Fashions on the Field Oaks Day Maiden Tips (Race 2)
Launceston Best Bet - Race 2 No. 11 Endured
With five places from eight starts to date, this four-year-old is admittedly getting a little costly for punters but back on the turf at Launceston and knocking on the door firmly at present, I'm willing to give her another chance on Wednesday night.
Prepared by a very astute trainer in Leanne Gaffney who has a winning strike of 27% since the start of 2020, Endured hasn't looked quite as comfortable in a pair of synthetic attempts, despite running second on January 6 when a month between runs and prior to that, arguably should've won over the 1400m, the same track and trip she faces here.
The form does continue to stack up fairly around this four-year-old (a beaten favourite behind the Launceston Guineas favourite three starts back) who now has the services of Victorian hoop Luke Currie.
Bill Dunstone Memorial Maiden Tips (Race 3)
Launceston Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 3 Dirado
Like most gallopers that cross to the 'Apple Isle', they generally find this racing jurisdiction a lot easier, especially in the lower grades and looking to break her maiden first-up in Tasmania is this daughter of Olympic Glory that was competitive over four runs in New South Wales.
She had placed either side of a Provincial tilt in October, 2020 prior to the sea change and via a Longford trial for the new yard, showed good speed with the blinkers going on to record a comfortable two and a half-length margin over Hot Relation, who is the second favourite in this line-up.
Jockey Troy Baker sticks from that hit-out and with the benefit of barrier two, can land straight on the speed early and if that recent piece of work was any indication, then she should take some catching fresh.
Kevin Sharkie Launceston Guineas Tips (Race 5)
Launceston Roughie - Race 5 No. 7 Turk Delight
From those that participated in the Tasmanian Guineas on June 8, I can't see anything turning it around on the favourite Swoop Dog but with a different form line, I was a little surprised by the long opening price for this three-year-old who has had excuses this preparation.
Turk Delight raced three-wide throughout when well supported late ($15-$11) in his fresh attempt, albeit was still too bad to be true and had excuses post-race with lameness, then was a month between performances on January 6 where he was badly inconvenienced by the eventual runner-up as second favourite over the mile at Devonport.
The blinkers now go the son of Mawingo for this 2100m feature, who although hasn't had the ideal preparation, can improve and prior to this campaign, there was clearly an opinion that he was well truly around the mark for these premier three-year-old events.
Jack Chambers Memorial Benchmark 66 Hcp Tips (Race 8)
Launceston Value Bet - Race 8 No. 5 Miss Excess
Whilst she hasn't prevailed again, this seven-year-old from the Leanne Gaffney stable has been racing consistently since a win on her Tasmanian debut back in June 2020, where she successfully lumped 62.5kg after nearly a two-year absence from racing.
You'll struggle to find too many bad efforts from Miss Excess over now 27 starts to date and although she is likely to get a little further back than they'd have preferred with the wide draw, there does look to be decent enough speed up front in this 1400m event, so if they're running on, she'll get a sniff.
Bulent Muchu now takes the reins on Miss Excess and with nine winners for this yard over the last 12 months at an excellent strike rate of 39.1%, this does look a nice for her, providing the track plays fair for the off-pace runners.