pick to me but I'll be putting all my eggs into the Star Status basket.
Race 10 No.8 - Perfect Command
I thought this gelding was very good in his first SA campaign. He came to Brenton Jones having won just two of his 32 starts but in his three runs for the stable he has won twice and was placed on the other occasion. He trialed on December 12 and beat Bold Star, who will take his place in a BM84 at Flemington on Saturday while Perfect Command contests this BM66. He draws to settle on speed and should have a few lengths head start on the favourite Shamino. Happy to take the $7 each way with this horse but not expecting his price to move too much between now and jump time.