The Valley track report: Inside word from a trackwalker
5:34pm by Punters.com.au
The Valley track is set to be beneficial to on-speed horses pretty close to the rail, an experienced trackwalker has told Punters.com.au.
"The track is borderline Good 4/Good 3 but with the root structure there, I expect they will run good time."
"The track has been watered heavily Tuesday and Wednesday night (13mm each night) and then they have just let it dry out Thursday and Friday.
"The track is pretty even, it just has some slight advantages from back-to-back [rail] true meetings, and some compaction from tyre marks from the machinery used on the turf.
"From the 1000m-500m mark, the inside four lanes are best with minor advantage in lanes two and three.
"From the 500m-200m, lanes 1-5 are good and lanes 1.5-4 are the best - they just have that residual compaction from the two meetings with the rail in the true.
"In the straight, lanes 1-4 are best, lanes five and six are in play with the right tempo. Lanes 7-10 are slightly softer and would need horses in the inside four lanes really stopping quickly to win.
"I think the right on pace horses in lanes 1-4 will be very hard to beat."