THE BULL AND BUSH TAVERN HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Bunbury Best Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Apache Patrol
Trainer Stephen Miller has saddled up seven winners at a very good strike rate of 31.3% at Bunbury over the last 12 months and he combines with the experienced Brad Rawiller this Wednesday on Apache Patrol, a galloper that looks very well suited by the rise to 1400m now.
Following a fighting debut victory over the 1200m at Pinjarra, the son of All American was honest on December 16 for third behind the impressive London Miss (won again last Wednesday), albeit was just a little one-paced but still managed to put a good gap on the next runner home.
He was unlucky in his last attempt when badly held-up until the 150m before flashing home late and with the blinkers now being applied, this gelding should be able to settle prominently in what looks a very winnable contest.
FURPHY – REFRESHING ALE HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Bunbury Next Value Bet - Race 7 No. 7 Westernize
With form around genuine city class opposition over his last preparation, this four-year-old is much more talented than his record to date suggests and the December 29 trial where he found the line well for second (third fastest 950m heat that morning) suggests he's ready to go.
By Patronize and out of a stakes-placed mare in Western Fever, Westernize resumed off a long spell at Esperance last campaign and recorded the easiest of wins before a pair of seconds, the last of which was a narrow defeat to the handy Son Of God, a galloper that since won four more and was three-wide the trip in a brave defeat last Saturday.
This gelding had later efforts which includes a placing behind the listed winning Miss Frost and was three-wide throughout following that when third to Levitate, both fantastic references for this race where he draws well in four for jockey Paul Harvey. who is striking at 21.4% for the David Harrison yard over the last 12 months.
JCW ELECTRICAL HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Bunbury Roughie - Race 8 No. 10 Carlton Castle
There was money for this five-year-old prior to his return performance at Pinjarra ($7.50-$5.50) and although he did make some inroads from the rear, the 1200m proved to be a little sharp although he was only two lengths off the winner on the line.
A lightly raced gelding that brought-up his sole win second-up (over this track/trip), he is technically up in grade for this attempt, but does find himself against key threats who are middle distance/staying types still early in their work and with the ability to sprint at seven furlongs, does look better suited, especially with the 4kg drop in the weights.
Jockey Joseph Azzopardi (17 winners at Bunbury over the last 12 months at a strike rate of 22.7%) climbs aboard Carlton Castle this Wednesday and with prior form that does tie in quite well with Speedy Miss (third favourite), he has each-way claims in a competitive affair.