Pearcedale trainer Neville King – largely regarded as one of Victoria’s most astute conditioners – ventures to The Meadows on Saturday night with two live prospects, Ozz Magic (race six) and Oomoo (race 12).
By grand sire Bombastic Shiraz out of Tizz Magic, a line that King has enjoyed immense success with, both Ozz Magic and Oomoo have been extremely consistent chasers, with the May 2010 whelps amassing strong records.
Ozz Magic, a winner of six from 25, takes her place in race six, where’ll she shape up against a hot field of fourth grade chasers.
Winner of two from five starts at The Meadows, with a best time of 30.15, victories have been few and far between for Ozz Magic recently, but given the class of opposition she’s been meeting, it wouldn’t surprise to see her bounce back into the winners list at some odds on Saturday.
To claim victory she’ll need to overcome Steve McKenna’s powerhouse galloper Hurunui Hitman, who’s looking to keep his unbeaten Meadows record intact when he exits box eight.
A son of Spiral Nikita and Miss Yap, Hurunui Hitman has won nine of his 12 career starts, with his past two triumphs at The Meadows registered in best of day figures.
Expect him to start all the rage in the second leg of the quadrella, with plenty of value on offer about his rivals.
The lucky last on the program, scheduled to go a tick after 11pm, may well see Oomoo open up his Meadows winning account following on from his top second to Big Black Mac last week.
Beaten a length in a nippy 30.21 from box two, Oomoo has been a model of consistency at his 16-start career, finishing in the money on no less than nine occasions.
Likely to start a warm favourite, his biggest dangers look to be Lektra Candy (box one), Tian Mi Mi (box three) and Bizarre Escape (box six).
Lektra Candy, a daughter of Trewly Special and Kikiku, will be making her Meadows debut on Saturday, coming into the race with a record of four wins and four placings from just the 10 starts.
All in all Saturday night’s program looks a fairly wide-open affair, with plenty of value on offer for punters.
Best Bet: Max A Zillion (Race 7)
Best Value: Zelemar Pace (Race 11)
Quaddie: Race 5 - 1, 4, 6
Race 6 - 2, 5, 8
Race 7 - 2 ,3
Race 8 - 2, 4, 5
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