Race 1 – 1:08PM COUNTRY COMFORT PERTH MAIDEN (1100 METRES)
THIS’LL TESTYA has impressed at the barrier trials and is expected to be all the rage on debut. Hailing from the outstanding Adam Durrant yard, connections have had to be patient with this mare, but the way she towelled up her rivals in a Lark Hill 4/11 heat win suggests the wait will be worth it. Expected to lead or camp outside leader in running, and should be too good from there. DRAGONFLIES has race-fitness and form on his side, and is drawn to enjoy a suitable on-pace run in transit. PIP is backing up after a solid fresh Albany effort, while TINTO BELLE shouldn’t be far away first up.
Suggested: 7. THIS’LL TESTYA win.
7. THIS’LL TESTYA
5. TINTO BELLE
Race 2 – 1:43PM MOSHI MOSHI MARKETING MAIDEN (1100 METRES)
Looking for on-pacers on a hot day forecast with the rail back in the true position, and CANDIJAY certainly fits that bill. Like the way she stretched Chatter Session in a trial prior to a hard-closing debut performance at York. Will no doubt appreciate the race experience and with positive tactics she should be going close. Have to respect first-upper RUN FOR MONEY, who showed a bit last prep and has been readied for this with two lead-up trials. Will have admirers. JAKESTAR just missed out on an upset win on debut and those formlines read very well, while THE HONEYMAN will be strong late.
Suggested: 9. CANDIJAY each way.
5. RUN FOR MONEY
1. THE HONEYMAN
Race 3 – 2:18PM FURPHY – REFRESHING ALE MAIDEN (1675 METRES)
Going to follow the money and roll with STARAUTHORESS. Was making his WA debut for Lindsey Smith at Ascot 14/11 when crunched from $5 to $2.60, but got a long way back and was quite wayward in running. Did work home well enough late though and does look suited stepping up to the mile. Follow. DROP THE ORANGE will strip fitter after a solid first-up result and this does look a nice option for him. MALAKHI is showing promise and really has been knocking on the door recently, while on-speed pair JOLLY ODD and THE DIVINE WIND are both expected to be boxing on well late.
Suggested: 10. STARAUTHORESS win.
3. DROP THE ORANGE
8. JOLLY ODD
1. THE DIVINE WIND
Race 4 – 2:55PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET MAIDEN (1400 METRES)
This looks the right race for TOO FAT TOO SLOW to break through. Was a bit stiff not to salute last prep and went oh so close to doing so when resuming at Albany last Sunday, when nailed late in a busy finish after racing wide throughout. Suited up in trip on the quick back up and should get it done. NOT REALLY TRUE loomed large when resuming in a stronger race than this, but peaked on her run. Expected to elevate nicely with the blinkers on second up. EXCLUSIVE ZULU appears well placed, especially from gate one, while OIHANA is a horse worth following, but the high draw hinders.
Suggested: 1. TOO FAT TOO SLOW win.
1. TOO FAT TOO SLOW
12. NOT REALLY TRUE
6. EXCLUSIVE ZULU
Race 5 – 3:30PM QUBE BULK TRANSPORT HANDICAP (2000 METRES)
DO A PATAKY is ready to win. Have liked all three of her efforts this prep, running into metro winner Sublime Image two back, before hitting the line hard in a fast 1705m race that was dominated by the on-pacers last start. Ready for this trip now and maps soft from the low draw. SAVAQUIN left an impression with his maiden win at his WA debut, diving through to get the bob in right on the line. Bred for this trip, expected to measure up. SHADOW HUNTER was a bit stiff to get rolled last start and has to be considered a major player, while TREAT YO SELF stayed well to win her maiden last time.
Suggested: 2. DO A PATAKY win.
2. DO A PATAKY
3. COOL FROST
6. PETTICOAT JUNCTION
*Numbers amended after Final Scratchings
Race 6 – 4:05PM SUEZ RECYCLING AND RECOVERY HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Good clash between CHATTER SESSION and LONDON MISS, and eventually opted to lock in Chatter Session. Was keen on her when resuming at Ascot 30/10 and didn’t let her supporters down, finding the front and controlling the race from there. Back to the 1000m is a slight query, but maps to advantage, has plenty of class and should be nice-and-fresh coming off a 25-day break. London Miss was most impressive when running slick time to score this track/distance second up. Can win again. Expecting first-upper LADIES OF LONDON to be running on strong, while SOLARIZE looks set to rebound back in grade.
Suggested: 8. CHATTER SESSION win.
8. CHATTER SESSION
9. LONDON MISS
3. LADIES OF LONDON
Race 7 – 4:40PM CAPEL VALE WINERY HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Plenty of hopes in this full field, but happy to be siding with GEIGER GEM. Liked the way he improved second up this trip at Ascot 9/11 and he does look to capable of elevating even further deeper into his prep. Should find a suitable on-pace running position, perhaps in front, and he does seem to go for Jade McNaught. AFLICA’S GIRL was a bit stiff when held up at a crucial stage last time. Up in grade but can run a big race down on 54kg. NELSON’S FLIGHT is tough and talented, and at his best would win this, while classy backmarkers WITHOUT REASON and JUST LIKE FIRE should be steaming home.
Suggested: 2. GEIGER GEM each way.
2. GEIGER GEM
16. AFLICA’S GIRL
1. NELSON’S FLIGHT
6. WITHOUT REASON
3. JUST LIKE FIRE
Race 8 – 5:15PM QUBE PORTS & BULK STEVEDORING HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Some promising types are crossing swords in the final event on the program and pretty keen on the chances of SILKINIZE. Looks a potential topliner this fellow and it was hard not to be impressed with the way he jumped out of the ground against quality opposition at Ascot last start. Has versatility on his side also, but regardless of where he lands in running, he should still find a way. Like HORIZON as a horse and he’s coming off a very encouraging first-up effort. Major player. First-upper CHOICE COMMAND is well-regarded and has trialled nicely recently, while MISS ELLMYA goes good also.
Suggested: 7. SILKINIZE win.
4. CHOICE COMMAND
5. LIL’ RED BIKINI
*Numbers amended after Final Scratchings
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 9:00am on Friday 22 November 2019
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