Race 1 - 11:00AM TAB Highway Handicap Tips (1100m)
3. SHALSTAR is no world beater, but her ceiling is above Highway level and with three wins from four starts including a metro BM64 win on resumption, she's hard to knock, especially off a soft run in transit from gate three. This filly completed a hat-trick in that recent return, where she did have every favour, but is still open to improvement. The potential rain and track downgrades is the query.
4. Barradas landed the cash for us at starts two and three, where he firstly won a provincial maiden and showed further improvement when bolting in at Dubbo. I've got plenty of time for this gelding, who has a horror draw to overcome.
10. Extravagent Lad was brave in a race set-up for the swoopers second-up and covered ground versus Shalstar last start. Another with a wide alley, albeit Pike will press on early.
6. Proverbial won the June 4 Highway at 50/1 and off a wide run, his June 18 effort was brave without luck. He draws much kinder here.
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Race 2 - 11:35AM Ned Australian Whisky Handicap Tips (1300m)
8. DE AN ANDRETTI caught the eye with an outstanding debut win and going into this season, appeared a contender for the filly's features, which the market agreed with first-up in the Furious Stakes. While she failed there, the full-sister to Libertini contracted a serious virus, hence the long lay-off and lead-up trials have been strong. If right, she'll put this lot away, but there's obvious risks.
7. Divine Okay has won two of three starts in what it his second campaign and importantly jumped cleaner third-up after being tardy away at Gosford. The extra furlong off his last victory is the main query, although he's hard-fit and a middle gate suits.
3. Mihochek won third-up last campaign and isn't far off a peak this prep, having stuck on second-up after covering ground over this trip. Drawn out, but they'll pushing forward.
1. Dehonred Unicorn had every chance last Saturday, although wasn't beaten far in a blanket finish and the blinkers go for the back-up.
Race 3 - 12:10PM Midway Handicap Tips (1200m)
6. CENTRO STORICO will be better placed coming back through the grades and a Midway should be well within her grasp. A filly that was competitive at stakes level as a two-year-old, she never went on with it after a fresh win last prep, but stayed competitive second and third-up. Was on the worst going first-up when peaking on her effort and draws for the suck run just off a good speed.
2. Lord Heron
has won his last two first-up outings and is a big odds ($21.00 @ Neds
) on return here. After carrying a big weight to score on Feb 15, he recorded a fourth and a third at this level, while he can sustain a run on a good tempo. Can take up the running.
10. Daralina Belle was a well backed fav third-up after placing at Caulfield and did spend early tickets on an early move just to get into that race. Maps well and this is no harder.
11. Kennedy Choice
placed behind Rule Of Law first-up last prep, which reads well and he'll land closer in this fresh tilt. Decent price ($21.00 @ PlayUp
Race 4 - 12:45PM Fujitsu General Handicap Tips (2400m)
3. DICK WHITTINGTON was held-up until the 250m a fortnight ago and while he eventually found the best going, he's a decent price off that considering Black Queen heads the betting here, with this OTI galloper finishing next to the fav there. A winner over 2500m in Europe, Dick Whittington had been ticking over fairly in Melbourne and the 2400m should suit, going off his last three efforts.
5. Black Queen hasn't finished outside the money over this journey, with a midweek win last prep followed by a pair of BM78 placings over the 12 furlongs. Her lead-up runs ahead of this have been strong and she did win fourth-up in spring.
1. Our Candidate nearly broke three-year drought on June 13 and the form has been franked with Shameless Mia saluting again last week. Those two cleared out at Warwick Farm.
4. Oceanic Flash was well beaten on June 18, having being set too big a task from the rear. He was going well prior to that performance.
Race 5 - 1:20PM Bisley Workwear Handicap Tips (1100m)
5. SHADES OF ROSE went 3/3 in her first prep, bringing country form to town via BM64 at Canterbury before a spell, where she also ticked the wet track box. Barrier one and Tim Clark are two big ticks over the 1100m at Rosehill, while she arrives off two strong trials, running time in her latest over 900m (fastest heat on June 20). This isn't overly strong and her picket fence can continue.
2. Hardware Lane bounced back with a Class 3 kill on his home deck last start and will come further into calculations should the rain arrive. A short-course sprinter that loves sitting on a strong tempo, he can land just behind the two favs early.
1. Authentic Jewel split Bacchanalia and King Of Sparta to end her last campaign, which reads superbly for this. Been mixing her form this time in, but plummets in grade here.
8. Petulant was softened up early on return and while she had every chance second-up, the Hawkes filly boxed-on. She strips fitter again.
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Race 6 - 1:55PM Ranvet Handicap Tips (1500m)
8. KANAZAWA found the best ground last start, but off a slow tempo, it was always going to be tough to come from the rear. He recorded the best splits from the 600m to the 200m and that work just to get into took its toll, but second-up and going 1200m to 1400m off a heavy track, there's improvement to come. Comes back in grade and that $4 SP vs a flying Jojo Was A Man stands out.
6. Kalino relished a drop in class third-up last Saturday and he had that 1600m event won a long way out. Chad Schofield was very kind to him late in the piece there and with another suitable BM72, it does make sense to back him up here.
2. Lease appears the map horse if the inside is on fire again, with this colt likely to land in the first three from barrier two. Drops in grade and Josh Parr takes the reins third-up.
7. And We Danced has gone down at short quotes in four of five Australian runs. Perhaps they'll try a cold ride here from the wide gate.
Race 7 - 2:35PM Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap Tips (1400m)
5. SOFFIKA makes her Australian debut, a stylish juvenile winner in Europe, who was then group placed over seven furlongs. She's steadily improved in three lead-up trials ahead of this 1400m tilt and with two 1250m hit-out's, the daughter of Zoffany does look primed to run a race first-up. There isn't a lot between these group of mares, so respecting the market late in a very open affair.
2. Bella Rouge draws out, albeit she sustained a wide run to prevail on June 18 over the 1300m and she won over this distance the start prior in Melbourne. This three-year-old has to carry another 3.5kg now for staying in the same grade.
8. Riduna is well up in class off a provincial romp, but carries 6kg less for her trouble and she's at least BM78 level on ability, so this could be the time to strike with a low weight.
4. Per Inaway won on Australian debut before a fourth to Bella Rouge, where she was a little plain, but expect them to look for the lead here.
Race 8 - 3:15PM Fab Industrial Logistics Handicap Tips (1800m)
5. WICKLOW has also accepted for Race 9 (2nd emergency), but with Bowman listed and seemingly looking for the 1800m now, I suspect this is the preferred route. First-up off a long spell, he was disappointing as a drifting fav, but bounced off that with a strong second-up win against the pattern of that June 18 card. He gave Crystal Pegasus a galloping lesson over this track/trip last time in.
6. Cross Talk was a false fav second-up on firmer ground, where he was also up in grade, although he stuck on behind JoJo Was A Man, who won again last week. Clark can dictate, but 1800m is unknown territory (hasn't won past 1400m).
14. Naval Seal is still in his first prep, but is improving, bringing up win two a fortnight ago over a handy Willinga Rufio. He had a saloon passage via the fast lane there, though.
13. Kirkeby lacks the brilliance of his stablemates, although will run a strong 1800m and maps for a lovely run in transit under Schofield.
Race 9 - 3:50PM Vale Nick Moraitis Handicap Tips (1500m)
6. WAIRERE FALLS had his chance last week, but given a mile sees him out, he just didn't run a strong 1800m. The son of Savabeel had been ticking over fairly in three prior runs, with a luckless Caulfield return and did attempt to work home in the worst going third-up. He won over this track/trip on the seven-day turnaround in Jan, making it three victories overall on six/seven-day breaks.
12. Easifar made our blackbook file first-up, where she picked them off late over 1200m and to 1500m second-up off a 12-month break, she was a run short on June 18. Up in grade, but is down in weight and could be ready for a big peak now.
1. Lackeen was heavily backed fresh, where he found the A ground on a good day for swoopers, so was a little disappointing considering. The 1300m was too short, however.
11. Irish Legend created an impression on Australian debut and he was inconvenienced there. Staying at 1500m second-up is the knock.
Race 10 - 4:30PM Schweppes Handicap Tips (1300m)
4. WAIHAHA FALLS showed potential in his second prep and despite the autumn trials suggesting he'd come back better and stronger, the consensus was that he'd need the run first-up, however he proceeded to bolt in. Still gets relief with the Reece Jones claim and there was a touch of arrogance about that return. Providing there's no savage rails bias, then he should go on with it.
1. Titanium Power did put the writing on the wall third-up and with a return to a good track, he was able to cash right in last start. They go up in weight, but stick with a strong senior rider, which is a very underrated factor nowadays.
10. Rubamos only got warm late via his return behind Titanium Power, where there was zero intent first-up. Is capable of bridging that gap, but has to overcome a wide barrier.
13. Fastconi made late inroads behind Waihaha Falls and has a 3kg swing in the weights from that. The fav has more upside, though.