TASRacing: Devonport, Wednesday 10th January 2018

Devonport hosts its traditional Cup day program this Wednesday with the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival officially kicking off with a blockbuster 10 race card. The $100,000 Simons Design Centre Devonport Cup is the highlight at 5:24pm, with local horse Killin Falls likely to run favourite ahead of Tasmanian Stakes winner Gee Gees Top Notch and former winner Geegees Goldengirl. Race 8 sees quality sprinters such as Chillout, Gee Gee Red Prince and Teriki contest the Adam Brooks MP Quality over 1150m, and with a big support card with plenty of depth it shapes as an exciting day for punters.

Race 1 – 12:44 Spirit Of Tasmania Benchmark 72 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Speed Map

Small field but a bit of pace here with Spirit Of Nia, Mr America and It’s A Battle all capable of searching for the front. Red Eagle, Spihro and Greenmount Lass can all race in the forward half also so positions should be keenly contested.

Major Players

Mr America (4) stepped up to open grade for the first time last start in the Sheffield Cup and ran a game 5th behind Killin Falls. Will find this easier and should be better for his first look around this circuit. Blinkers go back on and he should get a good run on speed. Looks well placed here and should be hard to beat.

Greenmount Lass (6) continued her excellent form this preparation by running a game 2nd behind Pennstock last time in Launceston. May have found 1880m too far two runs back but previous couple of runs this track were good. Ran a close 2nd to Mr America a few runs back and will appreciate the weight drop. Up in grade but going as well as any in an even race.

It’s A Battle (7) is another one going up in grade but also gets a big weight drop, getting in under the minimum with Graham’s claim. Hasn’t raced in this grade before but worth noting he was beaten a nose behind Spihro here back in June. Ready for the mile and just about ready to show his best fourth-up. Expect him to roll forward and give plenty of cheek.

Spihro (1) resumed here off two trials with a midfield finish behind Killin Falls where he was only a length behind Mr America. Goes right up in weight with the drop in grade but has won 5 of 10 this track and last start was the first time he has missed a place over this course. Drawn to get a soft run behind the leaders and is proven in this grade so has genuine each-way claims.

Spirit Of Nia (2) also comes through the Sheffield Cup where she led them up but finished near the rear. Has won twice over the mile so no query at the trip and ran a game 3rd behind Willby Rules at her previous run. Looks a bit of competition on speed here but if she gets away with a soft run in front she can be in the finish.

Next best Bidirectional (3) (has had a break since racing over staying distances, probably wants a bit further but races well here).


Mr America (4) will appreciate getting back to this grade and will take plenty of beating with a good run on speed. Think this may be dominated by those down in the weights with Greenmount Lass (6) and It’s A Battle (7) also having genuine claims.

Betting Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Mr America  – 3 units

Race 2 – 13:19 The Dipper Maiden (1000 METRES)

Speed Map

Fair bit of speed as you would expect over 1000m. Classic Western, Meetony and Silent Savings are capable of leading if desired, while the two newcomers Isere and Exceeding Virtue also look to have plenty of toe. Expect some good pressure up front.

Major Players

Isere (5) makes her Tasmanian debut here for Troy Blacker after racing in Victoria for John Sadler and Trudi Christie. Speedy type of mare who has raced well over 1000m and finished close up in BM58 grade twice in October. Suggest she will be ready to go with Newitt on and has placed on the synthetic track in Geelong so a big market watch in this.

Meetony (2) has run well at both starts so far, with her last run being a game 2nd over this course behind Effortless Opera. Showed speed to lead there so expect him to land in a good spot near the lead from a good draw. Might want a bit further now after a couple of runs but form is as good as any and still open to improvement. Definite hope.

Exceeding Virtue (9) is a filly on debut for Mark Ganderton who has showed good speed to win two trials. Ran good time when she beat Silver Road at Longford and then coasted home on this track a fortnight ago. Drawn wide is a potential concern but if she gets across she might give them something to catch so watch the market.

Classic Western (1) hasn’t been far away this prep and can be forgiven for his last run when caught three wide behind Mandela Effect. Placed over this course previously and ran a good 2nd here over 900m last prep behind Gasnier. Inside draw looks ideal so he can get a cosy run on speed and he has each way claims on that basis.

Silent Savings (4) wasn’t away well last time but found the line to run a close-up 4th behind Effortless Opera and Meetony. Has showed speed in previous runs and may jump better with the blinkers off. Has been a little disappointing since a good first-up 2nd but if he begins well he may give a sight.

Next best Geegees Cash Cow (10) (ran well first-up and had a trial last month, knockout hope) and Orange Encounter (6) (resumes and suited at 1000m but will need to have improved since last prep).


Tricky race with the market likely to tell the tale with newcomers Isere (5) and Exceeding Virtue (9). Not much between the exposed runners so happy to follow the money.

Betting Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Isere – 1 units

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Exceeding Virtue- 1 units

Race 3 – 13:54 Hardings HVAC & Refrigeration Maiden (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Kathonious should be able to find the front relatively comfortably if desired, with San You, Amber In Paris and the emergency Telfi Hero the other exposed on-pacers. If they find their spots early those on speed may be able to dictate terms.

Major Players

Kathonious (3) goes to this trip for the first time after a game 2nd behind the promising Mandela Effect last time. All three runs have been full of merit and should be suited rolling along on speed around this course. In well with Graham’s claim and looks a leading chance.

Blackburn (2) has his first run for Team Wells after racing in Victoria for David Brideoake and Mick Price. Has placed on the Pakenham synthetic track and ran gamely behind Merchant Navy in a race at Sandown. Gets back in his races so not sure how well suited he is around this track but clearly has the ability if fancied.

Amber In Paris (7) dropped back to 1000m last start and found the line very strongly to run 3rd behind Effortless Opera. Jumps sharply to 1350m now but had the two 1200m runs prior so should be more than fit enough and placed in only run this trip. Wide draw may be tricky but capable of rolling forward at this trip to get across. Has her hoof on the till so will be in the mix.

French Dandy (9) got to this distance range for the first time last start and was heavily backed but could only manage a fair 4th behind Little Pumba. Has her first run at this track but won a trial here so surface shouldn’t be an issue. Ideally drawn for a cheap run midfield and has each way claims on that basis.

San You (5) ran the best race of her prep last time when third-up, finishing within a length of Paion and Gee Gees Saint Nik in Hobart when racing gamely on speed. Well drawn here so expect him to find a good position again on speed and did enough first-up on this surface over 1000m. Hasn’t been in the market at any of his four runs but if he runs up to his last effort he can be in the finish.

Next best Sh’bourne Dynasty (8) (suited up to 1350m and steadily improving, might need one more but not impossible) and Gwenville (10) (ran home well last time behind Mandela Effect, trip should suit, knockout hope).


Kathonious (3) looks well placed to break through here, with a watch on the newcomer Blackburn (2) and respect for Amber In Paris (7) who is racing well.

Betting Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Kathonius (3) – 4 units

Race 4 – 14:29 Harry Coffey CF Ambassador Benchmark 62 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

The main speed in this comes from out wide with the emergencies Miss Scandilous and Kelly’s Diva. If they don’t gain a start, then horses such as Gasnier, Need A Margarita and Ramaadi Bullet look most likely to take up the running with most of these preferring to settle midfield or worse.

Major Players

Gasnier (2) drops back in grade from the 3yo Trophy where he was comfortably held behind Mister Songman. Previous run was a strong win here over 1000m and both of his wins have come here on his home track. Is probably some query at this distance range still but drawn ideally and around this course should suit. Colt on the up who looks a leading chance in a typically even benchmark affair.

Flying Geepee (6) has returned in excellent nick this preparation with fast finishing placings at all three runs this time in. Last couple in this grade and above at this distance range have been good enough for this with Weekend Whisky confirming the form again last week. This is arguably a bit easier but his only run at this track was plain (admittedly like his other run) last prep. Generally races off the speed so needs luck but one of the top picks.

Tycoon’s Daughter (9) had a freshen after a disappointing first-up run but was much better on this track with a barnstorming win in this grade over 1150m. This looks a bit harder and drawn an awkward gate but longer trip should suit and still has plenty of scope with only three lifetime runs under her belt. Untapped and hard to hold out with any luck in running.

Axion (7) rarely runs a bad race and has been freshened since a flat run over 1880m here behind Flash Missile. The form from that race has stood up and this is easier and is better suited back to this trip. Wide draw is a definite concern but has Newitt in the saddle to try and overcome it. Very consistent galloper who has the right form to show up here if he gets the luck he needs.

Ramaadi Bullet (8) ran well over this course when 2nd in BM58 grade before running a very game 5th in Launceston when racing wide throughout. Raced wide without cover last time back to this course and understandably faded. Forgive him that run and his form is very consistent and he can go forward to overcome the wide draw. Might be overlooked in the market and has a hope at odds.

Next best Savrajette (4) (nice win over this course last time, can mix her form but her best is good enough), Written Addiction (5) (maybe ridden too close last time and gets tongue tie on, not the worst) and the emergency Miss Scandilous (11) (might dictate in front at this trip so knockout hope on that basis).


Very even race with a number of winning chances. Sticking with the 3yo form to go with Gasnier (2) on his home track and strong respect for Tycoon’s Daughter (9).

 Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Gasnier (2) – 2 units

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Tycoon’s Daughter (9) – 1 unit

Race 5 – 15:04 Dean Walker Designs Benchmark 62 Hcp (1000 METRES)

Speed Map

Good speed here. Gee Gee Rich Ruby, Liffeybeau, Apriano and Kafoo can all challenge for the lead with Lonhwan, Gee Gee Spitfire, Steel Dan and Top Draw all capable of taking a forward position. With the others unlikely to be too far away expect a high pressure race.

Major Players

Steel Dan (6) has run very well here in two runs since a short break with a win and a game 2nd last time. Both runs were over 1150m so not sure how suited he is coming back to 1000m but he has speed to be near the front and will be strong at the finish. His major obstacle is the outside barrier which might see him forced to race wide around this trip. With luck in running he is top pick but a couple of question marks there.

Top Draw (11) resumed for the John Blacker stable a month ago and ran home nicely for 2nd over this course behind Gasnier. That was in C1 grade so this is a clear rise in grade but did show plenty of ability as a young horse. Drawn for a soft run in behind them and Newitt takes the ride so looks well placed to cope with the harder race. Genuine chance.

Gee Gee Spitfire (7) has been racing well in tougher grade, finishing within a couple of lengths of Happy Halloween and Galeocerdo before fading behind The Captain here last start. Only run at this course was a good 2nd early in his career and he won at this meeting last year. Think the shorter trip will suit and he has definite each way claims.

Episodes (1) caught the eye when flashing home late first-up behind Steel Dan to grab 3rd. Has plenty of weight again but of more concern is the wide barrier which may mean he settles well back in an attempt to find cover. Fresh run over 1000m last prep was very good so shorter trip is no issue and his form is as good as any in this. With luck in running he can swamp them.

Apriano (2) is steadily finding form this prep, following a 4th here behind Steel Dan with a close-up 4th in Hobart. Drop back to 1000m may suit and he is well weighted in this grade with Voorham’s claim. Has plenty of competition for the front which won’t help and has never shown his best on this surface but just about ready to bob up.

Next best Kafoo (3) (first run for Mark Ganderton from Hayes stable in Victoria, fast and has won on synthetic so watch market.) and Liffeybeau (4) (races well here on his home track and did enough first-up to give a sight in front).


Another very difficult race with top pick Steel Dan (6) drawing a horror barrier. Maybe look down in the weights at Top Draw (11) and Gee Gee Spitfire (7) who are both suited over this short trip.

Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Top Draw (11) – 1 unit

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Gee Gee Spitfire (7) – 1 unit

Race 6 – 15:39 Graeme Dean Memorial MDN/CL1 (1650 METRES)

Speed Map

The big field should result in a genuine tempo but there isn’t a great deal of pressure up front on paper. Roughies Grand Faith and Son Of Nia may head for the front with Beautiful Boy, Lovely Lady and Gee Gees Bulldog looking for a forward position.

Major Players

Beautiful Boy (5) stepped up to the mile for the first time over this course when 2nd behind the promising Century Arrow last time. The blinkers go back on this time and he looks set to work across from a wide draw to get a good run on speed again. Still improving and while he is getting deep into his first preparation he looks well placed in this. Good chance in an open race.

Lovely Lady (10) backs up from a disappointing run at Longford where she was unplaced despite starting a strong favourite. The 1800m may have been her undoing there and she comes back to the mile over which she finished close-up at both previous runs. Takes her first look at the track which is always a concern and drawn wide but has the speed to come across. Capable of bouncing back.

Gee Gees Bulldog (13) got to the mile for the first time last start and ran a game 3rd behind Century Arrow after box seating. Wasn’t far behind Beautiful Boy there and now has blinkers on for the first time which may bring further improvement. Ideally drawn so may get the gun run and might be ready to show his best here.

Kalakhani (9) got back to her home track last start and ran home nicely from midfield to break her maiden status. Looks suited by the extra trip here but is another taking a look at this track for the first time. Well drawn so should get a soft run in behind them but this is harder than the group she beat last time. Each way claims.

Little Pumba (3) also broke through for his maiden win last time with a strong finish to win in Launceston over 1400m. Goes to the mile for the first time but has plenty of miles in the legs and Pires sticks with him. Can roll forward which may be an advantage here but is racing here for the first time. In with a hope.

Next best Cranny Flyer (1) (good in a BM58 two starts ago and drops in grade on recent failure, can improve), General Sussex (2) (continues to run home well but drawn awfully so expect he will have a big task from back in the field) and Sudden Shock (4) (good run last time and getting close to a win but another drawn a shocking gate).


Happy to go with the Century Arrow formline and work around the on-pacers Beautiful Boy (5) and Gee Gees Bulldog (13) in another race loaded with chances.

Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Beautiful Boy (5) – 3 units

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Gee Gees Bulldog (13) – 1 units

Race 7 – 16:14 Atkinson Electrical Class 1 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

A number of on-pacers here but not many genuine speedsters. Hard to find a clear leader but it should come from the likes of Dubbo, Miss Scandilous, Braccenby or Egalitarian, with Effortless Opera, Cranbrook and Gee Gee Musicmaker also looking for forward positions.

Major Players

Cranbrook (2) has shown good ability in his short career thus far but looks to have had a few problems along the way. Was there to challenge City Of Dreams first-up but didn’t finish off his race at all. His only run over this course last prep was very good behind Jacques after racing wide and he is drawn well in the middle of the line here. Big market watch and sure to take some beating if fancied.

Braccenby (1) resumed with a good 3rd here behind Gasnier when able to lead over 1000m. Wasn’t well away last time and settled well back in the field but his effort to come wide and run home was solid enough. Expect him to push forward with Graham on and just about ready to show his best third-up. Looks well placed and will take beating.

Effortless Opera (6) hasn’t done much wrong at her two career starts so far, running a nose 2nd on debut before winning comfortably here over 1000m. Goes to 1150m for the first time which may test her at this stage of her career but draws the inside so might get the soft run to run it out strongly. This is much harder than what she has met so far but on the up and is one of the dangers.

Miss Scandilous (9) hasn’t been far away in both runs in the state so far and managed to beat home Braccenby last time in BM62 grade. Drawn inside again so should go forward and give some cheek although she might be wanting things a little further where she can dictate the speed. Needs to improve a length or two to be a big winning chance but expect she will be somewhere in the finish again.

Gee Gee Musicmaker (8) wasn’t beaten far last start in Hobart behind Gee Gees Can Tell and has been quite consistent throughout this preparation. Bombed the start at her only start on this track and ran home fairly well so this surface isn’t an issue and she has the speed to take advantage of the nice gate. This is probably a little easier than what she has been contesting so she has genuine each way claims.

Next best Silver Road (7) (hasn’t done much this prep but his maiden win came here and has blinkers on for the first time so sharp improvement wouldn’t shock).


Cranbrook (2) will be very hard to beat if fancied but going with Braccenby (1) who ran home well last time and may be hard to run down if he can go forward like he did first-up.

Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Braccenby (1) – 3 units

Race 8 – 16:49 Adam Brooks MP QLTY Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Lots of pace here with The Captain, Teriki, O’Lonh Star and Gee Gee Red Prince all capable of taking the front, as can Happy Halloween if he gets away well. Chillout looks set to get an ideal trail behind the speedsters.

Major Players

Chillout (5) has been racing very consistently this preparation and deserved to break through last time in Hobart over 1400m. Drop in trip may suit with the break between runs and suggest he has probably been targeted at this race on his home track. Hasn’t raced here but has trialled well on this surface and looks set for a gun run just behind the speed from his good draw. Newitt sticks with him and he looks very well placed down on the minimum.

Teriki (6) loves this track, having won three times and placed the other four in her seven runs. Has given a big sight in front at her past couple behind Gee Gee Double Dee in Hobart and ran home well the start prior when she found trouble at the start behind Gee Gee Red Prince. Placed in this race last year and has a few options from her inside draw. Expect her to be in the finish again.

Gee Gee Red Prince (1) is a very good galloper who has been extremely game this preparation despite not quite having the zing he has showed in previous seasons. Was very solid again last start behind Gee Gee Double Dee and Lord Da Vinci and he won this race narrowly last year ahead of I’m Wesley. Has plenty of weight and lots of speed drawn underneath him which looks his major obstacle but must be respected as always.

The Captain (9) took over mid-race last time over this course and exploded away in the straight to score an impressive win over Happy Halloween. Goes up in grade here and has been found out at this level in the past, including a plain effort in this race last year. However, he is racing in career best form, will enjoy the big weight drop and if away well will give them something to chase from his inside draw. Has a chance.

Happy Halloween (8) is a funny horse with a high cruising speed but hasn’t had the early speed recently to take advantage of it. Didn’t finish far behind Teriki two starts ago in Hobart when he had to come from last and then was held up before finishing 2nd behind The Captain last time. Races well on this track and well drawn but the early part of the race will be crucial.

Next best O’Lonh Star (3) (disappointed both runs after excellent win in the Goodwood, has blinkers first time back on his home track and maybe suited fresh so sharp improvement wouldn’t surprise, knockout chance).


Steering away from the class galloper Gee Gee Red Prince (1) due to the weight and the draw. Chillout (5) should get a nice run in behind them and is never far away, while Teriki (6) can use her speed back on her home track. Best roughie O’Lonh Star (3).

Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Chillout (5) – 4 units

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Teriki (6) – 2 units

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) O’Lonh Star (3) – 1 units

Race 9 – 17:24 Simons Design Centre Devonport Cup (1880 METRES)

Speed Map

Geegees Baritone may take up the front ahead of Kanji and Our Shanakee with Geegees Goldengirl likely to roll forward from out wide. Brilliant Jet and Willby Rules can be thereabouts early while Killin Falls and Son Of Faith have decisions to make from their wide draws. Expect a genuine tempo but doubt they do anything crazy up front.

Major Players

Royal Request (1) comes here second-up after running last when fresh in Adelaide over a mile but he wasn’t beaten far. Races well in this distance range but hasn’t got to this trip second-up previously so his fitness is a query. Won three on end in Darwin last prep including a big win in the $200,000 Darwin Cup. Very hard to line him up and inclined to risk with his prep but have plenty of respect for him, especially if the money comes.

Gee Gees Top Notch (2) has rediscovered the excellent form she showed as a younger horse this prep and that culminated in a feature race win in the Listed Tasmanian Stakes last start. Is thriving on being ridden colder but her best recent races have all come at Launceston. This track is a big question mark, as is the 1880m trip, but she has Newitt on and draws ideally for a soft trip. Will need luck at the right time but might be the one to blouse them late.

Geegees Goldengirl (3) is racing as well as ever and was only narrowly beaten last time by Gee Gees Top Notch in the Tasmanian Stakes. Has been ticking over very nicely this prep and the rise in distance is ideal. Won this race two years ago and has the speed to roll forward for Carr to overcome the wide draw. Looks a leading chance.

Geegees Baritone (4) was beaten a nose here in one of the Cup lead up races, the Golden Mile, before going to WFA last time and sticking on reasonably well after serving it up to Hellova Street up front. Loves this track and ran 6th in this race last year after finding trouble at the start. Has the speed to lead if desired which has produced a few winners in recent years. This class may test him but may give some cheek if he runs along in front.

Killin Falls (5) went through the feature race path and acquitted himself very well before breaking through to win the Sheffield Cup last start. Meets the mares 3.5kg better for being beaten by them in the Tasmanian Stakes and the addition of blinkers last time showed a horse with better tactical speed. Ticks a lot of boxes but comes up with an extremely awkward draw so will need some magic from Ganderton to get him the right run. If he gets it he is clearly the one to beat.

Vandermeer (6) landed some good bets to return to the winner’s circle last week with a dominant win in the Longford Cup over this trip. That form generally gets found out in this race but won by a big margin and has run some excellent races at this track. Will need luck in running getting back from a wide draw which makes his task difficult but has a knockout hope.

Willby Rules (7) comes through the Sheffield Cup where he took on open company for the first time and finished a close-up 4th. Races very well for Jason Maskiell so will be happy to see him back in the saddle and inside draw looks a major plus for him in this. First run at this trip is a query but racing like he will get it and might get the absolute gun run tracking up the fence. Loves this track and appeals as a lightweight each way chance.

Brilliant Jet (8) was right in the finish in the Golden Mile before going to the Tasmanian Stakes where he was coming again on the line after being outsprinted on turning. Well suited coming back to handicap conditions and overdue to get to this longer trip. Wasn’t far away in the strongest form race last time so has to be respected on that basis.

Kanji (9) broke through two starts ago over 2100m when beating Flash Missile in Launceston before battling away to run 2nd in last week’s Longford Cup behind Vandermeer. Goes forward and makes his own luck which is never a bad thing in this race but open grade has generally found him out in the past. Suited if he can run along on a strong pace but think a few of these might be too sharp for him.

Our Shanakee (10) comes here through benchmark racing where he is used to carrying top weight and running honest races on speed. Has finished in the first two at eight of his nine runs in the state and was game last time over this course in easier grade when 2nd behind Flash Missile. Huge weight drop and likelihood for a good run on speed from an inside draw are major advantages for him and showed last time this surface is no issue. Don’t know if he is good enough but will get every possible chance in the run to find out. May show up at odds.

Son Of Faith (11) also comes through benchmark grade but hasn’t had the same success Our Shanakee has had. Getting to his right trip now but this class is a major test and the outside barrier won’t help him at all to get the right run he will need to be competitive. Going ok but will go around at long odds.


Looks a very even Cup field. Killin Falls (5) looks the one on the up who has had the perfect preparation for this but the barrier draw has thrown a spanner in the works. If he gets luck in running he will be very hard to beat. Geegees Goldengirl (3) is a class mare who appeals as a major danger rolling forward on speed, while Our Shanakee (10) may be the best at odds getting a cheap run on speed with no weight.

Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Killin Falls (5) – 4 units

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Gee Gees Goldengirl (3) – 2 units

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Our Shanakee (10) – 1 unit

Race 10 – 18:00 Great Northern Benchmark 64 Hcp (1880 METRES)

Speed Map

A total lack of speed on paper here. Moorcroft, Leconte and Vallegrande are the most likely to take up the running with the rest of these preferring to settle off the speed. Those landing near the front should be advantaged by the tempo.

Major Players

Moorcroft (1) relished getting to the 2100m and comes here off consecutive wins over that trip in Maiden/C1 grade. Tough win last time when sat wide and now this trip should be ok off a month’s break between runs. Handled this track alright over the shorter trips and draws nicely for a good spot near the lead but does step up in grade. Has more scope than most of these and looks hard to beat.

Leconte (2) hasn’t placed in four runs from a break but has been close up on every occasion without having much luck. Ran 4th last time in a strong BM72 behind Weekend Whisky and this looks a considerable drop in grade on that effort. Goes to this trip for the first time which could be a stretch but won impressively in his only run here at a mile and has two 1600m runs under his belt. Capable of rolling forward and gets his chance here.

Real Messi (4) was well backed last week at Longford but made no real impression after settling back in the field behind Biscay Barb. Previous run over this course in strong BM72 company was very good when he made a wide run from the back to run 3rd behind Flash Missile. Mixes his form but if he can reproduce that effort he is a big chance in this.

Piped Aboard (3) comes here on the quick back-up from Longford where she made ground in an unsuitably run race behind Quiet Wonder. Jumps sharply now to 1880m having never raced beyond 1400m which is a definite query, but she has been strong at the end of all her races. Only run here was solid enough behind Savrajette and should get a soft run from the inside draw. Very capable if she runs the trip.

Vallegrande (5) ran on gamely here two starts ago behind Century Arrow before jumping to this trip at Longford and running home down the outside into 4th behind Super Leane. Was forced to cover plenty of ground on the turn there and found the like well but this does look harder. Has run well in this grade before and capable of rolling forward for Carr if the speed isn’t on. Each way claims.

Next best Life’s Quest (9) (hasn’t been to this trip and hard to catch but goes ok here and well drawn).


Moorcroft (1) will take plenty of beating but is unlikely to be any great price so happy to go with Leconte (2) who comes through stronger races and is ready to win.

Betting Strategy 

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) Leconte  (2) – 4 units

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