Tas Racing: Devonport, Sunday 26th August

Racing is back at Devonport on Sunday with another eight-race program starting at 12:50pm. Kool Kash is going for three wins in a row in race 5, which is an Open Handicap over 1880m, and is expected to run favourite in the small field. Race 3 sees in-form mare Speedonova also going for three in a row but she will have to beat the smart galloper Fragment, while impressive debut winner Prince Of Virtue goes around in race 7.


Race 1 – 12:15 Simons Design Centre Benchmark 70 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Small field and a lack of obvious tempo with Red Spyder and Life Of Waldo most likely to take up the running but the lead is up for grabs for anyone willing to show initiative.

Life Of Waldo (2) impressed last time at his first Tasmanian run when successful over the subsequently disappointing Somerset despite racing wide. Extra distance looks even more suitable and assume Steph Thornton has chosen to ride him over the stablemate Magwitch. Should find a nice position on speed and while this is harder, he only has to go on from his last effort to be hard to beat again.

Red Spyder (1) returned to this surface last time over 1350m and ran a solid 2nd behind the smart mare Speedonova. This trip might be just about as far as he wants but his only run over this course was a narrow but game win over Real Messi in this grade back in May. Can carry weight and looks set for a good run near the lead. Can mix his form but his best is good enough and he looks a leading chance.

Braccenby (4) is a talented galloper who found the 62kg a bit beyond him last time when 4th behind Into The Night. Has been racing very well since being ridden back and while that might be a disadvantage if the leaders control the race, he does have a big finish if he can get close enough on straightening. Will appreciate a much more comfortable weight on his back this time so while this is harder, he is a definite winning hope.

Aspirate (6) is a talented 3yo who was successful last start over 1350m when Ganderton took the initiative mid-race to take the front after settling near the rear. Goes to 1650m for the first time which is a query off a slowly run race but does have two 1350m runs as a base. Harder again here but gets in on the minimum which will help. Still untapped so don’t underestimate.

Next best Magwitch (3) (appreciated getting to this distance last time to dead heat with Robbo The Bold in BM64 grade, honest but this looks a bit harder) and Flash Missile (5) (did enough first-up behind Speedonova, might want one more but has performed in better grade).

Verdict:

Interesting race with a number of different formlines and no runner without some hope. Lean to Life Of Waldo (2) off his good Tasmanian debut.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 2 units to win on Life of Waldo (2).

Race 2 – 12:50 Goodstone Group Benchmark 58 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Ponzi will probably run along in the lead again with Beautiful Boy camping on speed and Kingsclere working forward. Should be a genuine tempo but with little pressure on the on-pacers.

Beautiful Boy (2) has been steadily improving this prep and relished getting to this distance last time to run a very solid 2nd behind Into The Night in BM58 company. Enjoyed a good run on speed but will do similar again here and should benefit from having had a run over the trip. Has run 2nd at all three career starts over this course and shapes as the one to beat.

Robbo The Bold (1) stuck on well two starts ago to dead heat with Magwitch before tackling 1880 here last week to finish midfield when unsuited by the tempo. Always runs well over this course so should handle the drop in trip and in well enough with Smith’s 4kg claim. Should settle just behind the leaders from a nice draw so expect him to keep coming in the straight and he appeals as the logical danger.

Ramaadi Bullet (4) was racing very well this prep but after failing over 1880m he has been a bit flat at his past couple despite being well backed. Didn’t run on last week behind He Swims Well and this looks slightly harder. Newitt goes on but with only fair recent form and a poor winning strike rate he will need everything to go his way in running to be winning.

Kingsclere (3) also backs up out of the He Swims Well race and narrowly beat Ramaadi Bullet home there. Prefer him at the longer trips, especially at this stage of his prep, but is capable of rolling forward near the lead which may be an advantage in this. Honest galloper but might find a couple of these too sharp so prefer on a place basis.

Next best Sugar Free (5) (wasn’t too far away last time, been a long time since she has figured but in with a place chance on her last run).

Verdict:

Beautiful Boy (2) looks perfectly placed here and gets his chance to break through this prep.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 4 units to win on Beautiful Boy (2).

Race 3 – 13:25 Fathers Day Buffet Benchmark 70 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Tambro’s Game and Meteor Strike will set the tempo here and can control the race with the rest of these preferring to trail the speed.

Speedonova (2) is a smart mare who has won impressively over this course twice since returning from a spell. Has had the right run both times but won running away and while she may be ready for a bit longer the three-week break between runs should help her stay sharp enough for this trip. Outside draw can get tricky in the small field but if the leaders run along she should slot in and is the obvious one to beat.

Fragment (1) resumed here three weeks ago over 1000m and made ground from back in the field after being disadvantaged by the lack of tempo up front. Jumps sharply to 1350m now but has placed second-up on each occasion and last time in was beaten a nose over 1420m by Hugo. Goes right up in weight with the big drop in class but may settle a bit closer at this trip from a nice gate. Classy type and the clear danger.

Tambro’s Game (5) continues to race well over this course and boxed on gamely to finish 3rd behind Speedonova last time. Doesn’t look to be much pressure up front here so expect her to get a good run and she gets in very light with Smith’s 4kg claim. This grade generally tests her and runs into a couple of smart ones in this but is one of the leading place chance.

Meteor Strike (4) broke through last week for an all the way win when up in grade here over 1150m. This is harder again and now goes to 1350m, a distance he ran 2nd at in his only ever try earlier last year. Should get a good run on speed and stays down in the weights. This is tough but has always shown talent and his best would place him in the mix.

Khatun (3) dropped back to 1150m last start and worked home well behind Kyogle Son in a race dominated by the on-pacers. Better suited up to this distance range where all four of her wins have come and should get a soft run with a low weight off the inside draw. Unproven in this grade so might find the good ones in this a bit sharp but form around Tambro’s Game can see her place with a cheap run.

Verdict:

Speedonova (2) is flying and looks set to win again with Fragment (1) the obvious danger.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 3 units to win on Speedonova (2).

 BACK (WIN) – 1 unit to win on Tambros Game (5).

Race 1 – 12:15 Simons Design Centre Benchmark 70 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Expect Emsgem to lead at a fast clip after those tactics were so successful last week. Harriman and Medard look the main competition for the front but expect both will be happy to let her run along, while Jodi Nicole draws for the best trail.

Harriman (1) stepped up to this distance last start and gave a bold sight on speed to be narrowly beaten in a bobbing finish. Can improve again with that experience at this trip and has the speed to work across to settle near the lead. This is potentially a little easier than last time and that form is as strong as any of these so he appeals as an obvious winning chance.

Emsgem (8) continues to turn up every week and run well and her first try over this course last week resulted in a dominant breakthrough victory. Ran along at a fast clip there and ran good time so expect her to do the same here again. Stays down in the weights with Patis’ 4kg claim and only has to reproduce her performance last week to be hard to run down again.

Jodi Nicole (5) had her first Tasmanian run here a fortnight ago and boxed on gamely to be beaten two lengths behind Aspirate and Harriman despite racing three wide. The slower tempo helped her on that occasion but there was still plenty of merit to that performance. Draws much better this time and should get a good run on the inside trailing the speed. Genuine each way claims off that effort.

Blackberry Rose (10) also comes here off a maiden win over this course where she settled further back than usual but ran home solidly to defeat The Auditor. Comes through races run in only plain time so this looks clearly harder and probably has to drift back again from her wide gate. Being ridden back did produce her best performances so far so that might not be a bad thing but this is a much tougher ask. Still improving but needs to win here.

Pontypaul (9) was very good here over 1000m two starts back and then ran home well again last time up to 1150m when she had too much to do from back in the field. Racing like this trip may suit but failed at both runs past 1200m last season. Not sure where she will get to in the run from a tricky gate but with luck in running she is going well enough to be in the finish.

Next best Gee Gees Saint Nik (4) (not too far away last time so can show up if things pan out in his favour).

Verdict:

Think Harriman (1) will be suited by the speed and can go one better this time. Emsgem (8) will take some running down again while Jodi Nicole (5) appeals as the best at odds.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 4 units to win on Emsgem (8).

 BACK (WIN) – 1 units to win on Jodi Nicole (5).

Race 5 – 14:35 Thoroughbred Award Dinner 7th Sept Open Hcp (1880 METRES)

Expect Kool Kash to control the race ahead of his stablemate Into The Night, with the others happy to slot in behind, which will advantage the McCulloch pair.

Kool Kash (1) is as tough as they come and has won three of his past four with bold front-running displays. Very strong effort last time here over the mile when able to stick on off a fast tempo and held off his main challengers in this comfortably. Won over this course two starts ago when led at a much softer speed but this is as far as he wants. Still in reasonably at the weights and deserves to be a clear favourite.

Spihro (3) has been ticking over well this prep but got to the mile last time and was only fair behind Kool Kash despite having a good run on the fence. Has only raced once over this course which was a win last year so he may be better suited if he can settle closer to Kool Kash in the run. Loves this track and generally very honest so looks one of the main dangers.

Agree To (2) came to Devonport a fortnight ago for his first run here this prep and boxed on for 3rd behind Kool Kash after having every chance in the run. Goes to this trip for the first time which is a genuine query, especially if Kool Kash makes this a strong staying test. Up to this grade so if he runs the trip he is in with a chance but may be out of gas late.

Perun (5) comes right up in grade after racing reasonably in BM64s and should have finished closer last time when blocked for a run late. This is considerably tougher but he gets a big weight drop and will appreciate a genuine tempo. Handles this track better than it may read on paper and the trip is no issue so he might be the one on the up who can challenge the favourite with a pull in the weights.

Into The Night (4) has found his niche recently with two good efforts in front, the latest resulting in a win over 1650m in BM58 grade. Clearly this is much tougher and won’t get his chance to control the race in front with his hard-going stablemate engaged. Has won over this course and gets in light with Smith’s claim so might box on into a place.

Verdict:

Hard to see how they beat Kool Kash (1) here if he is allowed to control a genuine tempo to his liking.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 8 units to win on Kool Kash (1).

Race 6 – 15:10 Thai Imperial Latrobe Maiden (1000 METRES)

Plenty of speed from Cape Cardinal looking to cross from wide out with Huff’n’toff and Silent Savings capable of competing for the front. Darcsanna and Campari Soda may try and kick up from inside draws and Irish Jeff drawn out may put more speed into the race. Expect a fast run race.

Garland (5) had good support at her first Tasmanian run over 900m a fortnight ago and flashed home into 3rd after getting a long way back in the run. Up slightly in trip will help but with plenty of pace in this also and a wide draw she may end up in a similar position. For that reason she might be a bit of a risk if short odds but a repeat of her last run is good enough to win this.

Campari Soda (8) ran 5th on debut here over 900m behind Miss Mamosa and finished only narrowly behind Garland after racing closer to the speed. Drawn perfect and stays right down in the weights with Voorham’s claim so expect her to have every chance on speed. With natural improvement she looks up to this and has a good each way chance.

Darcsanna (10) is a first starter for David Miller out of the smart mare Darcenell, who has produced good gallopers such as Underplay and Overplay. Won a trial easily last week where she was quite impressive despite only an average overall time. Inside gate might be a little tricky if she begins only fairly but if she holds a position early she does look capable of winning this. Big watch.

Cape Cardinal (7) is a very fast galloper who looks suited coming back to 1000m after sticking on quite well last week behind Border Protection. Drawn out but probably has no issue finding the front. Slowly finishing off his races better so while he may get tired late again he can give them something to catch.

Silent Savings (3) had a short break between runs leading into last week and produced a reasonable run to finish 4th behind Border Protection in a strongly run race. Back to 1000m probably suits but will probably have to take a sit with good speed to his outside. Going ok but up against a few promising lightly raced types here so prefer on a place basis.

Next best Irish Jeff (1) (stuck on well to run 2nd behind Border Protection last week, has been mixing his distances so not sure back to 1000m is what he wants and goes from an inside draw to an outside one which will make it tough).

Verdict:

Tricky little race. Garland (5) was very good first-up but if she gets back to a similar position in running she will need to be very good again. Campari Soda (8) did enough last time to suggest she will be very competitive off a good draw while there is a big watch on the debutant Darcsanna (10).

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 2 unit each way on Campari Soda (8).

Race 7 – 15:45 Great Northern Crisp Class 1 Hcp (1000 METRES)

Ton of speed here. Jurisdiction, Effortless Opera, Miss Mamosa, Quick Quill, Miss Smith and Gee Gee Pengala are all capable of leading which should result in a fast tempo and a brutal race.

Prince Of Virtue (1) created a big impression on debut when everything went wrong but he still bolted in over this course to defeat subsequent winners Emsgem and Border Protection. Clearly has some behavioural issues to sort out but the wide gate might help with that and a race loaded with speed may help him settle a little better. Hard to recommend him as a betting proposition if short odds but does look one of the leading chances.

Jurisdiction (2) has been scratched a couple of times so far as he looks to resume from a spell so expect him to be ready to go when he is finally produced. Lightly raced but has shown plenty of ability and has the speed to take advantage of his inside gate. Haven’t seen him have to take a sit which might happen if the speed from out wide comes across him at this short trip but should be strong at the end of 1000m and is an obvious chance if he takes his place in the field.

Husson Park (7) held off Emsgem here at his first Tasmanian run and then stuck on gamely over 1150m last week to get into 2nd behind Red Pearl. On the quick back-up but not sure how suitable the drop back to 1000m is on that basis. Being able to take a sit looks a bonus with plenty of pressure here so if he runs up to last week’s effort he appeals as a genuine chance.

Effortless Opera (5) is a fast mare who has mixed her form so far this prep but all three runs have been over 1150m. Drop back to 1000m off a four-week break looks absolutely ideal and while there will be plenty of pressure on she has the gate and the ability to take a sit if required. Narrow 2nd behind Bedrock Dreams two runs ago is good enough for this so clearly capable if things go her way in running.

Gee Gee Pengala (6) is a 3yo resuming here with two solid trials on this surface leading in. Scored a good maiden win in fast time in Hobart as a 2yo before finding the Elwick Stakes too tough an ask. Has speed so 1000m fresh should suit but his major obstacle is the wide barrier with a stack of speed drawn underneath him. If he gets across somewhere near the lead he can win but he will need a lot of luck.

Next best Miss Mamosa (4) (fast win over 900m last time, wouldn’t surprise if she could be immediately competitive in this grade so has a hope) and Copperhead Road (3) (first run for John Blacker, has talent and trialled on this surface last week, knockout chance off inside gate).

Verdict:

This is wide open. A tricky race given all the speed and the wide gate for Prince Of Virtue (1). He may be able to get across or at least get cover which will give him his chance but there aren’t many of these without some chance. Jurisdiction (2) demands respect if he takes his place while Husson Park (7) might be the strongest late backing up from last week.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 1 unit to win on Jurisdiction (2).

Race 8 – 16:20 Sky Racing Benchmark 64 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Kyogle Son will probably try and cross this field as he did when he won last time but is vulnerable if one of the expected on-pacers – Gee Gees Queenie, Vengeance of Fury, Gee Gees Style, Gee Gee Sun Valley or Ariconte – want to try for the front instead. The tactics there will dictate the pressure of the race.

Kyogle Son (1) broke through for an overdue win last time with the blinkers off over this course when able to control the race from the front. Stays in this grade and while he is drawn out he may be able to do the same again with no obvious leaders drawn underneath him. Expect him to give his usual sight and if he isn’t challenged for the lead he can go all the way again.

Ariconte (2) continues to race well and will find this easier than last time when he finished alongside Gee Gees Style but found Mystic Journey and Century Arrow too sharp. Clearly up to this grade and gets a bit of weight relief with Graham’s claim but his major obstacle looks to be the wide draw, especially if he looks for a position just off the speed. Graham rode him for speed last prep with success so that is an option to be aware of. Winning hope in an even race.

Gee Gees Style (3) has been well ridden at his past couple by Newitt to place behind Kyogle Son and Mystic Journey. Draws reasonably here so expect him to find a similar spot in running which will give him an obvious chance again. Generally prefer him on a place basis but going well enough to win if things go his way.

Gee Gees Queenie (7) resumed in a pretty strong C2 over 1000m and ran well to finish 2nd behind Cimarron’s Hero. Has trialled since so expect her to be right up to the mark for the step up to this trip and draws for an ideal trail on speed. Both runs at this track have been very solid and she potentially has a bit of improvement still to come so she is in the mix here.

Balestrand (4) continued his renaissance as a sprinter here a fortnight ago with a strong win over this course in a plain C2. This is harder but the inside gate should give him a soft run in behind them which might be the run he needs if he can get luck at the right time. Has placed in this grade in Hobart so might be the different form that salutes in a race with a lot of usual suspects.

Next best Gee Gees Blondie (7) (not too far away at past couple, well drawn and no weight so place claims).

Verdict:

Kyogle Son (1) looks to be top pick on the basis he can find the front but if he doesn’t get to the rail he is very vulnerable. The barrier draw has made this a very even race, with little between the proven gallopers in this grade Ariconte (2) and Gee Gees Style (3) and the ones on the up Gee Gees Queenie (7) and Balestrand (4).

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – 2 units to win on Kyogle Son (1).


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