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.


Speed Map

Huff’n’toff is likely to come across from the outside to lead, potentially carting Chloe’s King across with her. Gee Gee Mightymiss and Orphanali look most likely to kick up from their inside draws but Wharfie’s Boy and The Rockbank Flash may be able to settle a bit closer. Expect horses near the lead to be advantaged.

Major Players

The Rockbank Flash (8) placed over this course in her first Tasmanian start a fortnight ago in BM58 grade behind Prince Of Virtue and City Of Dreams. Had the right run through on the rail there but the time was strong and this is a massive drop in class. Had shown flashes of ability on the mainland previously and only has to run up to her last effort to be the one to beat here.

Chloe’s King (1) also ran well at his first Tasmanian run for Vern Poke when a clear 2nd behind subsequent winner Garland. Showed good speed to lead there so shouldn’t be far away in the run despite the drop back in trip and may get a cart across outside Huff’n’toff. Potentially a lead that Darmanin stays with him rather than The Rockbank Flash. One of the better hopes on his latest run.

Orphanali (7) is a newcomer to the Wells stable after racing in Victoria with Grant & Peter Dalziel. Has been rather plain this preparation but best form has been close up in reasonable Victorian provincial grade which measures up to this. Steph Thornton is a positive booking and shouldn’t be too far away off the inside draw. Watch betting because she has a definite chance if fancied.

Pincent Van Gogh (3) resumes from a spell here with blinkers off so expect him to be ridden off the speed. Races like further would be more suitable but all three of his 1000m runs have been acceptable and booking of Newitt suggests he will be ready to fire fresh. Races well enough on this surface and open to improvement being lightly raced so looks to have each way claims.

Wharfie’s Boy (9) trialled well before his debut where he was caught wide over 900m and well beaten behind Miss Mamosa. Slightly longer trip should be in his favour and his job looks easier off a better barrier draw. Shapes as a likely improver and may run a race at longer odds.

Next best Gee Gee Mightymiss (4) (has shown flashes of ability and draws the inside with blinkers first time) and Huff’n’toff (5) (very speedy so should give a bit of a sight again).


Many different formlines make this a tricky race. The Rockbank Flash (8) will take plenty of beating if she runs up to her latest performance in BM58 grade but her stablemate Chloe’s King also ran well at his Tasmanian debut. Orphanali (7) is a big watch joining the Wells stable while Wharfie’s Boy (9) presents as an improver at longer odds.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Orphanali (7) for 1 unit.


Speed Map

Ponzi generally likes to run along in front and may do so here but worth noting he is sharply back in trip this time. Exclusive Saturday should settle in the first couple with George’s Gambol and It’s A Battle most likely to take the trail. Shouldn’t be much pressure on the on-pacers here.

Major Players

Exclusive Saturday (3) is racing consistently over this course with placings at his past couple. Picked up in the closing stages by Ivoryman last time after having to hand up the lead mid-race. This isn’t much harder so should race near the lead again and only has to hold his form to be a leading chance once more.

Gee Gee Pureblonde (4) has appreciated the step up to this trip with a win and a close-up 2nd in her past two starts. Has been advantaged by the inside gate at his past couple but again comes up with a low draw so no reason Newitt doesn’t give him a similar run in behind them. Slightly easier grade here so looks an excellent each way chance once again.

Gee Gee Royal Miss (6) ran home gamely in the straight last time to finish 3rd, within a length of Ivoryman and Exclusive Saturday. Newitt hops off to stay with Gee Gee Pureblonde but she gets a claim now with Graham aboard. Has been up a very long time and has only won 2 from 32 but placed at last three and is another solid each way chance.

It’s A Battle (1) raced over this course last week when second-up and his run can be forgiven to some degree as he was held up looking for a run on the inside on the tiring leader. Best form is over further so staying at this trip third-up on the quick back-up seems like a bit of a risk. Drawing out probably helps a little as it gives him time to work forward if they wish. Has been racing in stronger grade so is up to this if he is sharp enough at this trip.

Khatun (2) comes through the race won by Jodi Nicole last week where she finished behind Gee Gee Royal Miss but wasn’t too far away at the finish. Has been a couple of lengths off at the finish in recent racing but in higher grade than this and her form ties in alright here. Doubt she will be improving at this stage of her prep but should be thereabouts.

Next best George’s Gambol (5) (not too far away behind Ivoryman but been up a long time and bit more depth here).


Exclusive Saturday (3) is knocking on the door and looks as good a chance as any in an even field. Gee Gee Pureblonde (4) and Gee Gee Royal Miss (6) will be running on at the finish while It’s A Battle (1) is the class runner of the field on the quick back-up.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Exclusive Saturday (3) for 2 units.

Race 3 – 13:42 2018 DRC H.O.Y WILLBY RULES CLASS 1 HCP (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Emsgem looks the leader here and has been inconsistent at the speed she has run along at in recent starts. The Auditor should push forward from a wider draw and they look the two obvious on-pacers, with the likes of Balearic, Sudden Shock and Ramaadi Bullet possibly taking up the spots behind them.

Major Players

Balearic (1) carried 60kg first-up here over 1150m when he made good ground late off a strong tempo when 4th behind Red Pearl from an outside gate. Maiden win came over this distance at Ipswich so longer trip should suit and will do far less work in the run this time off the inside gate. With good mainland form to his credit, he put the writing on the wall last time and looks hardest to beat this time.

Emsgem (5) bolted in over this course two starts back in good time before over racing in the lead last time and tiring in the straight in this grade. Stays right down in the weights with Patis’ claim and may be let run along this time like she did two runs ago. Should have no trouble finding the front if she wants it and if she goes clear like when she won, she may prove hard to run down.

Voices (4) is a mare with a bit of quality who resumes here with two trials on this track under her belt. Ran 4th in the Thousand Guineas last time in before failing in the staying fillies’ affairs. Placed first-up in this distance range last time in and her only win came over this course at her second race start. Probably has the strongest local form in the race but can drift back in the field and will need to be fit if Emsgem runs along. At least a knockout chance here.

Sudden Shock (3) is better known as a stayer but he sprinted exceptionally well fresh here over this course three weeks back when he sat wide throughout. Draws in this time which might not suit as well, especially if the tempo is stop start, as he likes to get out and roll over these shorter trips. If he gets some room and runs up to his last effort though he will be right in the mix again.

Ramaadi Bullet (6) has had a lot of racing but improved last time when he went forward in the run wearing blinkers to finish 4th behind Submit Another. Comes back to a distance he hasn’t raced over since June but he has placed twice over this course and he might be sharp enough for it with the blinkers on. Gets in very light with Smith’s claim but has only won 1 from 30. If he can settle near the lead again he can be thereabouts as usual.

Next best The Auditor (2) (game win on speed last time in maiden company but this is considerably harder).


Balearic (1) was very good at his first Tasmanian run and looks well placed here. Emsgem (5) might prove hard to run down if she runs along in front, while Voices (4) showed enough as a 3yo to suggest she is good enough if fancied first-up.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Balearic (1) for 4 units.

 BACK (WIN) – Emsgem (5) for 2 units.


Speed Map

Small field but a number of on-pacers engaged. Into The Night may try and lead but may have competition from Scouting Around, Beautiful Boy and He Swims Well in the early stages. The tempo should be genuine but if they take time to find their spots there may be early pressure.

Major Players

Braccenby (3) is racing extremely well over this course including close-up 2nds at his past couple of runs behind good gallopers Kool Kash and Life Of Waldo. Always needs luck with his racing pattern of settling at the rear but there looks to be a few on-pacers in this and the small field does help him stay a bit closer to the lead. Doesn’t win often but his form is arguably better than any of these and he may have found his race here.

Beautiful Boy (5) is a strong on-pacer who broke through for a deserved win over this course last time in BM58 grade. Considerably more depth here but was beaten by the narrowest of margins at his previous start by Into The Night which is form that measures up in this. Wide draw will allow him to work forward under his own steam and gets down in the weights with Patis’ claim. Should give an honest effort on speed and is one of the better hopes.

Into The Night (1) wasn’t really suited by the muddling tempo last start here over 1880m but was able to fight on doggedly in the straight to get the prize narrowly. Comes back in distance after two runs over that longer trip which probably isn’t ideal at this stage of his prep but he looks capable of finding the front and bowling along which would help. Tough galloper who’s last three runs when racing in the first couple has brought two wins and a photo finish defeat in similar races so he should be right there again.

Magwitch (2) scored a game dead heat win here two runs ago when just able to nose out Into The Night at the finish but then found BM70 level a tad hard last time behind Kool Kash and Braccenby. Back to his right company this time and should get every chance in the run off the inside gate for Thornton. Bit of depth here but another who is in the mix with the right run.

Scouting Around (4) won narrowly over this course three starts back before finishing close-up behind Kool Kash when out to 1880m. Back to this trip last time but over raced when behind the lead and didn’t finish off. Been up a long time which is a little concern and his chances will be affected again if he wants to over race but change of rider may help and his best is good enough. Chance if he behaves himself.

Next best He Swims Well (6) (has been impressive in easier company at his past couple winning by big margins, times don’t stack up for this much harder affair but hasn’t reached his level yet so further improvement is in his scope).


Braccenby (3) is racing in great heart and gets his chance here. Beautiful Boy (5) is the horse on the up while Into The Night (1) might not be suited by the drop in trip but is a hard horse to get past if he takes up the running.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Braccenby (3) for 4 units.


Speed Map

Good speed here. City Of Dreams, Gee Gee Rich Ruby and Jurisdiction are all capable of running to the lead but all of these generally take up a position in the first half of the field so there should be some pressure to find positions near the lead.

Major Players

Al Cosmic Gift (1) improved to win here second-up a fortnight ago when able to race outside the lead in the small field and run quick late sectionals to hold off Kepta in this grade. With plenty of speed drawn underneath him he looks set to position just behind them and can be strong through the line. Newitt hops on and he is still on the up this prep. Top chance to win again.

City Of Dreams (3) was a tad disappointing first-up here over 1000m but hit the line much better last time over the same trip when a closing 2nd behind Prince Of Virtue. Has been better at the shorter trips but she is placed at 1200m in Launceston so this isn’t beyond her and the way she worked home last time suggests she might want it now as a 4yo. In well with the claim and can lead or take the trail off the inside gate. Been costly but looks one of the better chances again.

Husson Park (5) was racing well here over the shorter trips before having to work in the run last time over 1350m when he tired in the straight. Looks better suited coming back in distance and both runs over this course have been very good. Wider draw is a little tricky but if he gets in he is capable of bouncing back in this.

Jurisdiction (4) ran last first-up here over 1000m but wasn’t suited off the inside draw the way the race was run. Fitter for that run and much better placed up to this trip, a course he won over in his last run before spelling. Likes to lead but has a couple of speedsters drawn underneath him so where he ends up in the run is some concern. Up to this on his best but might need one more and will need some luck in running.

Gasnier (2) was very good two starts ago when racing wide throughout but still fighting on for a close-up 4th behind Balestrand, but disappointed last time when leading at a slow tempo and being outsprinted by Al Cosmic Gift. Has plenty of speed to chase this time but a slightly awkward draw for trying to find a position just behind them. Has a definite chance on his run two starts ago but needs to improve on his latest effort. Tricky horse to catch but his best can put him in the finish.

Next best Gee Gee Rich Ruby (6) (resumes, trialled through the week, inside draw should help her racing on speed and races well here so can be thereabouts).


Al Cosmic Gift (1) was an impressive winner second-up and may go on with the job here. City Of Dreams (3) showed a hint of class as a 3yo and won’t surprise when she finally breaks through again while Husson Park (5) can improve on his last start failure.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Al Cosmic Gift (1) for 3 units.


Speed Map

A number of these can roll forward but there is no genuine leader. Flash Missile and Life Of Waldo are probably most likely to take up the running ahead of Spihro, Taramaya and Mississippi Grind.

Major Players

Life Of Waldo (2) won well here at his first Tasmanian run over 1350m but it was his latest win over the mile which really impressed when he was able to sprint quickly after being held up to beat Braccenby and Flash Missile. This doesn’t look too much harder and the extra trip shouldn’t be an issue considering he won over 1850m at Kyneton last prep under 60kg. Can roll forward to overcome his wide draw and no reason he can’t make it three in a row here.

Flash Missile (4) gets to her right trip here third-up and worth noting she won impressively over this course in her only try last season beating Our Shanakee. Went forward second-up and fought on gamely to finish 3rd behind Life Of Waldo in a good improvement off her fresh run. Heading in the right direction and going forward looks a bonus here so she can be right in the mix with further improvement.

Spihro (1) is the class runner of the field having won 7 races at this track and comes off a 3rd over this course behind Kool Kash in Open grade. Goes up considerably in weight with the drop in class but should be better for the run over this trip. Racing well enough despite not winning so looks to be a winning chance as usual.

Taramaya (3) had a couple of months off leading into her latest run over a mile here where she continued to find the line to grab 3rd behind Kool Kash and Braccenby. Suited by the longer trip where she may be able to settle closer to the lead and can only have improved fitness-wise off her last run. Up to this grade and did enough on this surface last time to suggest she is a knockout chance.

Mississippi Grind (5) strung three wins together before finishing 4th behind Into The Night last time beaten half a length. Gets some weight relief with the rise in grade but this is by far her toughest assignment so far. Makes her own luck on speed and has each way claims but lean to a place basis.

Next best Leconte (6) (ran home nicely last time into 2nd, harder here but racing well).


Life Of Waldo (2) was so impressive last time and looks a great chance to win again. Flash Missile (4) may present as the major stumbling block as she gets fitter and did bolt in over this course last season.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Life Of Waldo (2) for 8 units.

Race 7 – 16:07 2018 DRC H.O.Y WILLBY RULES BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Kyogle Son should be able to find the fence and lead here with his stablemate Ariconte pushing forward from wider out but Effortless Opera is the potential fly in the ointment up in trip and down in the weights. If she wants to go forward the speed could be on ahead of Gee Gees Queenie, otherwise the leaders may be able to control the tempo.

Major Players

Balestrand (3) won impressively over this course in easier grade two starts ago before flashing home for an unlucky 2nd here last time behind Kyogle Son. Was well supported there and this is a very similar race so it makes sense he is a leading chance again. Draws gate 1 again so he will need luck getting into the clear but if he does he is going to be very hard to hold out late.

Vengeance Of Fury (6) had a short break before his latest run and he looks to be thriving on having his races spaced, finishing a close 3rd behind Kyogle Son and Balestrand despite racing wide throughout. All three runs over this course this prep have been very good, all while starting at double figure odds, and he goes around with Newitt aboard here. Draws a tricky barrier but is flying and should be in the finish with any luck.

Gee Gees Queenie (4) was well in the market against a similar field two starts ago over this course but finished near the rear. Bounced back last time over 1000m with a dominant win in much easier company and ran good time late after doing no work in the run. Obviously better than what she showed two starts ago but will find this tougher than last time. Forgive that failure and she is right in the mix again.

Kyogle Son (1) put together a couple of solid wins over this course in this grade before failing last time when unable to find the fence in tougher company. Suited back to his right grade here but still has 60kg to carry even after Patis’ claim. Drawn to find the fence so that will give him his chance but had things his way when he was winning so will likely need everything to order again here.

Ariconte (2) went forward last time and boxed on solidly to finish a close 4th behind Kyogle Son and Balestrand. Expect him to do similar again which may see him overcome his wide draw but he may be vulnerable if a couple of the on-pacers drawn inside him want to kick up. Racing consistently and never far away in this grade so with the right run he can be in the finish again.

Next best Effortless Opera (7) (probably going a bit better than her form reads but right up in grade here, in light should suit, not impossible).


Balestrand (3) appeals as an obvious chance after his unlucky 2nd last time and his sprinting form continues to improve. Horses on the up may provide his stiffest test, namely Vengeance Of Fury (6) off a gutsy 3rd last time and Gee Gees Queenie (4) backing up from a soft win last week.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Balestrand (3) for 2 units.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Vengeance Of Fury (6) for 1 unit.

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