More raiders hit the scene

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The interstate raiders have already made their mark on the carnival and there are some fresh faces lining up again this weekend at Doomben.

The Tony Vasil team have De Fine Lago lining up in the 2200m Premier’s cup and Balavan in the 1110m Chief De Beers handicap.

De Fine Lago has been mixing his form of late but you can forgive him for the last start failure on the bottomless ‘bool’ track over their carnival. You best look at his couple of runs before that when he got beaten a length at the valley in an 89 rating race over 2040m and then a nice run when 6th in the Easter Cup (G3) at Caulfield beaten 2.5L by Paddy O’Reilly. The horror gate 17 will not help his chance but a nice run would not surprise.

The really interesting runner is Balavan and I have a big wrap on this bloke. This 5 year old son of Bel Esprit has only had seven career starts for five wins and a second. He is pretty much untapped at the moment and I would expect he would take a hell of a lot of improvement out of his first up second at Caulfield after having not raced in nearly 200 days. He has gate 10 and although you really don’t want double figure gates over the short trips at Doomben, I actually have him getting a nice run. There is a lot of pace drawn wide and I think he can get across and make some of the main chances work really hard or keep them three wide. It may end up the last man standing and if the Aquanita team take a sit on this classy fellow he may be very hard to hold out, so keep him safe. (I will be when I put up “The Punt” section Friday!)

I was trying to get in touch with Sam Doran from the Vasil stable today but being a midweek meeting didn’t have any luck so we will get him next week leading into Under The Eiffel’s next run. They are a smart stable and always need to be respected.

There are many more interstaters here such as Forteller, Cinderockinrella, Turnitup, Leading and many more I will go into depth on  Friday when I post the selections up, so check in for all the latest info.