The Leg Up: Northam Preview – Thursday 2 July 2020

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Race 1 – 12:34PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET MAIDEN (1000 METRES)

This looks a nice first-up option for FIRE GODDESS. Only had the one start last prep, but was a $4.80 chance in a decent race and wasn’t all that far away at the finish. Comes through a hot Lark Hill 15/06 trial and kept out of trouble by apprentice Victoria Corver, Fire Goddess should have these covered. MUST RUSH tried hard but was no match late for Not My Fight last start. Should roll forward and box on well again. First-upper LA CHIAVE should’ve developed since her Narrogin 21/03 debut when sent out $4.60 and a low draw should suit with the cutaway in play, while it will pay to keep an eye on the market movements regarding HOT TECHNIQUE on debut.

Tips: 6-4-5-8
Suggested: 6. FIRE GODDESS win.

6. FIRE GODDESS
4. MUST RUSH
5. LA CHIAVE
8. HOT TECHNIQUE

Race 2 – 1:12PM TABTOUCH MAIDEN (1100 METRES)

Appears the right race for JOYRIZE to break through. Has promised plenty over the journey and her recent Northam results have been solid, and this doesn’t look as strong as what she’s been facing of late. Gets the right run from this draw with Pike staying on, and it really looks set up for Joyrize. EMERALD ROSE has had plenty of opportunities to crack it for a win already, but her two runs this prep suggests she’s the main danger. Likes being ridden patiently, so the cutaway enhances her claims. Don’t be surprised to see 2YO filly WINSALOT run a cheeky race, while VENETIAN JEWEL appreciated a quieter ride last start.

Tips: 3-2-12-4
Suggested: 3. JOYRIZE win.

3. JOYRIZE
2. EMERALD ROSE
12. WINSALOT
4. VENETIAN JEWEL

Race 3 – 1:47PM TABTOUCH STREAM RACING LIVE MAIDEN (1300 METRES)

UNIVERSAL PLEASURE gets the nod again. Was quite keen on her second up at Belmont 17/06 and she gave a good kick after leading, only to be nailed right on the line by the heavily-backed The Singing Tiger. Previous Sweetassa form reads well also and Universal Pleasure will take some beating. Have appreciated the recent two trial wins from LORD AUGUSTUS and this fellow may even find himself railing in front on debut. Gets 3kg off courtesy of Madi Derrick and can make an impact. NEW AMSTERDAM was costly last start when beaten at $1.80, but may elevate up to 1200m for the first time, while WHAT PLANET YOU ON is competing well this prep.

Tips: 8-5-3-9
Suggested: 8. UNIVERSAL PLEASURE win.

8. UNIVERSAL PLEASURE
5. LORD AUGUSTUS
3. NEW AMSTERDAM
9. WHAT PLANET YOU ON

Race 4 – 2:22PM TABTOUCH RACE REPLAYS MAIDEN (1300 METRES)

Pretty keen on first-upper ZIP ZAM ZOOM. Has always looked above average, even from his 2YO days, but several setbacks have impacted his career to date. Dominated rivals in his Belmont 8/06 trial win and with similar positive tactics from Jade McNaught, Zip Zam Zoom should prove too good for this lot. FUSION makes her debut for a new stable and stretched out well enough in her Lark Hill 15/06 trial. Gets every chance with Pike on and the cutaway in play. LET ME PASS can elevate second up from a better draw and may even lead this field, while ICELANDER caught the eye at his WA debut.

Tips: 1-10-3-2
Suggested: 1. ZIP ZAM ZOOM win.

1. ZIP ZAM ZOOM
10. FUSION
3. LET ME PASS
2. ICELANDER

Race 5 – 2:57PM TABTOUCH BETTER YOUR BETTING EXPERIENCE MAIDEN (1600 METRES)

THEHUNTSMEN should be really hard to beat on the seven-day back up. Looked to win second up at Pinjarra 25/06 but couldn’t quite get over the top of Richardson. Capable of coming further forward following that hit-out and maps to get a sweet run in transit from this alley. Looks another winning chance for the in-form Sharon Miller yard. SMART FASCINATOR should be suited coming back to the mile after her latest 2200m result. Winkers go on and did lead last start, so perhaps better ridden with cover. LOVE STRIKES has shown glimpses and could bob up in a maiden lacking depth, while the same can be said for both PYRO and JACK IN THE BLACK.

Tips: 4-12-13-2
Suggested: 4. THEHUNTSMEN win.

4. THEHUNTSMEN
12. SMART FASCINATOR
13. LOVE STRIKES
2. PYRO
5. JACK IN THE BLACK

Race 6 – 3:32PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (2200 METRES)

Have given her a few chances over the journey, but saddling up once again with PEARLS FROM HEAVEN. Seems to be enjoying being stretched out to middle distances this prep and it’s hard not to notice the way she’s attacked the line at her last two outings. With a patient Peter Knuckey ride and an uninterrupted passage, Pearls From Heaven can run over the top. ARROWSWIFT broke through in style this track/distance last start and has to be a major player again. ALBY’S PRIDE will be suited coming back up to 2200m, while DESIGNER PRINCE drops in grade and always tries hard.

Tips: 6-2-3-10
Suggested: 6. PEARLS FROM HEAVEN win.

6. PEARLS FROM HEAVEN
2. ALBY’S PRIDE
3. DESIGNER PRINCE
10. LIGHT IN THE BLACK
*Numbers amended after scratchings

Race 7 – 4:10PM TABTOUCH SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY HANDICAP (1100 METRES)

Not a bad contest this, with plenty of runners considered genuine winning chances. With low confidence opted for AMELIA BEDELIA, who was brave behind a smart one in Wine Night racing first up at Belmont 17/06. Never threw in the towel on that occasion and with a suitable on-speed run in this event, she’ll take some getting past late. THE SINGING TIGER was plunged on debut and lifted over the line by Paul Harvey to score narrowly. Stable and jockey are in a purple patch, will be hard to beat again. DRINKWHATYOULIKE steps out for the first time for Adam Durrant and at her best, she’d be too fast for these, while PERCEIVE must be considered a serious contender also.

Tips: 5-4-1-10
Suggested: 5. AMELIA BEDELIA win.

5. AMELIA BEDELIA
4. THE SINGING TIGER
1. DRINKWHATYOULIKE
10. PERCEIVE

Race 8 – 4:45PM TABTOUCH GIDDY UP PREMIUM FORM HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

William Pike and the Pearce Bros have been a formidable combination in recent months, and they look set to rack up another victory with SPEEDY MISS. Cruised to a comfortable victory in a similar event to this two weeks back and maps ideally from this draw, so coiled up underneath “The Wizard”, Speedy Miss should swoop over the top again. PEARLS AND PRAWNS has class on her side and got rid of some ring-rust first up at Belmont 20/06. Trusting her to have a crack. The big finishing ATHLONE CASTLE could be the blow out and should be included in all your exotics, while the best of RECHARGER and STORMY RULER put them right in the finish also.

Tips: 2-1-7-4
Suggested: 2. SPEEDY MISS win.

2. SPEEDY MISS
1. PEARLS AND PRAWNS
7. ATHLONE CASTLE
4. RECHARGER
3. STORMY RULER

**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Wednesday 1 July 2020

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