Late Mail Australia for Monday 24 July

Some good opportunities present themselves around Australia on Monday to kick off another punting week and we will be bringing you a strong cross section of our picks across the course of the afternoon. Stay tuned right here as we update live throughout the day.

Scone R3 #13 Ambitious Prince 10.00 / 2.70 – overly well bred type by Casino Prince out of the Savabeel mare Ambitious Princess, comes into this race 1st up from a spell having its 2nd career start on the back of a strong trial 2nd at Warwick Farm beaten 0.4l by Newson, a few form references out of that trial suggests it is well up to a maiden of this nature even though it is an overly strong looking maiden, gets blinkers 1st time and the services of Greg Ryan for the astute Bjorn Baker yard, excellent value here as an each way prospect being offered up at 10.00 / 2.70 on an each way basis.

Goulburn R4 #3 Snowbrook 3.50 & #8 Distortion 11.00 / 2.80 – good value vs confidence betting affair here where we can back 2 horses for a result across the race, Snowbrook is the top elect here and drops sharply in class on its last 3 efforts including 2 efforts in town, 1st up into this and go on win 4 starts ago over 1200m at Wagga scoring by 0.1l over And There Is More, that has developed into a very strong form race with numerous subsequent winners coming out of the race, back as the top elect, the other one worth nibbling at on an each way basis here is Distortion, the 3yo Shrapnel filly ships south for this race on the back of hacking up in a Gold Coast trial to win by 3.3l, form references out of that trial reads strong, goes around as an 11.00 / 2.80 chance on an each way basis, back in support of the top elect.

Scone R4 #4 Big Ben The Clock 2.20 – comes into this race on the back of scoring by 5.5l at Tamworth last time out over 2100m on soft going, treated them with contempt that day and that franked its win 3 starts prior also at Tamworth when scoring by 2.2l to break its maiden tag, bred to stay a trip by Benfica out of a Starcraft mare and has good scope for more being a lightly tried staying prospect, ticks all the right boxes at the clear cut top elect here and should prove very hard to hold out, one of the banker bets on the day, we have it rated as a 1.80 chance so good overs exists being offered up as a 2.20 chance in fixed odds markets.

Goulburn R5 #11 Luvaluva 2.30 – well bred debut runner by Mastercraftsman out of a Galileo mare, represents the astute yard of John Sargent and comes into this race on the back of winning a trial at Wyong in impressive fashion over Eagleworks who came out and win its next trial franking the form to a major degree, tries 1300m on debut here and bred for this trip and further, gets into a fairly average race for the purse on offer and should prove hard to hold out as the clear cut top elect, we have it rated on top as as 2.00 chance, goes around as a 2.30 chance fixed odds which is decent overs, very hard to beat and qualifies as a strong banker bet on the day.

Scone R7 #8 Makfi Lass 3.30 – deceivingly well bred type by Makfi out of a Palace Music mare, comes into this race screaming out for this trip now after flashing big closing pars late over 1300m last time out to finish 2nd to Don’t Doubt Her beaten 0.7l with a good margin to 3rd and further back adding good depth to the form out of that race, lightly raced having only 8th career start here suggesting good natural scope for more and drops 1.5kg on last start 2nd into this race, we have it rated on top as a 3.00 chance, ticks a few boxes for a clear cut top elect and should prove hard to hold out as a 3.30 chance in fixed odds markets.

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