BENDIGO Bob expects today's $2.5 million Caulfield Cup to have a strong Bendigo flavour.
Bobby has followed the David Hayes-trained Jet Away closely since the import won the Golden Mile at Bendigo at its first Australian start in March.
Jet Away has only had one start this campaign, a luckless seventh in the Group One Turnbull Stakes.
While this is not a traditional preparation for a Caulfield Cup, Bob is very confident Jet Away will be right in the finish.
Bob expects Jet Away's biggest danger to come from Bendigo's own Nash Rawiller, who rides the Chris Waller-trained Royal Descent.
Rawiller and Royal Descent combined to win the ATC Oaks in the autumn and the mare looks on track to run a big race in the Caulfield Cup.
Bob's happy to risk favourite Hawkspur, but will be including Fawkner and Silent Achiever.
Bob has scoured the Caulfield card for his best bet and best each way, so here goes...
Best bet: Race 9, No 5 Red Tracer.
Bendigo Bob expects Nash Rawiller to box seat on Red Tracer and the Group One-winning mare should prove too strong for her rivals.
Best each way: Race 8, No 6 Bass Strait.
The David Hayes-trained galloper challenged Red Tracer for Bob's best bet of the day. The step-up to 2000m looks ideal and this is a drop in class. With any luck in running, he'll be mighty hard to beat.
Omen Tip Of The Day: See if you can guess the theme of Bob's parlay bet - Race 3 No 9 Brewing, Race 5 No 9 Royal Bender and Race 10 No 6 Mr Moet. If all three salute it will be Bob's shout.
Don't forget Bendigo Bob has his grass skirt and he’s ready to party at today’s Bendigo Jockey Club Beach Party meeting.
The Beach Party is one of the best attended meetings on the BJC calendar.
The best way to celebrate the day is by backing a couple of winners and Bendigo Bob is confident he’s found a couple.
Bob’s best advice to build a bank is by backing Salisbury in the first event.
The Pat Carey-trained four-year-old has been unlucky at its past two starts.
This race is not strong and he should break his maiden status.
Best bet - Race 1, No. 5 Salisbury.
Punters will have to wait until the last event for Bob’s value bet.
Despite a wide barrier, Secret Toy Bizness looks well-placed to run a big race.
The four-year-old mare won at Wangaratta three starts ago then hasn’t had too much luck in her two runs since.
With any luck in running she’ll be charging home at the finish.
Value bet - Race 5, No. 8 All Creative..
Other horses Bob suggests to follow at Bendigo include the Shane Fliedner-trained He’s Commanding in race four.
The son of Statue Of Liberty is making its racetrack debut.
Bendigo Bob will offer his thoughts on all the major meetings through the Spring Racing Carnival.
PS: All care and no responsibility!