Thursday 31st January 2019
Race 1 – 1:12PM FURPHY HANDICAP (1230 METRES)
Really liked the performance of SIR SNUGALOT at his first outing for the Steve Wolfe stable earlier this month and he’s going to be very hard to beat in this. Carried 63kg on that occasion and travelled three/four-wide throughout after jumping from barrier 10, so his effort to finish only 2.5 lengths from the winner was full of merit. The blinkers have been added for this second-up assignment and, with 6kg less weight, we’re expecting SIR SNUGALOT to jump straight to the front and get the job done. BINDAREE LADY returns from a 55-day freshen, however, she was scheduled to race in the postponed Mungrup Stud Sprint last Sunday week, so she’s certainly ready to go. Always a strong competitor in this company and she has to be respected. POTENT SECRET hasn’t won now for 761 days, but will find this more suitable than the Fitzpatrick Plate line up he took on last start. Hadn’t been too far away in this grade prior to his last run, while SENSO is another city-class campaigner to be transferred to the Great Southern and no surprise to see him run a race fresh for Alan McNamara (Jnr).
Tips: 5-3-2-4Suggested: 5. SIR SNUGALOT win.
5. SIR SNUGALOT3. BINDAREE LADY2. POTENT SECRET4. SENSO
Race 2 – 1:47PM NEXUS LIFE MAIDEN (1230 METRES)
This does look a race in two between stablemates WHAT ABOUT MOSES and STARORIO, and opted to lock in WHAT ABOUT MOSES on top. Stepping out for his first start since September, the son of Playing God ran some nice races against decent opposition during his initial racing preparation, and gave the impression he was going to be better with time. Stretched out stylishly and went to the line with a bit in reserve when winning a 1000-metre trial here last Sunday week, has the gate speed to hold a forward position from barrier one and the cutaway rail should see him afforded the galloping room he requires late. Fellow first-upper STARORIO recorded two fourths behind quality Peters Investments youngsters at Belmont prior to a spell and that form naturally reads pretty well down in the Great Southern. Was doing her best work late in last Sunday week’s barrier trial and if she’s within striking distance on the turn then she’ll be hard to hold out. LIKE HIM A BIT clocked the second fastest final 200-metre split of the day last Sunday week at his first start for new trainer Jonathon Jachmann, but he has a high draw to overcome, while it’s good to see champion trainer Adam Durrant in Albany, and expecting his filly LADY SI DAENG to race on-speed and box on late.
Tips: 6-8-1-10Suggested: 6. WHAT ABOUT MOSES win.
6. WHAT ABOUT MOSES8. STARORIO1. LIKE HIM A BIT10. LADY SI DAENG
Race 3 – 2:25PM USG BORAL MAIDEN (1600 METRES)
Found this All Aged Maiden fairly difficult and ended up siding with the Adam Durrant-trained GENZEBE. Has been in the market at both Bunbury outings so far and wasn’t too bad late after getting a long way out of her ground over 2019 metres last start. Appears fairly one-paced and coming back to the mile is a query, but there does look to be some improvement in this filly at her third run in and this is a particularly thin race. HAILSTRUM has worked home quite well at each of his four runs to date, and should appreciate stepping back up in distance after finding the 1230 metres too short last Sunday week. No one’s riding Percy Spencer Racecourse better than Daniel Staeck and HAILSTRUM is a winning chance. ORASKY had excuses last start, but should enjoy a more favourable run from this low draw and stepping back up in distance is a positive also, while SHEZABUTOO has yet to race beyond six furlongs, but with a patient ride from Jason Whiting is capable of working home into a top-four finish.
Tips: 10-3-8-6Suggested: 10. GENZEBE win.
10. GENZEBE3. HAILSTRUM8. ORASKY6. SHEZABUTOO
Race 4 – 3:05PM TABTOUCH-BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (1900 METRES)
SASSO’S CIRCUS has been working his way back into form and expecting him to give this a shake with the red-hot Daniel Staeck booked to ride. Back with original trainer Kylie Dowling this prep, the eight-year-old had mixed up his form, however, his last two efforts over this track/distance have been rock solid and he looks suited with a better draw down on 56kg. Expecting Staeck to have him a pair or two closer in transit and form there he’ll go close. Albany track specialist MASS EFFECT returned to form as expected over this track/distance last Sunday week, running on with strength late to fill the minor placing. Blinkers going on is another positive and he maps to enjoy a sweet run in transit with only 54.5kg on his back. Stablemate GAUGED is the horse to beat following his strong victory in a similar assignment to this last start. Does rise to 59kg, which has anchored him a fraction in the past, but he’s simply racing too well to be discounted, while consistent mare CANNA LILY looked the winner before being nosed out by Boomnbust on the line here last Sunday week, and that form certainly stacks up.
Tips: 3-6-1-2Suggested: 3. SASSO’S CIRCUS each way.
3. SASSO’S CIRCUS6. MASS EFFECT1. GAUGED2. CANNA LILY
Race 5 – 3:40PM CRAIG FULLER’S HEAT & COOL SOLUTIONS HANDICAP (1230 METRES)
Found it hard to separate promising three-year-olds READ THE RIOT ACT and DEANGLES, and would be surprised if one of them wasn’t first past the post. Going to roll with READ THE RIOT ACT on top after his fast-finishing second behind well-supported stablemate Malilangwe last Sunday week, and is obviously suited with stable rider Daniel Staeck back on board. Hard not to be impressed by the way he hit the line on that occasion and his previous maiden win over this track/distance stacks up. DEANGLES worked outside leader and was a bit stiff to have Burning Magic get up inside him to pinch the result over this track/distance last start. Expecting positive tactics again from Peter Hall and if he can find the rail in front, he’s going to be mighty hard to reel in. Stablemate POLDARK’S GIRL lost ground when plotting a wide path on the turn last Sunday week, but went to the line as good as anything in a similar assignment to this. Maps to track the rail from gate one on this occasion though and there should be no excuses with the cutaway in play, while STEP RIGHT UP returns from a 48-day break and while he is yet to fire in the Great Southern, his best is good enough and it wouldn’t surprise to see him improve.
Tips: 3-2-1-4Suggested: 3. READ THE RIOT ACT win.
3. READ THE RIOT ACT2. DEANGLES1. POLDARK’S GIRL4. STEP RIGHT UP
Race 6 – 4:15PM NEXUS RISK HANDICAP (1500 METRES)
With three of the nine runners, the Steve Wolfe stable have an obvious strong hand and it looks a good option for the gifted WAR JEUNE to record a confidence-boosting win, and end a 614-day drought. Was huge over 1100 metres second up here two starts back, jumping out of the ground late, and he followed up with a brave front-running placing behind Let’s Twist and Royal Statue over this journey at Ascot last Saturday week. Ran some strong figures on that occasion, so expecting that solid run to bring him right to his peak, and all things being equal his class should shine through. Stablemate CHASING CHAOS was very well supported in the same race as WAR JEUNE at Ascot last Saturday week, however, his chances were dashed after bungling the start. Previous win in this grade over 1500 metres was dominant and with a clean getaway, expecting him to take up the running and give them something to chase. Promising three-year-old IONYX is coming off a 36-day break and the pads have been added, which suggests some sort of setback. This is tougher than what he’s been facing, but he has his share of ability and if right can be competitive, while COUNT KALA was hard in the market in a similar event to this last start and went well enough to suggest he’s a top-four chance in this.
Tips: 2-1-6-3Suggested: 2. WAR JEUNE win.
2. WAR JEUNE1. CHASING CHAOS6. IONYX3. COUNT KALA
Race 7 – 4:45PM WELLINGTON & REEVES ALBANY CUP DAY FEB 10 HCP (1100 METRES)
Not a bad handicap this and happy to roll with WICKED HUNTER. Was having his first start for Paul Hunter and ran out of his skin over this track/distance, attacking the line late with strength to be only 1.3 lengths away from Captivated Point. Maps to enjoy a more favourable passage in transit and if he can repeat his first-up effort then he goes close. MESSIAH is flying and was it was hard not to be impressed with the way he drew clear late last Sunday week, running the fastest last 200-metre split of the day. Maps rearwards from high draw, but if the runs come his way he’ll be dangerous late. LADY STINGRAY has strong Captivated Point form in similar assignments to this recently. Expected to go forward and box on well late again, while natural on-pacer DOUBLE EDGED is resuming from a spell, races well at Albany and has been sharpened up for this with two solid lead-up trials.
Tips: 3-4-8-1Suggested: 3. WICKED HUNTER each way.
3. WICKED HUNTER4. MESSIAH8. LADY STINGRAY1. DOUBLE EDGED
Race 8 – 5:15PM AQUA ICE HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Another competitive handicap to finish off the program and sticking with the class of GO CRYING. Couldn’t quite get the job done as a $2.05 fave second up, however, he raced like he was looking for further and he should relish stepping up to the mile. Rapidly-improving apprentice Jade McNaught claims a handy 2kg and with positive tactics from a high draw, GO CRYING should pull through. Free-wheeling front runner MY GIRL CHILLY has returned to racing in peak form and will no doubt take some catching. Dug deep to get the result second up and that run should bring her further forward for this assignment. ROUND THE POINT really caught the eye over 1230 metres last start and the Cold As Cold form reads very well. Should get the right run from gate one, while WITCHERY WOMAN likes it further, but is still capable of competing well fresh in this company.
Tips: 1-7-2-5Suggested: 1. GO CRYING each way.
1. GO CRYING7. MY GIRL CHILLY2. ROUND THE POINT5. WITCHERY WOMAN