PROGRAMMED PROPERTY SERVICES MAIDEN Tips (Race 2)
Pinjarra Best Bet - Race 2 No. 8 Real Passion
While there's no prizes for finding her at an even money quote, this filly would be even shorter if William Pike was engaged but loses nothing with Chris Parnham taking the reins for start two and jumping off the second favourite Dance Shoes to ride, looks a good lead.
By Pierro and of a Redoute's Choice mare, Real Passion will stretch out past a mile in time (which her breeding suggests), so the step straight from six furlongs to 1500m now is a plus and despite not prevailing as a well supported favourite on debut ($2.35-$1.80), she shouldn't have lost any fans in a strong chasing effort in a leader dominated affair.
In what isn't the strongest of Maiden's and donning the famous cerise and white of leviathan owner Bob Peters, this three-year-old should be breaking through at Pinjarra with any improvement off that debut outing.
RACING THURSDAY JANUARY 21 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Pinjarra Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Ginger Flyer
Although she wasn't able to build on an impressive second-up victory over this track and distance back in April, the last campaign for Ginger Flyer was very consistent and she did race competitively versus some very handy company with the highlight being a runner-up to Chantrea who won her next two at stakes level.
Following a lean patch, the Simon Miller stable is back firing with nine winners from his last 25 starters and I like that he's taking Ginger Flyer back through these lower grades for now, a move which paid dividends first-up on December 9 where she bolted in as our best bet on that Ascot program.
Getting nice relief courtesy again of the 2kg Beaux Banovic-Edwards claim who shouldn't have any trouble landing straight on the speed once more, this four-year-old should get every chance to go back-to-back this Wednesday.
STATE WIDE TURF SERVICES HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Pinjarra Each-Way Bet - Race 7 No. 8 Rocky Path
She admittedly finds it hard to win but is a very capable galloper on her day which was most evident in her early three-year-old days when defeating a handy one in Platinum Bullet prior to a second-placing behind Group One winner Kay Cee, defeating the smart Superstorm in the process.
Whilst it's doubtful that this mare will scale those heights again, she's more than capable in a race of this strength and following a Kalgoorlie win to round out her last campaign, has been luckless second-up and third-up this time where she's found her fair share backsides on both of those occasions.
Rocky Path generally does settle off the speed as she's not vintage out of the gates, but the step back up to 1400m is a tick and looking to come with one big run late, is an each-way chance here with better luck in transit, which she is due for.
MAGIC MILLIONS LADIES DAY SAT FEB 6 HANDICAP Tips (Race 9)
Pinjarra Value Bet - Race 9 No. 6 Brutus Maximus
With a pair of strong performances under his belt, this well-bred six-year-old appealed at Ascot third-up following a win at Pinjarra and after being the subject of a heavy late market move, he was given no chance from the outset when aggressively ridden and was forced to cover extra ground as a consequence.
Given it was a 1400m contest that was set up for the swooper's, the effort in only going down just over two lengths on the line was very brave considering there was no favours and although barrier one here may force them to be close again, he can at least get cover this time around for this step up to the mile.
By Fastnet Rock and out of a Group Two winning mare in Hallowell Belle, Brutus Maximus showed a stack of ability early days and whilst he's had problems, the David Harrison stable has him in a good space this preparation after a somewhat disappointing short winter stint when coming back from an 18 month lay-off.