Race 2 Sunshine Coast
Superare @ 9/5
Race 4 Geraldton
Dark Peak @ 2/1
There’s three provincial meetings and four country fixtures set to take place on Sunday with heavy tracks expected at four of the seven fixtures due to take place.
Tracey Bartley’s Leipzig looks sure to have his supporters ahead of the fifth race at Hawkesbury, a 1400m maiden contest with the daughter of Nicconi registering her first placed effort when narrowly beaten into third in a blanket finish for a maiden over this trip at Scone last month.
Tackling the distance for the first time the three-year-old appeared to relish the heavy 10 surface having been beaten over five lengths when sixth in a 1300m maiden on a soft 5 track here on her penultimate outing.
The once-raced Winning Point is selected to get the better of Leipzig here however with the Paul Murray-trained filly showing plenty of ability when finishing just over a length back in fourth when making her racecourse debut in a 1200m event on a soft 5 track at Kembla Grange.
The Bull Point filly had to overcome crowding at the start on that occasion and while the form hasn’t been truly tested as yet it’s notable that the sixth home Badge has won since.
Winona Costin, on board that day takes the ride once more and Winning Point looks capable of overcoming a wide draw with the step up in distance likely to suit.
The second race at Sunshine Coast is an intriguing 1200m handicap contest. With both top weight Marway and La Amigo expected to want to lead the race could be set up for a closer.
With the pace situation in mind Superare for the Stuart Kendrick teams looks the most likely to take advantage with the five-year-old demonstrating good form when ridden from behind the pace or with restraint in recent starts.
The son of Exceed And Excel placed third in the valuable 900m Cronin Miller Litigation Quality on a heavy 8 track at Gold Coast on his penultimate start and backed up with a victory in the All Aspect Spraying Handicap over 1000m at this venue eight days later.
Delivered his second victory of this spell on that occasion when ridden from off the pace and with jockey Ben E Thompson, on board that day again in the saddle he is taken to make his first start over this 1200m distance in well over two years a winning one to register a sixth win in eight starts at this venue.
Chix Chatter is expected to jump as favourite for the fourth race on the Geraldton card, a Benchmark 58+ event over 1200m.
With the track forecast to be a good 4 Gordon Spowart’s charge, a regular at this venue with each of his last six starts coming here has underfoot conditions to suit having won twice and placed five times from 16 starts on a good track.
Runner-up in a similar race to this over 1113m last time Troy Turner’s mount should have no issues with the extra distance but may find a fresh Dark Peak too strong with the pick having won here in the past.
That victory came on a soft 7 surface over 1100m here in March and while the daughter of Trade Fair has twice suffered defeats at this level when runner-up since it’s of note that she is making her first start since joining the Kim R Anderson stable with the handler boasting an impressive 30% strike-rate (9/30) at this venue in the last 12 months and with that in mind Jason Maskiell’s mount is selected to make a winning return to action.