Race 1 – 1:41PM PLUMBERS AND GAS FITTERS BUNBURY MAIDEN (1108 METRES)
The raced brigade have ha a few chances already and as a result opted to side with first-starter YOYO’S. Have liked plenty of what she’s shown in four barrier trials, including her latest Pinjarra 8/03 heat when not fully extended. Drawn well, sable means business with the blinkers on and happy to speculate Yoyo’s on debut. LOOKSNOTEVERYTHING has the best form of any of these, coming off a succession of placings behind some handy types. Blinkers are on also and expecting positive tactics. SCORPION STORMZ comes forward after his first-up effort and will be getting the last crack at them, while Ryan Hill will be looking to pinch it aboard likely leader SPRITZ IT UP.
Suggested: 7. YOYO’S win.
1. SCORPION STORMZ
6. SPRITZ IT UP
Race 2 – 2:16PM BULL AND BUSH CHARTER BUS AND TOURS MAIDEN (1208 METRES)
Plenty of possibilities in this 3YO Maiden and decided to side with local youngster COUNT GRUNDY first up. Showed glimpses of potential during his first racing prep and should have matured nicely during his break. Maps to get a lovely run stalking the leaders and expecting Paul Harvey to get the best out of Count Grundy late. ZANGIEF looked home when resuming at Geraldton but was swamped late. Good effort all the same and has to be a major player in this second up. First-upper FIRST MOMENT has potential and from a low draw with Chris Parnham on has to be a consideration, while no surprise to see YOUDOYOU running on strong late.
Suggested: 1. ZANGIEF win.
6. FIRST MOMENT
5. COMMAND FORCE
*Numbers amended after scratchings
Race 3 – 2:50PM BVA METAL FABRICATIONS MAIDEN (2019 METRES)
Could be the day for 3YO filly JAFETICA. Thought she’d run a race in a similar event to this last start but she was stuck behind a couple of roadblocks at crucial stages and lost valuable momentum, so the effort was better than it reads. Kept out of trouble on this occasion Jafetica should go close. ELLEVISTA and JOLLY ODD come through the same race as the on-topper and both these runners will have plenty of admirers. Ellevista lands right on top of the speed, while Jolly Odd looks the likely leader. And THERE’S A THOUGHT was a $2.20 fave at York last start and she’s bred to appreciate the rise to 2019m.
Suggested: 9. JAFETICA each way.
5. JOLLY ODD
8. THERE’S A THOUGHT
Race 4 – 3:20PM CAPEL TAVERN MAIDEN (1410 METRES)
Looks a good option for COTCHIN. Hasn’t been far away in his three appearances so far and this doesn’t look as strong as what he’s encountered to date. Maps to enjoy a suitable run from a low draw and Cotchin gets his chance to break through. Forgiveness will be required for BAYBIZARRE after she finished down the track as a $2.05 fave last start, having suffered from cardiac arrhythmia on the day. Subsequent stewards trial was solid and taken on her previous form she has to be a factor. RUBILICIOUS ROSE will be doing her best work late, while anticipating a more competitive effort from MUDCHUKKA second up with blinkers on.
Suggested: 2. COTCHIN win.
8. RUBILICIOUS ROSE
Race 5 – 3:50PM PAINT PLACE HANDICAP (1410 METRES)
Is this the day for NZ import ROGUES POINT? Has run some nice races since arriving in WA including his big first-up effort behind the seasoned winner Sweet Dreamin’ at Bunbury 11/03. Suited down in class and may even find himself in front from gate one, so should take some beating from there. MY HIDDEN JOURNEY got the maiden win he deserved last Saturday week and has to be a winning chance again. Have liked the way MINI WINNIE has been attacking the line this prep and maps to stalk the main fancies from this draw, while CHIEF ARCHER has endured an interrupted prep recently but looks a player from a low draw.
Suggested: 4. ROGUES POINT win.
4. ROGUES POINT
3. MY HIDDEN JOURNEY
6. MINI WINNIE
1. CHIEF ARCHER
Race 6 – 4:25PM BVA LASER CUTTING SERVICES HANDICAP (1690 METRES)
Happy to be siding with WINSALOT. Won well at Pinjarra two back and then ran into a potentially smart one in Temptacion at Ascot 10/03, with that filly going on to win again at Ascot on Wednesday. With a sweet run from gate one and clear galloping room late, Winsalot takes some holding out. SPECIAL VIEW made the best possible start for new trainer Hayden Ballantyne last start and Mitch Pateman will be looking to control things from out in front again. CALAG is competing very well for his new stable this campaign, while the topweight IT’S A LANCE will be pushing for a top-four finish also.
Suggested: 6. WINSALOT win.
2. SPECIAL VIEW
1. IT’S A LANCE
Race 7 – 5:00PM THE BULL AND BUSH TAVERN SOUTH WEST CUP (2219 METRES)
This is the race for quality staying mare MONTELENA. Has started favourite in both the Detonator Stakes and Bunbury Cup recently and while running into a fire-breathing Last Of The Line two back, she was beaten on her merits by PADDY’S SHADOW last time. Does meet that mare 2.5kg better at the weights and with a more steadier tempo anticipated, there should be no excuses for Montelena. Paddy’s Shadow thoroughly deserved her Bunbury Cup victory and relished the genuinely run 2000m event. Goes from 54kg to 59kg though, so that will no doubt play a part late in the race. DIVINE SHADOW loomed to win the Bunbury Cup but just peaked late. Fitter and with a more suitable tempo he can make things interesting late, while UTGARD LOKI is in good order this prep and gives himself every chance on top of the speed.
Suggested: 2. MONTELENA win.
1. PADDY’S SHADOW
4. DIVINE SHADOW
3. UTGARD LOKI
Race 8 – 5:35PM WELCOME BACK ANDREW HANDICAP (1208 METRES)
Tough race to finish the day but STANDOUT ROSE could be a horse on the rise and gets the nod on top. Tracked her closely when last in work and she recorded a strong first-up Ascot 7/03 victory, with Miss Vasari making that form look pretty decent at Ascot on Wednesday. There’s a heap of speed engaged in this race, so there is a danger Standout Rose may settle three/four/five back on the fence, but she has class and strength and should still find a way to impact. The best of YADREAMIN’ stacks up and look out for her launching into contention late. The well-travelled SWEET ANGELINE is an interesting runner for Justin Warwick and sizzled in her Straight 1000m trial at Pinjarra 8/03, while a peak performance from PINK ‘N’ GRAY or BOLSHOI GAL would see them go close.
Suggested: 10. STANDOUT ROSE win.
10. STANDOUT ROSE
1. SWEET ANGELINE
2. PINK ‘N’ GRAY
9. BOLSHOI GAL
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Friday 19 March 2021
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