Centrebet produces the goods at Geelong tonight when they whack a bonus on all box one runners that is bigger than Ben Hur.
Centrebet are offering no less than 25% extra on the win dividend of any box one runner at the Geelong meeting. Anyone who knows punting percentages realises that it is a huge increase to your profits.
With 12 races on the card there should be plenty of opportunities to take the chill off the cold winter air by lining your pockets with some souped up dividends. It’s time to pay for the weekend’s beer money.
Let’s take a look at all 12 box one runner’s and line up their chances in each race.
Race 1 – Heza Apple (Val Awramenko) – It looks like the perfect start to the evening with a great opportunity to cash in on the 25% bonus straight off the bat. Heza Apple is undefeated in two career starts, both at Warrnambool over the 390 metre trip and comes to Geelong boxed to make it three from three. He faces a moderate field here and the son of Mogambo and Elite Scotch will have no excuses to not be right in it.
Race 2 – Storm Allen (Steve Collins) – The second event again looks a moderate affair but Storm Allen looks to be tested from box one. She is a slow beginner which has not served her well in her 10 race career with only one win coming so far. That win was at Geelong, which is a small solace for punters looking desperately for a reason to back her. There does look to be better hopes on the card though.
Race 3 – Rylee’s Marshall (Graham Whitford) – A former Queenslander who only made the move to the Garden State in May. He has had just six starts in Victoria for one win which was an all the way effort at Warragul two starts back. He meets a few promising types here and only really looks an each way chance.
Race 4 – Serash Bale (Jenny Hunt) – The fourth event looks like another good chance for us to unload on a box one winner. Serash Bale is chasing her third straight win after saluting at Shepparton and Sale at her last two outings. She had been racing in some fairly handy company prior to that and looks very well graded in this one. She looks the goods.
Race 5 – Proven Looper (Wayne Vassallo) – This grand old campaigner has won 17 of his 64 starts including five from box one. He is yet to win at Geelong in two attempts and meets some solid opponents here including multiple Group finalist Allen Malik. He loves the inside and is not out of this entirely.
Race 6 – Bush Rebel (Damian Fleming) – A dog with his share of talent who lines up in a very tough maiden final here. The son of Fabregas and Puzzle ‘Em Girl has won one of his two starts with the win coming from an inside draw (box two). He faces a couple of undefeated runners including his littermate in box seven and an absolute flying machine in Scheme from box two. He may find this race just a little too hard.
Race 7 – Crackerjack Dak (Andrea Dailly) – Race seven provides another top hope for punters keen on injecting 25% extra into their dividends. A winner of 15 from 36, Crackerjack Dak is a very classy conveyance. Runs like the 29.43 which he recently produced at Sandown Park sit him in great stead to take out this fifth grade race. His only start over this journey yielded a second placing. He has never missed a placing from the rails alley in four starts and is the class runner by a mile in this race. He is well worth backing.
Race 8 – Mepunga Fearon (Jeff Britton) – We look to have another hope in race eight when front-running flying machine Mepunga Fearon dons the red stretch vest. He looks the likely leader and has a real penchant for the Geelong circuit. The 30kg white and black dog has carved out a lightning 25.66 here in the past and a repeat of that would see him go mighty close in this one. He does face some stiff opposition from the Jason Thompson trained Whodat Knockin’ in box two, but he will give them something to catch.
Race 9 – Inventor (Gary Peach) – When it comes to winning strike rates, Inventor has a bit of an advantage over his rivals in the ninth event. He has won nine of his 35 starts and unbelievably lines up for his first start from box one in this race. He raced without luck last time out when he finished seventh at this track from box eight. It is fair to expect a sharp improvement from him on Friday night and he is worthy of strong consideration.
Race 10 – Radinka Bale (Steve Collins) – Our runner in the tenth race is a box one bandit and a winner of 11 from 33. She had been a little below her best before she struck back with an impressive best of the night effort at Geelong last time out. She has won four of her seven box one starts and two from five at this track and trip. She meets the very talented Wild Douglas in box four, but can be thereabouts. A rough hope.
Race 11 – Impact Bale (Jenny Hunt) – Coming to Geelong for the first time should be a pleasant experience for Impact Bale, who has won both of his starts from box one on other tracks. If anyone can make it unpleasant it looks to be the dog drawn to his immediate right in Darcy’s Entity, who has won three from four and has early toe. However Impact Bale is a strong type who should gain a nice run in transit and will be motoring home.
Race 12 – Coopnarcha (Zoran Aleksov) – If we have not already got our winners before the last, it may be too late with Coopnarcha looking to have his work cut out for him. He is yet to win from box one in his 24 start career and has been lacking his usual early speed in his last few outings. For him to be any chance he will need to come out in front.
Best Bets: Race 1, Race 4, Race 7 and Race 8