Not only is greater Sydney in Covid Lockdown but there’s no racing in the metropolitan area, the major meeting is at Kembla Grange and features the Group 2 Up and Coming Stakes. With some warm weather we should be racing on a good surface at Kembla Grange. Blue skies in Brisbane and a good surface is expected at Eagle Farm. While in Melbourne, racing returns to Caulfield with champion jockey Jamie Kah boasting a strong book of rides. Our TRL trainers have been in good form with the tracks drying out. Let’s get down to finding some winners.
ROB HEATHCOTE NOT SO DUSTY
Rob Heathcote is a champion of micro ownership and on Saturday he’ll be turning out the miRunners owned Dusty Tycoon at Eagle Farm. Dusty Tycoon (Race 6) has been terrific in her two runs back from a spell at the Sunny Coast and then Doomben, she has plenty of early pace and from barrier five should be able to lead comfortably. Rob is confident and stepping up to 1200m is perfect.
Rob also has Mosshiki (Race 3) has been specked in early markets, is rising to a suitable 1500 metres and will be hard to beat especially with a 3kg claim. Stuttering (Race 9) could cap off a big day for the Heathcote stable, he should get a soft lead, probably needs to find a bit more at the finish, but has been well backed in early markets.
BET: Mosshiki – Each Way (Bris Race 3)
BET: Dusty Tycoon – Each Way (Bris Race 6)
BET: Stuttering – Each Way (Bris Race 9)
CHRIS ANDERSON CONFIDENT
Queensland Rogues trainer Chris Anderson is hoping for a big day at Eagle Farm with three cracking prospects. Snowdrop (Race 1) is still a maiden but has plenty of potential, she was good before her spell and looked pretty good winning a trial two weeks ago. Gemelon Bolt (Race 2) has only had three career starts with his only bad run coming on a heavy track. He should be able to park just behind the leaders and sprint late. Profit (Race 4) can be a little hard to catch, but was an eye-catching third last start at Eagle Farm and is drawn to get a good ride from Jaden Lloyd.
BET: Gemelon Bolt – Each Way (Bris Race 2)
BET: Profit – Each Way (Bris Race 4)
FREEDMAN’S HAVE THE TIGER BY THE TAIL
Our NSW Tycoon owners have been receiving positive video updates from Richard Freedman regarding the progress of the impressive two year old and the newly named Luna Rocks. But on Saturday, the brothers have Tiger Of Malay in the Group 2 Up and Coming Stakes. It’s never easy in a big race to carry 61kgs, but Tiger Of Malay looks to be a cut above his rivals and has the advantage of James McDonald in the saddle.
Bet: Tiger of Malay – Win (Kembla Race 8)
DON’T FORGET ABOUT KIM WAUGH
NSW Rogues trainer Kim Waugh finished the old season well and has started the new season even better. Kim is stepping Bethencourt (Race 6) up to 2000 metres for the first time and after three consecutive second placings deserves to be on top of the podium. Ashman (Race 10) provided us with a big thrill winning last start and has the ability to go back to back.
BET: Bethencourt – Each Way (Kembla Race 6)
BET: Ashman – Each Way (Kembla Race 10)
MARK NEWNHAM ON PARADE
The old saying weight will stop a train, can often be true on the racetrack but NSW Tycoons trainer Mark Newnham has a fit and a talented horse in Big Parade (Race 2) at Kembla. Big Parade has been lumped with 61 kgs but he’s earnt the big weight, beating stakes horses last preparation and boasting two wins from three preparations first-up. We are happy to stick.
BET: Big Parade – Win (Race 2 Kembla)
Let’s trust there’s a bit of the old Pete Moody magic on display at Caulfield this Saturday. Diamonds In The Sky (Race 3) led at a furious pace last start into a strong headwind, which just took its toll late. Will be fitter for the run and looks nicely placed here. Gimmie Par (Race 7) looks to be an emerging nice horse, she’s had only two starts for a cracking third against stiff opposition before winning her last start at this track before going for a spell.
BET: Diamonds In The Sky – Each Way (Melb Race 3)
BET:Gimmie Par – Win (Melb Race 7)
PRICE AND KAH COMBINE
Trainer Mick Price has a big opinion of the newly named Vic Husslers’ owned Eureka Storm which will be aimed at the early two year old races in Melbourne. Mick has been able to secure the services of champion jockey Jamie Kah for Parlophone (Race 4) who’s a mare with a big future. She showed tremendous fight last start chasing a smart field in Adelaide and looks ready to win.
BET: Parlophone – Win (Melb Race 4)