As was the case at the Valley two weeks ago, the most interesting horse on the card is the Matthew Williams-trained Harbour Views and did the business in pretty good style at his first try beyond the mile.
He is still spiralling upwards, and can remain hopeful of making his mark in better races in time, but he won't want to stop improving if he is to hold Double You Tee at bay on Saturday.
Double You Tee is a good horse, about as good as Harbour Views on the evidence to date, and he is one to get better with racing as so many are from his outstanding stable.
After blowing the cobwebs off at his first couple he returned to something like his true form chasing Harbour Views last time, and now looks more likely than not to raise the bar again this week, which can keep Harbour Views more than honest.
It's understandable that the winner from last time, with his abundant upside, heads the betting but the gap between the pair looks too big and that leaves Double You Tee making plenty of appeal.
For an each way play we head to race six, a 1000m handicap with quite a bit going on. In terms of depth it's the race of the day on Saturday and the betting should be as competitive as the racing with solid cases to be made for several.
The one we want to make a case for is Brazen Brando who, at double figure odds, looks undersold after throwing up a not so subtle signal that he is ready to deliver on his promise when resuming at Pakenham.
He beat nothing, but he absolutely towelled them up, and did so despite a tempo that was hardly conducive to gapping a field regardless of how ordinary they are.
He can measure up on Saturday, and at $11.00 is well worth a ticket in a terrific little contest.
THE MELBOURNE MAIL
Bet Of The Day: Race 8 #3 Double You Tee @ $8.00
Each Way Play: Race 6 #10 Brazen Brando @ $11.00