Does it get any better than having a runner in a Group 1? 

The JJ Atkins isn’t any Group 1, it’s worth $1 million and happens to be a stallion making race.

Congratulations to all our Vic Husslers owners who surely are living the dream and a massive good luck to Lethal Thoughts in Saturday’s big one at Eagle Farm. 

Keep reading for Ciaron Maher’s thoughts on the chances of Lethal Thoughts plus we’ll try and find some winners from our other TRL trainers. 

 

MAHER AND EUSTACE ARE LOOKING LETHAL

We all agree with Ciaron Maher when he quipped “how good would it be to give the Vic Husslers a stallion prospect” said Lethal Thought’s trainer in build up to the JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm. 

Maher concedes, that barrier 18 makes the task “more difficult” but the horse has continued to improve, traveled well and is ready to run a big race. 

The stable has a couple of other outstanding hopes on Saturday.

Easy Single (Randwick Race 6) $5.40 with Sportsbet, this horse is a winner with 4 wins from 9 starts, looked very good winning at Flemington. 

The Gauch (Sandown Race 2) $4 he is a consistent galloper who never lets you down. 

Unusual Culture (Sandown Race 5) $6.50 Sportsbet is a talented 3yo filly who’s resuming here but looked good at the jump outs. 

BET: Lethal Thoughts – Each Way  (Eagle Farm Race 7) 

BET: Easy Single – Each Way (Randwick Race 6)

BET: The Gauch – Each Way (Sandown Race 2)

BET: Unusual Culture – Each Way (Sandown Race 5)

BET: Mankayan – Each Way (Sandown Race 9)

 

CHRIS ANDERSON HITTING FORM

It’s early days but Qld Rogues trainer Chris Anderson is extremely happy with what he sees in the Flying Artie x Laylia gelding.

Chris has Minks Star (Eagle Farm Race 1) that may be worth an interest. He’s $12 with Sportsbet was enormous last week and drops in grade here. 

BET: Minks Star – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 1)

 

O’DEA/HOYSTED OFF TO A FLYER

Scallopini (Eagle Farm Race 2) has provided plenty of thrills for his owners including Penrith Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher a great supporter of The Racing League. 

This is a small but even field, Scallopini ran well in the Kingsford Smith last start drops in grade here and is a good each way bet. 

Tumbler Ridge (Eagle Farm Race 5) is over the odds at $14 with Sportsbet is resuming here and great each way chance. 

BET: Scallopni – Each Way (EF Race 2)

BET: Tumbler Ridge – Each Way (EF Race 5) 

 

MARK NEWNHAM BACK AT HOME 

Trainer Mark Newnham took Dragonstone to Melbourne last week where he raced extremely well on an unsuitable track. 

Dragonstone (Randwick Race 8) is now back at home, will get out the back but be storming home. 

BET: Dragonstone – Win (Randwick Race 8)

 

FREEDMAN STARS UNDER LIGHTS

Will Freedman looked right at home in front of the cameras when he played a leading role in a new TRL television commercial that will hit your screens soon. 

On Saturday, Will and Richard have a roughie I’m prepared to stick with on a more suitable drier track. On The Lead $19 looked great winning at Eagle Farm two starts back and can run some great sectionals. 

BET: On The Lead – Each Way (Randwick Race 9) 

 

JOE PRIDE IN FORM

I’m not saying Joe Pride can’t win the Stradbroke with one of my favourite horses Private Eye but he has top weight and it won’t be easy. 

I am prepared to have something each way Mariamia (EF Race 9) who’s coming off a slashing last start win and while it’s up in grade, it can win again. 

BET: Mariamia – Each Way (EF Race 9)

 

WATERHOUSE/BOTT LOOK STRONG AT RANDWICK

Gai Waterhouse is getting ready for a big week at Royal Ascot, Adrian has a couple of runners at Randwick who’ll be extremely hard to beat. 

Nothinsweetaboutme Randwick Race 5 is a winner, she’s won 5 of 10 and won first-up. 

Mr Dependable $11 (Randwick Race 7) had to work hard first-up has a good second up record and is good value at $11.

BET: Nothinsweetaboutme – Each Way (Randwick Race 5)

BET: Mr Dependable – Each Way (Randwick Race 7)

 

PRICE TO THE STRADDY 

You would imagine there’s a touch of trepidation from the Mick Price yard with Aryton ($6 with Sportsbet) heading into the prestigious Stradbroke Handicap. 

Ayrton looked great winning first-up but flopped second-up where he pulled up lame. 

At Sandown, Visinari (Race 7) looks like a good thing after no luck when second last start, before winning the two starts before. 

BET: Aryton – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 8)

BET: Visinari – WIN (Sandown Race 7)

 

 Good luck and good punting. 

TK