After being scratched due to a wide gate at Moonee Valley last start, Punt Club will travel to Sandown tomorrow in the Benchmark 70 event over the 1000 metre course.
He's drawn perfectly in barrier 4 and will be ridden by apprentice Liam Riordan who will take 3 kg's off his back.
Looks to be a lot of speed in the race especially on Punt Club's outside so from the gate he should get a nice sit in behind the speed.
Looking at the fancied runners Sovereign Duke bolted in at Swan Hill in a benchmark 70 first up before running a very respectable 6th in a good quality sprint race at Caulfiled last start. He was pushed forward from a wide gate to settle just off speed and that effort told at the end of the race. He's again drawn a wide gate.
Similiarly equal favoiurite El Sicario drew out at Moonee Valley but despite this ran a massive race, tiring late (and so he should have) to finish just a length off the winner. He's drawn wide again at Sandown but gates over 1000 metres at Sandown are not that crucial with just the one slight turn from the 1000 metre chute.
The other horse equal favourite at 6/1 with Sovereign Duke and El Sicario is Kakanui. He had the lovely suck run in behind the speed at Moonee Valley when he ran past El Sicario to score well.
Punt Club has been rated a 21/1 chance in this after his last start 5th at Moonee Valley. He travelled wide with no cover in that race and the effort told late. He looks to be over the odds for mine.
Punt Club winning at The Valley earlier in the year.
Travelling to Mornington on New Years Day will be the Wild Wild West. After having the perfect run at Werribee at her last start she failed to let down in the straight. She pulled up lame post race with an ongoing foot problem being diagnosed as the issue.
She has since been treated and with new shoes on we're hopeful she'll be able to show her best Monday.
Given she's had a light time in training since her last start, we've kept her to the 1000 metres. She's drawn well in barrier 1 and Dale Smith again takes the ride. She should have a soft run from the gate and hoping she can hit the line hard.
The Wild Wild West first up at Seymour where she ran second.