Tas Racing: Devonport, Sunday 15th July 2018

Racing returns to Devonport this Sunday with a big 9 race card kicking off at 11:35am. Race 1 sees smart sprinters O’Lonh Star and Killin Falls resuming while smart mares Somerset and Speedonova also resume in races 5 and 8 respectively.

Race 1 – 11:35 Simons Design Centre Benchmark 84 Hcp (1150 METRES)

O’Lonh Star looks set to find the lead with potential pressure drawn out wider in Underplay and Jacques. Sphiro won’t be far away with Killin Falls and Concentrate settling near the rear.

O’Lonh Star (2) resumes here and has won two trials in good time leading into this. Fresh form is exceptional and first-up last time in he was excellent when winning the Goodwood in Hobart. Likes this track and looks set for a good run on speed. Will be very hard to run down.

Killin Falls (1) is a very good horse also resuming with one trial under his belt. Very competitive against the best earlier this season and has run in the first two in all three runs over this course. Will be giving them a start but has proven he can win from off the speed at this track and his form is as strong if not stronger than any of these. Big danger.

Spihro (5) won well over this course in easier grade first-up before just failing to pick up Kanji last time over 1350m. Freshened to come back in distance here and gets down in the weights getting to this higher grade. Should get a nice run on speed and loves this track. This is harder but should be in the mix.

Concentrate (4) flashed home to win over this course in easier grade two starts ago before heading to the mainland to run 3rd on the Geelong synthetic. Drops sharply in weight to compensate for the higher grade and he showed last season he is up to the better races at this track when 2nd in the Sprint Final behind I’m Wesley. His racing pattern always makes it hard at this level but he can run into the finish.

Underplay (3) has had a short break since a game 3rd here over 1650m behind Secrets She Has. Sprinting form here is generally very good including a win over Killin Falls last season but after stretching out in distance last prep he wasn’t as sharp earlier this prep. Might land in a good spot on speed if ridden for speed and capable at his best.

Next best Jacques (6) (races well here but only fair first-up and this is much harder).

Verdict

O’Lonh Star (2) has a great fresh record and gets things to suit here. Killin Falls (1) is very smart and will be finishing hard so appeals as the obvious danger.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 6 units to win on O’Lonh Star (2).

Race 2 – 12:10 DRC August Winter Series Maiden (1150 METRES)

Highveld may find the front here with the blinkers on ahead of Blackberry Rose, Phar Word and possibly the debutant Shinvada. A big field but not many proven on-pacers so those on speed may get their chance.

Highveld (11) was well supported first-up in Hobart after an impressive trial but went awfully on heavy ground behind Miss Smith. Only other start was on dry ground was a solid 3rd behind Gee Gee Pengala so can forgive the wet track failure. Blinkers go on for the first time and he draws ideally. Carr sticks with him and he can give a much better showing here.

Phar Word (4) had had two trials to prepare for this race first-up. Has placed at all three runs here on his home track and was narrowly beaten fresh last time by Mosh Opera. Has had a few chances but his best form is as good as any in this so expect him to show up fresh.

Blackberry Rose (12) resumed from a spell here a fortnight ago and ran a solid 2nd behind Aspirate. Draws the inside so expect her to get a gun trail for Newitt. Improving filly who only has to go on from her first-up run to be right in the mix in this.

Gee Gees Saint Nik (1) was much better here second-up when 4th behind Kwai despite staying at 1000m. Extra trip here is right up his alley and he has a fitness edge over the rest of the major chances. Wide draw is potentially tricky especially if those on-speed get things run to suit but if he gets a nice run into the race he can be storming home into the finish.

Mountain Music (14) went around big odds here on debut but did a reasonable job to run 3rd behind Aspirate and Blackberry Rose. Stays down in the weights with Voorham’s claim but comes up with a wide draw after her good barrier last time. Did enough fresh to be around the mark here but will need luck from the gate.

Next best Words In Motion (6) (resumes with blinkers on and has trialled twice, has flashed ability at times so maybe a place chance from an inside draw).

Verdict

Happy to forgive the first-up failure of Highveld (11) and he looks well placed here if he handles the synthetic. Phar Word (4) has proven form here while Blackberry Rose (12) is improving and well drawn. Gee Gees Saint Nik (1) appeals as the knockout runner.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 4 units to win on Highveld (11).

Race 3 – 12:45 Sky Racing Maiden (1150 METRES)

Magic Waler might hold the lead off the inside draw but there is potentially pressure coming from out wide from Emmceoh, Gee Gees Daydream and Emsgem. Holy Diamond and Swinley Forest will also be near the lead but able to take a sit from decent draws if required.

Magic Waler (11) resumes here after a promising first preparation where he was placed twice against the likes of Mystic Journey, Gee Gee Secondover and Tiesto. Won a trial leading into this and drawn to lead off the inside gate. Finds a good race to kick off in and appeals as an obvious winning chance.

Holy Diamond (3) is a nicely bred 3yo who joins the Marion Dalco stable after racing in Victoria for Hayes & Dabernig. Led and placed last start over 1400m on the Pakenham synthetic and has placed at Wangaratta and Tatura over similar trips to this. Newitt is a positive booking and he looks to have the speed to take advantage of a good draw. Big watch.

Swinley Forest (5) failed a couple of times on wet ground in Hobart but was much better last time here over 1000m when 2nd behind the promising Kwai. Extra distance doesn’t look to be an issue and has the speed to put himself into the race. Has each way claims.

Emceeoh (1) had two trials leading into his first-up run here over 1350m where he showed good speed to lead but tired late to finish 3rd behind Nova Vista. Comes back in trip which shouldn’t be too much of an issue given the speed he showed fresh. More of a problem will be the wide gate which may see him trapped wide with a few horses looking to be forward inside him. If he gets across he can be around the mark.

Sh’bourne Dynasty (9) showed a bit of ability at her first prep for Adam Trinder but now resumes here under the care of Nigel Schuuring. Has had two trials leading in with her most recent being a much better effort. Will be better as she gets out over more ground but has placed over this trip and draws nicely so may be thereabouts.

Next best Gee Gee Runaway (10) (not hopeless over this course fresh but gets a long way back in his races) and Buttons Undone (6) (didn’t do a lot on debut but had trialled well and will appreciate a longer trip and blinkers on so can improve).

Verdict

Magic Waler (11) appeals as the obvious off solid 2yo form. Holy Diamond (3) is the obvious danger with solid Victorian form.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 4 units to win on Magic Waler (11).

Race 4 – 13:20 Birdcage Tavern Benchmark 58 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Newts may try and lead from the inside draw but expect good speed out wide as the likes of Effortless Opera, Exclusive Saturday, Gee Gees Cricket and Turtles Nest try and get across.

Gee Gees Cricket (7) had the blinkers go on two runs ago and both runs since have been very good. Came up the inside to finish 3rd behind Katy Kat and Newts in Hobart before racing wide over this course last time and sticking on to finish a narrow 2nd behind Dothraki Princess. Newitt takes the ride this time and while he draws out there isn’t a lot of speed drawn inside so he might get into a nice spot on speed. This is a bit harder but only has to hold his form to be right in the mix again in a very even race.

Newts (4) was good first-up in Hobart when a narrow 2nd behind Katy Kat in BM58 before fading at the finish last time behind O’Loughlin. Given a longer break between runs this time which may suit him better but has a look at this track for the first time. Been very costly to punters but draws for a good run on speed and expect him to be somewhere in the finish again.

Effortless Opera (8) started a clear favourite over this course first-up but raced too keenly outside the speed and tired late behind Dothraki Princess. Expect her to settle a little better with that run possibly taking the edge off her but she will still want to go quickly to get across from her wider draw. Ideally best if she can get some cover and if she gets that run she can improve sharply.

Exclusive Saturday (5) resumes from a spell and trialled behind O’Lonh Star earlier this month. Last run before a spell was a very solid 2nd behind Steel Dan over this course in a formline which is good enough for this. Mixes his form but has speed to overcome the wide gate and is capable of running a race in this grade.

Bedrock Dreams (13) was very good here three runs back when a narrow 2nd behind Vengeance Of Fury before going to 1350m at her past couple and finding that trip a little far like she has previously. Back to her right trip and drawn in to get a soft run behind the speed. Has only won 2 of 33 and always needs a lot of luck in her races but has a knockout chance if things go her way.

Next best in a very even race Turtles Nest (1) (will appreciate the drop in grade but has a wide gate to overcome), Font Magica (10) (ran home alright at first Tasmanian run behind Dothraki Princess and can improve further) and Ivoryman (3) (nice type of horse and won a trial but not sure how well suited he is around this course).

Verdict

Incredibly open race with many chances. Gee Gees Cricket (7) is racing well and looks one of the better hopes while Newts (4) has the ability and may appreciate a change of surroundings. Many of these may be worth something if overlooked by the market.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 2 units to win on Gee Gees Cricket (7) and 1 unit to win on Exclusive Saturday (5).

Race 5 – 13:55 Jim Cassidy 2019 Cup Class 2 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Looks very good speed here. Meteor Strike, Braccenby and possibly Kenfromthebar from wide out are most likely to search for the front but most of these look to race in the forward half of the field.

Somerset (4) is a nice mare who won two of her four starts in her first preparation, including a dominant debut win in Hobart over 1200m when she came from last. Hasn’t trialled but with Newitt booked expect her to be fit enough. This is her first look at this track and it generally doesn’t suit her get back pattern but she may settle closer from the inside draw. Best horse in the race but potentially vulnerable at this track.

Meteor Strike (5) is a talented horse with his fair share of problems resuming here. Expect him to be right up to the task first-up as he has had four trials leading into this, the latest over 1000m. Drawn ideally and both of his wins have come at this track. Doesn’t win out of turn but races well fresh and looks one of the dangers.

Dothraki Princess (10) did a good job at her first run for the Trinder stable when ridden behind the speed and that helped her finish off her race to get the major prize. Bit more depth here but open to further improvement and looks to be plenty of speed for her to settle behind. Stays down in the weights and has each way claims again.

Gee Gee Royal Miss (11) is racing very well but her pattern of settling at the rear of the field is making it very difficult for her to get into the finish. Nearly beat Silzoar three runs back which is great form for this but that was her only run in a small field which alleviated the traffic issues she generally encounters. Plenty of pressure up front will suit her and she will be finishing hard late as always but will need luck getting through the field to get close enough to challenge.

George’s Gambol (6) wasn’t bad when 4th behind Enzian over this course two runs back before over racing last time over 1350m which caused him to tire and run last. Back to this trip and a strong expected tempo may help him settle better and he gets in light with Voorham’s claim. Hard horse to catch having won 2 from 33 but capable at his best.

Next best Nordic Thunder (7) (back in trip suits and gets weight relief with the rise in grade but has had a few chances) and Meetony (3) (found the line well behind Dothraki Princess fresh but more depth here and awkwardly drawn).

Verdict

Somerset (4) is the obvious favourite but doesn’t look suited in her first look at this track which makes it a tricky race. Meteor Strike (5) looks primed to run well fresh and many of these are capable with the right run.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 1 unit to win on Somerset (4) and Meteor Strike (5).

Race 6 – 14:30 John Deacon Benchmark 64 Hcp (1650 METRES)

No obvious leader here but with a number of on-pacers there should be a genuine tempo. Into The Night, Scouting Around, Greenmount Lass and Bosporus look most likely to take up the running.

Perun (5) is a 3yo on the up who scored a game win on wet ground in Hobart last time in this distance range. Only Devonport run was a close-up 3rd in this grade over 1880m where he was blocked for a run in the concluding stages and finished alongside Scouting Around. Three weeks between runs looks ideal to stay at this trip and he draws for a soft run. One of the leading chances again.

Scouting Around (6) had blinkers on for the first time last start and ran a close-up 3rd behind Mr America after looking like the winner on straightening. Racing very consistently and looks set for a good run on speed again but winning strike rate of 4 from 42 is always a concern. This is no harder than what he has been contesting and he has very solid each way claims again.

Greenmount Lass (8) has just about reached her peak now this prep as highlighted by a strong last start 2nd over this course behind Mr America. Doing a good job lately racing forward on strong tempos and she should be able to roll forward again to overcome her awkward draw. Comes through the right form lines and is right in the mix again.

Bosporus (2) brings different form here, backing up from a dominant win on heavy ground in Hobart on Wednesday. Hasn’t seen this track which is a concern but general racing pattern is to go forward which is suited here. Only mile run was a midfield finish in the Tasmanian Guineas so trip looks no issue, especially on the quick back-up, and if he handles the surface he can win again.

Into The Night (4) got to 1350m last time and stuck on extremely well for 3rd behind Moorcroft after racing wide throughout. This is harder but he will appreciate getting to the mile and he won over this course last prep in similar grade when able to race on speed. Did enough last time to suggest he can run well on speed at longer odds.

Next best Rougeau (3) (gets to the mile quickly third-up and probably needs one more but wasn’t bad when racing wide last time).

Verdict

Another even race. Perun (5) is a promising younger horse who looks top pick while Bosporus (2) is the one with different form on the quick back-up but has new conditions to adapt to. Into The Night (4) appeals for those looking for something at longer odds.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 1 unit to win on Perun (5).

Race 7 – 15:05 Lending4U Class 1 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Another race with a number of on-pacers but no obvious leader. Outdone might hold the front off the inside gate while He’s Tough Enough and Beautiful Boy may push on from outside draws.

Aspirate (5) scored a stunning win fresh when he stormed home to get the prize despite missing the start by four lengths. Hit the line powerfully so suggest the longer trip here will suit and he draws for a soft run if he can begin better. This is considerably harder so would be wary of a short price but he looks a promising type who is capable of winning again.

Platinum Magic (8) has run well at all three starts at this track and continued to find the line gamely last time to grab 2nd behind the runaway winner Island Pirate. Gets some weight relief here with Voorham’s claim and expect her to put her right into the race from a good draw. Only has to hold her form to be right in the mix again.

Nova Vista (4) has done just about everything asked of her in her two career starts so far with a win and a 2nd. Looked in trouble last time after she missed the start but she powered to the line in the straight to get the prize in an impressive performance. This has much more depth but Newitt stays with her and she remains open to further improvement. Will need luck from a tricky gate but has a definite chance.

Mosh Opera (10) is a consistent mare who stepped up to BM58 grade last time and ran an honest 2nd behind Moorcroft. Still think this trip is as far as she wants but she continues to race well and looks set for a good run on speed for Carr. Last bit is the test but will be there at the business end and has each way claims.

Beautiful Boy (1) was firm in betting here first-up a fortnight ago and worked home steadily in the straight after settling off the speed. Had two trials leading into that run so getting to this trip second-up is probably what he is looking for. Outside draw looks his major obstacle but he does possess early speed to give them the option of going forward to try and get across. Has a genuine winning chance if he gets the right run.

Next best Outdone (6) (good run in C2 grade two starts ago and may hold the front from inside draw so has a hope on that basis) and Epidexios (2) (racing well in Hobart but first look at this track and awkwardly drawn).

Verdict

Tricky race to line up with two promising maiden winners stepping up to this grade. Aspirate (5) is probably the pick of them while Platinum Magic (8) might be the best of those already racing in this company.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 2 units to win on Aspirate (5).

Race 8 – 15:45 Great Northern Benchmark 70 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Kool Kash should ensure a very strong tempo back to this trip with Tambro’s Game, Kanji, Westerly Haze and D’inzeo all potentially looking to go forward.

Speedonova (5) is a promising mare who resumes here off two trials, the latest an impressive four length win here beating Killin Falls in good time. Came a long way in her first preparation, winning three races including a win in good mares company beating Gee Gee Lanett and ran favourite on Launceston Cup day in a BM68. Hasn’t raced here but looked to handle the track well at the trials. Should get a soft run from the inside draw and if she gets clear at the right time she will be hard to hold out late.

Kanji (1) caused a bit of a boilover over this course first-up when too strong for Spihro in BM76 company. Tough galloper who should relish a strong tempo and that may help him stay at this trip when he ideally wants a bit further. Goes right up in weight off last time but a repeat performance has him right in the mix again.

Kool Kash (2) returned to his best last time over 1650m with a few runs under his belt and a smart, fast ride in front from Voorham. Coming back in trip isn’t ideal but has won over this course twice earlier in his career. Proven in this grade previously and should be able to run this to his liking again. Will give them something to run down.

Tambro’s Game (7) is a course specialist who has won two of her past four runs in easier grade. Was well held last time behind Kanji and this slightly harder grade has found her out in the past. Won’t be able to control the speed with Kool Kash here but drawn for a nice trail. Rarely runs a bad race here so each way claims again with a preference to the place.

Westerly Haze (3) improved sharply here second-up at big odds over 1150m to record a strong victory. Hasn’t often got out to this distance range but his only run over this course was a close-up 3rd behind Gemini last season. Should find a nice trail but a strong tempo might find him out in the last bit. In the mix if he runs the trip right out.

Next best D’inzeo (8) (this is his right distance range but mixes his form but and hasn’t placed at this track in 7 goes) with a watch on ex-Victorian Magwitch (4) (from Thornton stable with synthetic form and capable of showing up on best form).

Verdict

Speedonova (5) is a nice mare who looks ready to fire first-up. Kanji (1) and Kool Kash (2) are proven in this grade and will be tough on speed.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 3 units to win on Speedonova (5).

Race 9 – 16:20 Leaping Goat Coffee Co Maiden (1650 METRES)

No obvious leader here and with the on-pacers Mississippi Grind, Aislinn, Pinkeyes Pride and Leicester Rocket coming from inside draws the tempo may only be fair.

Mississippi Grind (7) found the line nicely at her first Tasmanian run and then went forward last time outside the speed and fought on well to run a narrow 2nd behind Nova Vista. Has placed over longer trips in Victoria so looks suited getting to the mile and can go forward in a race of little pressure. Heading in the right direction and looks well placed to break her maiden status.

Tough Rubble (3) brings different form to this as he has been improving steadily racing on wet ground in Hobart. Got to this trip sharply third-up last time and ran home well for 4th behind promising gallopers Perun and Zuberina. Should benefit again from that run and Newitt takes the ride here but has his first look at this track and it may not suit his get back pattern. Improving 3yo who looks very capable if he handles these new conditions.

Race The Wind (2) is racing very consistently and hasn’t been in the finish in his past three runs at this track. Ready to get to the mile now and can forgive his only other try in this distance range where he raced wide throughout. Wasn’t far behind Mississippi Grind last time which measures up here and he has each way claims again.

Aislinn (4) had no support in betting at her first Tasmanian run when finishing down the track behind Saalim here over 1880m. Was entered to run over 2100m in Hobart but was scratched when that meeting was postponed so coming back to 1650m might not be what she is looking for. This looks easier than last time so improvement wouldn’t shock but prefer to see her do it first.

Leicester Rocket (6) showed speed in her first Tasmanian run but failed to finish off before improving ridden quieter last time at 1350m. Placed twice over the mile in Victoria so extra distance looks suitable and has the right form lines having finished alongside Race The Wind last time. Best Victorian form is as good as any of these so has to be given some hope.

Next best In Bloom (5) (should have finished closer last time and not too far behind Race The Wind in previous runs, some chance).

Verdict

Mississippi Grind (7) looks well placed here. Tough Rubble (3) brings different form to this and may be the danger.

STAKING STRATEGY

BACK – 4 units to win on Mississippi Grind (7).


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