Race 1 – 1:47PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET MAIDEN (1100 METRES)
Looks a sweet first-up assignment for THE FIBONACCI, having been scratched from Ascot 10/03 and saved for this. Was a beaten fave at both starts last prep but had excuses on debut and did glide through his Belmont 2/03 lead-up trial nicely. Will no doubt have matured during his break from racing and expecting the stable to have The Fibonacci ready to let rip fresh. TYPE WON is one of the better maidens going around and will certainly win one soon. Rolls forward for Kristy Bennett and can stretch the on-topper. OZZY BOY is fitter second up and lands on-speed from a low draw with Mitch Pateman back on, while anticipating a competitive performance from $260,000 yearling purchase INVINCIBLE STRIKE.
Suggested: 4. THE FIBONACCI win.
4. THE FIBONACCI
8. TYPE WON
2. OZZY BOY
6. INVINCIBLE STRIKE
Race 2 – 2:22PM AMELIA PARK MAIDEN (1200 METRES)
Very rare to see a March 2YO going around in an All Age Maiden, but really think OCEANIC RIDER can make an impact on debut. Caught the eye in a Belmont 26/03/20 trial behind Supremacy Stakes winner Liwa and couldn’t have done much more when a 5.7L Belmont 2/03 1000m heat winner. Moves like a nice horse and while inexperience and the pressure of raceday are factors, Oceanic Rider can work forward for positive hoop Kyra Yuill and might be a class above. ASTRO WARRIOR is ready to win after a plunge went astray second up. Has some tricks and the gear changes are queries, but does look to get his chance. KAPTAIN KAOS has to be respected first up for Michael Grantham after showing plenty last prep, while low draws suit STARLIFT and THE VERDICT, who finished alongside each other at Pinjarra 21/02.
Suggested: 11. OCEANIC RIDER win.
11. OCEANIC RIDER
5. ASTRO WARRIOR
4. KAPTAIN KAOS
10. THE VERDICT
Race 3 – 3:04PM FURPHY MAIDEN (1400 METRES)
ALLMAMONEY does standout as the best of the day. Was recently transferred to the Pearce Bros, but this filly is coming off a ripping Bunbury 17/02 result when clocking the fastest final 400m and 200m splits of the day for a slashing second placing. Should settle closer from this draw rising to 1400m and if she turns up, only bad luck should beat Allmamoney. POWERFUL FORCE was better coming back to this trip last start and appreciated a more patient ride also. Has to be a top three contender. COLOUR ME QUICK got a long way back last start but was doing some strong work late, while recent Ascot placegetters MOLLY MAGEE and ETOMORP are pushing for first-four berths also.
Suggested: 9. ALLMAMONEY win.
10. COLOUR ME QUICK
6. MOLLY MAGEE
*Numbers amended after scratchings
Race 4 – 3:45PM APOLLO RISK SERVICES MAIDEN (2000 METRES)
This 2000m Maiden is there for the taking and CREZEE does appear to have the best credentials. Looks an old-fashioned staying type, already having good 2000m-plus form last campaign, and he’s ready for this journey now after a trial and three solid lead-up runs this prep. Just needs to work into the race with uninterrupted momentum and if Peter Hall can fill the brief Crezee should be able to out-stay them late. Expecting JAFETICA to come forward again third up and maps soft from this low draw. ELLEVISTA and MORSE come through the same Bunbury 25/02 race and have to be considered contenders in this similar event, while no surprise to see FEAR THE WIND elevate significantly second up.
Suggested: 2. CREZEE win.
Race 5 – 4:15PM MAJOR INSURANCE SERVICES HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
Expecting most to be siding with MONG KHON and happy to climb aboard also. Was hard in the market first up at Pinjarra 21/02 and competed well to split promising 3YOs Blow Me Out and Mystery Man after enjoy a lovely run in transit. Does rise to 60kg, but is a Bunbury 1100m winner and should get the right run from this low draw. PRIZED NEMESIS is back from a nine-week let up and did fire fresh this track/distance last prep when a fast-finishing second. Ridden patiently he should have plenty to give late. Felt PROMISSION was a bit stiff not to finish closer last start and Michael Grantham is doing a good job with this mare, while no surprise to see IMPRUDENT rebound back on his home deck.
Suggested: 1. MONG KHON win.
1. MONG KHON
2. PRIZED NEMESIS
Race 6 – 4:45PM SOUTH WEST INSURANCE SERVICES HANDICAP (1675 METRES)
Could go in a few different directions but opted to roll with DARING SOLEIL, who has taken a step forward this prep. Caught the eye with a strong-finishing Bunbury 11/02 effort first up and did get a few favours in the run, but was still good enough to launch over the top of them late at Ascot 24/02. Trainer Brett Pope has his squad rolling and Clint Johnston-Porter has got his eye back in, so with a traffic-free run Daring Soleil can win again. KIA ORA STAR does look ready to win coming back in grade, with easily the best formlines in the race. Anticipating positive tactics from the draw. HIP WIGGLE was huge when taking charge of her junior rider last start and Chris Parnham going on enhances her claims, while expecting to see SO SCHMICK run a race third up for new trainer Steve Wolfe.
Suggested: 6. DARING SOLEIL win.
6. DARING SOLEIL
1. KIA ORA STAR
3. HIP WIGGLE
8. SO SCHMICK
Race 7 – 5:15PM WRAY INSURANCE SERVICES HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Ended up going a touch wide in the last of the day with CRISTAL DANE each way. This mare enjoys racing at Bunbury and did a top job to rattle home into second with 59.5kg when resuming at York 1/10. Likes to drift back and run on, so always needs plenty of favours, but Jason Whiting handles her well and with a clear crack them Cristal Dane can show some dash late down on 54kg. PREVAILING WINDS ran into the in-form Scooter’s Machine first up at Ascot 24/02 and fought it out right to the wire. Looks placed to win and has to rate highly. Anticipating a bold showing from LUCKY LINDA LULU who wasn’t suited first up at Pinjarra 6/02. Her best stacks up strongly, while natural on-pacers SUPER TEROITOA and FAIR JOY will be challenging strongly for top-four finishes.
Suggested: 9. CRISTAL DANE each way.
9. CRISTAL DANE
3. PREVAILING WINDS
4. LUCKY LINDA LULU
2. SUPER TEROITOA
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Wednesday 10 March 2021
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