Tas Racing: Hobart, Sunday 23rd September

Racing returns to Hobart this Sunday for the first meeting to be run on a grass track in two months. The 7 race card looks tricky for punters as a result, with many horses resuming off a break after waiting to race on the turf. Impressive last start winner Amaword highlights a small but quality sprinting field in race 2, while race 6 is a competitive C1 featuring promising 3yos Gee Gee Queen Bee and Gee Gee Pengala.

Bookies Bag: Spring 2018

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Spring Season One: 8 weeks – Friday 7th September – Friday 26th October

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Pro Lays: Spring 2018

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Spring Season One: 8 weeks – Wednesday 5th September – Wednesday 24th October

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Tas Racing: Devonport, Sunday 16th September

The last meeting of the winter period of racing at Devonport is on Sunday with a very competitive 7 race card set to kick off at 12:30pm. Life Of Waldo is unbeaten in Tasmania and looks to make it three in a row in race 6 on the program, while race 7 is set for another exciting battle between an evenly matched group of sprinters headlined by the rejuvenated Balestrand.

UK Shortlist: St Leger Meeting 2018

12th September – 15th September

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Race Assessment: Danehill Stakes

Flemington Race 8 | The Danehill Stakes | 1200m 3YO G2 SWP | 4:50pm AEST

Tas Racing: Devonport, Sunday 9th September

Racing on Sunday is at Devonport again in what is the second-last meeting before the return of the turf tracks. Race 3 is the highlight of the day, an open handicap featuring last start winners O’Lonh Star and Fragment and the return of the Derby-placed Pennstock. Leading 3yos from last season Overplay and Gee Gee Lanett also return in race 4, while race 5 sees the unbeaten Prince Of Virtue try to make it three wins in succession.


Race 1 – 12:55 SIMONS DESIGN CENTRE MAIDEN (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

A few on-pacers here without a genuine leader. Swinley Forest and Gee Gee Countryboy may be able to push forward from wide out but the speed may come from unexposed types such as Secret Gold, Glass Warrior and Sh’bourne Rebel. Horses settling near the lead may be advantaged.

Major Players

Swinley Forest (6) found the 1350m a bit far last time when trailing a fast tempo set by Emsgem and tiring in the straight. Much better suited back to this trip and placed over this course three starts ago behind subsequent winners Magic Waler and Emsgem. Outside draw is a concern but capable of going forward which may help him get across. Has placed three times this prep and think his best is good enough here if he has luck from the barrier.

San You (4) is a horse who has shown flashes of ability and ran home strongly into 3rd first-up after settling at the rear over an unsuitable 1000m trip. Extra distance is suitable although his best runs have come once getting out over at least 1400m. Has settled closer when ridden by Maskiell so may be able to hold a midfield position from his inside draw and if he gets clear running he is capable of running over the top of them.

Secret Gold (10) was beaten a long way at her only career start as a 2yo behind Mystic Journey and was spelled straight after. Nicely bred filly who looks to have come on judging by her trial win in reasonable time and gets in light with Graham’s claim. Has less convictions than most of these and well drawn to try and hold a position. Big market watch and can win if fancied.

Race The Wind (3) has been racing very well here this prep and has had a brief freshen since failing over 1350m when forced to race wide throughout. Coming back in distance is a concern but worth noting he did run 2nd over this course early in his prep. Wide gate looks tricky and he generally gives them a start over these shorter trips but capable of running home into the finish if things go his way in running.

Blackburn (1) didn’t do a whole lot in his first Tasmanian preparation but was kept safe in betting on both occasions. Has trialled twice leading into this and ran home into 2nd behind Secret Gold at his most recent outing. Needs to improve sharply on his first prep and may want further but Newitt is a positive booking so respect any market support.

Next best Gee Gee Countryboy (2) (can mix his form but best runs have come early in his preps) and Glass Warrior (8) (debutant who has trialled four times, won during the week by a big space in slow time, has speed so keep an eye on betting).

Verdict

Tricky race with a few different angles. Swinley Forest (6) has the best sprinting form here while San You (4) made good ground fresh and has run well in solid maidens over a little further. Secret Gold (10) trialled well enough to watch the market closely on at her return as a 3yo.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Swinley Forest (6) for 1 unit.

Race 2 – 13:35 GOODSTONE GROUP MAIDEN (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Buzzered will probably search for the lead here. Cape Cardinal has the speed to hold the inside if they let him run but they tried to hold him up last time and may do so again. Oceania Hope, Push Pause and possibly Nidoking can also go forward looking for a position, while Fontein Ali was able to settle closer last time also.

Major Players

Push Pause (3) backs up here over a shorter trip after sticking on last time over 1650m to finish 5th behind Submit Another. Probably better suited back to this distance range and placed over this course two starts ago when he finished alongside Fontein Ali. McCoull stays with him and can settle handy from a good barrier. Looks one of the leading chances.

Fontein Ali (4) has placed at her past five runs and is overdue to win a race. Rattled home late last week to just miss behind The Auditor after settling much handier than previously. Form ties in with Push Pause and this looks to be her best trip. Racing well and is a definite chance again.

Cape Cardinal (8) stretched to this distance for the first time here last week and pulled his way up to the lead after settling in behind them early. Stuck on well for 3rd behind The Auditor and should benefit from the look at this longer trip. No weight with Smith’s claim and may be suited here if he can hold the lead off the inside draw. Genuine chance with the right run.

Nidoking (2) is a newcomer to the Gary White stable after racing in Victoria for Cindy Alderson. First couple of runs were plain before improving with blinkers on last time out over a mile on synthetic ground. First look at this track is always a concern but has some early speed and finds a winnable race. Respect the market.

Oceania Hope (5) hasn’t had a lot of luck this prep but has been settling closer to the lead at her past few and is showing enough to keep persevering with. Last two runs have been over this course and she wasn’t too far behind some of the major chances here. Has had a few chances so hard to have much confidence in but far from the worst.

Next best Rubyranger (6) (better effort here last week behind Garland, needs to keep improving but but longer trip will help).

Verdict

Not much between Push Pause (3) and Fontein Ali (4) on their recent runs and they appeal as the major chances here. Cape Cardinal (8) will give some cheek if allowed to lead and watch the market on Nidoking (2).

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Cape Cardinal (8) for 3 units.

Race 3 – 14:15 GREAT NORTHERN CRISP OPEN HCP (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

O’Lonh Star should find the lead pretty comfortably here. Secrets She Has and Box Of Frogs can roll forward while Fragment should find a nice spot just behind them provided he begins well.

Major Players

Fragment (4) appreciated stepping up to this trip second-up to score a strong win under 60.5kg when too good for Meteor Strike and Speedonova. This is a clear rise in grade but he looks up to it given he should have won in BM82 grade last prep and has always been in the finish in fast races. Can miss the kick but if he is away well he should find a nice spot trailing the speed and appeals as hardest to beat.

O’Lonh Star (3) has returned to form after a poor run first-up and broke through to score here last time over 1150m. Hasn’t been past that distance here and failed his only try at 1400m back in 2017 but was immediately spelled after. Racing like this longer trip may be what he wants and should have little issue finding the front. Will give them something to catch.

Box Of Frogs (1) resumes here without a trial and this is his first look at this track. Best form is up to this given he has won in open grade previously and was beaten less than four lengths in the WFA Conquering before spelling. Has the right racing pattern for this course and this is his right trip but has never attempted it fresh. Capable if he performs to his best.

Step The Pedal (2) has been freshened since a string of placings in similar grade on her preferred wet ground. Has only raced here once back in January 2016 when she ran a very solid 3rd over 1150m. Generally settles back which isn’t suited around this course but rarely runs a bad race and should be thereabouts with the right run again.

Pennstock (7) is an interesting runner here as a new-season 4yo. Raced first-up over 1400m last prep but did trial twice leading in and this time resumes without trialling. Won twice in this distance range last prep and went on to place in the two major 3yo staying races at the end of his campaign. Doubt he will be wound up for this with an eye to the summer carnival but expect to see him finishing off late.

Next best Secrets She Has (5) (freshened since a couple of competitive runs in Victoria, likes this track and makes her own luck on speed but generally likes a little further).

Verdict

Fragment (4) looks suited here after a good win over this course second-up. O’Lonh Star (3) appeals as the obvious danger rolling along in the lead.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Fragment (4) for 4 units.

Race 4 – 14:55 SKY RACING BENCHMARK 76 HCP (1000 METRES)

Speed Map

Gee Gee Lanett should be able to find the front pretty comfortably here with her only competition coming from her stablemate Geegee Trendsetter who has been content to take a sit at her past couple. Newcomer Invincible Rock has speed and looks the only one likely to shake up the front pair with the rest preferring to race in behind.

Major Players

Gee Gee Lanett (2) is a smart mare resuming here without a trial. Races well fresh and should be suited by this trip. Had an extremely consistent 3yo season racing against the best of her age and beat the older horses first-up last time in. Hasn’t raced here but her breed all seem to handle the surface and is drawn to lead so expect her to be very hard to run down.

Geegee Trendsetter (3) had a number of clashes with Gee Gee Lanett in their 3yo season but while there hasn’t been too much between them in their latest runs, she has only finished ahead of her once in six meetings. Has the advantage of race fitness here with two runs at this track this prep in good company and her last start 2nd behind O’Lonh Star reads well for this. Should settle near the lead but may have to sit outside her stablemate. Looks one of the main dangers.

Overplay (1) is the Tasmanian Guineas winner who resumes from a spell as a gelding after finishing last in the Mowbray Stakes at WFA level after racing wide. Trained on the track and trialled nicely here last month when 2nd behind I’m Wesley. Has won here fresh in the past but was well held first-up last time in when beaten a few lengths behind Gee Gee Lanett. Not sure how revved up he will be fresh and might find the mares a tad sharp but he is drawn to sit behind them and can be strong late if ready.

Invincible Rock (4) is a newcomer to the Carr stable after racing in Victoria with Hayes & Dabernig. Won a recent Hobart trial by a big space over Gee Gees Queenie in the fastest time of the morning. Provincial form reads quite well but does come up against a bit of quality in this. Hard to line up but has at least place claims on his trial.

Gee Gees Style (7) gets right down in the weights here after racing consistently this prep at this track without winning in easier grade. Generally races well over this shorter trip without winning but has placed four times over this course. Newitt stays with him and he can settle just behind them from an inside draw. This grade is probably too strong for him but can place with the right run.

Next best Gee Gees Blondie (6) (has won over this short trip but only going fairly and has finished behind Gee Gees Style at their past four meetings).

Verdict

Looks a good race for Gee Gee Lanett (2) to kick off in. She appeals as top pick ahead of Geegee Trendsetter (3), while Overplay (1) has a touch of class but might find the mares too speedy over 1000m.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Geegee Trendsetter (3) for 2 units.

Race 5 – 15:33 DANNEBROG CLASS 3 HCP (1000 METRES)

Speed Map

Prince Of Virtue showed great speed to lead last week and looks the leader off the inside draw but has pressure to his outside in the form of Rubinic and potentially Gee Gee Rich Ruby and Ain’t The Whisky. Miss Scandilous may get a nice trail while Gee Gees Queenie is awkwardly drawn wider out.

Major Players

Prince Of Virtue (1) overcame difficulties to win impressively on debut and then made a genuine jump in grade last time but won well again beating City Of Dreams when showing exceptional speed. Goes up in grade again in theory but this is arguably an easier race than last week and he is still open to further improvement as he learns what it is all about. The only real knock is the inside gate here – he has plenty of pressure drawn to his outside and should he bungle the start like he did on debut he could land in a tricky spot. However, should they let him hold the front and not attack him it is hard to see him being run down.

Gee Gees Queenie (3) was very solid fresh when running a close 2nd to Cimarron’s Hero over this course in a very competitive C2, finishing ahead of City Of Dreams in the process. Only managed a midfield finish second-up over 1150m behind Kyogle Son but coming back to 1000m looks in her favour. Has performed in better grade than this so while she has a tricky draw she appeals as the obvious danger.

Gee Gee Rich Ruby (5) resumes from a spell without a trial. Has placed in four of five runs at this track and was narrowly beaten on Cup day this year in her only try over this short trip. Can mix her form but races on speed and has the option to drop in behind if the speed is hot from her inside gate. Right run gives her each way claims, leaning more to a place basis.

Miss Scandilous (6) also resumes without a trial. Has only placed once in six runs at this track (a win) but has generally been close-up behind the placings. Both wins have come over slightly further but later in her prep last time she showed the ability to run on from behind the speed. Newitt is a positive booking so suggest she is ready to go and should get a nice trail just off the speed. Not hopeless if the on-pacers carve up in front of her.

Rubinic (2) showed good speed when resuming from a spell to finish 5th behind Balestrand here over 1150m. Back to 1000m looks reasonably suitable given her early pace and she should be better for her first look at this track. Drawing outside the speed looks a major obstacle but if she can get across she may stick on into a place.

Next best Crystal Flame (7) (resuming off two trials, this trip short of her best but races well enough here that she can feature if the pressure is too much up front) and Ain’t The Whisky (4) (scratched last week when lame, not sure back to 1000m suits and plenty of other speed engaged here).

Verdict

Gate 1 probably isn’t ideal for Prince Of Virtue (1) but if he holds the lead it looks like he will win again. Finding what can beat him is difficult, with Gee Gees Queenie (3) the obvious danger but needing luck getting across from her wide draw.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Prince Of Virtue (1) for 6 units.

Race 6 – 16:08 WEEDING HIRE CLASS 1 HCP (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Gee Gee Wynett may hold the lead off the inside here with Meetony, Gee Gees Cricket and Speedy Illusion most likely to settle in the first few.

Major Players

Garland (6) has run excellent late sectionals at both starts this prep since joining the Barry Campbell stable. Admittedly didn’t beat much here last week but ran decent time in doing so and was given an easy time to the line to win by a big margin. Form from her first-up 3rd behind Miss Mamosa is looking solid and she finds a reasonably even C1 to step into. Outside draw looks a major negative so she will need luck in running but she will be hard to stop if she gets it.

Gee Gees Cricket (5) has been very consistent in this grade since the blinkers went on five runs ago. Forget he went around two starts ago when he ran into a dead end in the straight and his last start effort was very strong after going back from the outside gate. Suggest he can get into a good spot on speed for Voorham this time and looks to have good each way claims.

Pontypaul (8) is racing well here this prep without winning. Was a big betting drifter up to 1350m last time and while she ran a solid 3rd again she is probably better suited coming back to this trip with the blinkers going back on. Placed in C2 company two starts back over this course and this look a touch easier. Needs the right run being ridden off speed but going well enough to win if she gets it.

Gee Gee Wynett (10) was sent around big odds first-up when taking on older horses for the first time but showed a lot more strength than in her 2yo campaign to stick on for 3rd after racing forward on a hot speed. Well bred filly so further improvement wouldn’t surprise and if she begins well off the inside gate she looks capable of holding the lead. Genuine chance if she gets a suitable run in front.

Copperhead Road (2) resumed here over 1000m for the John Blacker yard and was doing his best work late to finish a close-up 4th behind Kepta. Has been competitive in some decent races in the past so well placed at this level. Generally drifts back and needs luck but if he can take a position from his inside gate he might get the right run to be a knockout chance in this.

Next best Speedy Illusion (4) (speedy type who should be ready for this off two trials, outside draw potentially an issue but can win if gets across into good spot).

Verdict

Very even race where just about every horse has some chance. Garland (6) is racing well and sure to be fancied again but has a task from the outside draw. Gee Gees Cricket (5) is very consistent and going well enough if he finds a good spot near the lead, while Gee Gee Wynett (10) was much improved last time and gets her chance in front.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Gee Gees Cricket (5) for 3 units.

Race 7 – 16:48 THAI IMPERIAL LATROBE BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Expect Century Arrow to cross to the lead ahead of Tambro’s Game but he may have company from Meteor Strike who could be inclined to over race outside him. It’s A Battle might lob into a nice trail behind them in what should be a strongly run affair.

Major Players

Century Arrow (1) steps out to this distance range for the first time this prep on the quick back-up. Has been racing in harder races over the sprint trips but is arguably better suited over the slightly longer trips. Likes to run along at a genuine tempo which is ideal around this course but may have some competition for the front, especially if Meteor Strike wants to over race to his outside. Class horse of the field in well with Willis’ claim and very hard to run down if he doesn’t cop too much pressure up front.

It’s A Battle (3) did enough first-up here over 1150m in an on-pace dominated race won by Meteor Strike. Longer trip is right up his alley as is the inside draw as he can be a bit of a handful wanting to lay in in his races. Best form is over further still but is tough and if the pressure goes on up front he comes right into calculations. Each way chance and looks most advantaged if the speed is to bring the favourite undone.

Meteor Strike (5) ran well over this course a fortnight ago when he was able to find the lead and kick on for a game 2nd behind Fragment. That form obviously stands up nicely for a race in this grade but with Century Arrow drawn inside him he doesn’t look like getting that run in front on the fence. Whether he can back up that performance racing outside the lead is the query but he is going well enough to feature if things go his way in running.

Gee Gee Pureblonde (8) appreciated getting to this longer trip last time to score a strong win in good time for C1 company. Draws the inside gate again here may see him lob into a good position trailing the speed and he stays down in the weights. This is clearly a harder race so he must be a query whether he can measure up straight away but might get the absolute gun run to give him place claims at least.

Khatun (4) ran last in the race won by Fragment last time out but was beaten less than three lengths in what was a harder race than she finds here. Five starts ago she dead heated with Tambro’s Game over this course in this grade so this is about her right level but there looks a little more quality in this race than on that occasion. Settles off the pace so if the pressure goes on she can make ground late but prefer her on a place basis.

Next best Tambro’s Game (6) (honest on-pace course specialist but looks good pressure in this so place claims appear best).

Verdict

Century Arrow (1) can bounce back here over the longer trip but if the pressure is too much then maybe It’s A Battle (3) is the one to wear him down late.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Meteor Strike (5) for 4 units.

 BACK (WIN) – It’s A Battle (3) for 1 unit.


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