Race 1 – 1:57PM MGIB TRAVEL MAIDEN (1216 METRES)
Hard to look past HE’S A SIZZLER. Followed up a smart trial win with a strong Ascot 13/02 debut showing when hitting the front and looking the winner before being pegged back late by Spin The Knife. Comes forward off that and maps to get a lovely run from this low draw, so He’s A Sizzler has to be the obvious on-topper. Not a heap went to plan for HEAR ME SING in the same Ascot 13/02 race, but is was admirable to see the way he kept coming late. That run sharpens him up and the rise to 1200m suits. Liked what LA GALEXIA produced at trials prior to a debut result that was much better than it reads on paper. Settles closer from gate one and she’s a major player, while BUSTER’S FORCE looked back on track in an all-the-way mid-prep Lark Hill 9/02 trial win and LINDRAM WALTER wasn’t knocked around by Paul Harvey late on debut.
Suggested: 2. HE’S A SIZZLER win.
2. HE’S A SIZZLER
1. HEAR ME SING
9. LA GALEXIA
3. BUSTER’S FORCE
4. LINDRAM WALTER
Race 2 – 2:37PM MGIB CELEBRATING 40 YEARS MAIDEN (1216 METRES)
Good option for TAKEMEHOMETONIGHT. Black-booked her at trials and while her debut was solid, the latest Bunbury 11/02 effort was eye-catching when getting shuffled back out of her ground in transit before running on with some of the sharper late splits on the day. Lucy Warwick will be keen to land closer from this alley rising to 1200m and Takemehometonight is set to give this a nudge. COLOUR ME QUICK was a bit stiff on debut and did quite well to hold down third behind Pure Devotion and Lincoln’s Law last start, burning up outside leader in transit and laying outwards noticeably on the turn. Those formlines should stack up. WUNDERKIND breezed outside leader and boxed on quite well first up at Ascot 10/02, while supporters are starting to lose faith in AGENT KENSINGTON and SAINT CLEMENTS looks the pick of the Simon A. Miller trio.
Suggested: 7. TAKEMEHOMETONIGHT each way.
5. COLOUR ME QUICK
3. AGENT KENSINGTON
8. SAINT CLEMENTS
Race 3 – 3:10PM SURA HANDICAP (1420 METRES)
CHIEF ARCHER has landed in a really suitable assignment. Two from four this prep and comes back to his home track after a solid placing behind the in-form Downforce at Ascot 10/02. Shouldn’t be any excuses from this draw in a small field, and apprentice Kristy Bennett’s 2kg claim is an added bonus also. GIBRALTAR DANCER does look a genuine threat though following two get back/run on efforts recently. Can be ridden patiently and stay within striking distance in this small field, and he appears to be looking for this longer trip now also. KAZKAZI is one of a number of Roy Rogers runners starring in the Great Southern this season and he will no doubt have a heap of admirers heading to the South West, while staying mare UNENDING has trialled twice in the lead up and no surprise to see her show some dash fresh.
Suggested: 1. CHIEF ARCHER win.
2. GIBRALTAR DANCER
4. SUN CHACEN
*Numbers amended after scratchings
Race 4 – 3:40PM NTI MAIDEN (1420 METRES)
Most people will be flipping a coin between BAYBIZARRE and POWERFUL FORCE, and thinking local mare Baybizarre can withstand the might of the Cerise And White. The Bronwyn Mathieson-trained 4YO was solid on debut and cost herself victory at Bunbury 31/01 when ducking in under pressure late in the race. Has that Bunbury 1400m run under her belt now and from on top of the speed, Baybizarre will take some getting past. Powerful Force is a work in progress for Peters Investments but ridden cold by Chris Parnham, he can certainly make his presence felt late. Thought IT’S A LANCE was only plain last start but if you use his two previous efforts as a guide then he has to be a contender in a fairly thin maiden, while possible leaders KAYLANI and BLUE CHEYENNE should both be knocking on the door of the top four.
Suggested: 8. BAYBIZARRE win.
4. POWERFUL FORCE
2. IT’S A LANCE
3. BLUE CHEYENNE
Race 5 – 4:15PM MGIB PLATE (2038 METRES)
Tricky middle-distance maiden this and with low-confidence ended up siding with the Chris Parnham/Lindsey Smith combination and ZINGANO. Liked her a couple of times last prep and her Bunbury 11/02 first-up performance was better than it looks on paper, as she got a long way back from gate 12 and worked to the line well enough. Quite one-paced so anticipating much more positive tactics and if Zingano can find a decent position in the front half she can box on well enough late to salute. Natural on-pacer ELLEVISTA is edging closer to a maiden win and has the advantage of race-fitness, including a 2200m hit-out last start. Should be fighting out the finish. THE CHASER elevated nicely second up and further improvement would see him take some beating, while MIDNIGHT HOUR rises from 1500m to 2038m in 12 days, and MORSE strips fitter and maps soft from gate one.
Suggested: 10. ZINGANO each way.
6. THE CHASER
2. MIDNIGHT HOUR
Race 6 – 4:45PM CHUBB HANDICAP (2038 METRES)
Going again with Chris Parnham and Lindsey Smith. Promising staying mare QUEEN TAKES KING was $1.90 when beaten a lip this track/distance last week, but was over a month between runs and coming off a setback, so expecting her to elevate off that performance. Queen Takes King should land in a sweet front-half running position and expecting her to get last crack at the fancied on-pacers. AXEL ‘R’ EIGHT fits into that category and reminded everyone of his staying chops with a fast 2000m Bunbury win two weeks back. A repeat of that would see him take some catching. MAROCCHINO was lifted over the line at Ascot last start and while he loses Chris Parnham, Jason Whiting is a regular rider and Marocchino is looking for this journey now. RHYTHM STAR competed well in a better race at Pinjarra 6/02 and gate one suits, while OVERTHOUGHT has solid Gradation company form this prep.
Suggested: 5. AXEL ‘R’ EIGHT win.
5. AXEL ‘R’ EIGHT
8. RHYTHM STAR
9. NIGHT SESSION
*Numbers amended after scratchings
Race 7 – 5:15PM MGIB CYBER SECURITY HANDICAP (1016 METRES)
Feels like a bit of a “trap race” to finish the day but the safest way to go is with NOT MY FIGHT. Has got back and charged home at two Ascot outings since joining the Darryn Pateman yard, and was a bit stiff last start when forced to let down on the inferior part of rain-affected track. Kept out of trouble by apprentice Beaux Edwards (the cutaway rail helps with this), Not My Fight should be able to gun these down late. CITY CENTRE is the obvious, coming through much stronger races than this. Is on a four-day backup but does look hard to beat. AMERICAN QUEEN didn’t enjoy her trip to Geraldton, but no shock to see her bounce back considering she won at Bunbury on debut, while SEA LAKE and the lightly-weighted LITTLE MISS PRO can both impact without surprising.
Suggested: 4. NOT MY FIGHT win.
4. NOT MY FIGHT
2. CITY CENTRE
5. AMERICAN QUEEN
7. SEA LAKE
9. LITTLE MISS PRO
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Wednesday 24 February 2021
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