3. OUR INTRIGUE produced arguably the run of the race versus similar rivals at Kembla, albeit there's not much between this lot. J-Mac made the right move by rolling forward as he couldn't get in via that September 11 event, but had to do a stack of work as a result. Had won the start prior and ideally with a back to follow this time around, she's a chance in a very open affair.
1. Achiever is poorly weighted coming out of Set Weights Class 3's in Brisbane, although could be the one peaking third-up. Spiked on a similar pattern over the autumn and beat No Compromise in between group placings that prep, who would be a short fav here.
2. Casino Mondial is coming out of Midway company which isn't exactly ideal, but he's been thriving with big weights and is arguably in career best form. Has a very good strike rate and along with drawing for a soft run, he drops from 59.5kg to 57kg.
8. Yiyi is a little overrated, albeit still very honest and plummets down to the 54kg minimum here. While he's still more effective on a wet track, this four-year-old is still capable on good ground.
Race 2 - 12:30PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 2 HANDICAP Tips (1500 METRES)
2. YULONG BASE gets the blinkers on for this rise to 1400m, a trip he's clearly looking for now, while a senior hoop and a good gate is a massive tick following the September 4 effort when never in contention. He should've finished much closer to Pleading the start prior at Tamworth when well backed, a galloper that has now won four in a row, including a Provincial win with 61.5kg.
3. Tap 'N' Run reeled in a speedy Mojo Music before a Provincial 64 attempt where he did his best work late over 1200m, and is now attempting seven furlongs for the first time. Has a great Highway profile being fit and in-form, but gate 13 makes it tricky.
10. Chase My Crown finished third in a Country Championships Qualifier at only start five over the autumn, so is certainly capable enough here and has been building well this prep (a little unlucky at Newcastle). Another right race/bad gate runner though.
11. Without Shame was good fresh then plain in an 1100m Highway, before getting home over the 1300m at Dubbo. Might be looking for 1400m, albeit they need to be more positive early.
Race 3 - 1:05PM MIDWAY HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
4. CATAPULT was unlucky in two runs to start the campaign and was then disappointing, putting in two sub-par efforts before a little freshen-up. With no intent, he's run the best closing figures outside the quinella on September 11, finding the line well with the blinkers going back on for that return. Nash Rawiller on along with the extra 100m this Saturday are two big positives.
landed good bets first-up at Goulburn and it was a victory with plenty of merit considering the early work he had to do from out wide. The five-year-old rarely puts in a bad one and off a nice run on the speed, is a winning chance at good odds ($11.00 @ TAB
7. Calgary Queen is arguably the most progressive runner in the field, a four-year-old who won a BM72 fresh on a Heavy 8 which left her flat second-up. Tricky gate, but will push forward and has the class to bounce back here.
1. Cuban Royale looks the obvious now back to a Midway, a gelding that was flying at 78 level, but couldn't draw a gate before his September 4 effort when well backed. Was that an end of prep run or was he just on the worst part of the track?
Race 4 - 1:40PM DRINKWISE COLIN STEPHEN QUALITY Tips (2400 METRES)
6. NO COMPROMISE has seemingly been up for an eternity in his first campaign for Waller, although he continues to race very consistently and is backing up from last week's Newcastle Cup, a race he arguably should've won when working home strongly late after being badly inconvenienced by Quick Thinker at a key stage. From barrier three and on the minimum, he's the safest option.
2. Entente is classier than No Compromise at his best and is third-up now, a pattern that he's unbeaten on, so the son of Dundeel could well spike now. He's on the seven-day back-up after a third behind She's Ideel and Montefila, with this being an easier task.
7. Criminal Code is another Waller stayer that seems to bob up every few weeks, but is racing well and he did have some bad luck in the Newcastle Cup when at the rear and held-up until the 250m. There was good money for him on that occasion.
11. Sound Of Cannons
is well up in grade, but was fair when wide at Kembla, which came off a little freshen-up and did finish next to No Compromise on July 24, his last attempt at 2400m. Should go into the exotics at a fair price ($18.00 @ bookmaker
) off that run.
Race 5 - 2:15PM PETALUMA HERITAGE STAKES Tips (1100 METRES)
3. PAULELE could well be Godolphin's Everest runner if he's able to bounce back here third-up. I'm forgiving the second in a slowly run San Domenico and more prepared to go off the Rosebud win fresh, where at 1.01.98 for the 1100m with a 33.09 last 600m, they have flown. With Enterprise Pomme drawn out and Holstein towards the inside, they should be running along here.
2. Home Affairs may be the forgotten three-year-old of this crop. A Silver Slipper winner at start two before boxing on behind Anamoe and Profiteer, he's won three lead-up trials, the last of those an outstanding piece of work on September 3.
1. Sword Of State is an NZ galloper who was devasting via his last two victories across the ditch. the latest at Group One level. The August 20 trial at Randwick was a little plain to my eye, ableit not sure how he's worked in the last five weeks. Watch the betting.
draws for a soft run and is my pick of the bolters ($23.00 @ Sportsbet
). He recorded a winning hat-trick over the autumn, the last of those an excellent performance after covering ground. The Sires' Produce effort in Brisbane had merit (worst part of the track).
Race 6 - 2:50PM NED WHISKY SHANNON STAKES Tips (1500 METRES)
1. IMAGING has been consistent over a good period of time in stronger company and could easily be a dual Group One WFA winner (three-wide the trip in the CF Orr and should've won last year's George Main). He's a while between drinks and needs a kill, with this giving him that opportunity now third-up. Don't be surprised if they're much more positive from gate one under J-Mac.
2. Best Of Days was scratched from last Saturday's Kingston Town Stakes (wet track) and while this is at 1500m, it appears a much more suitable event. A repeat of the fresh effort behind subsequent Group One winner Sierra Sue would see him right in this.
3. Archedemus can spike third-up, as was evident last prep when winning the Hawkesbury Cup under Josh Parr, who takes back the reins here. Was plain in Melbourne via two August runs, but has some excuses (wide) and could well land outside Discharged early.
10. Love Tap bounced back in style at Kembla and may have the upside to continue versus some very exposed rivals, but Al Mah Haha was second there, a gelding that is out of form and couldn't win a Highway four starts ago. Looks well under the odds at $3.
Race 7 - 3:25PM KEENELAND GOLDEN PENDANT Tips (1400 METRES)
2. ENTRIVIERE proved much too classy for her fellow mares in the Sheraco Stakes and while she could well be more effective at 1200m, as was the case at Kembla, the daughter of Tavistock could well just better than them again, especially under Set Weights and Penalties conditions. She should've won her only attempt at this trip and arguably should be unbeaten from eight starts overall.
10. Vangelic produced a brave first-up run behind Entiviere. Clearly in need of the hit out, she looked absolutely gone at the 250m after doing all of the donkey work, yet has picked up again late. Strips fitter and potentially takes up the running this time.
1. Forbidden Love was excellent first-up in the Toy Show before a flat one in that Sheraco Stakes, although that wasn't completely surprising (no second-up form). She bolted in to with the Group One Surround Stakes via her last 1400m attempt.
4. Nimalee got home well in the Theo Marks and is much better suited back against her own sex, winning over the Rosehill 1500m back in April. She did miss the start in that fresh attempt, however, something she can ill afford to do here.
Race 8 - 4:05PM XXXX GOLDEN ROSE Tips (1400 METRES)
1. ANAMOE was entitled to be vulnerable in The Run To The rose, arriving off just the one soft trial and a slight setback. The market was also happy to take the Godolphin colt on there, but he was simply too good and is expected to improve for this Group One tilt, now stepping to the seven furlongs. The most exciting three-year-old in the country, only bad luck beats him.
12. Jamaea swooped from the rear when claiming the Furious Stakes on September 4 and was luckless the start prior in the Silver Shadow. She's shown a better turn-of-foot than most of the boys, albeit this filly's crop is weak.
2. Artorius was expected to rival Anamoe ahead of this campaign and after flashing home fresh, was rolled at Flemington. For mine, this colt is not going to win past 1200m unless he starts to settle. We'll get a better gauge on him here.
13. Startantes arrives off a winning hat-trick in Brisbane, which includes a victory over Alpine Edge, who was unlucky in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. This filly will look to get back and launch late, perhaps making her run with Artorius.
Race 9 - 4:45PM ACY SECURITIES GLOAMING STAKES Tips (1800 METRES)
3. ARNAQUER did show class as a two-year-old, with a nice effort against the pattern in the Fernhill Stakes behind Converge. Appearing dourer now as a more mature colt, he still should've gone close in the Dulcify (held-up from the 400m to the 300m) when launching late, recording easily the fastest last 600m of the race. The 1800m is ideal now, en route to the Spring Champion Stakes.
is a blowout chance ($41.00 @ Sportsbet
), a strong son of Pins that had some handy two-year-old form and after breaking the maiden in August 19, has been given no hope in two subsequent outings. He should be more effective if allowed to roll along on a stronger speed.
8. French Emperor was 40/1 on debut behind Profondo and his run had a little more merit (held-up in restricted room) before balancing up late. If he runs straight, you could add another three lengths to his Goulburn win and now the blinkers go on.
6. Profondo was all the rage ahead of his September 1 debut, a $1.9 million dollar colt that followed some nice trials with a tradesman-like display to break the maiden. Certainly progressive, but is a little short here against a deeper field of three-year-old's.
Race 10 - 5:25PM ELITE SAND & SOIL HANDICAP Tips (1400 METRES)
13. GRANDE RUMORE trialled up poorly, so it was no surprise to see this mare drift on resumption, although it was hard to be impressed with the run, making good inroads late over the 1200m. Kris Lees can leave plenty in the locker early in their preps and she was brilliant in her two runs back in the autumn. Up in grade, but the 1400m is a big tick and she's well down in the weights with 52kg.
2. Ellsberg now has weight to carry as a four-year-old, bolting into score over Private Eye with just 53kg via his last first-up attempt. He does come to hand quite early in campaigns and on paper at least, this looks very winnable, Nash will push forward from out wide.
9. Night Of Power ran as our value selection on the September 11 program from Kembla where he finished a very respectable second at 30/1. Up in grade here, but down in the weights, this gelding is hard fit and is appreciating the colder tactics this prep.
5. Kiku is in a similar boat to Ellsberg, i.e. a stakes class runner in a winnable affair and can produce fresh. The September 4 trial was a little bizarre (labouring before picking up and then the handbrake was firmly applied), so inclined to watch the betting with her.