Balaklava Tips December 9

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IGITUR second up today coming off a terrific prep when last in work that saw him capture three wins over this mile distance. He put the writing on the wall first up that prep with a forward showing, also over the 1600m. Market chose to ignore so he punished the punters for their lack of notice with an all the way win over Miss Mosh at more than 20/1 (some of those who did follow picked up the 40’s!).
First up this time in, he was okay enough in a hot Vignerons Cup over 1350m at Strathalbyn. Restrained while fresh, he came back off the initial strong tempo set by the winner in Masterati. Sophie Logan rated the leader too well that day and nothing was going to pick her and Masterati up. Igitur peaked on his initial run up the hill to finish 6L astern the winner in what was a nice hit out.
He’s never raced at Balaklava before so this will be interesting. This is a track which can favour on-pacer’s when it’s firm and we should be starting the day somewhere in the Good range. Small field, Claudia Lions will leave him alone to do his own thing and I think he might like to bowl along with some freshness still in the tank. Market will leave him again and Igitur looks a nice value bet early in the day.


PENTIRE’S SPIRIT trialled well enough at Murray Bridge for us to be on for debut here a fortnight ago. Thought he’d be able to take a sit and stalk the speed based on what we saw in that trial. However, he just pinged the lids to land about 3 lengths clear of all else. Why Big Bry went to Pentire’s Spirit to put pressure on early down the side. The big unit then commenced to lay all over ours for much of the straight and understandably, Pentire’s Spirit did wilt late.
Fitter now with that run under his belt, plus the race experience will do him the world of good. Happy to stick and hopefully Caitlin Jones can work some of her magic onto Pentire’s Spirit off the inside draw.


ZUME FORWARD just missed Sir Johnson here while second up last start. Sir Johnson himself, of course, is a second up specialist and hard for any horse to catch while he’s at that point in his prep. Zume Forward was absolutely trucking from a long way out, gaining a lovely trail under Karl Zechner. Trouble was, Sir Johnson just had the cold sit and was also bolting under Dylan Caboche who cuddled him for as long as possible. Zume Forward made his adversary earn the win that day as he kicked back strongly when the outside horse went to him. The effort was to no avail though as the post loomed large and I would think Zume Forward will strip fitter again for the run.


 

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