Turning the clock back

Monday 16, 2017 12:00 PM By Best Bets

Handy stayer Ecuador surprised punters (he was $9 to $15) when he resumed on Christmas Eve with a win over 1400 metres in the December Handicap.

They're sure to be warier when the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained seven-year-old steps out over the same journey in this Saturday's Carrington Stakes at Randwick.

Early in 2014 Ecuador kicked off his campaign with successive wins over 1400 metres, but between then and Christmas Eve 2016 he hadn't won over less than 1800 metres.

Will he get the Carrington cash? You'll find Australia's best form guide for Saturday's Randwick, Moonee Valley, Morphettville and Eagle Farm meetings in this weekend's Best Bets.

On pages 4 and 5 you'll find four-state selections from some of the nation's leading form analysts as well as our popular Black Bookers, Sectional Stars and Video Stars features.

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