I love dual acceptors. It has been a long-held view by astute punters – if a horse is accepted for two races, back it in the one it runs in. Enter the 3YO filly here called FITUESE. She’s only had 2 race starts to date for an impressive all-the-way win on debut at Newcastle beating a subsequent winner, and then last start at this Cl 1 level, she couldn’t find the front early but plugged home for a close up 6th at Kembla. Gets a 2kg weight relief heer. Can lead all the way from the unbeaten filly SULKING who also has pace.
If BALLADEER wins this, and I think he’s a good thing, this might be a contender for best-placed horse of the day. He’s had 3 starts and been thereabouts each time. On debut he was 3rd at Canberra in what may be a strong mdn, then he was a close-up 5th at Kembla before an even effort for 4th at Hawkesbury. That was 1500m and he is better suited to this trip. The drop in class here is significant too.
This is not a strong race. So I’m on HOT SOCK. He is at least coming back in class a little following his good-finishing 5th last start at the Sunny Coast. He’s drawn beautifully here so should sit up about 4th on the rails and burst through late. He is 3rd up so his fitness is on the improve too. Trainer Robert Heathcote looks to have placed him nicely here. I like SURGICAL to be on pace and hang tough for 2nd.