Doncaster Mile-winning trainers Ben and JD Hayes can notch a deserved win with a promising three-year-old while jockey Luke Nolen should be among the winners at Pakenham.
Herald Sun form analyst Brad Waters runs the rule over Thursday night’s meeting at Pakenham.
ALL SO CLEAR (Race 3 No.3 – $2.30)
Resumed with a solid effort on this track last month and will only be improved. Drawing off the rail will help and he’s ready to break through for a deserved win.
MISS JENNIFER (Race 5 No. 6 – $2.50)
Let down impressively when an easy maiden winner on debut. Up in class on Thursday but can win again on her way to harder races.
HELMITON (Race 7 No.3 – $5)
Helmiton wasn’t far away when back to 1400m at his first run for seven weeks last time. He’ll be fitter for that and should get the perfect trip in what looks likely to be a slowly-run race.
FUNZELLE (Race 4 No.6 – $7.50)
Chased well behind an impressive winner on debut. She’ll be better for that and getting up to 1200m back on her home track will make her harder to beat this time.
Luke Nolen has five rides at Pakenham, including a couple of strong chances for his old mate Peter Moody. MISS KEELER (Race 2 No.11 – $9.50), HOLLYWOOD PARK (Race 3 No.6 – $4.20), FUNZELLE (Race 4 No.6 – $7.50), NO PUZZLE (Race 5 No.3 – $10), BANDERAS (Race 8 No. 7 – $19).
THE WEEK AHEAD
Wodonga will host Friday’s meeting ahead of a Cranbourne night fixture. City racing returns to Melbourne on Saturday with a Caulfield meeting while Werribee and Healesville (picnic) also race. Echuca and Terang will hold Sunday’s Victorian race meetings. The circuit heads to Swan Hill on Monday before Tuesday’s Benalla meeting.
Originally published as Race day focus: Best bets, analysis for Pakenham on Thursday