With four meetings set to take place today including a nine race card at Mackay there’s plenty of action for punters.
Marty to party in Mackay
Given the form he’s shown of late it’s understandable that Mark Currie’s Mill Rossa looks set to jump as favourite for the concluding race on the Mackay card.
The four-year-old has won three of his five starts this spell and backs up quickly following a two-and-a-half-length triumph over 1200m on a soft 5 track at Rockhampton last week.
Usually races prominently or on the speed and Robbie Fradd may have to race just behind the pace on his mount with Let’s Go Bobby and Bombasay both expected to go forward from inside barriers.
With the above in mind Mill Rossa looks opposable with Let’s Party Marty selected to deliver a second triumph this spell following a narrow victory in an 1100m Class 6 event on a good 4 track at Rockhampton last month.
Had previously finished a close second over the same course and distance in a similar contest and while Lindsay Hatch’s charge has yet to win over this trip the seven-year-old does have two places to his name while the booking of top apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor is a further positive with regards his chances.
Hapi for Geelong triumph
In the fifth at Geelong Double Chance demonstrated good form on a sound surface last spell placing third on three of her four starts including in a Benchmark 64 event at Pakenham in February.
Off the track since that effort she was the winner of her only previous start here in a 1400m maiden on a soft 5 surface in June last year.
Untried on heavy tracks her liking for the surface here would have to be taken on trust and Always Hapi, who has three starts to his name this time around looks a solid alternative.
The winner of a 1350m maiden on a soft 5 track at Donald the pick had previously filled third spot in a maiden race on a heavy 8 track over 1100m at Bendigo when racing first up.
The booking of Damien Oliver catches the eye here coming into this race on the back of a close up third in a Restricted 58 contest over this trip at Wangaratta earlier this month.
Versatile with regards to tactics that is a positive in a race where there’s likely to be a number of contenders, including Schuhbeck, Nostradam Man and Rebel Typhoon who are wanting to racing on the speed and the son of American Pharoah is selected to double his career tally.
Great for Dubbo glory
In the fifth race at Dubbo, a 1315m maiden handicap top weight Rockbarton Ruby looks sure to be fancied strongly in the market coming into this race on the back of a second place finish in a maiden over this trip on a good 4 track at Scone last month.
The softer going here is no inconvenience and the Denman filly rates among the leading players despite having to overcome a wide draw in this contest. All Things Great receives just half-a-kilo from her rival here but has shown good form at this venue in the past including when runner-up twice over around this distance.
The most recent of those second place finishes came in a maiden on a soft 6 track on 10th June. Disappointed slightly when backing up in a 1600m maiden at Coonamble 16 days later but he can be forgiven that effort on his first attempt at the mile distance.
This trip looks more suitable and with regular pilot Clayton Gallagher up he can break his maiden in this contest.