We’ve eight meetings taking place across the country today including metro meetings at Warwick Farm, Sandown Hillside, Doomben , Belmont Park and Fannie Bay.
Fortune to double up at Warwick Farm
While Cotton Finger looks likely to jump as favourite for the fourth race at Warwick Farm, a competitive looking Benchmark 64 contest over 1300m there may well be value in opposing Tommy Berry’s mount
A winner by two lengths on a heavy 9 track when racing first up at Canterbury last month the three-year-old is open to improvement but lacks the experience of some of his rivals and may find Lads Fortune too good.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding has been kept to wet tracks since returning from a spell including when finishing third on a heavy 8 surface in maiden company at Newcastle early last month. Duly broke his maiden despite being weak in the market over 1200m at Gosford and while drawn wide that shouldn’t inconvenience too much given he raced from off the pace last time out.
Ferago for revenge triumph
In the third at Sandown Hillside Hereforagoodtime and Ferago are vying for favouritism ahead of the 2400m Benchmark 70 contest set to take place on a heavy 8 track.
The pair met on a heavy 8 surface over this trip on the Hillside course here at the end of last month and while the former had the verdict by a narrow margin that day Ferago is weighted to reverse the form for trainer Patrick F Ryan.
The gelding has a progressive profile having completed a hat-trick when taking out a 2440m Benchmark 64 contest on a heavy 10 track at Geelong on his penultimate start and following that second last time out has won three of his five starts this spell.
Pace wise Always A Winner and jockey Alana Kelly look to be the only angle in this field and while the four-year-old made all the running to take a Restricted 62 event over 2150m at Launceston last month he is untried on a heavy track and his run that day suggested he may struggle to hold on in the closing stages stepping up in distance.
Talking to defy top weight
The most valuable race on the Doomben card, a Benchmark 85 contest over 2030m scheduled to take place as the fifth race on the card plays host to our third and final play.
Ostermeier took a step up to Cup company when finishing seventh in a big field renewal of the Ipswich Cup over 2150m at Ipswich last month and gets a drop back in grade. However it’s notable that he’d struggled at this level on a good 4 track at Eagle Farm on his penultimate start and while the wet ground is a positive he rates a risky proposition.
Top weight Fast Talking has been in good form of late winning three of his last four starts including by two lengths in a Benchmark 80 event over 1800m on a heavy 9 track at Sunshine Coast earlier this month.
Overcame a wide draw in 11 when racing wide on that occasion and while he steps up in distance here that should prove no issue with his win on a good 4 track here prior coming over 2070m.
Riding sensation Kyle Wilson-Taylor secured the Brisbane Apprentice Jockeys Title on Tuesday with three weeks left of the season still to run and having struck up a good rapport with his mount here he is taken to add further success by taking the feature on the Doomben card.