Trainer Shea Eden is hoping Bright Eyes can reward his patience when she resumes under lights on her home track at Cranbourne.
Eden has given Bright Eyes a chance to mature physically and mentally since her first campaign, where she showed some talent, including a win at Moonee Valley.
The Herald Sun’s Gilbert Gardiner is tipping the filly to start the night on a winning note.
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(R1, No.1, $3.20)
Small fields can be tricky but Bright Eyes, with Jamie Mott in the saddle, should have too much get up and go for this lot of sprinters. Trained locally and down in class. Just wins.
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(R4, No.3, $3.20)
Ultra-consistent stayer will be up for the fight over 2580 metres. Been racing consistently since June so must love stable life. Should be right in the finish.
(R2 No.3, $12)
Must improve to be in the finish but has the right man on top — jockey Noel Callow — to find his best at Cranbourne.
BRIGHT EYES (R1, No.1)
“A progressive filly showed a fair bit in her first preparation just probably thought she was at the end of her preparation at Cauflield. We’ve given her time to mature, she’s come back physically and mentally more mature so it’s a nice race to kick her off in.”
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“To the eye it looked disappointing last start but I think the track at Pakenham, the inside was off the night she ran there. Trialled well at Cranbourne here at our jumpouts and I expect her to be able to bounce back on a track that should have a bit of give in it.”
Just the two rides on the card for Walker, and both for the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig yard, so expect the 21-time Group 1 jockey to bookend the quaddie, with Creedence (R5, No.3 $3.40) and Downloads (R8, No.12, $8).
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