What a beautiful race for CUBA. He drops many lengths in grade following a really decent first up run in black-type grade on a day where the run was a record. Strips fitter from that run. KOOKABAA resumes from a decent layoff and has run 4th twice in this grade. His trial win suggests he has returned in good order. Drawn well too. AONAIR has had two starts, both times placed in town. Returned with a solid 3rd in trial. Hughie takes ride. Hard to beat.
Chris Waller has a strong hand in this and his top rider Hugh Bowman is on first starter OMBUDSMAN. He’s placed in a recent trial with Hughie on board so for him to stick with the horse suggests something. OUR MANTRA is resuming here and he was placed twice at provincial level when last in work. Home track advantage here and has the rails. FRESH START is on debut here. He’s by Pierro and has placed at the trials twice past few weeks. Fit and ready to well.
This does look a Chris Waller race. CANBERRA won two in a row at provincial level and has been ultra honest this time up. Hugh Bowman has mount for a reason, while Kerrin McEvoy will steer SEPOY ACHEVA who got a mile back at Canterbury last start this grade and rattled home late for 3rd. Chance.
REALISE POTENTIAL has home track advantage and is 3rd up so is super fit. Got back a fair way in BM 70 grade last start with big weight and rattled home to grab 2nd. Suited here under the conditions. GADFLY rises in grade here following very solid BM 65 win with a massive 61.5kg. Fit and is in great form. Big show. REBEL MISS chased home the star Nictock similar grade two runs back. Is going to get back a bit, probably midfield actually, and should be rallying late.
JESSAMIN is rising a long way in grade. Her only start was an impressive maiden win here and has talent, but she’s picked a tough race to resume in for her next prep. SEBRING EXPRESS won really handsomely when resuming in BM 60 grade, then chased a smart one in Regimen home last start. Is at home track here and that’s a big advantage. ACQUME is only lightly raced and is facing a big rise in grade here following a game maiden win over 1200m. Was up on pace all the way that day and may well measure up here.
EXOTERIC was only two lengths behind winner this grade last start. And looked a big chance but just couldn’t quicken as they turned. Fitter now and may well sneak a place. READY FOR SUCCESS is a model of consistency in these races, always putting in. Got to line well same grade when 2nd here last start coming from midfield. Drops 1kg in weight and looks a big hope. I love a horse on home soil and BON EQUUS is just that here. Ran a slashing 3rd in this very grade and trip last start. Hard to beat.
DORF STAR will take holding out in this. Is at home track and always goes best here. Last start was flown to Gold Coast in strong Class 6 and ran on okay for 5th. This is no walk in the park but at home is a big help. BRING A SECRET is racing in career best form. Carried massive weight to win first up in bush and last start in town in BM 70 grade, made up plenty of ground late to grab 2nd. Will get home gamely again here. ONSLAUGHT is well conditioned, is fit and is up to this grade. Will be midfield till turn and come home stoutly.
On his past two starts, TENORINO must be considered. Won with 60kg here in BM 70 grade and was close up 4th here again with 58kg at BM 79 level. This should be in his wheel house. ROYAL NAVY is a very well bred stallion with talent – certainly enough talent to test this grade. Resumed from spell when 5th in BM 79 race and is drawn perfectly here. Is 2nd up and should be the one flashing home. TATOOSH doesn’t win very often but has talent and this looks a race he can place in at big odds.