Captain Bridges should find the early lead as he has done at his past couple, looks hard to beat again. Strip Club drawn well enough to perhaps place some pressure in the early stages. The 2yo, STARSONGARI can also kick-up from the draw with the claim for Chung. There’s a few maybe changing up patterns here, and Vancouver Velvet can be advantaged with a better than midfield position. WITNESS GREATNESS looks the one for me to pick-up the leader. Didn’t seem to handle Oakbank. Blinkers went back on in a recent trial since. Got my doubts they’ll restrain her here, could be lobbing 3rd/4th outside of Strip Club and Leave Me Alone. Fitter, and can land the prize with a positive ride from Captain Bridges.
Race 4 - 3:01PM RSL Gallipoli - Gallipoli Memorial Trophy Benchmark 58 Handicap (Heat 11 Provincial Super Series) (1700 METRES)
Another messy race with plenty mixing form, including our Blackbooker – MONRAAJ. Barend Vorster comes back on which may be the key. Monraaj can take some riding, and Barend loves to work. Should find a spot a little better than midfield. Think most of the key chances land ahead of him. Meadows Young Buck raced keenly last start and will enjoy racing here. The filly, Grey Vitality might as well push on from out there. Regal Domain can improve again in the box seat, was well beaten by Does It and Call Me Shamus though. Does It ought to gain the sweet run, just off the speed as he did last start. Just one-batted when clear though and does rise another couple of kilos. CITY BEATS can give this a shake should he gain a start as bottom emergency. He’s another who should push on to settle behind the leader. Won third-up at Clare and can progress further.
Race 5 - 3:36PM 86SQN Ivor Hatcher Class One Handicap (1100 METRES)
Really good race this, one of the highlights of the day despite its CL1 status. Barriers could hold some key here with Aquamoss possible leader from near the fence. Barend Vorster might well hand-up to him from the inside on Sensational Reward. They do have a habit of riding positive in these types of races, Sensational Reward hasn’t finished off lately though. Sanbucks is racing really well and could push around Vorster. Kishstar can often take a few strides to get into rhythm and will be hunting up behind the speed from her middle barrier. The two out wide are the ones I’m interested in. SPIN THE REWARD was dominant in his maiden win, running strong time. Todd Pannell probably won’t clear him with MAGNO, who is first-up and has ability. These two will be making their runs together, and I’ll stick with the race-fitness of Spin The Reward.