A couple of great meetings at Flemington & Randwick on Saturday afternoon, supported by some quality cards at Gold Coast, Ascot and Kembla Grange. The Horse has found his best bets across the meetings to keep the returns ticking over.
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Pretty keen to continue following (1) Zac De Boss after consecutive wins in maiden and BM58 grade. Obviously he steps up in grade her again, but he has improved each run, and he looks to be up to this task. The last start he beat Jimenez by 1.5 lengths and a repeat performance here would see him close, if not winning. He did race a touch green in the closing stages of that race, but once in front he leveled out and looked pretty classy. In the small field he draws Gate 6 which should allow him to sit just behind the pace, saving some fuel, and then present when needed.
The competition is pretty thin, and it is pretty easy to find something against many of the runners, for example (2) Milton Park is not the best first-up, despite having plenty of potential.
The threat looks to be (6) Siren Rock after a maiden victory last start at Mornington. He won impressively by over 3 lengths, and today he gets the services of Jamie Kah. The result looked more impressive than the win of Zac De Boss, but it was against an easier field.
The race favourite looks like a pretty sure bet here. (5) All Time Legend comes here after consecutive wins in lower graded races. But he achieved those pretty convincingly. This is another step up, albeit not against the most outstanding field, so he really gets a great chance to notch up another one. With a few scratchings there are seven runners remaining, so the gate and ‘luck in running’ should not be factors. He has won twice on Soft going, so the track conditions will be to his advantage. The odds are well and truly gone—one for the multiples. Best of the day at Randwick.
It is 3 from 3 wins on Soft tracks for (2) Big Parade and he gets those conditions again today. Could the real Big Parade please stand up! He has not won twice in a row in any preparation, so consistency is the query—but the track conditions, the distance and the jockey are all consistent factors so there are no excuses for not putting in another good performance here today. With the odds a little tight, he is another one for the multiples.
The threats look to be the return of (7) Handspun who goes well first-up, and (4) Bandersnatch who has been racing well.
If you’re looking for one across the border, than include (4) Sizzlefly from the Stokes stable. He won a trial before coming second first-up behind Terbium at Gawler in a BM82. An overall record of 15 starts for 5 wins; he does know how to find the line. Kayla Crowther is riding well. He is a little unders, so hopefully there is a drift, considering the third place getter in the last start was (1) Irish Mint who is around $14. (2) Lil Kontra could be the danger.
It’s the Chester Manifold Stakes. And another runner I am keen to stick with is (7) Riding The Wave who only by the thinnest of margins last start in a BM78 after dropping down from BM84. He has a solid record of 16 starts for 6 wins and 6 places, so if he isn’t winning he will at least be giving you a good sight (so activate the bonus bet promotions if you have them). The step into stakes grade is within his grasp, he drops in weight, gets Ethan Brown back on board, and gets a pretty handy gate. He should be leading them from the inside or one back behind the leader getting the gun run. Brown will have the choice.
(1) Blazejowski is a quality horse but performing under expectations this prep, so happy to exotics but risk the win. (2) Brave Song can certainly turn up, while the biggest threat looks to be the Damian Oliver steered (3) Vassilator—and at $6.50 worth a saver.
The Seppelt Salinger Plate is a BM78 grade 1800 metres, and in my view, a really open affair. I am keen to take on the race favourite (13) Tycoon Bec who graduates into this from a CL1 win. That was at Moonee Valley, where she won by under a length in what looked like a much weaker field. (10) Garimpeiro is the other one in the market, and comes here after some good (but not great) performances in a slightly higher grade.
The one that looks like a good each-way bet is (3) Starouz who went better over the 1800 metres last start, coming third behind Somerset Maugham and Rainbow Thief. That was in BM84 grade and a tougher bunch of runners than we have here. Fitness will be peaking, gets the claim Liam Riordan. The gate is a little ordinary, but he has options, so with even luck he should be somewhere within striking range.
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