TASRacing: Devonport, Sunday 17th June 2018

Devonport hosts racing on Sunday with a competitive 7 race program featuring a number of Tapeta track specialists. The first race is an interesting affair with the unraced Kwai sure to draw plenty of attention off an impressive trial showing, while promising sprinter Silzoar tries to make it three wins in a row in race 3.

 

Race 1 – 12:25 Simons Design Centre Maiden (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Tara’s Design and Dazzle Street should push for the lead from wider out with the newcomer Kwai potentially having the speed to come across with them from the outside gate. This should ensure a strong tempo with horses such as Leicester Rocket, Harriman, Mississippi Grind and Caesar’s Quest all capable of pushing into forward positions.

Major Players

Kwai (13) is a 2yo filly by War debuting for the master trainer of youngsters Barry Campbell. Won her only trial very impressively here a fortnight ago running slick time and winning by a big space. Drawn the extreme outside but has plenty of speed and with the long run down the back she should find a position near the lead. Bit of depth here but looks above average and a big chance to win on debut.

Harriman (1) is another first-starter who has been to the trials three times, including a win here a fortnight ago in decent time. By Written Tycoon, he looks to have talent but still has a bit to learn from his outings at the trials. Drawn inside and has some speed so should get the right run. Watch betting and respect strongly if fancied.

Caesar’s Quest (11) ran a solid 2nd on debut in Launceston behind Medard before running a well beaten 4th in the Sires’ Produce over 1400m where he over raced and didn’t finish off. Given a freshen since then and this is an easier affair. Drawn wide but has speed so may get across near the front. Looks a genuine danger.

Tara’s Design (10) showed good speed on debut to lead and was only grabbed late when 3rd behind Lesnar. Settled a bit further back last time on heavy ground in Hobart but stuck to her task well to finish 4th behind Miss Eleanor in a reasonably strong maiden. Another one drawn out but if she shows similar speed to her first start she may be able to cross the field. Both runs have been full of merit so right in the mix again.

Dazzle Street (5) ran well at her first Tasmanian run when she showed speed here over 1000m and stuck on for 2nd behind Platinum Magic. Longer trip looks suitable based on her Victorian form and while she has a very wide barrier she is another who potentially has speed to overcome it. Needs luck but only has to go on from her fresh run to be a chance again.

Next best Buttons Undone (4) (has trialled three times this prep and hit the line nicely last time, looks to have talent so keep a close eye on the market) and Leicester Rocket (7) (former Victorian with good maiden form over longer but has speed so respect any positive betting support).

Verdict

Kwai (13) impressed at the trials and while she has a wide barrier to overcome she looks capable of winning on debut. Harriman (1) is another who has trialled well and looks worth keeping an eye on the betting with. Caesar’s Quest (11) and Tara’s Design (10) appear best of the raced brigade.

Staking Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) – Tara’s Design (10) for 1 unit.

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) – Caesar’s Quest (11) for 1 unit.

Race 2 – 13:00 Tasracing.com.au Benchmark 76 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Mr America might take the front here but Tambro’s Game might be keen to hold the lead from the inside. Spihro, Underplay and the stayer Kanji all like to race near the lead so expect a genuine tempo, especially if Mr America wants to run along.

Major Players

Willby Rules (2) is a track specialist who did enough first-up when he ran home into 2nd behind Spihro here over 1150m. Has won second-up in the past and now gets out to a trip where he has an incredible record of winning all five of his previous attempts. Draws inside for a soft run and there should be some pressure ahead of him. Has beaten his main rivals in the past so he looks an obvious chance of maintaining his unbeaten record at this trip.

Spihro (3) was well backed first-up and got the prize accordingly when a convincing winner here over 1150m defeating Willby Rules. Extra trip is suitable as he has won twice over this course and he has won second-up in the past. Clearly up to this grade and only has to reproduce his last run to be hard to beat again.

Underplay (1) has been ticking over nicely in good class races and wasn’t far away last time without a lot of luck behind Secrets She Has over 1650m. Not sure the drop in trip is exactly what he wants at this stage of his preparation but will be better suited if he can race outside horses rather than waiting for a run back on the inside. Class runner and should be in the finish with the right run.

Khatun (6) has been improving this prep and appreciated the blinkers on last time to grab a share of the win with a dead heat alongside Tambro’s Game. Enjoyed a good run behind the speed there but should get good speed in front of her again to chase. This is harder but she wasn’t too far behind Willby Rules a couple of times last prep and gets a nice weight drop. Knockout hope.

Mr America (5) showed a ton of speed first-up here over 1150m and wasn’t far away at the finish behind Silzoar. Extra distance is right up his alley and worth noting he started favourite against Spihro here over a mile three runs back. Blinkers off may help him settle better but should still roll forward from the outside gate. Tough ask but he’s in the mix.

Next best Tambro’s Game (7) (very honest on-pacer who loves this course but plenty of pressure here and will find this grade tough).

Verdict

Willby Rules (2) can extend his great record at this trip but will have stiff competition from Spihro (3) and Underplay (1). Mr America (5) appeals as an improver at odds.

Staking Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) – Mr America (5) for 1 unit.

Race 3 – 13:35 Birdcage Tavern Function Room Class 4 Hcp (1000 METRES)

Speed Map

Kyogle Son and Secretan look the leaders although Jacques may kick through from his inside draw. Century Arrow and Westerly Haze will try and push forward from wider out while Silzoar may try and hold a position from his better draw.

Major Players

Silzoar (1) is an impressive lightly raced galloper who has won both starts narrowly this prep in BM64 grade. Flashed home first-up over this trip but was a bit flatter last time but was still able to stick his head out and get the prize. The drop back to 1000m is interesting – he took a bit to pick up last time so the shorter trip might not be what he wants at this stage, but he draws inside and may have more ping at this distance. A query back to this trip but clearly a smart horse who should take beating again.

Jacques (2) has a great fresh record and has won twice at this track including a win over Happy Halloween here last winter when kept fresh between runs. Scored an excellent win first-up last time in at Launceston and is resuming off a bleeding ban this time. Should ping into a great spot off the inside draw and looks right up to this.

Kyogle Son (3) was only a couple of lengths behind Silzoar over this trip two starts ago when forced to race outside the speed but weakened after leading last time at 1150m. Hasn’t run a bad race in 4 goes over this course so think the shorter trip will suit and he gets blinkers on for the first time here. Drawn to lead and gets his chance to improve.

Ariconte (4) worked home well first-up over this course when 3rd behind Silzoar and then not much went right for him last time. Wanted to over race there so shorter trip and faster tempo might suit better at this stage of his prep and he hasn’t missed a place in three goes over this course. His form ties in well with the main chances here and he is in the mix on that basis.

Westerly Haze (5) resumes from a spell here without a trial which should suit at this short distance which he is yet to race over. Don’t see it being an issue considering his best form is at 1200m but he likes to race on speed and might be awkwardly drawn here with the speedsters drawn underneath. Has won twice first-up so suggest he will be ready to go and wasn’t far behind Jacques a few runs ago so he can be thereabouts with luck from the draw.

Next best Rougeau (6) (races well here and generally goes well fresh but might find these a bit sharp).

Verdict

Silzoar (1) looks hard to beat again but the drop back in trip is of some concern. Jacques (3) flies fresh and seems sure to run well, while Kyogle Son (3) and Ariconte (4) may benefit from this shorter distance.

Staking Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) – Jacques (2) for 3 units.

Race 4 – 14:10 Weeding’s Hire Benchmark 64 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed Map

Cuban Missile gets his chance to lead here with competition for the front most likely to come from Gasnier and possibly Jo Anconi or Gee Gee Sun Valley trying to overcome wide draws. Enzian and Platinum Magic probably settle handy in a race without great pressure up front despite the big field.

Major Players

Enzian (6) is proving herself to be a smart filly this time in with two wins and an unlucky 4th in three runs this prep. Arguably should have beaten Silzoar last time when running out of room in the straight and she attacked the line hard late when clear. Should find a nice spot behind the speed from her inside draw but will need luck getting clear at the right time. She’s a filly on the up and looks hard to beat.

Gasnier (4) had excuses first-up when caught wide behind Vengeance Of Fury before finishing a close-up 3rd behind Silzoar last time. Drawn perfectly in a race which isn’t any harder and Darmanin sticks with him. Consistent type who looks like getting a great run and looks a leading each way chance on that basis.

Cuban Missile (1) returns from Victoria where he has been campaigning reasonably successfully in BM58 grade. All three runs on this track have been very good and he is a proven weight carrier so the 60.5kg shouldn’t be too big an impost for him to handle. Drawn to lead or be right there in the run and goes well for Carr so expect him to give a good sight.

Gee Gee Royal Miss (12) has been finding the line very strongly in recent starts and nearly beat Silzoar last time when coming right down the outside with a big run. Previous runs have also been very good from well back in the field but from a wide draw she looks set to find a low-percentage position in running once again. Can’t knock how well she is going and if she gets the right run she can win but where she gets to in the run makes it tough.

Gee Gee Style (3) will find this easier than the races he has been contesting recently, running behind Spihro and Concentrate over this course at his past couple. Hasn’t been too far away on either occasion but does have a very awkward barrier for Patis to negotiate. This is more his right grade and is capable but will need a lot of luck in running.

Next best Vengeance Of Fury (9) (good effort to win fresh and best form is good enough but another with a rough barrier draw) and George’s Gambol (10) (bolted in when racing on speed over longer trip last time, may find these a bit sharper but gets a soft run from inside draw).

Verdict

Enzian (6) is in great form and looks well placed to return to the winner’s circle. Gasnier (4) appeals as the logical danger while Cuban Missile (1) can give a sight in front at odds.

Staking Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) – Enzian (8) for 5 units.

Race 5 – 14:45 Grenville Stud Open Day Class 1 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Speed Map

Shackley’s Hill should ensure a strong tempo again with Knitting also likely to go forward and contribute to the pace. Fontein Harry and Island Pirate should get good runs off inside draws with Mosh Opera and Jack’s Choice also capable of taking up forward positions.

Major Players

Island Pirate (2) has run well at both starts so far this prep in Hobart and is now ready for this trip third-up. Has only raced once here on his home track and wasn’t far away when 4th over this trip behind Greenmount Lass. Draws for a nice run trailing the speed and looks suited in an even race.

Purple Rider (4) went to the mile for the first time last start and continued to find the line behind He’s Tough Enough in an on-pace dominated race. Might be better suited back to this trip and should appreciate a strong tempo to chase once again. His only win came over this course and the inside draw means he won’t necessarily have to settle last if he begins with them. Should be finishing off nicely as always.

Shackley’s Hill (3) has transformed into a bold going front-runner and might appreciate coming back to this trip after tiring late over the mile at his past couple. Bolted in over this course in maiden company three starts ago when left alone to run along in front. Stays down in the weights with Patis’ claim and should give them something to chase.

Fontein Harry (1) steps up from maiden grade but will find this clearly tougher than the field he beat last start. Was given every possible chance by Newitt there but should get similar favours again from the inside gate. Ran no time last start but is still open to improvement and has less convictions than most of these so has to be in the mix.

Mosh Opera (10) has finished in the first four in her past five runs including a couple of solid efforts over this course. This trip is probably as far as she wants but she has the cheekers off this time after over racing last start and she wasn’t far away under these conditions three starts ago when 3rd. Tricky draw but they might string out with the pace on and if she slots in behind the speed she can be in the finish.

Next best Jack’s Choice (6) (not bad at two Tasmanian runs and may appreciate the slightly longer trip).

Verdict

Island Pirate (2) looks ready to win after two solid runs this prep. Purple Rider (4) is racing well while Shackley’s Hill (3) might give a sight dropping in grade and trip.

Staking Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) – Island Pirate (2) for 4 units.

Race 6 – 15:20 Goodstone Group Benchmark 64 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Speed Map

Scouting Around and Kool Kash look the leaders with the latter likely to dictate how fast they go. Greenmount Lass and One Way Ticket are the only other obvious on-pacers so these four may be advantaged in running.

Major Players

Scouting Around (6) bolted in over this course two starts ago but probably found the 1880m too far last time after enjoying every chance in front. Probably gets a good run in the first couple again, especially if Kool Kash is happy to sit outside him once more, but if the speed goes on he is also capable of taking the sit. Has a poor winning strike rate but only has to reproduce his winning performance two starts ago to be incredibly hard to beat again.

Don Reggio (2) made ground late with a big weight behind Scouting Around two starts ago and then wasn’t far away in better grade last time when the blinkers went on. In well with Patis’ claim and rarely runs a bad race at this track. Ready to do his best and drawn well enough for a good trail so with the right run he appeals as a genuine danger.

One Way Ticket (3) has been freshened since a couple of fair 2100m runs in decent grade. Won over the mile in Launceston previously and while this is his first start on this surface he is trained on the track. Makes his own luck on speed but is yet to prove himself in this grade. Might prove up to them with the right run near the lead.

Kool Kash (1) is an old war horse who hasn’t done a whole lot in three starts this prep. Has a great record over this course with 4 wins and 4 placings from 10 runs and generally improves with racing as he gets deeper into his prep. Class runner of the field who is treated well with Voorham’s claim and might be getting close so sharp improvement wouldn’t surprise but might need one more.

Greenmount Lass (7) is improving at each run this prep and wasn’t far away last time when 3rd behind Khatun and Tambro’s Game. Ready for the mile now at her fourth run in and her failure over this course last prep is forgivable considering she was immediately spelled. Has a win over Toorak Affair under her belt at this trip and is capable of being in the finish with luck in running.

Next best Windrider (4) (first try at the mile but last couple have been ok here at 1350m and might be suited, mixes his form but his best might give him a rough chance).

Verdict

Scouting Around (6) looks well placed back to the 1650m trip and the way this race will be run. Don Reggio (2) looks the main danger back in grade while Kool Kash (1) is potentially the improver.

Staking Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK (WIN) – Scouting Around (6) for 7 units.

Race 7 – 15:55 Carlton Draught MDN/CL1 (1880 METRES)

Speed Map

Could be a strong tempo here. Jane Of Steel and Woohoo both have speed and get to this trip for the first time. He’s Tough Enough likes the pace on and can set it himself if desired, while Nordic Raider, Lady Casey and Aislinn are capable of pushing forward from wider out. Kingsclere and Westy can also settle near the lead so expect all this to result in genuine pressure up front.

Major Players

He’s Tough Enough (1) is a strong, one-paced type who thrived on a fast tempo last time over a mile to score his first win in a similar race. Newitt stays on which is important after he handled him so well last time and the extra distance looks right up his alley. Plenty of speed in this but he should thrive on a strongly run affair and looks an obvious chance to win again.

Westy (4) was too sharp for He’s Tough Enough two starts back but then couldn’t run him down last time when he wanted to hang in behind him in the straight. Goes to 1880m for the first time and while he has been strong at the end of the mile he might not appreciate the extra trip as much as his rival from his past two runs. Capable of settling behind the speed if they go too hard and he is a leading chance again.

Aislinn (12) is a newcomer to the Adam Trinder yard after having four starts in Victoria for Henry Dwyer. Is only three weeks off an 1800m run and has been out to 2000m already so expect her to be fit enough for this. Races on speed so may overcome her wide draw rolling forward but there is plenty of potential speed drawn underneath her. Hard to line up her form but an Ararat placing probably makes her pretty competitive. Big betting watch.

Miss Artorius (8) also drops back from tougher grade after running a very game 4th over this course in BM64 grade behind Real Messi. This is considerably easier and she has been competitive previously in this grade. Always needs luck settling back in the field but pressure on up front may suit and only has to repeat her last run to be up to this.

The Grey Crusader (3) has been very good at his past couple of runs on wet ground in Hobart and arguably should have won last time in BM66 grade when he found trouble in the concluding stages. Hasn’t done much in two runs on this track but both were earlier in his career over shorter trips. Outside barrier makes things tricky but if they go hard up front he will be strong at the finish.

Next best Kingsclere (2) (honest on-pacer who hasn’t been too far away this prep and has placed twice over this trip so has some hope).

Verdict

He’s Tough Enough (1) looks a strong chance to win again out to this longer trip. Aislinn (12) is a query from the mainland, while Miss Artorius (8) may represent value down in grade.

Staking Strategy

 BACK (WIN) – He’s Tough Enough (1) for 2 units.

BACK (WIN) – Miss Artorius (8) for 1 unit.

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