Glenn Milne, Jodi Reynolds, Jason Modica and Liam Wood

By BOB UTBER

Sir, Please excuse me for thinking that the big race in Victoria happens on the first Tuesday in November. How wrong can you be?

Reading the local newspapers, I have come to realise that the big event is to be held in Mildura 14 days after the event in Melbourne.

The Mildura Mayoral Cup for stayers and not sprinters. Sprinters have made the field in the past but have been found wanting.

Unlike the Melbourne event there are only nine likely runners in our event which makes it an interesting and open field with five of them having their first start.

My spies’ tracksides (including ‘Nifty Nev’) have been watching the form of the runners over the past nine months or more and have really got their handle on the prospects. Some of the field have not had the experience on such a track as this and will be interesting to see how they react to an event such as this.

Here is a rundown of the form as relayed to me by my spies with the binoculars.

MILNE – has been around this track and won the race on many occasions and still a favourite with lots of supporters. Probably will find that some of the other competitors have prepared themselves for this event and will struggle to win.

ARNEY – very seldom races in the city but will be interesting to see in action. No doubt his form in the bush will stand him in good stead but will find his first start rather daunting.

WOOD – another newcomer to the event whose form is hard to follow but his connections know when they have a good one as they had his brother perform well in the metropolitan circuit.

MODICA – was favoured to win the event last year. This international stayer also had a tilt at the big one in Canberra. Ran a good race then but now back on his home track will be one to watch. His experience could tell in the finish.

DE PIERI – Another International who has not raced this distance locally but has a ton of experience. Will go into the event as a long shot and don’t be surprised if he wins. His performances in the past have attracted world-wide attention.

ECKEL – like the old stayer Milne has been around this track with some very good performances many times. There are some youngsters in his stable now and word is that one of them could be first home. Still experience counts.

HEALY – word has it that she has been prepared to take this event by the scruff of the neck. Has been a reliable performer without setting the world on fire and will have strong support.

POWER – Another International, this time from the US. May find that this track is completely different from those back in the US and will use this event as a guide for the future. Look for improved performances in the next 12 months.

REYNOLDS – also a newcomer and unknown by many. Her training has been particularly impressive and has been kept under wraps by the stable who also have Eckel, Modica and Healy running.

Who am I tipping? Pardon me but have you ever seen a poor bookmaker? But in this case, I will give it a go.

I like the International DePieri to be first past the post. Untried on this track but has had tons of experience and reminds one of the flamboyant Lyon-of-Geelong who if you recall had some fine performances down in Corio Bay.

If you are looking for a double then probably Modica and Healy could take the prize.

Good punting.

Citrus Bob

Councillor Glenn Milne

MILNE – has been around this track and won the race on many occasions and still a favourite with lots of supporters. Probably will find that some of the other competitors have prepared themselves for this event and will struggle to win.

 

ARNEY – very seldom races in the city but will be interesting to see in action. No doubt his form in the bush will stand him in good stead but will find his first start rather daunting.

Councillor-elect Liam Wood

WOOD – another newcomer to the event whose form is hard to follow but his connections know when they have a good one as they had his brother perform well in the metropolitan circuit.

Councillor Jason Modica

MODICA – was favoured to win the event last year. This international stayer also had a tilt at the big one in Canberra. Ran a good race then but now back on his home track will be one to watch. His experience could tell in the finish.

Councillor-elect Stefano de Pieri

DE PIERI – Another International who has not raced this distance locally but has a ton of experience. Will go into the event as a long shot and don’t be surprised if he wins. His performances in the past have attracted world-wide attention.

Councillor Mark Eckel

ECKEL – like the old stayer Milne has been around this track with some very good performances many times. There are some youngsters in his stable now and word is that one of them could be first home. Still experience counts.

Councillor Helen Healy

HEALY – word has it that she has been prepared to take this event by the scruff of the neck. Has been a reliable performer without setting the world on fire and will have strong support.

Councillor-elect Cyndi Power

POWER – Another International, this time from the US. May find that this track is completely different from those back in the US and will use this event as a guide for the future. Look for improved performances in the next 12 months.

Councillor-elect Jodi Reynolds

REYNOLDS – also a newcomer and unknown by many. Her training has been particularly impressive and has been kept under wraps by the stable who also have Eckel, Modica and Healy running.