Two promising 3YOs line up to battle one another here. In one corner we have the tried BILL ‘N’ TED and in the other one we see Kris Lees bringing yet another impressive trialler to the bush for a debut start. Her name is RAAY OF TIME. Now, Bill ‘N’ Ted must have talent. He was very heavily backed late in betting on debut and after a nice run behind the speed, got out, hit the front and was nabbed on the post. He has sufficient speed to be handy from the get go, and can fight on. His natural improvement should bring him right into this. As for the Lees filly, she has trialled well, most recently finishing it off strongly to win. Will be supported. They look the quinella.
Tip: BILL ‘N’ TED
Unraced maidens are always a bit of a risk and we have a couple here. But we are hearing strong and encouraging things about this Smart Missile 3YO called BROKEN ARROWS. He’s drawn the fence and David Pfieffer trains. His recent trial resulted in a 5th placing. But he cantered to the wire and he was under restraint as they ran across the finish. It looked almost deliberate that he was strung up on the fence. With clear run here he might just sprout wings.
Tip: BROKEN ARROWS
There is an age old rule of thumb for punting – and it’s ‘always back a dual acceptor. Well, Joe Pride had SO SPIRITED in a winnable race at Canterbury yesterday and decided to scratch him in preference for this. And that should be a major push. The horse is in form having won at BM 66 level 3 runs back. His past 2 starts have been strong efforts, just missing a place in BM 80 races. This represents a bit of drop in grade. Local horse CHILLI BEAUTY can plug on for 2nd.