Race 1 – 12:18PM THE PASSIONATE BAKER MAIDEN (2200 METRES)
Could be a record-setting day for the powerhouse Peters Investments operation with likely favourites in seven of the 11 races, but they can’t all win (surely) so going to try and get a few beat beginning with ACE PLACE to knock off BRAVE BATTLE in the opener. Have been waiting for the well-related Ace Place to get up over a trip and he wasn’t too bad in Class 1 company last start. Stays all day and could get last crack at them. Brave Battle is the obvious but he is 1600m to 2200m third up and does look like a real one-batter. Likely leader ELLEVISTA gives them something to catch, while OUT THE FRIAR was better in a similar event last start.
Suggested: 3. ACE PLACE win.
3. ACE PLACE
2. BRAVE BATTLE
5. OUT THE FRIAR
Race 2 – 12:53PM BYRON BAY BREWERY HANDICAP (2000 METRES)
Only a small field and wouldn’t be surprised to see any of these win. Ended up siding with NIGHT SESSION back on her home track after a really encouraging Ascot 27/01 placing last start. Has really clicked with Paul Harvey in the saddle and this mare can let down with strength at the end of a trip. THE ROAN RANGER is 26 days between runs but has to be right in this after his Ratings 66+ placing at Ascot last month. Likely leader AXEL ‘R’ EIGHT is fitter after two runs back and at his best would run these ragged, while REGENT STAR is performing consistently without much luck.
Suggested: 3. NIGHT SESSION win.
3. NIGHT SESSION
2. THE ROAN RANGER
1. AXEL ‘R’ EIGHT
5. REGENT STAR
Race 3 – 1:28PM BUNBURY CUP CALCUTTA TICKETS ON SALE MAIDEN (1675 METRES)
Assuming most be with Pike and POWERFUL FORCE but thinking DANCE OF THE SOUTH may be able to provide an early upset. Has shown glimpses of potential, including last start when travelling in running before being held up badly in the straight. Confident she figures in the finish with clear galloping room on that occasion and a repeat of that could see her make the fave sweat. Thought Powerful Prince would win with the blinkers on last start and he probably should’ve. Ready for the mile now and is clearly the one to beat. ELAFELLA boxed on when leading last start and will be looking to control proceedings again, while VITAL TIMES and FLASH DUCATI are top-four chances also.
Suggested: 9. DANCE OF THE SOUTH each way.
9. DANCE OF THE SOUTH
3. POWERFUL FORCE
8. VITAL TIMES
5. FLASH DUCATI
Race 4 – 2:03PM CAPEL VALE WINERY MAIDEN (1675 METRES)
This Maiden’s well-and-truly up for grabs and going to go again with MISS VOODOO. Have liked some of the stuff she’s produced at trials and only a matter of time before she puts it all together on raceday. Low draw, regular rider back on and rising to the mile are all positives. SCOOTIN’ has run a couple of eye catchers over the journey and she looks as a potential blowout. FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS is a work in progress but does have some talent, ICARIAN is rarely far away at the finish of her races, and likely leader JOLLY ODD is in career-best form.
Suggested: 11. MISS VOODOO each way.
11. MISS VOODOO
8. JOLLY ODD
Race 5 – 2:38PM BUNBURY CUP GA TICKETS ON SALE MAIDEN (1100 METRES)
Locking in REAL CHARISMA on top. Send out a 1.85 fave on debut and while she did encounter some traffic issues at a crucial stage, the main takeaway was that she was still able to finish second despite racing on the inferior part of the track. Merit in the run, comes forward naturally and thinking she can zap these late AGENT KENSINGTON deserves to win one soon and she comes in to this fresh off a 36-day break. Nice draw, gets her chance. Liked the recent trial from first-upper HELL’S BELLE, IRON SHARP is suited down in grade, while TAKEMEHOMETONIGHT is a filly worth following.
Suggested: 8. REAL CHARISMA win.
8. REAL CHARISMA
6. AGENT KENSINGTON
7. HELL’S BELLE
3. IRON SHARP
Race 6 – 3:10PM BUNBURY PLUMBING SERVICES MAIDEN (1400 METRES)
Hard not to be impressed with the way PURE DEVOTION savaged the line on debut and she’s going to be mighty hard to hold out here. Is coming off a 45-day freshen but Team Williams are the best when it comes to winning off these let ups and with Pike on from gate one, Pure Devotion only needs clear galloping room to get past these. Some will be wanting to make a strong case for LINCOLN’S LAW, who was massive first up when wide throughout and beaten by a smart one. IT’S A LANCE also boxed on well after a wide run last start, MAIN ENGINE will be running on, and COLOUR ME QUICK could roll forward and show some cheek.
Suggested: 10. PURE DEVOTION win.
10. PURE DEVOTION
2. LINCOLN’S LAW
3. IT’S A LANCE
8. MAIN ENGINE
11. COLOUR ME QUICK
Race 7 – 3:40PM BUNBURY CUP ON SATURDAY 6 MARCH MAIDEN (1400 METRES)
With the blinkers on ANTIQUE JEWEL stands out in this. Was a beaten $1.95 fave last start but inexperience proved costly, although with clear galloping room late she still may have been able to get the job done. Expecting the shades to sharpen her right up and she’s the one. Have been impressed with the trials of GENERAL GRANT and Shaun McGruddy should give him every chance from gate one. RED HOT HOPE has a heap of potential and will be launching late first up, OCEANZARA is honest, while DON’T SHOW ME UP can fire fresh also.
Suggested: 14. ANTIQUE JEWEL win.
14. ANTIQUE JEWEL
9. GENERAL GRANT
6. RED HOT HOPE
4. DON’T SHOW ME UP
Race 8 – 4:15PM AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Good clash this between TAMBORA and PRIZED MISS, and opting to side with the likely leader Tambora. Has been kept fresh (33 days) since running into an in-form La Farola at Ascot last start and that form certainly stacks up. Rolling along with Pateman on board Tambora will take some chasing. Prized Miss put in a poor one second up but trusting Team Williams to have this filly back on track for this assignment. CALAG is an interesting runner, resuming for a new stable, I HOPE YOU DANCE claimed an elusive maiden win last start, while GALAGA maps well and 1400m suits.
Suggested: 2. TAMBORA win.
5. PRIZED MISS
3. I HOPE YOU DANCE
Race 9 – 4:45PM JCW ELECTRICAL HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Very keen on Cerise And White 3YO TESTING LOVE. Returning from a 10-week let up, this filly could almost be unbeaten in three outings to date and from gate four William Pike should have her within striking distance of her on-pace rivals. Testing Love should launch straight past these. Likely leader CASTILLO DEL LAGO is no slouch and the Double Spice form reads well. Nice use of Ramoly’s 2kg claim. FIERY BAY will be doing his best work late, a fresh THE THUNDERESS has a strong SP profile, while COMEALILBITCLOSER doesn’t know how to run a bad race.
Suggested: 9. TESTING LOVE win.
9. TESTING LOVE
1. CASTILLO DEL LAGO
4. FIERY BAY
10. THE THUNDERESS
Race 10 – 5:15PM FURPHY – REFRESHING ALE HANDICAP (1675 METRES)
Looks a nice race for NO APOLOGY. Boxed on quite well to place third up at Ascot 23/01 and the form out of that race held up at Pinjarra on Saturday. Carleen Hefel is in-form s the 3kg claim comes in handy and hoping to see positive tactics from the high draw. JADAVI has a booming finish and really puts in for apprentice Beaux Edwards. Look out for her launching late. CALL AGAIN is enjoying a good prep and from gate one should be afforded every opportunity, KIA ORA STAR is suited down in grade with blinkers on, while the best of PORPHYRIO sees her right in the finish.
Suggested: 2. NO APOLOGY win.
2. NO APOLOGY
3. CALL AGAIN
1. KIA ORA STAR
Race 11 – 5:45PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Tough race to get out after a long day but BLAZING TYCOON and William Pike should give you a run for your money. This east-coast import caught the eye at his first WA outing down the Pinjarra Straight 1000 and will be even better suited up over the 1200m. Has enough gate speed to make the most of this good draw and Blazing Tycoon should impact. TRANSGRESSOR was brave in the Batavia Sprint in Geraldton and has to be a factor dropping in class. Lookout for STABLE SECRET to lead or land outside leader, while VIC import RAPIDORA is an interesting runner.
Suggested: 3. BLAZING TYCOON win.
3. BLAZING TYCOON
7. IT COMES NATURAL
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Tuesday 10 February 2021
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