Tas Racing: Devonport, Sunday 2nd September

Sunday sees another meeting at Devonport with 9 competitive races on offer for punters to find a winner. Iron horse Kool Kash tries to make it four wins in a row in race 6 but will have stiff opposition from Life Of Waldo who is unbeaten in two Tasmanian runs. Race 8 looks the most competitive race of the day with a quality field of sprinters set to do battle.


Race 1 – 12:07 Simons Design Centre Class 2 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Ain’t The Whisky may find the front comfortably here with only Gasnier looking like providing any competition and he generally likes to race just off the lead. As a result these horses landing near the lead may be advantaged.

Major Players

Gasnier (1) has been reasonably consistent in slightly better races than this without winning this preparation. Very game 4th last time behind Balestrand when forced to race wide throughout and now comes up with an inside draw. Ran a close 3rd over this course behind Silzoar earlier this prep when drawn inside which is strong enough form for this. Should have every chance racing on speed and looks hardest to beat.

Ain’t The Whisky (3) was easy in betting first-up when midfield here behind Balestrand but there was merit to her run after racing three wide without cover early. Looks much less pressure for the front here so may find the fence and does run well for Darmanin who takes the reins. Can strip fitter here and will give them something to run down if she finds the front as expected.

Kepta (5) backs up here after scoring a last-to-first win last week here over 1000m. More depth here but is suited by the small field and finished close up three runs back over this course behind Magic Waler. Less pressure for the lead this time is against but if they get the tempo wrong up front she will be finishing harder than anything.

Pontypaul (4) also backs up from last week but is coming the opposite way in trip, dropping back from 1350m where she ran a solid 3rd behind Geegees Pureblonde. Previous two runs over shorter trips were good and the blinkers go back on to sharpen her up. Carr rides the stablemate Kepta which is a potential lead against this horse but she has performed well in stronger races and may settle a little closer in the run. Winning hope.

Mosh Opera (7) has had a freshen since racing very consistently through the winter without winning. Had been stretching out to 1350m but his past two over this course have been very game placings against some handy gallopers on the way through. Potentially tricky draw but has Newitt on top and has the ability if the right run presents.

Next best Al Cosmic Gift (2) (respect the first-up money and wasn’t far away in a fast race but might want a little further to show his best).

Verdict

Gasnier (1) has had a few chances but finds a very suitable race here. Ain’t The Whisky (3) may get the right run in front to improve on her reasonable first-up effort.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Gasnier (1) for 3 units.

 BACK (WIN) – Ain’t The Whisky (3) for 2 units.

Race 2 – 12:42 Goodstone Group Maiden (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Irish Jeff may cross to the lead here with Buzzered outside him maybe showing speed again with blinkers on. Miss Tangerine has showed speed at the trials while Garland may be able to settle closer at this longer trip. Not much pressure so on-pacers may be suited again.

Major Players

Garland (5) drifted a long way back in her first Tasmanian run but stormed home over the 900m to finish 3rd behind Miss Mamosa, who has since run well in C1 company. Times out of that run were above that of a standard maiden and she looks much more suited over this longer trip. Newitt takes the ride and she can settle closer from a better barrier. Sure to be all the rage and does look her race to win.

Irish Jeff (4) has been showing speed all preparation but came back to this trip last start and was much stronger at the finish to hold 2nd behind Border Protection. Looks like getting into a good spot on speed and McCoull stays with him. A repeat of his last effort places him as clearly the main danger to the favourite.

Chloe’s King (1) is a well bred gelding who raced in Victoria with Darren Weir and now makes his Tasmanian debut for Vern Poke. Stable has had recent success with newcomers to the state and booking of Darmanin is a positive lead. Victorian form is strong enough to show up here so monitor betting.

Green Arrow (3) has failed to finish closer than midfield since arriving in the state but his two best runs have been over this course. Made ground last time with the blinkers on and may be able to get into a nice midfield position from his inside draw. Hard to see him testing the favourite but if he goes on from his last run he has place claims.

Buzzered (7) showed much more early speed last time out when up to 1350m but was well held again at the finish. Back in trip may help as her previous run wasn’t too bad and she has blinkers on for the first time, having trialled in them earlier in the week. Needs to improve but finds a pretty weak race here and is bred to have ability so expect her to show a bit more sooner or later.

Verdict

Garland (5) looks especially hard to beat here. Irish Jeff (4) appeals as the main danger.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Garland (5) for 8 units.

Race 3 – 13:17 Happy Fathers Day Maiden (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Cape Cardinal goes quickly and shouldn’t have much issue finding the lead over this trip. The Auditor will go forward while Sharing Secrets and Oceania Hope look most likely to settle in the first half in another race without a lot of natural speed.

Major Players

The Auditor (3) has had two runs over shorter trips after a spell and looks to be heading in the right direction with a pair of solid 2nds. Battled on last time behind Blackberry Rose and looks suited racing forward again with Carr in the saddle. A strongly run race would be in his favour with his strength more a feature to his racing than any turn of foot. Looks the one to beat but vulnerable if one of these unexposed types has something to offer.

Sharing Secrets (2) has his first run for Bill Ryan here after racing in South Australia with Macdonald & Gluyas. Early metropolitan form was very strong for a race like this but recent runs were plain on the provincial circuit. Interesting option to kick off over this distance given his latest run was his first try in this distance range but has trialled twice leading in and it does look like this is a first-up target. Big watch on betting as his best form is good enough.

Renford (1) was well in the market on debut after showing ability at the trials but bombed the start before running on late behind Border Protection. Extra distance looks especially suitable but he has missed the kick at all three public outings so it looks a very real concern that he will do so again. The longer trip will help him stay in touch and if he does happen to get away with them there is no doubt he has the talent to show up. Risky proposition but definite winning chance.

Fontein Ali (4) hasn’t run a bad race since arriving in Tasmania but is always giving them a start which is making it hard for her to win. Made ground doggedly last time in a race run in good time won by Emsgem and his other run over this course was a solid 2nd behind His Nibs. Might need everything to go right to win but has obvious place claims and should run well again.

Oceania Hope (5) found some form two starts back over the mile when she battled on well after racing wide and then was caught wide again over this trip last time and she boxed on strongly to finish 3rd, just behind The Auditor. Draws the outside barrier but with the field likely to string out she should be able to slot in this time. Can mix her form but racing well enough to have an each way chance at longer odds here.

Next best Cape Cardinal (8) (fast galloper who doesn’t really finish off his races but two starts ago was better and maybe the softer tempo at this longer trip is what he needs).

Verdict

The Auditor (3) looks the testing material but is quite exposed and the likes of Sharing Secrets (2) and Renford (1) potentially have more scope if they put it together in what is an even race.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Renford (1) for 1 unit.

 BACK (WIN) – Sharing Secrets (2) for 1 unit.

Race 4 – 13:52 Dannebrog Class 2 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Exclusive Saturday may hold the lead here but Sir Marmaduke wanted to run along last time and may do so again despite the shorter trip. George’s Gambol and Husson Park can also be on speed with Glistening Star and Ivoryman capable of holding a position from their inside draws.

Major Players

Exclusive Saturday (2) got to this trip third-up and fought on well after handing up the lead mid-race, potentially to his detriment. Can improve again with that run under his belt and looks like getting every chance racing near the lead. Seems well placed here on his last run and appeals as hardest to beat.

Gee Gee Royal Miss (5) stepped up to this trip for the first time this prep last time and ran on strongly at the finish to grab 2nd, just ahead of Exclusive Saturday. That looks reasonably strong form for a race like this and she may improve a little further having had that look at this distance. Settles at the rear which contributes to her poor winning strike rate but this longer trip may help her overcome that and she has an obvious chance.

Ivoryman (1) had a good trail behind the leaders last time but the slow tempo was probably against as he had to work into the clear and only just missed behind Aspirate. This is slightly higher grade but the race doesn’t look too much stronger and he draws in for a soft run behind the speed again. Very solid each way claims again.

Husson Park (4) has run two good 2nds in C1 company after her maiden win and now comes up to C2 company on the quick back-up. Jumping from 1000m but two previous runs over 1350m suggest she will be fit enough. Hasn’t attempted this distance before so there is a query over whether she will run it out strongly but she should get into a good spot on speed and have his chance to do so.

Glistening Star (7) is slowly working into fitness and improved slightly again to run 4th over this course last start behind Dothraki Princess. Should do no work from the inside gate and can strip fitter again and finished within three lengths of a couple of the better chances here last time. Not without a place chance here.

Next best George’s Gambol (3) (has the ability but hasn’t been settling in his races, needs to improve).

Verdict

Even race. Exclusive Saturday (2) should get his chance on speed but if there is genuine pressure up front then Gee Gee Royal Miss (5) is going to be hard to hold out late.

Staking Strategy

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

Race 5 – 14:27 Thai Imperial Latrobe Benchmark 58 Hcp (1000 METRES)

Speed Map

City Of Dreams may hold the lead here but there is potentially a good deal of pressure from the likes of Miss Smith, Ex Words and to a lesser degree Effortless Opera and Berry Wise Fox. Prince Of Virtue also has a lot of speed if he begins well from wide out. Expect a genuine 1000m scamper.

Major Players

City Of Dreams (2) led them up fresh over this course in C2 company but was picked up pretty comfortably late to finish 4th behind Cimarron’s Hero. Given four weeks to get over that run and hadn’t trialled leading in so she can be fitter this time and draws to lead again. This looks a little easier so while she does have to improve a bit off her fresh run she looks well placed here.

Effortless Opera (3) drops in trip off a short break after three runs this prep over 1150m. The winkers come off this time, the strong tempo over this distance should suit and she raced well over this course in her first preparation. Capable of slotting in behind the speed from her barrier if they go too hard and think she will appreciate the short course. Has been mixing her form but no surprise to see her produce her best this time.

Prince Of Virtue (1) couldn’t have been more impressive on debut when just about everything went wrong but he still finished too strongly for subsequent winners Emsgem and Border Protection. Kept fresh since and now comes up against stronger company this time with the outside barrier to contend with. Showed a lot of talent last time and has obvious claims but can’t expect to do as much wrong this time and still win.

Crystal Flame (6) resumes from nearly a year off the scene but has had two trials leading into this so should be fit enough for the 1000m. Generally wants a bit further and settles off the speed but worth noting she won first-up last time in over 1200m. Has generally raced in harder grade than this and is rarely too far away. Has won twice at this track so he shapes as a place chance if the pressure is on up front.

Next best Miss Smith (4) (has speed but a bit of depth here and seems to race better on the turf).

Verdict

Three main hopes here. City Of Dreams (2) has the form on the board, Effortless Opera (3) may improve back to this trip and Prince Of Virtue (1) is up in grade but untapped.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Effortless Opera (3) for 3 units.

Race 6 – 15:02 Jockey Celebration Day Benchmark 70 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Speed Map

Kool Kash will be looking to take up his usual role in front and while he may have company from the likes of Greenmount Lass and Taramaya it looks doubtful anyone will want to take him on. Life Of Waldo looks like getting a nice trail behind him.

Major Players

Kool Kash (1) is an incredibly tough galloper who made it three wins on the trot here last week with a game all the way win over 1880m. Drops in trip on the quick back-up but this slightly shorter distance is arguably his favourite having won 6 of his 12 tries with a further 4 placings. Looks like having a bit more competition here on speed and Smith is having her first ride on him but he thrives on a strong tempo. Bit more weight again but he’s going to be hard to run down as always.

Life Of Waldo (2) has won both starts in Tasmania, the latest here last week over this course where he overcame difficulties getting clear in the straight to sprint sharply to beat Braccenby. Backs up here with slightly more weight but he is a proven weight carrier and looks suited trailing the speed. Impressed with his win last time and will be on Kool Kash’s hammer so he appeals as the main danger.

Braccenby (7) continues to race well ridden back in the field and was narrowly beaten here last week by Life Of Waldo after being saved for a short sprint in the straight. Expect there to be much more pressure on here which might make it harder for him chasing from the back but he stays down in the weights and his form is strong enough. In the mix.

Greenmount Lass (8) continues to race well over this course without winning, having run 2nd at three of her past four starts in BM64 grade. This is harder but she gets in very light to compensate which may make it easier for her chasing Kool Kash. Has had a few chances and this is quite strong but expect her to be around the mark as always.

Robbo The Bold (3) backs up from a 2nd behind Beautiful Boy over this course last week in much easier grade where he may have gone close if he had something to take him into the race. Shared a win over this course three starts ago but has been racing in slightly easier company. Honest gelding who is rarely far away but might find a couple of these a bit sharp.

Next best Taramaya (4) (handy staying mare but this looks a big ask off a short break).

Verdict

Always hard to go past Kool Kash (1) in these type of races, especially in the form he is in, but Life Of Waldo (2) presents as a genuine danger here.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Kool Kash (1) for 4 units.

Race 7 – 15:43 Great Northern Crisp Maiden / Class 1 (1650 METRES)

Speed Map

Aislinn was ridden for the lead last time and if they do so again she should be able to hold the front off the inside draw. Push Pause, Foreeva, The Decider and Bunker Star look most likely to go forward while Ramaadi Bullet may look to settle closer with the blinkers on.

Major Players

The Decider (4) had his first look at this track last time and wasn’t far away at the finish when 4th behind Aspirate. Goes to the mile for the first time in his career but looks ready after two runs at 1400m and he draws a good gate to find a position on speed without doing too much work. Looks well placed and is one of the better hopes in a relatively even race.

Aislinn (13) was ridden very aggressively at the start last time to lead clearly and she boxed on reasonably well to hold 2nd behind He Swims Well. Probably wants a little further but has placed over this course at her past couple and if ridden the same way she can hold the lead off the inside gate. Gets in quite light with Graham’s claim so expect a good sight in front.

Gee Gees Saint Nik (1) has put together a couple of solid efforts over 1350m when not really suited and should appreciate getting to the mile now. Good barrier should help him find a reasonable spot without having to drift right back with his only previous try in this distance range being a solid 4th in Launceston last season. Always needs luck in his races but finds a winnable race here.

Uncovered (12) won in the last stride here over 1350m when in the right part of the track two runs ago before getting to this trip last time and making ground well from the back to run 3rd behind He Swims Well. Did have the right run through on the inside there but was best of the backmarkers and should benefit from that run over this distance. Finds the line well and only needs to hold her form to be a chance again.

Om Nom (8) ran a strong 3rd in better grade than this two starts ago behind Into The Night but didn’t come on last time behind He Swims Well. May not have backed up there and draws inside for a soft run in behind them again. Has only won once in 23 tries but if you can forgive her last run she is well up to this.

Next best Purple Rider (2) (always runs on and will find this easier than past few runs but has only won once in 28 starts) and Ramaadi Bullet (3) (has had a lot of racing and also has a bad winning strike rate but does have blinkers back on).

Verdict

Open race. The Decider (4) is lightly raced and looks well placed while Aislinn (13) can give a sight again if she runs along in front. Gee Gees Saint Nik (1) and Uncovered (12) look best of the runners on.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Gee Gees Saint Nik (1) for 1 unit.

 BACK (WIN) – Uncovered (12) for 1 unit.

 BACK (WIN) – Aislinn (13) for 1 unit.

Race 8 – 16:18 Sky Racing Benchmark 70 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Century Arrow should find the front as he likes to do but may have to work to cross Geegee Trendsetter if she wants to kick up inside him. Kyogle Son will also look for the front from wider out and the likes of Jacques, Amaword and Silzoar can also take up a position.

Major Players

Century Arrow (3) is racing in great heart with two wins in a row before understandably finding Mystic Journey too strong last time. Beat the rest comfortably and stays in the same grade but gets a bit of weight relief with Willis’ claim, who rode him to his two previous wins. Expect him to find the fence and run them along as he likes to do and no reason he can’t return to the winner’s circle in what is a very competitive race.

Geegee Trendsetter (5) had support in betting last time in open company and ran well to finish 2nd behind O’Lonh Star. Drops in grade and draws for a perfect trail behind the speed. Showed a touch of quality as a 3yo and only has to reproduce a similar effort to last time to be an obvious chance here.

Concentrate (1) found the 64kg beyond him two starts ago but was back to form last time when 3rd behind O’Lonh Star. Right back up in weight here but placed at Geelong with this weight earlier in his prep and will appreciate some pressure for the front in this. Always needs luck with his racing style but clearly capable of landing a knockout blow if things go to plan.

Silzoar (4) hasn’t missed a place in five runs this prep and didn’t have the clearest path last time when 3rd behind Meteor Strike. Ran a good 2nd behind Gee Gees Jet two starts ago and draws for a nice smother behind the speed with the inside barrier. Plenty of depth to this but no reason he won’t be right in the mix again.

Kyogle Son (2) comes here off two wins in easier grade over this course when able to control the speed to his liking up front. Clearly racing in good form but might have trouble finding the fence this time with Century Arrow drawn underneath him. Combine that with more depth here and he is probably better suited as a place chance.

Next best in an open race Jacques (8) (mixing his form but 2nd behind Underplay shows he is up to this at his best), Amaword (7) (handy horse who likes this track but tricky draw and probably wants a little further) and Pennstock (6) (promising galloper who probably needs the run but has a touch of class).

Verdict

Many chances. Century Arrow (3) looks hard to catch if he finds the front but Geegee Trendsetter (5) might get the right run behind him to challenge late.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Century Arrow (3) for 6 units.

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Race 9 – 16:53 Thoroughbred Award Dinner 7th Sept Benchmark 64 Hcp (1880 METRES)

Speed Map

Expect Ponzi to run along in front again and Into The Night should come across with him. Mississippi Grind looks set to get a nice trail once again.

Major Players

Rougeau (1) disappointed here three runs ago but has raced outside horses at his past couple and been most impressive, the latest when too good for Greenmount Lass in this grade despite racing three wide throughout. Hasn’t won beyond a mile but wasn’t disgraced at his only run over 2100m last prep and is arguably in career best form. Inside draw maybe a concern given his stated preference to be racing outside horses but Smith has ridden him at his past couple so should be aware of that fact. Very hard to beat if he runs the trip.

Into The Night (2) backs up from a run in open grade over this course last week where he took the sit and wasn’t beaten too far despite finishing last behind Kool Kash. Led all the way here over 1650m at his prior run and did win his only other try over this course last year. Doesn’t look to be too much pressure on speed in this so expect him to roll forward and he has genuine winning claims in an easier race.

Mississippi Grind (3) stepped up to this grade last time over this course and made it three wins in a row when having every chance racing on speed. That has been a common theme to her three wins but she makes her own luck and there is no reason she won’t get a similar run again. Meets a couple of handy gallopers in good form here so has to go to another level again but she keeps winning and has an obvious chance once again.

The Grey Crusader (6) ran home into 2nd behind Mississippi Grind last time and again comes up with the inside barrier here. Continues to race in good form but there is a bit more depth this time and he will need luck in running. Expect him to be somewhere in the finish but will need a career best to be winning here.

Another Brother (4) ran home into 2nd behind Kool Kash two runs ago and then wasn’t far away behind Mississippi Grind last time. Always running on in his races but hasn’t won for nearly a year and needs luck in his races with his lack of tactical speed. Going well enough to be around the mark again but prefer on a place basis.

Next best Leconte (5) (ticking over well but failed only run at 1880m so extra distance is a query) and Really Sure (7) (ran home well last time and has place claims).

Verdict

Three standout chances here. Rougeau (1) is flying but on trial at the trip to some degree, while Into The Night (2) has the proven form and Mississippi Grind (3) hasn’t found her level just yet.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – Into The Night (2) for 3 units.


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