Race 1, No. 0
This is a cracking race to open proceedings with almost the entire field having some chance. Solid pace will be ensured with Pomp, Husheen, Windsor Cup and Saltarello all likely to press forward. NO. 7 BEAUTIFUL FLYER won a very bad race like a very good horse last start. She sat back over 1200m at Strathalbyn on February 24 and came to the outside and powered away like she would come straight to town and win. They have picked a really tough race for her so we will find out straight away if she is the real deal. No. 3 Pomp has shown a stack of ability in his two starts to date. He had to be restrained from the gate last start when he flew home for a close third to Counter Pulse on The Parks track last Saturday, going back probably did not suit him. Pomp has drawn barrier 1 in this and will be right behind the leaders in the run and be tough to hold out up to this trip. No. 4 Viddora is a very smart filly, she ran well at Moonee Valley last start when she finished a close third behind Stellar Collision over 1000m on February 26. Viddora has drawn out wide which will not help her cause but her class will see her be very competitive and she is unbeaten second up. is first up in this and she has also showed plenty of ability so far. She should have beaten Kallara Village on the parks track on December 12 in what was a strong race.
Race 2, No. 0
Race 2 – Bullion Wolf can lead from the Victorian visitor Dam Ready. NO.2 DAM READY was very impressive last start when defeating subsequent listed race winner Moshki at Moonee Valley over 1000m when he trailed the speed. He looks very well suited in this and if he can repeat the form of his last run, he should be winning. No.1 Bullion Wolf has raced well in all of his career runs to date. Last start he ran second to Benz, a horse who looks to have very good potential. Lloyd Kennewell will have him spot on for this so I’m sure he’ll be fighting out the finish. No.8 Northern Lass got well back at Bendigo on February 23 before hitting the line well. The step up in distance to 1200m will suit. She’ll do no work in the run so watch for her to be running on.
Race 3, No. 0
This is another good race Tycoon Queen will set the pace. NO. 1 SCRATCHY LASS is a quality animal in good form. Her first two runs this campaign have been excellent including 1.5L second to Estaminet over 1000m down the straight at Flemington on February 20. She will be somewhere near the lead in the run and with good race fitness on her side very hard to beat. No. 5 Tycoon Queen is in amazing form she has been just leading and bolting in and if she can turn up and repeat her last start defeat of Beau’s My Boy on the parks track on February 27 she will take some catching. No. 9 Willander Princess has drawn very well in gate 4 and she will be nice and fit for this assignment.
Race 4, No. 0
This is an open race with a few chances and on that basis I am happy to back NO. 3 HAVE PLENTY. He is a top quality Adelaide stayer second up over a mile so I may be going for him too early in his preparation but I feel his class will see him very hard to beat today. If he can produce anything like his 1.2L third to Divan at Flemington on November 7 over 2000m he will be winning. He will get a fair way back in what could be a slowly run race but he will attack the line hard. No. 6 Zayak has battled away well at his last two runs in similar standard races to this. From the excellent barrier in 3 he is likely to enjoy a sweet run in transit and have plenty in the tank to fight out the finish. No. 2 Beau’s My Boy is a last start winner on this track over this trip and should be able to lead and dictate terms in this race. Historically when he finds form he tends to hold it so he must be respected in this.
Race 5, No. 0
Ustinov’s Fury can lead from Karlovasi and Lidari not far away either. NO.2 DYLANSON has been fantastic in his two runs back from a spell. First up over 1000m he finished second behind the very classy sprinter Swinging Arms before going on to defeat a top horse in Riziz over 1200m at Morphettville. The step up to 1600m will be a plus and Phillip Stokes will have him spot on for this. No.3 Excites Zelady will be improved by his first up run on the Morphettville Parks track over 1400m when he was beaten by Redeem Bounty by just over half a length. He is another who’ll appreciate the rise in trip, and from the good barrier draw Jake Toeroek will give him every chance. No.1 Lidari possesses a great amount of ability but has proven hard to catch. First up for Darren Weir he was narrowly defeated by his stable mate Signoff at Caulfield over 1700m, before then returning to Caulfield over 1800m after a freshen up where he was disappointing. The class drop will help, I expect him to improve sharply off his last outing.
Race 6, No. 0
Jennyfromtheblock will lead from I Am Gypsy and Nearest to Pin. NO.1 COULDN’T AGREEMORE has a super fresh record winning three out of five first up attempts, has trialled well at Gawler over 1000m in readiness for his return. He had a disappointing campaign last time in however on the back of his trial it seems he is back nearing his best. He is a very classy horse when right and with the 2kg claim for Emily Finnegan I expect him to be very hard to beat here. No.8 I Am Gypsy will take good improvement fitness wise following her first up run on the Morphettville Parks track where she finished third beaten less than a length by Hidden Value. She will jump and have a nice run in transit trailling the leader, she is sure to make her presence felt in this. No.9 Tarco has been freshened by trainer David Jolly which could see him get back to his best. At his best he led all the way to easily defeat Ready Sunshine at this track and distance. If he is at his best he’ll be very competitive.
Race 7, No. 0
Go Dreaming can take up the lead in the Cup from Real Love, Purple Smile, Jim’s Journey and Distillation not far away. Following the scratching of Signoff, his stablemate NO.2 REAL LOVE looks very well weighted to win. Two starts ago she was an unlucky third behind Swacadelic and Signoff after lumping 58kg at Moonee Valley over 2500m in the Listed Torney Cup. She then went to Flemington and put in a very tough performance over 2600m when she was very strong to the line to defeat Dandy Gent and Black Jag. It appears as though the rise in trip to 3200m won’t be an issue. Brad Rawiller will push forward from that gate and have this mare right on the speed and with clear running she will be extremely hard to beat. No.8 Swacadelic was given a super ride by Kerrin McEvoy last start to defeat Signoff and Real Love where he carried 4kg less than the mare. He is in form and Kerrin McEvoy again takes the ride and will no doubt give him every hope. He must be respected. No.17 Tidy Prophet was very impressive winning the Port Lincoln Cup last time out over 1950m, this is obviously a rise in class and she is unknown at the distance like most of her rivals, however after drawing a good barrier, she will do no work in the run and if she was to be in the finish I wouldn’t be surprised. She is racing very well.
Race 8, No. 0
Very good race this where Éclair Choice, Lord Aspen and Iconic will create the speed. No.3 Lord Aspen has had a let up after his disappointing run in the Christmas Handicap at Morphettville on boxing day. He is a very smart horse and Mick Huxtable has given him two official trials to ready him for this first up run. I expect him to be hard to beat. No.8 Runway Star from the powerful Peter Moody yard is looking to go back to back in this race after defeating Riziz in it last year. She is dynamic first up and expect Moody to have her ready to fire. She will sat back off them and be storming late. No.1 Éclair Choice will be fitter for his two runs back from a spell, he is a very good horse when right so must be respected.
Race 9, No. 0
Fight to the Line can take up the running from Pepper the Pin and Wicked Tycoon, NO.6 BAY ROAD has the speed to race on speed however he was slow away last start and was forced to settle back in the field, once he was brought to the outside he finished full of running. Expect Caitlin Jones to ride him with a sit again today and if he can reproduce that form of last time out he’ll prove hard to hold out. No.12 Impulse Diavolo is a very talented horse. He defeated Mr Liberty last preparation at Morphettville over 1200m which must be respected. David Jolly would have targeted this race for him first up so expect him to be fit and ready to go. No.8 Pepper the Pin is very honest. He sat on speed and was run down late by his talented stable mate Royal Rumble over 1250m on the Parks track. The 3kg claim is a plus as is the good gate as he will jump and put himself on speed without doing any work. He’ll again take beating
Race 1, No. 0
Leg 1) 1,8,9
Leg 2) 2,3,8,13,17
Leg 3) 1,3,8
Leg 4) 3,6,8,12
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