Rail Position: Out 12m, entire circuit
Track Condition: Good 4
Even affair to start the day. SHARKBRIGHT was responsible for a cracker of a run when resuming last start this grade. Finished 3rd after being a mile back to bend and was only beaten a long neck. Fitter now. Hardest o beat are GENNADY on debut and last start placegetter SUNRISE DANCER.
AASIRA may be worth another look at here. She was on a cracking pace from gate rise this grade last start over 1500m and folded up last 100m when looking winner to run 6th. Shorter race here so worth another go. Interesting to see how JOAN’S A JETT performs here. Sat back on debut in maiden and was 10th for home before unleashing to win 1100m maiden in last few bounds. Harder here but longer so may suit even more. Super fit now. RHYMING VERSES has drawn well and after maiden win ran game 4th this grade. Chance.
MAHIS ANGEL is getting better and stronger every run. In this grade and trip last start at the Valley, he sat off pace and stormed home in town to get beaten a nostril. Up 2kg but bigger track looks ideal. YULONG SEPTEMBER has had just 2 runs to date, both were exceptional efforts and looks well up to this grade. ROYAL PERFORMANCE, likewise, is just 2 runs into a career which looks promising. Won maiden last start and looks up to this.
Tip: MAHIS ANGEL
Interesting race here. MR TIPLA is a Kiwi who has won 2 from 3 starts including impressively this grade Seymour last start. Gives impression further they go better he gets. COLESBERG has drawn badly here so probably drops out early. Came with a powerful burst to win last start and looks back to his best. Big danger. GASWORX is consistent and after winning maiden, won again and with inside draw should be handy all way.
Toppie THE GATTING BALL has been up a long time but continues to race well and looks to be thriving over these longer trips. Great 2nd this grade last start and gets 1.5kg weight relief. Danger. THE MIGHTY JROD has poor form but is well placed this grade. Did show improvement when 4th last start and may be ready to fire up again. RELIABLE MAGIC looks like a stayer in the making and did come hard to win last start. Tougher here but racing well. Big show.
Tip: THE GATTING BALL
FORBID ME NOT looks well placed. Has found some great form of late with a pair of wins from past 3 starts recently. Drawn ideally and looms large. KEYMASTER has horror draw but does get weight relief and first-up run when 2nd similar race was very impressive. Chance. TYCOON ROXY steps up to city grade here after 2 wins from past 3 easier races. Place show.
Tip: FORBID ME NOT
HUNAMOSA is probably right at his limit here with this weight, although that impost has been mitigated a bit by the 3kg allowance. He deserves it though after sitting off pace and coming hard to narrowly win this very grade last start. ROSSMAN won first up and looked very powerful doing it. He may be in for a big campaign. NEVER AGAIN has similarly won his starts this campaign, two in fact. Bad draw but winning form is the best form. Chance.
LORICAIN has been doing great things in the bush recently, winning 2 of past 3 and one of them was by 7 lengths! Looks to have a bit of a future. Likes to settle and dash late. Chance. TEODORA and stablemate BEETOBEE are both very fit and racing well enough in similar company. Bad draws both but they will ease and come home hard. Watch market.