KURRINDA BLOODSTOCK COUNTRY MAGIC CLASS 1 SHOWCASE HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Wellington Value Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Banju
Having not missed a top three finish from eight career starts to date, this gelding has been very genuine and got a much deserved Maiden win first-up at Quirindi over 1200m, defeating Acclerant who then went on to place in a Provincial race as an even money favourite.
The time for that Maiden stacked up well on the clock for that February 19 meeting, going nearly three lengths faster than the Class 2 on that card and Banju was honest second-up in a race set for those off the speed, boxing on well for second behind the in-form Miss Mayfield.
He does drop back to 1100m, but there's a good fitness base now off two fast run events and from a better draw, maps for a lovely sit just in behind good speed where he can then pounce late under Billy Cray.
HERMITAGE HILL WELLINGTON BOOT SHOWCASE Tips (Race 7)
Wellington Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Bourbon Flyer
Avoiding the smart Sydney juveniles and aiming for the $200,000 Wellington Boot looks really good placement by trainer John Thompson who puts the blinkers on the son of Flying Artie for the first time.
Tradesman-man like was the best way to describe the debut victory of Bourbon Flyer, who pulled away late on a Soft 7 surface via the Randwick-Kensington and defeated Trifaccia in the process, who looks a very handy Godolphin filly and one that should've won a Group Two at her next start.
While he just knocked up a little late in the Group Three Black Opal Stakes, the beaten margin wasn't far and finding ideally a Soft 5-6 surface (currently a Soft 6), a drop to 1100m is also an advantage from a low draw.
WELLINGTON SOLDIERS CLUB WELLINGTON TOWN PLATE SHOWCASE OPEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Wellington Next Best Bet - Race 8 No. 8 What The Fuss
No world beater but just so honest is this son of Epaulette, a five-year-old that hasn't finished outside the top two in his last five attempts and on Sunday returns to a track that he has a good record on, with two wins (both at this trip) and a second at Wellington from four attempts.
The little freshen-up might just be the key for What The Fuss who contested his last three outings in Brisbane, finding one better each time albeit they were on Saturday meetings and prior to that trip north, had won two races in a row on the Country NSW circuit, both by big margins.
This gelding handles any conditions while drawing well in five here for jockey Anthony Cavallo, who was aboard for those wins in January, there's no reason why he can't be right in the finish again as the in-form runner in this rather competitive line-up.