Tas Racing: Devonport, Sunday 19th August

Racing is back at Devonport again this Sunday with an 8 race program starting at 11:50am. The meeting is highlighted by race 5, an open handicap featuring last start winner Gee Gees Jet and the return of classy sprinter Geegees Doublejay. Race 1 should provide a good contest between promising gallopers Silzoar and Date Night, while Raquel Clark returns from South Australia to ride at the meeting and will be hard to beat in race 8 aboard Scouting Around.

Race 1 – 11:50 Simons Design Centre Class 3 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Meteor Strike may hold the lead off the inside draw but pressure potentially comes from Ex Words and Date Night wider out. If they settle into their spots quickly the on-pacers may get the chance to dictate terms.

Major Players

Silzoar (2) has been racing very well this prep and hasn’t missed a place in four runs including two wins. Had the right run last time but still worked home well into 2nd behind Gee Gees Jet so this looks much easier in comparison. Won his only start over this course in BM64 grade so longer trip isn’t an issue. Well drawn to camp behind the speed and he will be hard to hold out late.

Date Night (1) was very good here first-up over this course in BM76 grade despite over racing in front when 3rd behind Spihro. Dropped back to 1000m last time with 60.5kg and was doing his best work late when a close-up 3rd behind Cimarron’s Hero. Drawn out probably suits here as he can work across near the lead at his leisure. Talented galloper who rates as an obvious danger.

Meteor Strike (5) comes up in grade here off a plain effort first-up where the rider thought he may have been sore in the concluding stages. Trialled behind I’m Wesley since and while he finds a tougher race he is advantaged by a big weight drop and the inside gate. Has plenty of issues and the top hopes are probably too sharp for him here but no surprise to see him run a bold race if right and has solid place claims.

It’s A Battle (3) resumes from a spell here with blinkers on and a trial under his belt so expect him to be ready to go. Flashed home first-up last time in over 1200m in Launceston and gets in light with Smith’s claim. Might find the genuine sprinters a bit sharp in this but drawn for a soft run so expect to see him running on at the finish.

Bedrock Dreams (4) scored a last stride win in BM58 grade over this course two starts ago and then wasn’t suited by the tempo last time when unplaced behind Kyogle Son. This is her pet trip but does like to be covered up behind the speed and might not get that run here. Has no weight which will help and is generally consistent so has place claims but will need everything to go her way in running to be winning here.


Clear top two chances here in Silzoar (2) and Date Night (1). Lean to the former but think one of the two will be winning.

Race 2 – 12:25 Goodstone Group Maiden (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Tons of speed here. Silent Savings will look to hold the fence but there is plenty of speed coming from wide out such as Cape Cardinal, Bonduel Lily, Border Protection and Golden State may look to hold a position also. Many more of these like to race in the forward half of the field so expect competition for spots on speed to be fierce.

Major Players

Border Protection (10) was very game first-up here over 1000m when he fought on well to run 3rd after racing wide all the way behind Prince of Virtue. Racing wide wasn’t it’s usual disadvantage there but he lost his spot mid-race and looks much better suited here getting to 1150m. Drawing out presents some issues getting across but can be on speed and should be improved with race experience. Expect him to take beating in a very winnable race.

Silent Savings (6) has been freshened since failing in Hobart which followed three solid placings on heavy ground over 1200m. Raced here twice last season and wasn’t too far away on each occasion despite being unplaced. This looks a touch easier and he is drawn to lead so appeals as an obvious danger on that basis.

Oh So Needy (8) has shown some ability in her short career so far and worked home quite well last time over this course when 4th behind Aspirate. Has had a short break since that run but did trial very nicely during the week. Drawn to do no work and in light with Voorham’s claim but generally gets back and subsequently needs luck. Winning chance.

Renford (5) is a very interesting runner, making his debut at the age of 5 by Tough Speed out of the former good race mare Wavishing. Has shown ability at both trials against reasonable gallopers in solid time but has been very slow to begin on both occasions. Wide draw is tricky and could be giving them a big start if he bombs the start again but respect booking of Newitt and patience shown by connections.

Smack Talk (14) is another first-starter who has had plenty of education leading into this with five trials since June. Has won her two most recent outings, the latest during the week in slow time where she was ridden out to beat Oh So Needy. Has shown some speed and draws well so respect any positive market support.

Next best Golden State (2) (blinkers first time, two Tasmanian runs have been fair, has speed and should be fit enough off two trials) and Jayemara (9) (racing a bit better this prep and will find this easier).


Interesting race with a number of different form lines. Border Protection (10) did enough on debut to suggest he will be hard to beat here, while Silent Savings (6) and Oh So Needy (8) are capable if things pan out their way in running. Watch the market on the first-starters, especially Renford (5).

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Border Protection (10) for 3 units.

Race 3 – 13:00 Birdcage Tavern Maiden (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Emmceeoh and Emsgem look most likely to run to the lead here but Swinley Forest and/or Push Pause may try and kick up from inside gates. Words In Motion may be able to settle on speed also. On-pacers may be advantaged here with those from wide gates likely to settle back.

Major Players

Emsgem (8) backs up to run on her fourth Sunday in a row here. Dropped back to 900m last week and got into an awkward spot from the inside barrier before making ground at the finish. Previous runs over 1150m have suggested this trip is not beyond her and she did place over this journey at Donald early in her career. Should be able to go forward with the slower tempo at this trip and stays right down in the weights. Had a lot of racing but top chance if she holds her form.

Emmceeoh (3) stepped back up to this trip last time and battled away to finish 3rd behind His Nibs. Wasn’t suited there leading considering the pattern of the day so may have been a better run that it looks. Should work across into a good spot near the lead and his previous form was very solid, albeit when racing with less weight. One of the better chances in an even affair.

Swinley Forest (6) ran a solid 3rd behind Magic Waler here over 1150m two runs ago, splitting Emsgem and Emmceoh at the finish. Probably wasn’t suited going back to 1000m last time at this stage of his prep but was solid enough again behind Prince Of Virtue. Has only been up to this distance range once when he disappointed in Hobart but that was on heavy ground and he pulled up with issues. Set to get a gun run from the inside gate so should get his chance to run the trip. Each way claims.

Push Pause (5) was slowly away over this course last week but ran on gamely to finish a close-up 4th behind Blackberry Rose. Maskiell stays with him and had shown early speed in previous runs so every chance he lands into a gun spot from barrier 2. Racing consistently and should be somewhere in the mix again.

Fontein Ali (9) ran home nicely for 2nd behind His Nibs over this course two starts ago when suited by the pattern. Stepped up to the 1650m last time and made ground from the back to finish 2nd behind He Swims Well. Should be able to handle the drop in distance but likely to end up well back in the field from her wide draw. Racing consistently so expect her to be running home well again but will need luck with her racing pattern.

Next best Aquietword (1) (has placed at both runs over this course and worked home well fresh so another with a chance).


Even race here with six genuine winning hopes. Emsgem (8) is crying out to win a race but has had a lot of racing, while Emmceeoh (3) can improve on his latest effort.

Staking Strategy

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

Race 4 – 13:40 Thoroughbred Award Dinner 7th Sept Class 2 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Jack’s Choice looks likely to get a good run on pace here while a lack of obvious speed here may see Exclusive Saturday race closer to the lead. Super Leane and Life’s Quest can be thereabouts also. Horses settling near the front are likely to be advantaged.

Major Players

Somerset (1) did enough here fresh and then appreciated the step up to this trip last time to run on into 2nd behind Life Of Waldo. Expect her to be spot on now third-up staying at this course but probably has to go back again from the outside gate. This is arguably slightly easier so she appeals as one of the better chances again.

Jack’s Choice (2) raced reasonably well twice over this course before bolting in on heavy ground in Hobart. Can forgive his last run when he raced on the inside section of the track and she has had four weeks off to get over that run. Looks suited here going forward in a race without great pressure and is generally quite consistent. Good each way chance.

Exclusive Saturday (3) did a good job here first-up when running home to finish midfield in BM58 grade despite racing wide from an outside gate. Wide again last time in better grade than this so can forgive that effort and is racing like getting to this trip will suit. Draws an inside barrier this time and should be able to settle closer to the lead. Going better than his form reads so no surprise to see sharp improvement here.

Dothraki Princess (5) had her first attempt at this distance here last time and ran home soundly after being checked at the start and settling near the rear of the field. Those tactics do appear to be suiting her but she may be able to settle a little closer without doing much work early. Should be better for the run over this course and form ties in well enough through Somerset. Has a hope.

Gee Gee Royal Miss (6) is an interesting runner who steps up in distance off a long preparation racing over shorter distances. Has run some very good races but her get back style has been the major stumbling block as she has placed three times this prep but been unable to win. Unplaced at both runs in this distance range but wasn’t beaten far enough to pot her completely. Task is difficult settling back but if she runs the trip out strongly she can win.

Next best Life’s Quest (8) (solid 3rd behind Life Of Waldo two starts ago then not too far away over the mile last time, generally thereabouts).


Somerset (1) is ready to win but will have to run them down from back in the field. Jack’s Choice (2) appeals as the major hope racing near the lead, while Exclusive Saturday (3) shapes as an improver at odds.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (EACH WAY) – Jack’s Choice (2) for 2 units.


 BACK (WIN) – Exclusive Saturday (3) for 1 unit.

Race 5 – 14:20 Sky Racing Open Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Small field but could be some competition for the lead with O’Lonh Star, Gee Gees Jet and Geegees Trendsetter all liking to race at the front. Box Of Frogs probably slots in behind them from his wide gate and Geegees Doublejay won’t be too far away if he begins alright.

Major Players

Gee Gees Jet (3) was far too good here first-up over 1000m when able to control the race off the inside gate. Might not have the same luxury here with O’Lonh Star drawn inside him but has shown the ability to win without leading in the past. Goes up in weight without the claim this time and this is arguably a tad harder but he appeals as one of the hardest to beat again.

Geegees Doublejay (1) resumes from a spell here and looks to have returned in good order judging by his trial win earlier in this month in Hobart against Tshahitsi and Hot Dipped. Has plenty of weight but has won with 61kg in the past and his only run over this course last prep was a strong win in open grade on Devonport Cup day. Class horse of the field who has mixed his form as he has got older and has issues at the start but if he is on his game he is always very hard to beat at this level.

O’Lonh Star (5) was extremely disappointing first-up over this course but did a much better job last time over 1000m when 3rd behind Gee Gees Jet after racing wide outside the speed throughout. Drawn to lead from his inside draw and stays right down in the weights with Voorham’s claim. Always rates strongly when you remember his Goodwood Handicap win last season but has consistently been beaten since which makes him hard to evaluate. Should get his chance.

Concentrate (7) comes back up in grade after failing in BM64 grade but was unsuited by the tempo and raced wide with 64kg so he can be forgiven. Previous runs in BM84 grade were very solid and he always runs well over this course. Suited down in the weights and will do no work off the inside gate. Needs things to go his way with his racing pattern but he is capable of winning.

Next best Box Of Frogs (4) (resumes without a trial, first run at this track, generally prefers a little longer in this grade and gate against) and Geegees Trendsetter (8) (speedy filly but drawn outside the speed and well held last time by Gee Gees Jet, Newitt a positive booking).


Gee Gees Jet (3) looks hard to beat again but did have all the favours last time. Geegees Doublejay (1) appeals as the logical danger despite the big weight, while O’Lonh Star (5) and Concentrate (7) can show up with the right run.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Geegees Doublejay (1) for 2 units.

Race 6 – 15:00 Thai Imperial Latrobe Class 1 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Jurisdiction looks the leader here but will have pressure to his outside from Husson Park and Red Pearl. Isere looks like getting a nice trail while the likes of Kenfromthebar, Balearic and Gee Gees Cricket have wide barriers to overcome.

Major Players

Jurisdiction (2) resumes from a spell here having not raced since breaking his maiden over this course back in December. Expect him to be very fit having had three trials and then he was a late scratching here a fortnight ago. A 7yo with only four starts to his name, the bar plates come off here in favour of synthetic hoof filler. Has issues but has plenty of ability and is drawn to lead. Looks hard to beat if right.

Balearic (1) has his first run for Barry Campbell after racing in NSW and Queensland for Chris Waller. Was very competitive on the Sydney metro circuit in maiden grade and has always been one of the leading chances in betting throughout his career thus far. No stranger to carrying weight but generally races off the speed and comes up with a nightmare barrier. Form reads very well for this but he is going to need luck in running.

Red Pearl (11) bolted in on heavy ground two starts ago in Hobart but failed badly last time when racing near the inside in similar conditions. Has her first run here and it may suit her on-pace racing pattern but she has a job to do to overcome her wide barrier. Should give a good sight on speed if she can get across.

Astrobelle (6) disappointed at her first Tasmanian run in C2 grade but came back to her right level and narrowly missed last time at this course. Was suited by the pattern there so potentially flattered but previous Victorian form was reasonable and she draws to do no work in the run here. Will need plenty of luck but a repeat of her last run has her in the mix here.

Majestic Bow (4) has run well at both starts this prep, the latest being a close-up 3rd behind Magic Waler when suited by the track pattern. This doesn’t look much harder and stays right down in the weights with Patis’ claim. Honest type who races well here but will need luck getting through the traffic from a likely midfield position. Chance with the right run.

Next best Husson Park (10) (did enough to win over this course at first Tasmanian run, harder here but makes own luck on speed), Isere (15) (best of the on-pacers last time although racing wide probably wasn’t an issue, no weight and drawn for a gun run so a chance at odds) and Kenfromthebar (8) (very good first-up and then excuses last time, does a bit wrong still and wide gate makes it hard but capable).


Looks a good race for Jurisdiction (2) to resume in if they have his issues sorted. Balearic (1) is a very interesting runner and any positive market support should be respected. Many of these have some hope if things pan out their way in running.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Kenfromthebar (8) for 1 unit.

Race 7 – 15:40 Carlton Draught Maiden / Class 1 (1650 METRES)

Speed Map

Country Way may be able to lead unchallenged here with the other on-pacers Kingsclere, Aislinn and He Swims Well generally preferring to take a sit. With the rest of these preferring to settle back, these on-pacers should get every chance.

Major Players

He Swims Well (2) broke his maiden status over this course a fortnight ago when he beat Fontein Ali by 2.5 lengths in his first try in this distance range. He did have every possible chance in the run there, settling behind the speed and getting the run through on the inside on the bend, but that inside ground did prove to be inferior as the meeting went on. This is harder but open to more improvement than most of these and may get a similar run. Leading chance in an even race.

Country Way (1) is a tough on-pacer who has his first look at this track after running the narrowest of 2nds behind Cascade City over this distance range in Hobart on heavy ground. Should find a spot near the lead pretty comfortably which will suit here and his best form has been around this trip. Will give them something to run down if he handles the surface.

Ramaadi Bullet (5) found the 1880m a little far last time before finishing midfield over this course last week in BM58 grade. Has been racing well this prep in this grade and above but has only won once in 27 tries. Likely to get well back from his wide barrier so will need plenty of luck as always but has each way claims.

Om Nom (7) is another who failed over 1880m but she bounced back last week here when a close-up 3rd behind Into The Night over this course. Was the best of the run-on horses there, including Ramaadi Bullet, and draws for a soft run from the inside this time. Darmanin stays with her and while she needs luck with her get-back racing style, a repeat of her last run rates highly here.

Kingsclere (3) comes back from 1880m where he was well beaten behind subsequent winner Mississippi Grind. Was in the worst part of the track that day so can be forgiven but not sure the shorter trip is what he is looking for at this stage of his prep. Does run well for Maskiell and makes his own luck on speed so has his usual each way hope again.

Next best Aislinn (10) (solid last time but no match for He Swims Well, gets her chance on speed but needs to find a couple of lengths).


Another competitive race. He Swims Well (2) had the run last time but won well and has further scope to improve. Country Way (1) hasn’t seen this track but has the right racing style for it and will give them something to chase.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – He Swims Well (2) for 3 units.

Race 8 – 16:20 Dannebrog Benchmark 64 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Speed Map

Another race without much obvious pressure. Scouting Around and Greenmount Lass will go forward and the only competition near the lead looks possible from Aventador and/or Sir Marmaduke. Rougeau is capable of going forward but ran well ridden quieter last time.

Major Players

Scouting Around (2) comes back in trip after finishing a close 3rd behind subsequent winner Kool Kash over 1880m. Won over this course at her previous start, narrowly defeating Greenmount Lass, and this does look to be his pet trip. Raquel Clark regains the ride and he bolted in earlier this prep when she was last in the saddle. Should get a great run on speed and looks hardest to beat in an even race.

Greenmount Lass (6) hasn’t been far away this prep without winning, following a pair of 2nd placings with a close-up 4th last time behind Robbo The Bold and Magwitch. Form ties in obviously here through her 2nd behind Scouting Around and she also looks like getting every possible chance racing on speed. Has had a few chances which is starting to concern but expect her to be right in the mix once again.

Rougeau (3) finished last here two runs ago but wasn’t beaten too far before improving sharply last week when ridden quieter and coming wide to run a narrow 2nd behind Kool Kash. This is slightly easier, stays down in the weights with Smith’s claim and the barrier should help him settle outside horses again. Just about peaking now and a repeat of his last effort has him hard to beat in this.

Trusted Warrior (4) got onto this surface for the first time this year and continued to make ground from the rear to finish within half a length of Robbo The Bold and Magwitch. That form ties in with most of these and he looks set for a soft run off an inside draw. Lack of pressure up front may be against him but he is always running on at the finish and can win if things go his way.

Leconte (5) is another horse who finished close-up in the blanket finish won by Robbo The Bold and Magwitch. Races very well over this course, highlighted by a close 2nd behind Secrets She Has in BM76 grade here three runs ago. Doesn’t win often and hasn’t done so since August last year (which was over this course) but racing well enough to also be considered a genuine winning hope in a very even race.


Not much between the top five chances here but lean to Scouting Around (2) who is in good form and gets a nice run near the lead.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Scouting Around (2) for 3 units.

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