Legendary foes Nature Strip and Eduardo resume their epic battle this Saturday in the Shorts at Royal Randwick which is clearly a mini-Everest with 5 Everest contenders lining up.
But for owners in the Vic Husslers it’s all about Lethal Thoughts in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude we trust on the way to a $3 million grand finale.
More on Lethal Thoughts coming up and we’ll also check out the major chances from your other TRL trainers this Saturday.
Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace have Lethal Thoughts primed to run a mighty race in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
While 1400m is probably still short of his best, Lethal Thoughts will be wearing blinkers for the first time against a quality field of 3yo colts and geldings and has certainly taken good improvement from his effort in the Group 3 Up and Coming at Rosehill three weeks ago.
The stable is happy with the way Lethal has worked in the blinkers and looks more comfortable the Melbourne way of going. Whatever he does on Saturday he’ll continue to improve.
Also at Caulfield:
Pride of Jenni (Race 3) has been backed from $8.50 to $7 she’ll relish the 1400m and was good in Cockram.
Smokin’ Romans (Race 6) has firmed from $10 to $8.50, is now third-up and many Husslers will remember him winning the Pakenham Cup with Team Captain an unlucky third.
At Randwick, Turn On The Charm (Race 3) has been specked from $30 into $15, jumps up to 1600m which should suit and wasn’t far away after a slow start last run.
BET: Lethal Thoughts – Each Way (Caul Race 4)
BET: Pride of Jenni – Each Way (Caul Race 3)
BET: Smokin’ Romans – Each Way (Caul race 6)
BET: Turn On The Charm – Each Way (Randwick Race 3)
GAI & ADRIAN WITH PLENTY OF IMPACT
I was lucky enough to sneak out to Randwick on Tuesday to witness a strong barrier trial from Blue Thorpedo for Gai and Adrian, so she’ll have another trial before heading to the races.
Silent Impact (Race 4) is at double-digit odds and a very good horse. The firmer the better for him and he won second-up last prep.
Cross Talk (Race 5) has been ultra-consistent winning 2 of his last 3 starts. Barrier 5 is perfect and has plenty of class.
North Star Lass (Race 6) is a really good filly, will make her own luck and be hard to get past.
BET: Silent Impact – Each Way (Randwick Race 4)
BET: Cross Talk – Each Way (Randwick Race 5)
BET: North Star Lass- Each Way (Randwick Race 6)
HIS PRIDE AND JOY
Eduardo is a marvel. A 9yo gelding who certainly doesn’t know his age and relishes a fight with the world’s best sprinters including Nature Strip.
The two greats clash again in the Shorts and I’m happy to stick with Eduardo who has the fitness edge after romping in at Randwick 3 weeks ago.
Our micro-ownership cousins miRunners have Zoushack returning at Randwick so good luck.
At Doomben, Not Another Reiby (Race 6) is $5.50 has been placed in all three starts this prep and can break through in this grade.
BET: Eduardo – Each Way (Randwick 8)
BET: Not Another Reiby – Each Way (Gold Coast Race 6)
MOODY A BOOGIE DANCER
The Pete Moody stable is the hottest in town at the moment, the horses can’t stop winning.
Boogie Dancer (Race 5) had 3 straight wins and was just behind the placegetters last start. It will enjoy the 1400m and has won track and distance.
I Wish I Win (race 7) Kiwi who was backed off the map and delivered in spades at first Aussie start. Needs to make the Sir Rupert Clarke field but is capable of overcoming barrier 14.
Chain Of Lightning (Race 8) has won 5 from 5 which is incredible and she was super strong at Flemington and no reason to switch.
BET: Boogie Dancer – Each Way (Caul Race 5)
BET: I Wish I Win – Each Way (Caul Race 7)
BET: Chain Of Lightning – Win (Caul Race 8)
GOLLAN HEADS TO THE GOLD COAST
There’s no racing in Brisbane this weekend with the Gold Coast having a standalone meeting for Pink Ribbon Day.
Tony has three runners in Race 5 but I like Le Palmier. The tempo looks to be strong, Le Palmier won well at Doomben in a barrier trial in good time.
BET: Le Palmier – Each Way (Gold Coast Race 5)
O’DEA/HOYSTED ON A ROLL
The O’Dea/Hoysted team are very happy with Helluva Barty after he jumped out on Tuesday at Eagle Farm.
Better Get Set (Race 7) looks to be the stable’s best chance at the Gold Coast at odds.
Barrier 3 is a plus, $8.50 is a nice price, he’s first-up and was placed first-up last prep behind Boomnova.
BET: Better Get Set – Each Way (Gold Coast Race 7)
HEATHCOTE ALL SMILES
Rob Heathcote has every right to be all smiles at the moment, his stable on fire spearheaded by Rothfire with The Big Goodbye in pre-training.
Sir Rocket (Race 8) was beaten as favourite last start but the track was Heavy. He’s much better on top of the ground and can win.
BET: Sir Rocket – Win (Gold Coast Race 8)
Good luck and good punting.