Vaniloquio (Race 6, No.7) hit the ground running for his new trainer Clarry Conners.
This former resident of Hong Kong had lost his way but after an encouraging trial at Warwick Farm he ran a gutsy third first-up at Wyong. He loomed to win but it was only fitness that beat him in the end.
Strips fitter second-up and in well again at the weights. Just has to handle the heavy track.
It’s hard to find a way for the Tigers to win this game, given the poor level of football they’ve played in the last two weeks, and how spiritless they were against the Giants last week.
Collingwood are getting an even contribution across their 22 in recent weeks, while Richmond are getting anything but. Richmond’s ponderously slow ball movement will play into the hands of the Pies pressure game, who will generate scoring opportunities by forcing turnovers in their forward half.