Rail Position: Out 3m, entire circuit
Track Condition: Good 4
Welcome back James McDonald and he looks a very, very big chance to win on his first ride back. He pilots CORMAC here who dashed home same grade when 2nd last start. Is 3rd up here and looms very large. His stablemate DREAM GENIE looks nicely placed too and should be battling away in the minor money. Watch market.
This bloke MICKEY BLUE EYES is so well bred and lived up to it on debut when he charged home from a mile back and ran the very smart Graff to a neck. Even if he just runs up to that, he should win, but imagine what he does if he’s taken benefit from the outing. PEMBROKE CASTLE was sent forward and led until final 100m when resuming last start. That was terrific trial for this. SEPARATED was strong when 4th in slightly easier race on debut. Can place if improved.
Tip: MICKEY BLUE EYES
ALMIGHTY CROWN is fully wound up now and has shown plenty in 3 runs this time up. Back in grade a little here following a really good 3rd. Looms large. TINKERMOSA is up in class but is showing staying ability and she may earn a start north if she can conquer these. DEVIL’S LAIR is another with potential and has won twice this time up – but this is a little harder. Place show this time.
Tip: ALMIGHTY CROWN
This is a fascinating race to work out. THY KINGDOM COME is ready to win in town and his last start 2nd just underscored that. But he has a big weight against some rising stars including TURNBERRY and LAUSSEL. Both can find the wire and both and beautifully drawn here. May we suggest you box this trio.
Tip: THY KINGDOM COME
Is today the day we finally see this former Japanese galloper HALLELUJAH BOY win an Aussie race? We think so. His last start, his 4th since resuming here, looked very good as he made ground late to grab 2nd in what we believe was a strong race. This trip should be ideal too. INTUERI is strong when right and surely after 2 useful efforts this time up, he is going to be near his best. Up on pace all way and can place. JAUNTY looked very smart when resuming and dashing late to get 2nd in slightly easier race. Should have come on from that effort and you should have in your numbers.
Tip: HALLELUJAH BOY
LIPIZZAN is a good mare when right. Loves this track, which is her home course, and looks well placed while fresh here. MEDOVINA is up in grade but probably deserves to be following her last start win. Likes to rattle home. IT’S TIME FOR MAGIC had 3 runs last campaign, all in this type of grade, and was runner up each time! Deserves a break through. Chance.
OXFORD MAGIC was very good when 2nd last start against this class and was resuming. Gets weight relief here but has drawn wide so may have to push forward and should slot in 2nd behind local horse CHAPELCO who looks to lead all the way today. He is very fit and this is his home track so he should spear straight to the early front. If not pressured, can lead all way. BROTHER IN ARMS has a lot of talent but also a fair few problems. Showed return to form last start when strong 2nd at big odds this grade.