Daily Racing Selections – Thursday 31st August

Under Class 3 conditions last start, STYLISH CRIMINAL had to carry a big weight compared to others and he did it tough but still won. DANTIEN was 3rd that day and is meeting him 2kg worse off for a thumping. Combine that with STYLISH CRIMINAL’s superb recent form and he looks the one to hold out. Will get back to about 4th early and stay close enough to launch late.


Two things jump out when looking at this race. Firstly, PETRACCA is a model of consistency in this BM 64 grade. He’ s placed twice at this level from two runs this time up. Secondly, the 1600m should suit him even more than recent short course efforts. He’s weighted to win and is drawn well enough – and being 3rd up, just looks the play.


There’s no substitute for speed in these short course races and this mare, PATRIKA BELLE, has a ton of it. She’s only had the one run and she showed that dash by spearing to the front and leading all way in her maiden victory. This is harder, but she has 1kg less here and her racing style puts her into the race for a long way – for the entire way, I think. She jumps from a fair enough gate here and should give you a good sight.



Canterbury Preview – Wednesday 30th August

FAEGER appears to be a quality young horse just needing a bit of luck and a confidence boost. And this might be the race he finds it in. Has run placings this grade on three occasions so knows the pressure. Super fit now, as he’s third up. HIGH DIVE is resuming here but placed twice when last in work in this company. Has Hugh Bowman to steer today and trials have been super. Big show. LIGHTZ will probably be good each way odds. And you should look into that. He hasn’t run in a race this weak before so expect good improvement. Can test these here.


Race 2 – Maiden Handicap (3YO Fillies) 1100m

Wednesday 30th August, 2:00pm

FIFTH AFFAIR has talent. This may be a tad short as she likes to get back, steady, then charge home. Saying that, she is resuming here so may be better fresh. Place show. CADENCIA has been hitting line strongly in a few trials of late. Little brother of star sprinter Derryn. Engagement of Bowman is a telling factor. Watch market. MARISHKA led all way to win recent trial quite comfortably and impressively. Will no doubt attempt to do same here on debut.


Race 3 – Benchmark 75 Handicap 2700m

Wednesday 30th August, 2:35pm

After four starts this campaign, top weight FOUR CARAT looks primed to run a blinder. Made good ground late to grab 4th in a BM 84 last start, where first 3 home would win this by a street. Looks the main play. NAPOLEAN is a very fit out and out plodder. Has no set racing pattern. Last start in slightly easier race, sat back last for most of way, then made bold mid race bid to reach lead and swung for home clear, hanging tough to win. That was 2900m, so this trip no worry. RED DREAM is only average but he’s racing well in his grade placing past two. This is slightly harder but he has no weight and is very fit. Will be steaming home.


Race 4 – Benchmark 73 Handicap 1900m

Wednesday 30th August, 3:10pm

ESTIKHRAAJ – just what do you make of this bloke? He goes around in everything. And on occasion, he steams into the race and runs away looking really smart. Winless his past three starts but with Bowman aboard, anything is possible. TAIKOMOCHI will roll to the lead and despite a lack of experience, he will take catching. He has that Tulloch Lodge shine upon him too, which helps defy the class rise. LEUCURA is in very well here if he runs up to his best. Will sit back midfield off what looks to be a strong tempo. He’s a bush star who is weighted very well here


Race 5 – Benchmark 74 Handicap 1550m

Wednesday 30th August, 3:45pm

FORTENSKY has been heavily backed his past four starts since winning impressively when resuming. Beaten in all four of those runs but does enough to get you back in and rightly so in this grade. NO PUSHOVER should be just that in this grade. Gets in well at the weights following two wins and a placing from his past three. NOTIO has placed four times in his last five. Up a little in grade but is getting better and is down in weight.


PURE REBEL is fast and fit, and in terrific form. Weight relief here for inform apprentice Rachel King is also a big help. Can cruise to the front from the good gate. BRAVISSIMO is the one to watch out for. Has been screaming for a dry track and gets it here. Is resuming but two trials of late have been most impressive. MALAHAT ran well when resuming last start for 3rd this grade. Has Hughie to steer and is in perfect gate.


Race 7 – Benchmark 76 Handicap 1200m

Wednesday 30th August, 4:55pm

MISSILE CODA is up to the big weight but judging by how fast he jumped and ran and the quality he beat last start, he deserves it. And I don’t think the handicapper has caught him yet either. Looks big chance. ALLITERATE is all quality when she is right but hasn’t won for a while. Or shown anything either. Can’t leave out though because she has history that is better than these. REGIMEN up in class here but is unbeaten in two runs and drawn the perfect alley here. Will be about midfield and looks a main player.


Sandown (Hillside) Preview – Wednesday 30th August

Race 1- Benchmark 70 Handicap (3YO Fillies) 1000m

Wednesday 30th August, 12:30pm

An extremely compelling race. BLONDIE won impressively on debut at the Valley before rushing straight into the ‘Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes’ where she endured a wide trip and wilted to run last. This is easier and with weight relief, she’ll definitely look the winner at some point. SO FAR SOKOOL is an interesting galloper. Hails from New Zealand where she has placed in stakes grade. Resuming here, this looks a tad short for her to be a real threat. PAGEANTRY is first up and has good early speed, so expect to see her right up on the pace. She went round with some of the top Victorian juveniles last prep and even trekked to South Australia for a stakes race where she placed. This is easier and she can produce.


GOLD FONTEIN has come back in better shape this prep and looks a smart type. Bad draw here but will appreciate this grade and ready, if she finds cover, to slot in and pounce late. BONUS D’ORO goes up in grade, but has won its last two and must be considered. When a Darren Weir mare hits form, she tends to hold it. PRIA ECLIPSE is a solid toiler and racing well. Up in grade a little here, but drops in weight and has drawn well.


Race 3 – Benchmark 64 Handicap 1800m

Wednesday 30th August, 1:35pm

PHARRELL is the type of horse that hurts punters and connections alike. His last seven starts have produced five placings and two fourths… did someone say “Nonny”? MINOAN SPIRIT is lightly raced but showing enough ability to warrant a shot at this grade. Top jock takes ride too. SUPER MARIO is a nicely bred stayer who got home hard from midfield in a Class 1 last start. This is stronger but he’s on the up.


Race 4 – Benchmark 64 Handicap 1300m

Wednesday 30th August, 2:10pm

PADRAIG is an interesting runner. He showed strong form as a 2YO in New Zealand before crossing the ditch and has managed a placing in juvenile grade at Warwick Farm. He’s since been relocated to Melbourne and should now be fully acclimatized to Australian conditions. MIGHTY BOSS resumed from a spell to break his maiden last start. Nicely drawn here and looks to have come back in good order. ALL TOO ROYAL went okay against some smart types in the autumn, and his breeding indicates he should improve with age. He resumed from a spell last start and came with a barnstorming finish to win his maiden against weaker company. The rise in trip here should suit him nicely.


UNIQUE LOVELY was sent for a spell after banging out three wins in a row last campaign. Tough ask first up in higher grade but she proved she was pretty handy last time in, and does get a hefty weight allowance today. Nice draw too. NEW YORK CELEBRITY is an absolute model of consistency for her connections. She always puts in, gets herself up near the speed and stays there all the way. Drawn to do the same here and rates a big show. IT’S TIME FOR MAGIC is interesting. Resumes here with no worthwhile form for several months now, but has drawn well with Craig Williams to ride.


Race 6 – Benchmark 84 Handicap 1000m

Wednesday 30th August, 3:20pm

ROCK N GOLD is just so much more proven than his rivals here, but the bad draw could prove a difficult obstacle. Mind you, he does have decent first up form and gets in well at the weights. Keep safe. LABUAN STAR has been rock solid at this level in the past, highlighted by his last start win. Likes to sit off pace and charge home. SPEEDEOR is an excitement machine and we’re excited to see him line up here. He’s won three from four and looks a special talent in the making.


Race 7 – Benchmark 78 Handicap 2400m

Wednesday 30th August, 3:55pm

CROCODILE ROCK is being groomed as a Cups contender. Second up from an outside draw, and lugging the top weight. If he wins this then he’s well on his way to a highly successful prep. His stablemate, GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY is on a similar path. He produced a game effort last start when second and has drawn more positively here. UBIN THUNDERSTRUCK is an emerging young staying talent who has a big task ahead in this but looks a good place chance.


Race 8 – Benchmark 70Handicap 1400m

Wednesday 30th August, 4:30pm

JAWS OF STEEL is a fascinating galloper. Showed enormous talent as a juvenile but has struggled to remain healthy since. On the comeback trail now and turned in a game effort last start when stepped up to 1600m where he faded to finish 6th. Is super fit and sharp now. KILMACURRAGH was only average first up when 8th and may still be a run short but has shown in the past that he has a lot of talent. Watch market. MAI SHINY CHOICE is gunning for three wins on the trot in this and gets every opportunity with the rails draw and top jock engaged. Looks very hard to beat again.


Daily Racing Selections – Wednesday 30th August

PAGEANTRY is the one to beat here. She’s first up and has good early speed, so expect to see her right up on the pace. She went round with some of the top Victorian juveniles last prep and even trekked to South Australia for a stakes race where she placed. This is easier and she can produce.


Ipswich Race 3 – Class 2 Handicap 1200m

Wednesday 30th August, 1:45PM

AGHNA now lines up for her third trainer in Toby Edmonds after showing glimpses of ability for her previous two stables. Her temperament and racing manners have let her down previously but on her past winning performances, and with the change to a leading Queensland stable, we’re willing to give her a chance here.


FORTENSKY has been heavily backed in his last four starts, after winning impressively first up this prep. Only narrowly beaten in all four of those runs, he keeps doing enough to keep punters interested. He races on the speed, which should serve him well around this track where he looks to gain control. If you can forgive his most recent failures, he’ll be right in it at this grade.


Daily Racing Selections – Tuesday 29th August

Tamworth Race 2 – Maiden Plate 1000m

Tuesday 29th August, 12:50PM

ADVANTAGE was on debut last start and it was a horrible introduction to racing for him. He was backed into favouritism, despite drawing wide. Some other runners played up at the gates and as a result, he stood scared and wide-eyed in the barriers for the entire nine minute delay. When they jumped, he stepped away okay but rushed forward and was three-wide most of the trip. He battled on bravely to fail by a long neck. Drawn perfectly here and with that experience under his belt, he looks a big threat.


If you’re betting on a budget, keep your powder dry until HARD SPARK bobs up in the last at Mildura. This is a BM 58 and she has form at BM 64 level, as shown last start when she sat off the pace at Echuca and rallied late to fail by just a length when placing 3rd. Drew deep and was wide that day. That was her fourth run this prep so she’s super fit now. Has perfect draw this time around too.


Tamworth Race 9 – Class 2 Handicap 1000m

Tuesday 29th August, 5:05PM

Trained by Kris Lees, this improving mare should settle around midfield, poised one off the fence all the way. Tamworth is wide enough so she can peel out and make a charge late. Her form this prep in weaker grade initially, then this company last start, has been excellent grounding for this. Looks perfectly placed to win.


Betting Wrap – Saturday 26th August

Here’s a wrap of the betting action at Palmerbet and key talking points from all the big races over the weekend.



We saw some very classy last season two year olds return to the races at Rosehill on Saturday and none were more impressive than the Peter and Paul Snowden trained colt Pariah ($2.80-$2.10), who shot to the top of Golden Rose betting with a dynamic win in the Group 3 $150,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m). Aided by a magnificent steer from jockey Blake Shinn, Pariah let down powerfully when presented at the top of the straight to streak away from his rivals and announce himself as a serious player for the upcoming spring features. Chauffeur ($12-$10) pleased in his first run for the Hawkes stable finishing fast for second, as did the Godolphin filly Jorda in third ($5.00-$8.50) who endured a luckless run in the straight. Pariah was all the rage though for punters, firming from $2.50 to $2.10 late and landing several significant bets in the process.

Speaking to the media post race, Peter Snowden was full of praise for Pariah but said he should only improve as he makes his way to the Golden Rose (1400m) on September 23.

“Blake did get a perfect run from the draw, followed the right horse and the gap came for him on the turn but it was still a very good effort from the colt,” Snowden said.

“This was a very fast run race and during the run Pariah was only just there. But when he gets to 1400m the tempo will suit him and then he will show an even better turn of foot.”

On the back of Pariah’s dominant first up display he’s now $4.80 and favourite with Palmerbet for the Golden Rose.



In the other three-year-old feature of the day it was Addictive Nature for Bjorn Baker who bounced back from a plain effort at Randwick to record a tough win in the Group 3 $150,000 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m). After easing from $3.40-$4.20 during the week, punters zeroed in on Addictive Nature late backing the colt into $3.10 favoritism by the jump. The win was awarded further merit as Addictive Nature overraced for much of the race, but was still able to repel the challenges of the surging Assimilate ($3.40-$5.00) with Astoria back in third ($11 and steady).

Trainer Bjorn Baker labeled Addictive Nature an exciting horse for the future saying there is likely much more to come from this flashy looking son of Savabeel.

“Addictive Nature has untapped potential,” Baker said. “He is still going a bit wrong in his races so we definitely haven’t seen the best of him yet.”

“He was an expensive yearling ($775,000) and is probably the best looking horse I have ever trained. He has always shown us a lot so it was great to see him win like that.”

Baker will now weigh up whether to aim Addictive Nature at the Golden Rose or stretch him out over further with the Caulfield Guineas or the Caulfield Classic the two viable options.

South of the border, all eyes were on the Golden Slipper place getter Tulip who commenced her three-year-old campaign in the Johnnie Walker Plate over the 1200m. Sent out the resounding $2.20 favourite, Tulip couldn’t quite get the job done, having to settle for second going down a nose to the Tony McEvoy trained filly Roomooz ($10-$7.00). It was a welcome return for Roomooz, a $480,000 yearling purchased by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales. The Sheikh will no doubt he hoping Roomooz can go right on with the job as a three year old, with the Caulfield or Thousand Guineas the likely aim. Tulip was brave in defeat and no doubt will be aided by the first up run. It should pay to follow both fillies heading into the spring.


Sydney’s premier hoop Hugh Bowman produced a mix bag of rides with his two best chances on Saturday. In Race 2 (Pro IT Handicap, 1500m), Bowman showed he is human after all with a less than desirable steer on the Chris Waller trained Awoke. Sent out as the $2.40 favourite (in from an opening price of $2.80), Hugh was unable to slot in on Awoke causing the mare to race in a three wide position for much of the race. Despite covering ground, Awoke still looked the winner at the furlong but was eventually gobbled up late by the ever-consistent Mariquita ($5.50-$6.50).

Punters didn’t have to wait long though for the faith to be restored as Bowman produced a perfectly patient ride on long odds on favourite Alward in Race 4 (Pacific Boating Handicap, 2000m). Also trained by Chris Waller, Alward was comfortably the best-backed horse on the program eventually sent out deep into the red at $1.65. Best backed to beat the favourite was Chatelard ($11-$7.00) who with Blake Shinn on board showed daring tactics to take off at the 700m mark, forcing a number of runners off the bit and chasing a long way from home. Bowman didn’t panic though, easing Alward off the heels of the tiring Meet and Greet at the 500m before the gaps came at the top of the straight. It took the length of the straight to reel them in but Alward justified the short quote to arrive just in time, much to the delight of favourite backers. Chris Waller said Alward would now be aimed at the Group 1 Metropolitan at Randwick on September 30th.


Wouldn’t you love to own a horse like Bonny O’Reilly. The ever-consistent sprinter added to her already impressive record (8 wins from 12 starts) with a gutsy return win in the last at Rosehill on Saturday. Backed into $3.50 on race morning, Bonny O’Reilly eased slightly to $3.90 come race time but was still comfortably best backed. Although burdened with the top weight of 59.5kg, Bonny showed her class to remain unbeaten at Rosehill whilst also giving trainer Bjorn Baker a Saturday double. No Doubt ($9.00-$9.50) again showed that he’s not far away from a win with a sound effort in second, with the Kim Waugh trained Supreme Effort ($13 unchanged) rounding out the minors. The flops in the race were the well-supported Mogador ($7.00-$5.00) and Sir Bacchus ($6.00-$5.00), who both failed to fire a shot in the run to the wire.

Moonee Valley


The feature at Moonee Valley on Saturday was the $120,000 Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) and it was the four-year-old mare Missrock who produced a scintillating turn of foot to claim the prize. First up since running second to touted sprinter Vega Magic in the Group 1 Goodwood, Missrock ($8.50-$7.00) overpowered the fancied Heatherly ($2.30-$2.10) in the shadows of the post to record a most satisfying win for trainer Robbie Laing. Ben Melham produced a well-timed ride on Missrock, following Heatherly in the run before peeling off her back and gaining the upper hand late.

“I was pretty happy when we landed on the back of Heatherly and she relaxed for me,” said Melham. “She gave me a good kick and I thought I was going to run a good second but she really dug in for me. It was a good win.”

Heatherly’s co-trainer Simon Zahra could offer no excuses for the short priced favourite’s defeat, simply stating that she will be better for the run. Heatherly played up in the barriers and was vetted behind the barriers but Zahra said he had no issues with Heatherly being passed fit to race.

Daily Racing Selections – Monday 28th August

Wangaratta Race 1 – Maiden Plate 1170m

Monday 28th August, 12:30PM

Good maiden this, but I think LORD SUNDOWNER appeals the most here. Resuming from a spell, the Mick Price-trained 3YO is drawn to get a great run just behind the pace. When last in work, he raced twice and his 2nd at his last appearance when getting home gamely suggests this will suit. Has grown and improved since then too.


Dubbo Race 2 – Maiden Plate 1120m

Monday 28th August, 1:35PM

This is a former Victorian mare who was transferred to leading NSW bush trainer, Cameron Crockett’s yard five months ago and on previous form she rates a show. But the word from Mudgee where she now lives, is that she has grown a leg this way of going. Get on early as she will firm up in betting as the race approaches.


Port Macquarie galloper, DREAMALINA, is a bit of a country sprinting star. She is so honest and very fast. Her two runs this prep underline her class, leading all the way to win last start in slightly weaker grade with 61kg. That was her 4th win from past 7 starts. Honesty is a valuable asset for sprinting and she has plenty of it.