Raceday focus: Wangaratta Monday

Monday, 28 August 2017, 09:34:29 AM. WODONGA trainer Craig Widdison says an improving track and a huge step up in grade will work against his speedy mare Baby Zara, but reminds us that they’ll still have to get past her.

Widdison admits his five-year-old mare’s best work has come on heavy tracks and an improving surface at Wangaratta on Monday afternoon probably works against her, but claimed she was faultless for her latest appearance.

Baby Zara’s back-to-back wins on her home track have contributed significantly to Widdison’s bright start to the new season, with trainer enjoying a 27 per cent winning strike rate.

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BEST BET

ANSINNA (Race 7, No. 7/$4.60)

Freshened for this. If Nikita Berriman can slot in just off speed, has the ability to figure here. Has been racing consistently and just needs a bit of luck to be a major player.

NEXT BEST

BETTER STRIKE (Race 9, No. 12/$5)

Prepared to forgive last start when a disappointing fifth after missing start at Moe. Previous run was good. Steps up again in distance but has two satisfactory efforts at that distance range.

KITSUNE (Race 2, No. 14/NA)

From strong Maher stable and was impressive on debut but found one better after overracing early. Terrible draw but can atone here with the services of Linda Meech.

VALUE BET

BABY ZARA (Race 5, No. 3/$4.40)

Proven performer over this trip and should set the tempo from good inside draw. If she gets a soft lead could be difficult to run down. In great form and hat-trick not beyond her.

THE TRAINER

CRAIG WIDDISON

BABY ZARA (Race 5, No. 3/$4.40)

“Biggest challenge with both wins in 58 grade and now stepping up to 70 grade. Plus her best has come on the heavy. The improving track is probably against her, but she’s drawn well.

“Key to her has been getting out to 1400m. I cannot fault her and she should give them something to chase. We’ll re-evaluate where we’re at after this run.”

CHARLIE’S HERO (Race 3, No. 2/$41)

“Expect improvement. Caught us by surprise how fast he went from gates last time. Didn’t expect him to lead so was always going to knock up. Will get softer run here and should see some sort of improvement.”

THE JOCKEY

NIKITA BERIMAN

Combining with Shea Eden to take out the final race at Cranbourne on Sunday, the talented jockey teams up again with the same trainer, with her best appearing to be: ANSINNA (Race 7, No. 7/$4.60) and MY GYPSY JANE (Race 6, No. 10/$5.50).

*NOTE: TAB Fixed Odds correct at time of publishing.

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Thoroughbred action in Victoria heads to Wangaratta on Monday afternoon. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Originally published as Raceday focus: Wangaratta Monday

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