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Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Ping Me Another (No.4), Rat With Goldtooth (No.5) & Vitani (No.10)

Dangers

Toryjoy (No.1) & Benitoite (No.2)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield on Saturday for P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day. Formerly known as the Liston Stakes this is for me the unofficial start of spring. The depth to the program reflects it too. It is a cracking day of racing and the spotlight certainly is on Melbourne compared to the Sydney meeting on the Kensington track which I will get into later. The weather in Melbourne hasn’t been great but it hasn’t been awful. I am anticipating us racing on a soft track on Saturday and would think it be in the 5-6 range and no worse. The rail is out ten metres moved out from six metres at the previous meeting. I am not really too concerned about a pattern. Perhaps early in the day on speed will be an advantage but would expect them to be using plenty of the track by day’s end.

I am kicking off in the second race of the day which is over the 1700m for the fillies and mares. It isn’t an easy one to kick things off on but I am giving Rat With Goldtooth one last chance. Her form since returning from a lengthy break has been really strong, but it has all been without winning. In saying that I am just not convinced things have panned out ideally for her in those runs. Racing wide has certainly been a theme in her last three runs following a solid first up effort at Geelong. She was wide at Sandown and again at Flemington before she went to Mildura and started favourite in the Cup there. That was a slowly run race and Dean Holland had to get rolling prior to the home turn which meant he come very wide around the bend on Rat With Goldtooth. While he did that the eventual winner Husson Eagle cut the corner and come up inside of Rat With Goldtooth and that ultimately proved the difference for mine. She come into this race three weeks between runs but looks to draw perfectly in gate five for Jordan Childs who I am hoping is positive on her early and has her just off the leaders stalking the speed. She goes from 1400m to 1700m but back against her own sex I think she finds a winnable race and happy to be with her again.

It is a race featuring a few horses that have raced through the winter months and are probably quite well exposed so for that reason I am going to back the former West Australian mare in Ping Me Another. This mare is coming off a last start third in the Belmont Oaks and also placed in both the WA Derby and Oaks earlier in the year. She was only narrowly beaten in those races too so I think she will measure up. I would have loved to have seen a jump out for her since moving to the Young & Busuttin yard but she was scratched from a jump out there on Monday morning. In a race that doesn’t look to have a lot of speed I can see her rolling across and landing outside of Toryjoy and from there being right in the finish. Around the $9-10 mark happy to be with her.

Vitani is the other interesting runner. 1200m to 1700m isn’t typically a recipe for success but she does interest me here. She ran fairly first up over the 1300m and then surprisingly came back to the 1200m second up where she got back and came wide on a day where the pattern probably didn’t suit that style. She ran home with all the quickest final sectionals in that race and they stacked up overall on the day quite well. She gets weight relief here, draws well for Linda Meech to roll forward and sit just behind the speed and at double figure odds I think she can run well.

Betting strategy

The money for Rat With Goldtooth has been relentless! $4+ on Wednesday night and into $3 at best now! I don't think she will get any shorter so will have $60 the win on her on the day! I will have $15 the win on Ping Me Another and $10 the win on Vitani!

Race Outlay

$85

Race 4

2:00pm

Suggested

Five Kingdom (No.4) & Age Of Chivalry (No.6)

Dangers

Shot Of Irish (No.3) & Smart Elissim (No.5)

This is a pretty solid race here over the 1400m. It would appear to have a lengthy tail, there are a few horses in the race certainly making up the numbers but in the top five chances I think there is certainly a bit of quality. I am an unabashed Age Of Chivalry fan and while I am not overly thrilled with the price he has come up early doors I think he is clearly the horse to beat in the race and also the best horse in the race. His return at Moonee Valley while unlucky was most pleasing. He just never really got a clear crack at them there two weeks ago behind Usain Bowler. He looked to be travelling really well coming to the turn but was just held in at a key stage which forced him to go back to the inside. While he did that Usain Bowler got off the fence and got into the clear rounding the home turn to gun down Tavisan. Age Of Chivalry was hot on their heels and still being tightened for room going over the line. I was a bit wary of him at Moonee Valley around the tight circuit from a low draw so the result wasn’t surprising but he went exceptionally well all the same. Second up here on to a bigger track from a middle gate he looks really well suited. This is just his eighth career start and only his third preparation so the upside with him is enormous. He does take on some race fit horses here that have been going well through the winter in what is likely to be a solidly run 1400m race. That is the only question mark I have. Given he didn’t have a real hard run at Moonee Valley and probably went to the line with something in hand, will he perhaps be a bit vulnerable here second up at the end of a strong 1400m?

Despite that little doubt I think he is clearly the one they all have to beat. I think he gets a big advantage over a key rival in Shot Of Irish with that horse drawing gate one and Lane being able to come out of gate seven on Age Of Chivalry. He shouldn’t have any traffic problems and probably maps to either land one out one back or outside the leader. From that position he can probably dictate to Melham on Shot Of Irish and have no traffic problems and I am hoping that proves decisive in the final reckoning. Keen to be with him.

I am keeping Five Kingdom on side. I just thought a lot of the main chances in this race are on speed types and on paper the race has the potential for really good speed. Five Kingdom is a winner over 1800m and comes into this race off a freshen up so if they do set it up for something to run on he might be the one. He draws a nice middle gate for Mark Zahra to have a soft run off the speed and with some luck in running I can see him finishing hard and getting very close if those up on speed get a bit wobbly late so saving on him at double figure odds.

Betting strategy

Pretty keen on Age Of Chivalry here and I will have $75 the win on him! I will save with $15 the win on Five Kingdom and I reckon he might start single figures so will lock in the $11!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 1

12:00pm

Suggested

Schappose (No.5) & Toulon Brook (No.11)

Dangers

I Am Capitan (No.1) & My Tagoson (No.2)

Racing in Sydney makes a rare venture on to the Kensington track at Randwick for a Saturday meeting this weekend. Unlike Caulfield which is loaded with quality, this is a meeting that is pretty bland in terms of quality and hopefully we will see things heat up over the next couple of weeks. The weather in Sydney is one thing that isn’t bland. The sun is out and the weather is warm and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday. The rail is in the true position for the first time since early May on this track. That day the track played quite fairly but I think on a firmer surface here on Saturday we may see horses up on speed have a slight advantage.

I am kicking the day off in the Highway which is over the 1300m. It is a pretty wide open Highway where I thought a couple of the favourites came up under the odds. I was pretty keen to be with the lightly race Schappose who looks to have come back well this time in. He kicked off his campaign with a really good run at Scone where he split two in form galloper in Attila and Albert’s No Pussy. He was then kept fresh into his last start run at Tamworth where he say just off the pace and proved too strong as a well backed favourite. He ran good time for the day there at Tamworth too. He was easily the quickest of a few 1200m races on the day. He is a horse I think that might still have a bit of upside. As I said, he is lightly raced with his just being his twelfth start and he draws to get a gun run just off the speed from gate five. He is at his best when on firm surfaces too, so I think he gets a bit in his favour here and looks a good bet around the $7-8 mark. Happy to be with him.

The other horse I wanted to have something on was Toulon Brook. This is another lightly raced galloper coming here for just his seventh career run. He had been beaten as favourite a couple of times prior to his most recent win and I reckon he was starting to test the patience of a few punters. Despite him testing the patience they still backed him heavily last start into $1.85 from $2.25 and he won well carrying a big weight. The horse he beat was most unlucky to not win at Narromine on Sunday and he gets good weight relief here dropping down to 53.5kgs. He draws a nice middle gate and around the $9-10 mark I think he is worth a ticket.

Betting strategy

Backing a couple at odds here! I will have $30 the win on both Schappose and Toulon Brook! The $9 with Bet365 about Schappose is large if you can get on and think anything $8+ is worth taking! With Toulon Brook I would have half now at the $9.50 and the other half at Top Fluc on the day!

Race Outlay

$60

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Connemara (No.1), Wimlah (No.5) & Constellations (No.10)

Dangers

Velocita (No.2) & Helga (No.3)

This race is over the 1400m for the fillies and mares and is another wide open race. Connemara is certainly racking up the placings at the moment but she looks to find a most winnable race here. Her form this campaign has been excellent. She has had four runs for four seconds and has been pretty stiff not to win a couple. She ran a big race when I was on her at big odds first up before she looked to have won second up but just mistimed the bob when second to Notation who went on to race very well at her next two starts. Her last two runs at Rosehill she has loomed to win but hasn’t quite finished it off. Last start was a bit of a different story though when beaten by a smart one in Haut Brion Her. Connemara easily beat the rest and I think that form will hold up well here. She draws ideally in gate three to get a lovely run in behind the speed and I like the engagement of Nash Rawiller. If anyone can lift this mare late in a tight finish it will be him. The 1400m is perhaps a slight query but I think she gets the right run to have every chance to run it out so happy to be in her corner.

Wimlah is also on the back up from last Saturday. She beat all bar the impressive Subedar in the opening race last week and is another that looks to have her hoof on the till. She also has form around Haut Brion Her early in her campaign and she beat the rest of her rivals pretty comfortably last start. I think she will roll forward here for Tim Clark and land on speed and should be hard to hold out so happy to be with her.

Constellations is a runner that really interests me. This lightly raced mare won well first up at Newcastle last campaign before a good run behind Strome and Reelem In Ruby second up before failing third up and going for a spell. Her two trials leading into this first up run have been quite stylish. She hasn’t been asked to do a lot in either of those trials but looked to go through the line nicely with a fair bit more to give. In a race that looks pretty even she is a mare that looks to have some real upside here having just her fifth career start. Down in the weights I think she can run a good race here and at close to double figure odds is well worth a ticket for mine.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win here on Connemara and Wimlah and $20 the win on Constellations!

Race Outlay

$80

Race 3

12:43pm

Suggested

Macewen (No.9) & Under The Thumb (No.11)

Dangers

The Tenor (No.3) & Yeahnah (No.12)

Racing in Brisbane comes from Eagle Farm this Saturday for what looks to be a pretty good program of racing. The weather in Brisbane at the moment is nothing short of outstanding. 28 degrees and sunshine is forecast and we will be racing on a good track with the rail in the true position. It should see a good fair day of racing with the best horses winning.

I am kicking the day off in the third race of the day which is over the 1200m. Macewen has come up a pretty short priced favourite here and I found it hard to disagree with the market. He looks really well placed on the back of a good first up run. He was very firm in the market that day and had a good run back off the speed. He surged through the line but just missed Six Sigma and Yeahnah in a driving finish. He carried 59kgs there first up and will certainly appreciate the weight relief here. He is also a horse that has typically improved significantly from his first up run to his second up run and if he does that here he is clearly going to be the one to beat. He does draw a fraction awkwardly. After the scratchings he draws eight of ten so it will be interesting to see where he lands in the run. Given the race is at Eagle Farm though, this track is a lot more forgiving for horses sitting off the fence in the run so I am not too concerned by that. I think if he travels comfortably in the run and has gone on from what he did first up then he will be hard to hold out here. Keen to be with him.

The one at odds in the race for mine is Under The Thumb. This is a galloper that has always displayed good ability through his career and his two runs this time in have been good. He was very unlucky first up at Wellington before running well at Muswellbrook last start. He draws gate one here so he will sit in behind the speed and do no work in the run. If the breaks come his way in the straight I can see him finishing off strongly so happy to be save on him at the good odds.

Betting strategy

I will have $80 the win on Macewen here and save with $10 the win on Under The Thumb!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Ping Me Another (No.4), Rat With Goldtooth (No.5) & Vitani (No.10)

Dangers

Toryjoy (No.1) & Benitoite (No.2)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield on Saturday for P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day. Formerly known as the Liston Stakes this is for me the unofficial start of spring. The depth to the program reflects it too. It is a cracking day of racing and the spotlight certainly is on Melbourne compared to the Sydney meeting on the Kensington track which I will get into later. The weather in Melbourne hasn’t been great but it hasn’t been awful. I am anticipating us racing on a soft track on Saturday and would think it be in the 5-6 range and no worse. The rail is out ten metres moved out from six metres at the previous meeting. I am not really too concerned about a pattern. Perhaps early in the day on speed will be an advantage but would expect them to be using plenty of the track by day’s end.

I am kicking off in the second race of the day which is over the 1700m for the fillies and mares. It isn’t an easy one to kick things off on but I am giving Rat With Goldtooth one last chance. Her form since returning from a lengthy break has been really strong, but it has all been without winning. In saying that I am just not convinced things have panned out ideally for her in those runs. Racing wide has certainly been a theme in her last three runs following a solid first up effort at Geelong. She was wide at Sandown and again at Flemington before she went to Mildura and started favourite in the Cup there. That was a slowly run race and Dean Holland had to get rolling prior to the home turn which meant he come very wide around the bend on Rat With Goldtooth. While he did that the eventual winner Husson Eagle cut the corner and come up inside of Rat With Goldtooth and that ultimately proved the difference for mine. She come into this race three weeks between runs but looks to draw perfectly in gate five for Jordan Childs who I am hoping is positive on her early and has her just off the leaders stalking the speed. She goes from 1400m to 1700m but back against her own sex I think she finds a winnable race and happy to be with her again.

It is a race featuring a few horses that have raced through the winter months and are probably quite well exposed so for that reason I am going to back the former West Australian mare in Ping Me Another. This mare is coming off a last start third in the Belmont Oaks and also placed in both the WA Derby and Oaks earlier in the year. She was only narrowly beaten in those races too so I think she will measure up. I would have loved to have seen a jump out for her since moving to the Young & Busuttin yard but she was scratched from a jump out there on Monday morning. In a race that doesn’t look to have a lot of speed I can see her rolling across and landing outside of Toryjoy and from there being right in the finish. Around the $9-10 mark happy to be with her.

Vitani is the other interesting runner. 1200m to 1700m isn’t typically a recipe for success but she does interest me here. She ran fairly first up over the 1300m and then surprisingly came back to the 1200m second up where she got back and came wide on a day where the pattern probably didn’t suit that style. She ran home with all the quickest final sectionals in that race and they stacked up overall on the day quite well. She gets weight relief here, draws well for Linda Meech to roll forward and sit just behind the speed and at double figure odds I think she can run well.

Betting strategy

The money for Rat With Goldtooth has been relentless! $4+ on Wednesday night and into $3 at best now! I don't think she will get any shorter so will have $60 the win on her on the day! I will have $15 the win on Ping Me Another and $10 the win on Vitani!

Race Outlay

$85

Race 4

2:00pm

Suggested

Five Kingdom (No.4) & Age Of Chivalry (No.6)

Dangers

Shot Of Irish (No.3) & Smart Elissim (No.5)

This is a pretty solid race here over the 1400m. It would appear to have a lengthy tail, there are a few horses in the race certainly making up the numbers but in the top five chances I think there is certainly a bit of quality. I am an unabashed Age Of Chivalry fan and while I am not overly thrilled with the price he has come up early doors I think he is clearly the horse to beat in the race and also the best horse in the race. His return at Moonee Valley while unlucky was most pleasing. He just never really got a clear crack at them there two weeks ago behind Usain Bowler. He looked to be travelling really well coming to the turn but was just held in at a key stage which forced him to go back to the inside. While he did that Usain Bowler got off the fence and got into the clear rounding the home turn to gun down Tavisan. Age Of Chivalry was hot on their heels and still being tightened for room going over the line. I was a bit wary of him at Moonee Valley around the tight circuit from a low draw so the result wasn’t surprising but he went exceptionally well all the same. Second up here on to a bigger track from a middle gate he looks really well suited. This is just his eighth career start and only his third preparation so the upside with him is enormous. He does take on some race fit horses here that have been going well through the winter in what is likely to be a solidly run 1400m race. That is the only question mark I have. Given he didn’t have a real hard run at Moonee Valley and probably went to the line with something in hand, will he perhaps be a bit vulnerable here second up at the end of a strong 1400m?

Despite that little doubt I think he is clearly the one they all have to beat. I think he gets a big advantage over a key rival in Shot Of Irish with that horse drawing gate one and Lane being able to come out of gate seven on Age Of Chivalry. He shouldn’t have any traffic problems and probably maps to either land one out one back or outside the leader. From that position he can probably dictate to Melham on Shot Of Irish and have no traffic problems and I am hoping that proves decisive in the final reckoning. Keen to be with him.

I am keeping Five Kingdom on side. I just thought a lot of the main chances in this race are on speed types and on paper the race has the potential for really good speed. Five Kingdom is a winner over 1800m and comes into this race off a freshen up so if they do set it up for something to run on he might be the one. He draws a nice middle gate for Mark Zahra to have a soft run off the speed and with some luck in running I can see him finishing hard and getting very close if those up on speed get a bit wobbly late so saving on him at double figure odds.

Betting strategy

Pretty keen on Age Of Chivalry here and I will have $75 the win on him! I will save with $15 the win on Five Kingdom and I reckon he might start single figures so will lock in the $11!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 1

12:00pm

Suggested

Schappose (No.5) & Toulon Brook (No.11)

Dangers

I Am Capitan (No.1) & My Tagoson (No.2)

Racing in Sydney makes a rare venture on to the Kensington track at Randwick for a Saturday meeting this weekend. Unlike Caulfield which is loaded with quality, this is a meeting that is pretty bland in terms of quality and hopefully we will see things heat up over the next couple of weeks. The weather in Sydney is one thing that isn’t bland. The sun is out and the weather is warm and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday. The rail is in the true position for the first time since early May on this track. That day the track played quite fairly but I think on a firmer surface here on Saturday we may see horses up on speed have a slight advantage.

I am kicking the day off in the Highway which is over the 1300m. It is a pretty wide open Highway where I thought a couple of the favourites came up under the odds. I was pretty keen to be with the lightly race Schappose who looks to have come back well this time in. He kicked off his campaign with a really good run at Scone where he split two in form galloper in Attila and Albert’s No Pussy. He was then kept fresh into his last start run at Tamworth where he say just off the pace and proved too strong as a well backed favourite. He ran good time for the day there at Tamworth too. He was easily the quickest of a few 1200m races on the day. He is a horse I think that might still have a bit of upside. As I said, he is lightly raced with his just being his twelfth start and he draws to get a gun run just off the speed from gate five. He is at his best when on firm surfaces too, so I think he gets a bit in his favour here and looks a good bet around the $7-8 mark. Happy to be with him.

The other horse I wanted to have something on was Toulon Brook. This is another lightly raced galloper coming here for just his seventh career run. He had been beaten as favourite a couple of times prior to his most recent win and I reckon he was starting to test the patience of a few punters. Despite him testing the patience they still backed him heavily last start into $1.85 from $2.25 and he won well carrying a big weight. The horse he beat was most unlucky to not win at Narromine on Sunday and he gets good weight relief here dropping down to 53.5kgs. He draws a nice middle gate and around the $9-10 mark I think he is worth a ticket.

Betting strategy

Backing a couple at odds here! I will have $30 the win on both Schappose and Toulon Brook! The $9 with Bet365 about Schappose is large if you can get on and think anything $8+ is worth taking! With Toulon Brook I would have half now at the $9.50 and the other half at Top Fluc on the day!

Race Outlay

$60

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Connemara (No.1), Wimlah (No.5) & Constellations (No.10)

Dangers

Velocita (No.2) & Helga (No.3)

This race is over the 1400m for the fillies and mares and is another wide open race. Connemara is certainly racking up the placings at the moment but she looks to find a most winnable race here. Her form this campaign has been excellent. She has had four runs for four seconds and has been pretty stiff not to win a couple. She ran a big race when I was on her at big odds first up before she looked to have won second up but just mistimed the bob when second to Notation who went on to race very well at her next two starts. Her last two runs at Rosehill she has loomed to win but hasn’t quite finished it off. Last start was a bit of a different story though when beaten by a smart one in Haut Brion Her. Connemara easily beat the rest and I think that form will hold up well here. She draws ideally in gate three to get a lovely run in behind the speed and I like the engagement of Nash Rawiller. If anyone can lift this mare late in a tight finish it will be him. The 1400m is perhaps a slight query but I think she gets the right run to have every chance to run it out so happy to be in her corner.

Wimlah is also on the back up from last Saturday. She beat all bar the impressive Subedar in the opening race last week and is another that looks to have her hoof on the till. She also has form around Haut Brion Her early in her campaign and she beat the rest of her rivals pretty comfortably last start. I think she will roll forward here for Tim Clark and land on speed and should be hard to hold out so happy to be with her.

Constellations is a runner that really interests me. This lightly raced mare won well first up at Newcastle last campaign before a good run behind Strome and Reelem In Ruby second up before failing third up and going for a spell. Her two trials leading into this first up run have been quite stylish. She hasn’t been asked to do a lot in either of those trials but looked to go through the line nicely with a fair bit more to give. In a race that looks pretty even she is a mare that looks to have some real upside here having just her fifth career start. Down in the weights I think she can run a good race here and at close to double figure odds is well worth a ticket for mine.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win here on Connemara and Wimlah and $20 the win on Constellations!

Race Outlay

$80

Race 3

12:43pm

Suggested

Macewen (No.9) & Under The Thumb (No.11)

Dangers

The Tenor (No.3) & Yeahnah (No.12)

Racing in Brisbane comes from Eagle Farm this Saturday for what looks to be a pretty good program of racing. The weather in Brisbane at the moment is nothing short of outstanding. 28 degrees and sunshine is forecast and we will be racing on a good track with the rail in the true position. It should see a good fair day of racing with the best horses winning.

I am kicking the day off in the third race of the day which is over the 1200m. Macewen has come up a pretty short priced favourite here and I found it hard to disagree with the market. He looks really well placed on the back of a good first up run. He was very firm in the market that day and had a good run back off the speed. He surged through the line but just missed Six Sigma and Yeahnah in a driving finish. He carried 59kgs there first up and will certainly appreciate the weight relief here. He is also a horse that has typically improved significantly from his first up run to his second up run and if he does that here he is clearly going to be the one to beat. He does draw a fraction awkwardly. After the scratchings he draws eight of ten so it will be interesting to see where he lands in the run. Given the race is at Eagle Farm though, this track is a lot more forgiving for horses sitting off the fence in the run so I am not too concerned by that. I think if he travels comfortably in the run and has gone on from what he did first up then he will be hard to hold out here. Keen to be with him.

The one at odds in the race for mine is Under The Thumb. This is a galloper that has always displayed good ability through his career and his two runs this time in have been good. He was very unlucky first up at Wellington before running well at Muswellbrook last start. He draws gate one here so he will sit in behind the speed and do no work in the run. If the breaks come his way in the straight I can see him finishing off strongly so happy to be save on him at the good odds.

Betting strategy

I will have $80 the win on Macewen here and save with $10 the win on Under The Thumb!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Ping Me Another (No.4), Rat With Goldtooth (No.5) & Vitani (No.10)

Dangers

Toryjoy (No.1) & Benitoite (No.2)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield on Saturday for P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day. Formerly known as the Liston Stakes this is for me the unofficial start of spring. The depth to the program reflects it too. It is a cracking day of racing and the spotlight certainly is on Melbourne compared to the Sydney meeting on the Kensington track which I will get into later. The weather in Melbourne hasn’t been great but it hasn’t been awful. I am anticipating us racing on a soft track on Saturday and would think it be in the 5-6 range and no worse. The rail is out ten metres moved out from six metres at the previous meeting. I am not really too concerned about a pattern. Perhaps early in the day on speed will be an advantage but would expect them to be using plenty of the track by day’s end.

I am kicking off in the second race of the day which is over the 1700m for the fillies and mares. It isn’t an easy one to kick things off on but I am giving Rat With Goldtooth one last chance. Her form since returning from a lengthy break has been really strong, but it has all been without winning. In saying that I am just not convinced things have panned out ideally for her in those runs. Racing wide has certainly been a theme in her last three runs following a solid first up effort at Geelong. She was wide at Sandown and again at Flemington before she went to Mildura and started favourite in the Cup there. That was a slowly run race and Dean Holland had to get rolling prior to the home turn which meant he come very wide around the bend on Rat With Goldtooth. While he did that the eventual winner Husson Eagle cut the corner and come up inside of Rat With Goldtooth and that ultimately proved the difference for mine. She come into this race three weeks between runs but looks to draw perfectly in gate five for Jordan Childs who I am hoping is positive on her early and has her just off the leaders stalking the speed. She goes from 1400m to 1700m but back against her own sex I think she finds a winnable race and happy to be with her again.

It is a race featuring a few horses that have raced through the winter months and are probably quite well exposed so for that reason I am going to back the former West Australian mare in Ping Me Another. This mare is coming off a last start third in the Belmont Oaks and also placed in both the WA Derby and Oaks earlier in the year. She was only narrowly beaten in those races too so I think she will measure up. I would have loved to have seen a jump out for her since moving to the Young & Busuttin yard but she was scratched from a jump out there on Monday morning. In a race that doesn’t look to have a lot of speed I can see her rolling across and landing outside of Toryjoy and from there being right in the finish. Around the $9-10 mark happy to be with her.

Vitani is the other interesting runner. 1200m to 1700m isn’t typically a recipe for success but she does interest me here. She ran fairly first up over the 1300m and then surprisingly came back to the 1200m second up where she got back and came wide on a day where the pattern probably didn’t suit that style. She ran home with all the quickest final sectionals in that race and they stacked up overall on the day quite well. She gets weight relief here, draws well for Linda Meech to roll forward and sit just behind the speed and at double figure odds I think she can run well.

Betting strategy

The money for Rat With Goldtooth has been relentless! $4+ on Wednesday night and into $3 at best now! I don't think she will get any shorter so will have $60 the win on her on the day! I will have $15 the win on Ping Me Another and $10 the win on Vitani!

Race Outlay

$85

Race 4

2:00pm

Suggested

Five Kingdom (No.4) & Age Of Chivalry (No.6)

Dangers

Shot Of Irish (No.3) & Smart Elissim (No.5)

This is a pretty solid race here over the 1400m. It would appear to have a lengthy tail, there are a few horses in the race certainly making up the numbers but in the top five chances I think there is certainly a bit of quality. I am an unabashed Age Of Chivalry fan and while I am not overly thrilled with the price he has come up early doors I think he is clearly the horse to beat in the race and also the best horse in the race. His return at Moonee Valley while unlucky was most pleasing. He just never really got a clear crack at them there two weeks ago behind Usain Bowler. He looked to be travelling really well coming to the turn but was just held in at a key stage which forced him to go back to the inside. While he did that Usain Bowler got off the fence and got into the clear rounding the home turn to gun down Tavisan. Age Of Chivalry was hot on their heels and still being tightened for room going over the line. I was a bit wary of him at Moonee Valley around the tight circuit from a low draw so the result wasn’t surprising but he went exceptionally well all the same. Second up here on to a bigger track from a middle gate he looks really well suited. This is just his eighth career start and only his third preparation so the upside with him is enormous. He does take on some race fit horses here that have been going well through the winter in what is likely to be a solidly run 1400m race. That is the only question mark I have. Given he didn’t have a real hard run at Moonee Valley and probably went to the line with something in hand, will he perhaps be a bit vulnerable here second up at the end of a strong 1400m?

Despite that little doubt I think he is clearly the one they all have to beat. I think he gets a big advantage over a key rival in Shot Of Irish with that horse drawing gate one and Lane being able to come out of gate seven on Age Of Chivalry. He shouldn’t have any traffic problems and probably maps to either land one out one back or outside the leader. From that position he can probably dictate to Melham on Shot Of Irish and have no traffic problems and I am hoping that proves decisive in the final reckoning. Keen to be with him.

I am keeping Five Kingdom on side. I just thought a lot of the main chances in this race are on speed types and on paper the race has the potential for really good speed. Five Kingdom is a winner over 1800m and comes into this race off a freshen up so if they do set it up for something to run on he might be the one. He draws a nice middle gate for Mark Zahra to have a soft run off the speed and with some luck in running I can see him finishing hard and getting very close if those up on speed get a bit wobbly late so saving on him at double figure odds.

Betting strategy

Pretty keen on Age Of Chivalry here and I will have $75 the win on him! I will save with $15 the win on Five Kingdom and I reckon he might start single figures so will lock in the $11!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 1

12:00pm

Suggested

Schappose (No.5) & Toulon Brook (No.11)

Dangers

I Am Capitan (No.1) & My Tagoson (No.2)

Racing in Sydney makes a rare venture on to the Kensington track at Randwick for a Saturday meeting this weekend. Unlike Caulfield which is loaded with quality, this is a meeting that is pretty bland in terms of quality and hopefully we will see things heat up over the next couple of weeks. The weather in Sydney is one thing that isn’t bland. The sun is out and the weather is warm and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday. The rail is in the true position for the first time since early May on this track. That day the track played quite fairly but I think on a firmer surface here on Saturday we may see horses up on speed have a slight advantage.

I am kicking the day off in the Highway which is over the 1300m. It is a pretty wide open Highway where I thought a couple of the favourites came up under the odds. I was pretty keen to be with the lightly race Schappose who looks to have come back well this time in. He kicked off his campaign with a really good run at Scone where he split two in form galloper in Attila and Albert’s No Pussy. He was then kept fresh into his last start run at Tamworth where he say just off the pace and proved too strong as a well backed favourite. He ran good time for the day there at Tamworth too. He was easily the quickest of a few 1200m races on the day. He is a horse I think that might still have a bit of upside. As I said, he is lightly raced with his just being his twelfth start and he draws to get a gun run just off the speed from gate five. He is at his best when on firm surfaces too, so I think he gets a bit in his favour here and looks a good bet around the $7-8 mark. Happy to be with him.

The other horse I wanted to have something on was Toulon Brook. This is another lightly raced galloper coming here for just his seventh career run. He had been beaten as favourite a couple of times prior to his most recent win and I reckon he was starting to test the patience of a few punters. Despite him testing the patience they still backed him heavily last start into $1.85 from $2.25 and he won well carrying a big weight. The horse he beat was most unlucky to not win at Narromine on Sunday and he gets good weight relief here dropping down to 53.5kgs. He draws a nice middle gate and around the $9-10 mark I think he is worth a ticket.

Betting strategy

Backing a couple at odds here! I will have $30 the win on both Schappose and Toulon Brook! The $9 with Bet365 about Schappose is large if you can get on and think anything $8+ is worth taking! With Toulon Brook I would have half now at the $9.50 and the other half at Top Fluc on the day!

Race Outlay

$60

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Connemara (No.1), Wimlah (No.5) & Constellations (No.10)

Dangers

Velocita (No.2) & Helga (No.3)

This race is over the 1400m for the fillies and mares and is another wide open race. Connemara is certainly racking up the placings at the moment but she looks to find a most winnable race here. Her form this campaign has been excellent. She has had four runs for four seconds and has been pretty stiff not to win a couple. She ran a big race when I was on her at big odds first up before she looked to have won second up but just mistimed the bob when second to Notation who went on to race very well at her next two starts. Her last two runs at Rosehill she has loomed to win but hasn’t quite finished it off. Last start was a bit of a different story though when beaten by a smart one in Haut Brion Her. Connemara easily beat the rest and I think that form will hold up well here. She draws ideally in gate three to get a lovely run in behind the speed and I like the engagement of Nash Rawiller. If anyone can lift this mare late in a tight finish it will be him. The 1400m is perhaps a slight query but I think she gets the right run to have every chance to run it out so happy to be in her corner.

Wimlah is also on the back up from last Saturday. She beat all bar the impressive Subedar in the opening race last week and is another that looks to have her hoof on the till. She also has form around Haut Brion Her early in her campaign and she beat the rest of her rivals pretty comfortably last start. I think she will roll forward here for Tim Clark and land on speed and should be hard to hold out so happy to be with her.

Constellations is a runner that really interests me. This lightly raced mare won well first up at Newcastle last campaign before a good run behind Strome and Reelem In Ruby second up before failing third up and going for a spell. Her two trials leading into this first up run have been quite stylish. She hasn’t been asked to do a lot in either of those trials but looked to go through the line nicely with a fair bit more to give. In a race that looks pretty even she is a mare that looks to have some real upside here having just her fifth career start. Down in the weights I think she can run a good race here and at close to double figure odds is well worth a ticket for mine.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win here on Connemara and Wimlah and $20 the win on Constellations!

Race Outlay

$80

Race 3

12:43pm

Suggested

Macewen (No.9) & Under The Thumb (No.11)

Dangers

The Tenor (No.3) & Yeahnah (No.12)

Racing in Brisbane comes from Eagle Farm this Saturday for what looks to be a pretty good program of racing. The weather in Brisbane at the moment is nothing short of outstanding. 28 degrees and sunshine is forecast and we will be racing on a good track with the rail in the true position. It should see a good fair day of racing with the best horses winning.

I am kicking the day off in the third race of the day which is over the 1200m. Macewen has come up a pretty short priced favourite here and I found it hard to disagree with the market. He looks really well placed on the back of a good first up run. He was very firm in the market that day and had a good run back off the speed. He surged through the line but just missed Six Sigma and Yeahnah in a driving finish. He carried 59kgs there first up and will certainly appreciate the weight relief here. He is also a horse that has typically improved significantly from his first up run to his second up run and if he does that here he is clearly going to be the one to beat. He does draw a fraction awkwardly. After the scratchings he draws eight of ten so it will be interesting to see where he lands in the run. Given the race is at Eagle Farm though, this track is a lot more forgiving for horses sitting off the fence in the run so I am not too concerned by that. I think if he travels comfortably in the run and has gone on from what he did first up then he will be hard to hold out here. Keen to be with him.

The one at odds in the race for mine is Under The Thumb. This is a galloper that has always displayed good ability through his career and his two runs this time in have been good. He was very unlucky first up at Wellington before running well at Muswellbrook last start. He draws gate one here so he will sit in behind the speed and do no work in the run. If the breaks come his way in the straight I can see him finishing off strongly so happy to be save on him at the good odds.

Betting strategy

I will have $80 the win on Macewen here and save with $10 the win on Under The Thumb!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Ping Me Another (No.4), Rat With Goldtooth (No.5) & Vitani (No.10)

Dangers

Toryjoy (No.1) & Benitoite (No.2)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield on Saturday for P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day. Formerly known as the Liston Stakes this is for me the unofficial start of spring. The depth to the program reflects it too. It is a cracking day of racing and the spotlight certainly is on Melbourne compared to the Sydney meeting on the Kensington track which I will get into later. The weather in Melbourne hasn’t been great but it hasn’t been awful. I am anticipating us racing on a soft track on Saturday and would think it be in the 5-6 range and no worse. The rail is out ten metres moved out from six metres at the previous meeting. I am not really too concerned about a pattern. Perhaps early in the day on speed will be an advantage but would expect them to be using plenty of the track by day’s end.

I am kicking off in the second race of the day which is over the 1700m for the fillies and mares. It isn’t an easy one to kick things off on but I am giving Rat With Goldtooth one last chance. Her form since returning from a lengthy break has been really strong, but it has all been without winning. In saying that I am just not convinced things have panned out ideally for her in those runs. Racing wide has certainly been a theme in her last three runs following a solid first up effort at Geelong. She was wide at Sandown and again at Flemington before she went to Mildura and started favourite in the Cup there. That was a slowly run race and Dean Holland had to get rolling prior to the home turn which meant he come very wide around the bend on Rat With Goldtooth. While he did that the eventual winner Husson Eagle cut the corner and come up inside of Rat With Goldtooth and that ultimately proved the difference for mine. She come into this race three weeks between runs but looks to draw perfectly in gate five for Jordan Childs who I am hoping is positive on her early and has her just off the leaders stalking the speed. She goes from 1400m to 1700m but back against her own sex I think she finds a winnable race and happy to be with her again.

It is a race featuring a few horses that have raced through the winter months and are probably quite well exposed so for that reason I am going to back the former West Australian mare in Ping Me Another. This mare is coming off a last start third in the Belmont Oaks and also placed in both the WA Derby and Oaks earlier in the year. She was only narrowly beaten in those races too so I think she will measure up. I would have loved to have seen a jump out for her since moving to the Young & Busuttin yard but she was scratched from a jump out there on Monday morning. In a race that doesn’t look to have a lot of speed I can see her rolling across and landing outside of Toryjoy and from there being right in the finish. Around the $9-10 mark happy to be with her.

Vitani is the other interesting runner. 1200m to 1700m isn’t typically a recipe for success but she does interest me here. She ran fairly first up over the 1300m and then surprisingly came back to the 1200m second up where she got back and came wide on a day where the pattern probably didn’t suit that style. She ran home with all the quickest final sectionals in that race and they stacked up overall on the day quite well. She gets weight relief here, draws well for Linda Meech to roll forward and sit just behind the speed and at double figure odds I think she can run well.

Betting strategy

The money for Rat With Goldtooth has been relentless! $4+ on Wednesday night and into $3 at best now! I don't think she will get any shorter so will have $60 the win on her on the day! I will have $15 the win on Ping Me Another and $10 the win on Vitani!

Race Outlay

$85

Race 4

2:00pm

Suggested

Five Kingdom (No.4) & Age Of Chivalry (No.6)

Dangers

Shot Of Irish (No.3) & Smart Elissim (No.5)

This is a pretty solid race here over the 1400m. It would appear to have a lengthy tail, there are a few horses in the race certainly making up the numbers but in the top five chances I think there is certainly a bit of quality. I am an unabashed Age Of Chivalry fan and while I am not overly thrilled with the price he has come up early doors I think he is clearly the horse to beat in the race and also the best horse in the race. His return at Moonee Valley while unlucky was most pleasing. He just never really got a clear crack at them there two weeks ago behind Usain Bowler. He looked to be travelling really well coming to the turn but was just held in at a key stage which forced him to go back to the inside. While he did that Usain Bowler got off the fence and got into the clear rounding the home turn to gun down Tavisan. Age Of Chivalry was hot on their heels and still being tightened for room going over the line. I was a bit wary of him at Moonee Valley around the tight circuit from a low draw so the result wasn’t surprising but he went exceptionally well all the same. Second up here on to a bigger track from a middle gate he looks really well suited. This is just his eighth career start and only his third preparation so the upside with him is enormous. He does take on some race fit horses here that have been going well through the winter in what is likely to be a solidly run 1400m race. That is the only question mark I have. Given he didn’t have a real hard run at Moonee Valley and probably went to the line with something in hand, will he perhaps be a bit vulnerable here second up at the end of a strong 1400m?

Despite that little doubt I think he is clearly the one they all have to beat. I think he gets a big advantage over a key rival in Shot Of Irish with that horse drawing gate one and Lane being able to come out of gate seven on Age Of Chivalry. He shouldn’t have any traffic problems and probably maps to either land one out one back or outside the leader. From that position he can probably dictate to Melham on Shot Of Irish and have no traffic problems and I am hoping that proves decisive in the final reckoning. Keen to be with him.

I am keeping Five Kingdom on side. I just thought a lot of the main chances in this race are on speed types and on paper the race has the potential for really good speed. Five Kingdom is a winner over 1800m and comes into this race off a freshen up so if they do set it up for something to run on he might be the one. He draws a nice middle gate for Mark Zahra to have a soft run off the speed and with some luck in running I can see him finishing hard and getting very close if those up on speed get a bit wobbly late so saving on him at double figure odds.

Betting strategy

Pretty keen on Age Of Chivalry here and I will have $75 the win on him! I will save with $15 the win on Five Kingdom and I reckon he might start single figures so will lock in the $11!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 1

12:00pm

Suggested

Schappose (No.5) & Toulon Brook (No.11)

Dangers

I Am Capitan (No.1) & My Tagoson (No.2)

Racing in Sydney makes a rare venture on to the Kensington track at Randwick for a Saturday meeting this weekend. Unlike Caulfield which is loaded with quality, this is a meeting that is pretty bland in terms of quality and hopefully we will see things heat up over the next couple of weeks. The weather in Sydney is one thing that isn’t bland. The sun is out and the weather is warm and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday. The rail is in the true position for the first time since early May on this track. That day the track played quite fairly but I think on a firmer surface here on Saturday we may see horses up on speed have a slight advantage.

I am kicking the day off in the Highway which is over the 1300m. It is a pretty wide open Highway where I thought a couple of the favourites came up under the odds. I was pretty keen to be with the lightly race Schappose who looks to have come back well this time in. He kicked off his campaign with a really good run at Scone where he split two in form galloper in Attila and Albert’s No Pussy. He was then kept fresh into his last start run at Tamworth where he say just off the pace and proved too strong as a well backed favourite. He ran good time for the day there at Tamworth too. He was easily the quickest of a few 1200m races on the day. He is a horse I think that might still have a bit of upside. As I said, he is lightly raced with his just being his twelfth start and he draws to get a gun run just off the speed from gate five. He is at his best when on firm surfaces too, so I think he gets a bit in his favour here and looks a good bet around the $7-8 mark. Happy to be with him.

The other horse I wanted to have something on was Toulon Brook. This is another lightly raced galloper coming here for just his seventh career run. He had been beaten as favourite a couple of times prior to his most recent win and I reckon he was starting to test the patience of a few punters. Despite him testing the patience they still backed him heavily last start into $1.85 from $2.25 and he won well carrying a big weight. The horse he beat was most unlucky to not win at Narromine on Sunday and he gets good weight relief here dropping down to 53.5kgs. He draws a nice middle gate and around the $9-10 mark I think he is worth a ticket.

Betting strategy

Backing a couple at odds here! I will have $30 the win on both Schappose and Toulon Brook! The $9 with Bet365 about Schappose is large if you can get on and think anything $8+ is worth taking! With Toulon Brook I would have half now at the $9.50 and the other half at Top Fluc on the day!

Race Outlay

$60

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Connemara (No.1), Wimlah (No.5) & Constellations (No.10)

Dangers

Velocita (No.2) & Helga (No.3)

This race is over the 1400m for the fillies and mares and is another wide open race. Connemara is certainly racking up the placings at the moment but she looks to find a most winnable race here. Her form this campaign has been excellent. She has had four runs for four seconds and has been pretty stiff not to win a couple. She ran a big race when I was on her at big odds first up before she looked to have won second up but just mistimed the bob when second to Notation who went on to race very well at her next two starts. Her last two runs at Rosehill she has loomed to win but hasn’t quite finished it off. Last start was a bit of a different story though when beaten by a smart one in Haut Brion Her. Connemara easily beat the rest and I think that form will hold up well here. She draws ideally in gate three to get a lovely run in behind the speed and I like the engagement of Nash Rawiller. If anyone can lift this mare late in a tight finish it will be him. The 1400m is perhaps a slight query but I think she gets the right run to have every chance to run it out so happy to be in her corner.

Wimlah is also on the back up from last Saturday. She beat all bar the impressive Subedar in the opening race last week and is another that looks to have her hoof on the till. She also has form around Haut Brion Her early in her campaign and she beat the rest of her rivals pretty comfortably last start. I think she will roll forward here for Tim Clark and land on speed and should be hard to hold out so happy to be with her.

Constellations is a runner that really interests me. This lightly raced mare won well first up at Newcastle last campaign before a good run behind Strome and Reelem In Ruby second up before failing third up and going for a spell. Her two trials leading into this first up run have been quite stylish. She hasn’t been asked to do a lot in either of those trials but looked to go through the line nicely with a fair bit more to give. In a race that looks pretty even she is a mare that looks to have some real upside here having just her fifth career start. Down in the weights I think she can run a good race here and at close to double figure odds is well worth a ticket for mine.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win here on Connemara and Wimlah and $20 the win on Constellations!

Race Outlay

$80

Race 3

12:43pm

Suggested

Macewen (No.9) & Under The Thumb (No.11)

Dangers

The Tenor (No.3) & Yeahnah (No.12)

Racing in Brisbane comes from Eagle Farm this Saturday for what looks to be a pretty good program of racing. The weather in Brisbane at the moment is nothing short of outstanding. 28 degrees and sunshine is forecast and we will be racing on a good track with the rail in the true position. It should see a good fair day of racing with the best horses winning.

I am kicking the day off in the third race of the day which is over the 1200m. Macewen has come up a pretty short priced favourite here and I found it hard to disagree with the market. He looks really well placed on the back of a good first up run. He was very firm in the market that day and had a good run back off the speed. He surged through the line but just missed Six Sigma and Yeahnah in a driving finish. He carried 59kgs there first up and will certainly appreciate the weight relief here. He is also a horse that has typically improved significantly from his first up run to his second up run and if he does that here he is clearly going to be the one to beat. He does draw a fraction awkwardly. After the scratchings he draws eight of ten so it will be interesting to see where he lands in the run. Given the race is at Eagle Farm though, this track is a lot more forgiving for horses sitting off the fence in the run so I am not too concerned by that. I think if he travels comfortably in the run and has gone on from what he did first up then he will be hard to hold out here. Keen to be with him.

The one at odds in the race for mine is Under The Thumb. This is a galloper that has always displayed good ability through his career and his two runs this time in have been good. He was very unlucky first up at Wellington before running well at Muswellbrook last start. He draws gate one here so he will sit in behind the speed and do no work in the run. If the breaks come his way in the straight I can see him finishing off strongly so happy to be save on him at the good odds.

Betting strategy

I will have $80 the win on Macewen here and save with $10 the win on Under The Thumb!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 2

12:50pm

Suggested

Ping Me Another (No.4), Rat With Goldtooth (No.5) & Vitani (No.10)

Dangers

Toryjoy (No.1) & Benitoite (No.2)

Racing in Melbourne comes from Caulfield on Saturday for P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day. Formerly known as the Liston Stakes this is for me the unofficial start of spring. The depth to the program reflects it too. It is a cracking day of racing and the spotlight certainly is on Melbourne compared to the Sydney meeting on the Kensington track which I will get into later. The weather in Melbourne hasn’t been great but it hasn’t been awful. I am anticipating us racing on a soft track on Saturday and would think it be in the 5-6 range and no worse. The rail is out ten metres moved out from six metres at the previous meeting. I am not really too concerned about a pattern. Perhaps early in the day on speed will be an advantage but would expect them to be using plenty of the track by day’s end.

I am kicking off in the second race of the day which is over the 1700m for the fillies and mares. It isn’t an easy one to kick things off on but I am giving Rat With Goldtooth one last chance. Her form since returning from a lengthy break has been really strong, but it has all been without winning. In saying that I am just not convinced things have panned out ideally for her in those runs. Racing wide has certainly been a theme in her last three runs following a solid first up effort at Geelong. She was wide at Sandown and again at Flemington before she went to Mildura and started favourite in the Cup there. That was a slowly run race and Dean Holland had to get rolling prior to the home turn which meant he come very wide around the bend on Rat With Goldtooth. While he did that the eventual winner Husson Eagle cut the corner and come up inside of Rat With Goldtooth and that ultimately proved the difference for mine. She come into this race three weeks between runs but looks to draw perfectly in gate five for Jordan Childs who I am hoping is positive on her early and has her just off the leaders stalking the speed. She goes from 1400m to 1700m but back against her own sex I think she finds a winnable race and happy to be with her again.

It is a race featuring a few horses that have raced through the winter months and are probably quite well exposed so for that reason I am going to back the former West Australian mare in Ping Me Another. This mare is coming off a last start third in the Belmont Oaks and also placed in both the WA Derby and Oaks earlier in the year. She was only narrowly beaten in those races too so I think she will measure up. I would have loved to have seen a jump out for her since moving to the Young & Busuttin yard but she was scratched from a jump out there on Monday morning. In a race that doesn’t look to have a lot of speed I can see her rolling across and landing outside of Toryjoy and from there being right in the finish. Around the $9-10 mark happy to be with her.

Vitani is the other interesting runner. 1200m to 1700m isn’t typically a recipe for success but she does interest me here. She ran fairly first up over the 1300m and then surprisingly came back to the 1200m second up where she got back and came wide on a day where the pattern probably didn’t suit that style. She ran home with all the quickest final sectionals in that race and they stacked up overall on the day quite well. She gets weight relief here, draws well for Linda Meech to roll forward and sit just behind the speed and at double figure odds I think she can run well.

Betting strategy

The money for Rat With Goldtooth has been relentless! $4+ on Wednesday night and into $3 at best now! I don't think she will get any shorter so will have $60 the win on her on the day! I will have $15 the win on Ping Me Another and $10 the win on Vitani!

Race Outlay

$85

Race 4

2:00pm

Suggested

Five Kingdom (No.4) & Age Of Chivalry (No.6)

Dangers

Shot Of Irish (No.3) & Smart Elissim (No.5)

This is a pretty solid race here over the 1400m. It would appear to have a lengthy tail, there are a few horses in the race certainly making up the numbers but in the top five chances I think there is certainly a bit of quality. I am an unabashed Age Of Chivalry fan and while I am not overly thrilled with the price he has come up early doors I think he is clearly the horse to beat in the race and also the best horse in the race. His return at Moonee Valley while unlucky was most pleasing. He just never really got a clear crack at them there two weeks ago behind Usain Bowler. He looked to be travelling really well coming to the turn but was just held in at a key stage which forced him to go back to the inside. While he did that Usain Bowler got off the fence and got into the clear rounding the home turn to gun down Tavisan. Age Of Chivalry was hot on their heels and still being tightened for room going over the line. I was a bit wary of him at Moonee Valley around the tight circuit from a low draw so the result wasn’t surprising but he went exceptionally well all the same. Second up here on to a bigger track from a middle gate he looks really well suited. This is just his eighth career start and only his third preparation so the upside with him is enormous. He does take on some race fit horses here that have been going well through the winter in what is likely to be a solidly run 1400m race. That is the only question mark I have. Given he didn’t have a real hard run at Moonee Valley and probably went to the line with something in hand, will he perhaps be a bit vulnerable here second up at the end of a strong 1400m?

Despite that little doubt I think he is clearly the one they all have to beat. I think he gets a big advantage over a key rival in Shot Of Irish with that horse drawing gate one and Lane being able to come out of gate seven on Age Of Chivalry. He shouldn’t have any traffic problems and probably maps to either land one out one back or outside the leader. From that position he can probably dictate to Melham on Shot Of Irish and have no traffic problems and I am hoping that proves decisive in the final reckoning. Keen to be with him.

I am keeping Five Kingdom on side. I just thought a lot of the main chances in this race are on speed types and on paper the race has the potential for really good speed. Five Kingdom is a winner over 1800m and comes into this race off a freshen up so if they do set it up for something to run on he might be the one. He draws a nice middle gate for Mark Zahra to have a soft run off the speed and with some luck in running I can see him finishing hard and getting very close if those up on speed get a bit wobbly late so saving on him at double figure odds.

Betting strategy

Pretty keen on Age Of Chivalry here and I will have $75 the win on him! I will save with $15 the win on Five Kingdom and I reckon he might start single figures so will lock in the $11!

Race Outlay

$90

Race 1

12:00pm

Suggested

Schappose (No.5) & Toulon Brook (No.11)

Dangers

I Am Capitan (No.1) & My Tagoson (No.2)

Racing in Sydney makes a rare venture on to the Kensington track at Randwick for a Saturday meeting this weekend. Unlike Caulfield which is loaded with quality, this is a meeting that is pretty bland in terms of quality and hopefully we will see things heat up over the next couple of weeks. The weather in Sydney is one thing that isn’t bland. The sun is out and the weather is warm and we will be racing on a good track on Saturday. The rail is in the true position for the first time since early May on this track. That day the track played quite fairly but I think on a firmer surface here on Saturday we may see horses up on speed have a slight advantage.

I am kicking the day off in the Highway which is over the 1300m. It is a pretty wide open Highway where I thought a couple of the favourites came up under the odds. I was pretty keen to be with the lightly race Schappose who looks to have come back well this time in. He kicked off his campaign with a really good run at Scone where he split two in form galloper in Attila and Albert’s No Pussy. He was then kept fresh into his last start run at Tamworth where he say just off the pace and proved too strong as a well backed favourite. He ran good time for the day there at Tamworth too. He was easily the quickest of a few 1200m races on the day. He is a horse I think that might still have a bit of upside. As I said, he is lightly raced with his just being his twelfth start and he draws to get a gun run just off the speed from gate five. He is at his best when on firm surfaces too, so I think he gets a bit in his favour here and looks a good bet around the $7-8 mark. Happy to be with him.

The other horse I wanted to have something on was Toulon Brook. This is another lightly raced galloper coming here for just his seventh career run. He had been beaten as favourite a couple of times prior to his most recent win and I reckon he was starting to test the patience of a few punters. Despite him testing the patience they still backed him heavily last start into $1.85 from $2.25 and he won well carrying a big weight. The horse he beat was most unlucky to not win at Narromine on Sunday and he gets good weight relief here dropping down to 53.5kgs. He draws a nice middle gate and around the $9-10 mark I think he is worth a ticket.

Betting strategy

Backing a couple at odds here! I will have $30 the win on both Schappose and Toulon Brook! The $9 with Bet365 about Schappose is large if you can get on and think anything $8+ is worth taking! With Toulon Brook I would have half now at the $9.50 and the other half at Top Fluc on the day!

Race Outlay

$60

Race 2

12:35pm

Suggested

Connemara (No.1), Wimlah (No.5) & Constellations (No.10)

Dangers

Velocita (No.2) & Helga (No.3)

This race is over the 1400m for the fillies and mares and is another wide open race. Connemara is certainly racking up the placings at the moment but she looks to find a most winnable race here. Her form this campaign has been excellent. She has had four runs for four seconds and has been pretty stiff not to win a couple. She ran a big race when I was on her at big odds first up before she looked to have won second up but just mistimed the bob when second to Notation who went on to race very well at her next two starts. Her last two runs at Rosehill she has loomed to win but hasn’t quite finished it off. Last start was a bit of a different story though when beaten by a smart one in Haut Brion Her. Connemara easily beat the rest and I think that form will hold up well here. She draws ideally in gate three to get a lovely run in behind the speed and I like the engagement of Nash Rawiller. If anyone can lift this mare late in a tight finish it will be him. The 1400m is perhaps a slight query but I think she gets the right run to have every chance to run it out so happy to be in her corner.

Wimlah is also on the back up from last Saturday. She beat all bar the impressive Subedar in the opening race last week and is another that looks to have her hoof on the till. She also has form around Haut Brion Her early in her campaign and she beat the rest of her rivals pretty comfortably last start. I think she will roll forward here for Tim Clark and land on speed and should be hard to hold out so happy to be with her.

Constellations is a runner that really interests me. This lightly raced mare won well first up at Newcastle last campaign before a good run behind Strome and Reelem In Ruby second up before failing third up and going for a spell. Her two trials leading into this first up run have been quite stylish. She hasn’t been asked to do a lot in either of those trials but looked to go through the line nicely with a fair bit more to give. In a race that looks pretty even she is a mare that looks to have some real upside here having just her fifth career start. Down in the weights I think she can run a good race here and at close to double figure odds is well worth a ticket for mine.

Betting strategy

I will have $30 the win here on Connemara and Wimlah and $20 the win on Constellations!

Race Outlay

$80

Race 3

12:43pm

Suggested

Macewen (No.9) & Under The Thumb (No.11)

Dangers

The Tenor (No.3) & Yeahnah (No.12)

Racing in Brisbane comes from Eagle Farm this Saturday for what looks to be a pretty good program of racing. The weather in Brisbane at the moment is nothing short of outstanding. 28 degrees and sunshine is forecast and we will be racing on a good track with the rail in the true position. It should see a good fair day of racing with the best horses winning.

I am kicking the day off in the third race of the day which is over the 1200m. Macewen has come up a pretty short priced favourite here and I found it hard to disagree with the market. He looks really well placed on the back of a good first up run. He was very firm in the market that day and had a good run back off the speed. He surged through the line but just missed Six Sigma and Yeahnah in a driving finish. He carried 59kgs there first up and will certainly appreciate the weight relief here. He is also a horse that has typically improved significantly from his first up run to his second up run and if he does that here he is clearly going to be the one to beat. He does draw a fraction awkwardly. After the scratchings he draws eight of ten so it will be interesting to see where he lands in the run. Given the race is at Eagle Farm though, this track is a lot more forgiving for horses sitting off the fence in the run so I am not too concerned by that. I think if he travels comfortably in the run and has gone on from what he did first up then he will be hard to hold out here. Keen to be with him.

The one at odds in the race for mine is Under The Thumb. This is a galloper that has always displayed good ability through his career and his two runs this time in have been good. He was very unlucky first up at Wellington before running well at Muswellbrook last start. He draws gate one here so he will sit in behind the speed and do no work in the run. If the breaks come his way in the straight I can see him finishing off strongly so happy to be save on him at the good odds.

Betting strategy

I will have $80 the win on Macewen here and save with $10 the win on Under The Thumb!

Race Outlay

$90

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