Devonport Ratings: Sunday 4th June 2017

Racing on Sunday returns to the Tapeta surface in Devonport where the rail is always true and track bias is never an issue. The 8-race program features smaller fields than in recent times but there looks to be plenty of competitive racing.


Race 1 |12:10am | F&M Maiden | 1150m


Speed Map

The pace is drawn inside here with Need A Queen and Divine Strategy likely to take up the running but Bloomin’ Late may kick up from the inside draw. Orange Encounter probably works over to box seat. Expect a genuine tempo.


Major Players

7. Need A Queen: A nicely bred 2yo who ran a solid second here first up behind the promising City Of Dreams before leading over 1200m on heavy ground in Launceston when third behind another promising galloper in Laughing Heir. Should be just about at her peak fitness off that run and drawn nicely in two. Improving with every run and appeals as a top chance here.

2. Divine Strategy: Was very good when resuming here over 1000m but looked to have every chance last time when stepping up to 1150m second-up. McCoull sticks with her here but she comes off a race run at a pretty soft tempo so may not have the peak fitness base of Need A Queen. Form looks as good as any here so she is definitely a leading hope.

3. In Bloom: A nicely bred filly resuming here after a plain summer campaign albeit in some pretty strong maiden races. Yet to race here but trained at the track and has trialled well on this surface previously so should not hold any fears. Likely to give the main hopes a start here so maybe vulnerable to them controlling the race but if the pressure goes on up front she is the knockout chance.

5. Orange Encounter: Ran solid races at two runs back from a spell before disappointing last time when stepping up to this trip. Has trialled since that run and now comes here with the earmuffs off. She has only raced past 1000m twice with both runs being the worst of her career so this trip is a concern. Should slot into a good spot behind the leaders and isn’t far off the main hopes on her best form but will need to improve to knock them off.

1. Bloomin’ Late: Showed speed at her Tasmanian debut on wet ground behind Cousin White Foot but was reasonably well held. Comes here on the quick back-up and worth noting her best Victorian run was on the Geelong Synthetic on debut when third. Didn’t race beyond 1000m before coming to the state so the jury is still out at this trip but has speed and an inside draw so may show up.

Watch betting on the debutants 6. French Dandy (slowly away in trial when second in plain time) and 8. Patriot Girl (hasn’t shown a whole lot at the trials but in light with claim).



Need A Queen and Divine Strategy look hardest to beat here on top of the speed, with a leaning to the improving 2yo. In Bloom shapes as the knockout hope if the pressure goes on up front.


Betting Strategy

 BACK (WIN) Need A Queen for 2 units.

Race 2 | 12:50pm | Off The Tack C&G Maiden |1150m


Speed Map

Many on-pacers here but no obvious leader so a tricky map to work out. Most likely to lead would be Kyogle Son and Classic Western but expect Zero Point to push forward and Overplay may take advantage of the inside draw with blinkers first time. Should be a bit of pressure with most of these looking to be near the lead.


Major Players

7. Zero Point debuted on heavy ground in Launceston without a trial and went super, pushing the heavily fancied Laughing Heir right to the line. Comes up with an inside draw here and expect him to have come on from that run. First look at this surface is a query and he is bred to be better over a bit further but a repeat of his debut run would be good enough to win here.

4. Kygole Son has always shown some ability but has generally been disappointing so far in his career. Resumes here with two trial wins under his belt, both by a space in reasonable time. With Graham on they may look to ride aggressively here and going on his trials it is possible the penny may have dropped. May be ready to improve this prep so respect any positive market moves.

6. Valerius is another from the Adam Trinder stable who resumes here. Showed plenty of ability at his first prep but found trouble at later runs before heading to the paddock. Beaten for early speed at both runs at this track which is a concern but drawn out probably suits here as would a strong tempo should it eventuate. Definitely has the talent to win if things go his way so he is in the mix.

9. Overplay is a 2yo from a good family who resumes here after one run back in February. Trained at the track and has blinkers first time here, which was the same gear change Miller has made with his two older half-brothers when they won their maidens here. Had a trial leading in and has no weight with Thornton’s claim from the inside barrier. Can improve and respect positive market support.

2. Classic Western ran well first-up when 2nd behind Gasnier over 900m before being well beaten when caught wide second-up. Can forgive that run and draws much better this time so expect him to enjoy a better run near the lead at this slightly longer trip. Probably needs to improve a little to be a strong winning hope but lightly raced so may be in the mix with a better run in transit this time. Not hopeless.

Next best: 8.Boss Cat (shown little at both runs but was heavily backed second-up and raced forward before folding up, must be showing someone something).



Few chances here but suggest if 7.Zero Point can at least repeat his first-up effort he will take some beating here.


Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) Zero Point 4 units to win

Race 3 | 1:25pm | Maiden | 1350m


Speed Map

Looks very little exposed speed here. Argillite with the blinkers on may roll forward to take up the running while Amber In Paris can race closer to the speed up to this trip. Pura Vida and Sorturo may push forward from wider out. Expect those landing near the lead to be advantaged.


Major Players

5. Amber In Paris has run well at all three starts so far in her career, with all three taking place at this track. Narrowly defeated last time over 1150m after racing wide with cover throughout. Has found the line strongly at all three runs and looks suited getting up to this trip. Expect her to land in a gun spot from the good draw for Carr and she gets her chance to break through.

3. Great Expectation comes through the exact same races as Amber In Paris for his three career starts, with the mare just having his measure on all three occasions. He gets a 3kg claim this time for Graham and looks just as suited by the rise in trip as she does. Should get a good run from an inside draw and shapes as a genuine danger to the favourite.

6. Argillite was a little disappointing at her first start on this track last time out when midfield behind Jubilance after enjoying a good run through on the inside. Has the blinkers on for the first time here and could well control this race from the front if desired. McCoull sticks with her and has shown more talent than most previously. Needs to improve on last time but the blinkers may do the trick.

8. Sorturo also finished midfield behind Jubilance last time at her second run over 1350m this prep. Has run solid races at all three starts this time in but may be looking for the mile now. Capable of rolling forward if the pace is soft which would give her a hope but prefer on an each-way basis at best.

7. Pura Vidahas finished just in advance of Sorturo at her past couple of starts when running 3rd over this course on both occasions. Has been up quite a while now and looks to be gradually losing her early speed as she gets deeper into her prep, which may be a concern drawn the outside. The soft tempo may see her work into an on-pace position where she generally runs her best races and that would give her a hope in this, but she has had plenty of chances and prefer her on a place basis.

Next best: 9. Tiloka (no tactical speed but has found the line well at both starts, suited up in trip and may run on into a place).



Think there are three main chances here. 5. Amber In Paris does look well placed but respectful of 3. Great Expectation and 6. Argillite.


Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) Amber In Paris 4 units to win.

Race 4 | 2:05pm | Lionhearted at Grenville Stud Classs 2 Hcp | 1350m


Speed Map

Could be plenty of competition for the lead with Chelsarli, Ariconte and Dalehill all capable of taking up the running if desired. With Savrajette, Ruby’s Wu and Gemini all looking to be on-speed there could be good pressure early resulting in a strong tempo.


Major Players

2. Banca Drem is a promising gelding who ran home well into 4th first-up in Launceston on heavy ground. Has his first look at this track but is suited by the step up to 1350m and won two trials here prior to his first race start. Inside draw for Carr is ideal to save ground behind the leaders but he probably needs to get out and going on turning as he can take a bit to wind up. Will need luck in running but if he gets it he will be very hard to hold out late.

1. Barjeel comes through the Autumn 3yo races and was much better last time over 1400m when 3rd behind Melbourne-bound winner Angel Of The Abyss. Has plenty of weight here which reflects his metropolitan form in Melbourne and Adelaide while with Hayes & Dabernig. Awkward draw and yet to race on this surface so has a bit against him but has got the talent to win here if he gets the right run.

3. Mulley’s Idol also comes through the 1400m 3yo race and wasn’t far behind Barjeel. Both his runs at this track have been good and he has blinkers on for the first time. Best form is above this grade and he draws for a good run behind what could be a suitable tempo. Needs to find the form from earlier this season but genuine winning hope if he does.

6. Dalehill was arguably unlucky to lose three starts ago over this course before failing at two runs on the turf. Should appreciate getting back to this surface and will be rock hard fit coming back from a heavy track mile run. Has no weight with Graham’s claim and may be able to roll along in front if he makes his intentions clear early. Expecting sharp improvement and can win.

4. Ariconte resumes here after a short break which followed a long overdue win in C1 grade. Has won two trials leading into this in good time, both with comeback rider Chantal Willis in the saddle. Races well here on his home track but although this looks his best distance range, it may be a tough ask fresh if the pressure is on up front. Well weighted and has the talent so respect strong market support.

Next best: 7. Savrajette (good in harder grade last time and ready for this trip, gets right run from good draw) and 5. Gemini (barrier makes it difficult but racing in good form and gets back to her right trip).



Like 2. Banca Dream as a horse and think he will be hard to hold out here from the inside draw. Happy to save on 6. Dalehill who can give a big sight if allowed to lead.


Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) Bianca Dream 4 units to win.

BACK (WIN) Dalehill 1 unit to win.

Race 5 | 2:40pm | Luxbet Benchmark72 Hcp | 1350m


Speed Map

D’inzeo could well find the lead here ahead of Steel Moon and Tambro’s Game in a race devoid of pressure at the front end. With the rest preferring to settle off the speed, those three shape to be advantaged by the tempo.


Major Players

2. Steel Moon couldn’t have done any more than he has this prep, winning both starts here over 1150m to take his record at this track to 5 wins from 9 starts. The claim for Graham brings him in with 59.5kg, a weight he has placed with twice before so he isn’t in too badly considering he has won 8 races. Looks to get a great run on speed but the query here is 1350m – he is yet to place in two attempts at this distance range but he has had excuses and hasn’t been far away both times. Gets every chance to run it out here and looks hardest to beat.

6. D’inzeo is a specialist in this distance range with 3 of his 4 wins coming at 1400m. Racing well this prep with his only below par runs coming in 1200m races when dropping back from 1400m. Was a nose second behind Stella Etoile over 1400m two starts ago so capable of the right form. May get the lead here which he loves and that gives him his chance. Definite winning chance and should be good odds.

3. Stella Etoile has had a short break since a Melbourne trip where she was beaten less than 4 lengths at Caulfield over 1600m. Won her previous two starts and especially loves this distance range. Has only placed once at this track from 4 starts and it doesn’t suit her racing pattern. Also has plenty of weight for a mare and a wide draw to overcome. Class runner of the race and can win on that basis but has a fair bit to overcome.

4. Lord Farquad scored a well deserved win last time over this course when advantaged by a patient Ganderton ride which got him through on the inside without doing any work. Stays in the same grade but this looks a little harder. Soft tempo looks against to some degree but from an inside draw Ganderton may look to use similar tactics again and if if they come off he can win again.

9. Tambro’s Game is racing a little out of her grade here but did run 2nd behind Lord Farquaad last time and being on the minimum weight she gets a significant weight pull on many of her rivals. Carr sticks with her, having ridden her into placings at both rides this prep, and she should roll into a forward position from her outside draw. Will need a career best to be winning but has reasonable place claims, likely at odds.

Next best 7. Geegees Classicboy (resuming with a recent trial, likes this surface and ran well fresh last prep), 1. Magnasa (resuming and has trialled twice, races well here and good fresh last time in, has plenty of weight even after the claim) and 5. King’s Spirit (racing well but out to 1350m for the first time which looks a major test).



Want to be with the on-pacers here in 2. Steel Moon and 6. D’inzeo and think they can dominate the race if rated correctly up front.


Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) Steel Moon 5 units to win.

BACK (WIN) D’inzeo 3 units to win.

Race 6 | 3:15pm | Simons Design Centre Benchmark68 Hcp | 1880m


Speed Map

It’s A Battle and Hawthorn look the likely speed here with Kryptonian, Don Reggio and Spihro looking to settle in a forward position. Expect a solid tempo but not necessarily a lot of pressure on the leaders.

Major Players

3. It’s A battle scored a game win here in C1 grade two starts ago over the mile before running a solid 4th last time behind Welcome Invader in his first attempt at benchmark grade. Ready to tackle this longer trip now after three mile runs and gets right down in the weights with Graham’s claim. Should get a great run near the lead which gives him his chance to show up in harder company. Good hope in an even race.

2. Don Reggio won well over this course last time with 60kg off a gun ride from Ganderton. Meets a similar field here but drops in weight with the theoretical class rise. Rarely runs a bad race at this track but has an awkward draw to contend with. Only has to hold his form to be one of the major chances here again.

5. Golden Kiss scored a good win 2 starts ago over this course beating Eastender and Don Reggio before failing to run down Don Reggio last time. Meets that horse worse at the weights here but has the senior rider Darmanin this time. Doesn’t run a bad race at this track so expect her to be right in the finish again with her poor winning strike rate the major negative.

1. Spihro won well here three starts ago over the mile, beating Golden Kiss and Don Reggio, so he has the right form lines for this. Didn’t handle the wet ground last week over 1400m in Hobart but now comes here on the quick back-up so Trinder may have always had this race as his main target. Goes to 1880m for the first time in Tasmania which is a query and McCoull may have his work cut out from the outside draw but hard to leave him out at a track where he has won 4 from 6. In the mix.

4. Kryptonian won here in C1 grade two starts ago despite being run wide on the turn before taking on many of his rivals here and running 4th behind Don Reggio over this trip. Should be better for that experience and gets a nice weight drop this time. Can roll forward to make his own luck from the good draw. Needs to improve on his last run but that looks possible at only his 5th run this prep. Has each-way claims.

Next best 7. Vallegrande (narrowly beaten by It’s A Battle two starts ago and gets a big weight drop, can forgive last run so another that can’t be underestimated).



Very even race here. Going with the new blood 3. It’s A Battle with a good run on speed and no weight, but concede chances to most of these.


Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) It’s A Battle 2 units each way.

Race 7 | 3:50pm | Bird Cage Tavern Functions Class 1 Hcp | 1150m


Speed Map

Plenty of on-pacers here but Meteor Strike may be able to cross them from his outside draw. Gee Gee Royal Miss should get a nice sit behind from the good draw, while the likes of Global Squire, Ain’t The Whisky, Majestic Bow and The Desperate should all be looking for a forward position. Expect a genuine tempo.


Major Players

3. Gee Gee Royal Miss has had a break of nearly 3 months and resumes here without a trial. Had some strong form at the start of last prep, with a win over Happy Halloween coming after 2nds behind Fragment and Leconte. Only run here last prep was good when a close-up 4th on Cup day after starting from the outside barrier. Looks like getting a lovely run from the inside draw so looks a great chance if she is ready to go.

2. Meteor Strike went to 1350m last start and ran a very good 2nd behind The Financier in good time. Drop back in trip may suit with that run possibly providing some extra strength for the finish here. That may be all he needs as he is often right there when things go his way and he has the speed to overcome his wide draw. Costly type but looks a leading chance again.

1. Majestic Bow returns to his right grade here after finishing midfield in a pretty decent C2 behind Killin Falls. Ran 2nd over this course behind Jacques at his previous run and beat home Meteor Strike there. Draw reads tricky but potentially lands in a good spot just behind the lead so looks to have good each-way claims.

7. Sugar Free is an interesting runner having her first start for Alana Fulton after racing in Victoria. Stable is very good with first-up runners and she won a recent trial on this track in pretty good time. Likely to take a sit from the good draw but could benefit if the pressure goes on up front and her mainland form looks up to this. Big market watch and definite chance with support in betting.

4. Global Squire also drops back from the C2 race won by Killin Falls where he ran a solid race to finish 3rd. Has been mixing his form a bit this prep but when he puts it together he hasn’t been far away. Has a tricky draw here but does have speed to push forward so can show up with the right run.

Next best 6. Special Shot (resuming, generally wants further but can run a race fresh).



Think this is limited to five winning chances. Happy to be with 3. Gee Gee Royal Miss who should box seat from the inside draw and will get every chance.


Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) Gee Gee Royal Miss 3 units each way.

Race 8 | 4:24pm | RJ Print and Signs CLass 4 Hcp | 1150m


Speed Map

Should be a decent tempo here with The Captain, Gee Gee Spitfire and former Victorian Anyways Rosie capable of taking up the running. Gee Gees Blondie should box seat from the inside draw with the rest of these preferring to settle off the speed.


Major Players

1. The Captain resumes here with a trial win in quick time in Hobart under his belt. Last prep he won fresh over 1000m here beating Teriki which looks good form for this. Always runs well at this track and should be in the firing line from an inside draw. Can be a tricky horse to ride and has Ganderton having his first ride here rather than regular rider Pires. Class runner of the field and looks the one they have to run down.

3. Gee Gees Blondie loves this surface with 3 wins and 5 seconds from her 11 runs at this track. Racing well this prep with three good runs over this course, including a good win over Nielson two starts back when box seating from an inside draw. Shapes to get the same run here so with luck in running at the right time she should be right in the finish again. Obvious danger.

2. Killin Falls scored a big win last time over this course when resuming in C2 grade, running home in excellent time to win convincingly. Has had a trial since to keep him up to the mark and while he does have regular rider Toker on here he shouldn’t lose anything with McCoull taking the reins. Up in grade here and some query he can maintain his level second-up but if he goes on with it he has genuine run-on claims here.

4. Gee Gee Spitfire has been kept fresh since finishing down the track in open 3yo company last time. Likes this track with a win and a 2nd in easier grade earlier in his career. Has the speed to overcome his outside draw so may land in a good spot near the lead. Yet to totally prove himself in this grade so prefer his chances on an each-way basis.

6. Giselle’s Girl resumes from a spell here and has a recent trial under her belt. Broke her maiden here earlier in her career and beat some good 3yos earlier last prep. Races best when quietly ridden for the last crack at them and draws to do so here. In light with Thornton’s claim so while this looks a tough ask she has a knockout chance with the right run.

Next best 5. Gallow Gate (may find this more suitable than first-up failure on heavy ground but might find this a bit tough).



Three very good chances here. Leaning to 3. Gee Gees Blondie with the fitness edge and the gun draw but obvious respect for 1, The Captain and 2. Killin Falls.


Betting Strategy 

BACK (WIN) Gee Gees Blondie 3 units each way.