With a provincial meeting from Northam and four country fixtures there’s plenty of action for racing fans to get involved in this Thursday.
Kia Ora Jewel is expected to jump as favourite for the final race on the Northam card, a 1600m Class 1 contest.
Off the mark at the 11th time of asking when triumphant by two lengths over this trip at PInjarra last time out the four-year-old has been kept to soft ground this spell and delivered a couple of solid efforts at this venue prior to that Pinjarra triumph.
Regular jockey Jason Whiting is in the saddle but Sharon Miller’s charge has a wide draw in eight to overcome and preference here is for Surveillance.
The pick showed solid form in maiden company last spell and broke through for a win when taking out a 1413m contest in impressive style at Geraldton in February. Put a below par subsequent effort in this grade at that track subsequently behind him when runner-up upped to 1600m there in March.
Attempted to make all that day and while the gelding was ridden with restraint when a well held fourth first up over 1400m at Belmont Park just over two weeks ago he has drawn the rail here and is taken to deliver a victory with jockey Keshaw Dhurun, on board for that Geraldton maiden success back in the saddle.
At Sale the second race, a 1427m maiden contest set to take place on a soft 5 track looks to be a competitive affair with the unraced trial winner Sir Rockford expected to attract support while similar can be said of the once-raced Staunch.
Staunch debuted in January with a solid second place finish in a 1400m maiden at Pakenham. Tackled a soft 5 track on that occasion and with plenty of subsequent winners in behind that day he rates a worthy favourite.
The race-fit Hollerween may have the edge on his two rivals here however having showed a marked improvement in form when finishing runner-up in a 1430m maiden on a soft 5 track at Geelong just under three weeks ago.
The son of Holler had been off for over a year prior to that effort having ended his 2021 campaign with a last of 11 in a metro handicap over 1800m at Flemington in July of that year.
Beau Mertens, on board for all three starts in 2021 returns to the saddle here and Julius Sandhu’s representative is taken to break his maiden at the fifth time of asking.
Top weight Russian Standard is expected to have his supporters ahead of the fifth race on the Muswellbrook card, a 1000m maiden contest.
The Capitalist gelding showed good form on the forecast soft 6 track when finishing a close up third in a course and distance contest when racing here first up.
Jockey Rory Hutchings does well at this venue but the four-year-old may find Pliskova too good in what looks a decent contest.
The Stephen Jones-trained mare has shown good form in her two starts to date placing second over this trip on a good 4 track at Tamworth in July prior to filling the same position on a heavy 10 surface when tackling the same course and distance three weeks later.
Raced prominently on each occasion and is taken to employ similar tactics successfully to break her maiden at the third time of asking.