The day features a few Melbourne Mail heroes and villains from the winter months. One hero, Danon Roman, came close to making it back into these pages but it's villain Double You Tee who gets the nod as our bet of the day in a competitive 2000m handicap run as the eighth on the card.
Double You Tee earned Villain status when running a fairly plain fifth last time out but that is probably harsh as the race developed into a farce with everyone seemingly forgetting that there was a race on until the 400m mark when it was all too late for many unsuited by a rapid change of pace and a 400m burn up.
Double You Tee was one of those, looking particularly unthreatening in fifth, but a stronger tempo is surely (surely) on the cards this time and his run two back, when producing a time figure of 101, was about as good as anything he has ever done and pointed to him being on track to win one of these.
There's a bit to this race but he's got the talent and $8.50 appeals as a good gamble.
Such a good gamble, in fact, that it's the same price as our each way play. A touch backwards perhaps, but The Melbourne Mail doesn't play by the rules (Not entirely true. We recommend you at least approximate towards the Kelly Criterion as a rule etc...)
That each way play comes up in race two, another strong-looking handicap, this time for three-year-olds down the straight 1200m.
There's plenty to work with here, and winning chances from top to bottom, but Widespread appeals as being about as likely as any and a good each way play at $8.50.
He impressed first up, and looked to have more to come, before being bailed up from a low draw around Sandown last time.
This is tougher, no doubt, but he's better than what he has shown to this point (in our humble) and can give this a big shake.
THE MELBOURNE MAIL
Bet Of The Day: Race 8 #5 Double You Tee @ $8.50
Each Way Play: Race 2 #3 Widespread @ $8.50