Race 1 – 1:44PM MGM DRIVEN TO DELIVER MAIDEN (2019 METRES)
This middle-distance maiden is up for grabs and MINE DETECTOR does look a reasonable way to play. Has been boxing on well in all three runs back from a spell and after two 1500m hit-outs in a row does look ready for the rise to 2019m. Can lead or may take a trail behind a horse like ELLEVISTA, but either way should fight be fighting out the finish. THE SLUG has been competing in a similar vein to the on-topper all prep. Gets the services of William Pike and is a half to Perth Cup winner Cat’s Fun, so should appreciate this journey. Ellevista continues to run similar races but like the use of Ramoly’s claim, while RIPON FALLS jumped out of the ground second up in a similar event last Sunday week.
Suggested: 2. MINE DETECTOR win.
2. MINE DETECTOR
6. THE SLUG
3. RIPON FALLS
Race 2 – 2:24PM MGM LIMESTONE MAIDEN (1108 METRES)
Hard to look past OCEANIC RIDER. Was keen on him on debut and he was stiff to run into subsequent Ascot winner Kaptain Kaos, and his follow-up Perth Stakes result at listed level was really solid. Trainer Sue Olive saddled up Kaymay to win on debut at Ascot on Saturday, so she’s doing a good job with her team and Oceanic Rider should roll forward and take some beating on top of the speed. Simon A. Miller’s yard is red-hot again and first-upper AMELIA’S PICANTE does stand out as the biggest danger. Coming off a strong-finishing Lark Hill 22/03 trial win and with Pike on board she makes appeal. MY FURY has caught the eye at trials and hasn’t been fully extended, while fellow debutante LUCIFER has trialled nicely and maps to advantage.
Suggested: 1. OCEANIC RIDER win.
1. OCEANIC RIDER
4. AMELIA’S PICANTE
8. MY FURY
Race 3 – 3:04PM MGM QUARRIES MAIDEN (1108 METRES)
Opted to side with the Dan Morton-prepared first-starter WAR WARRIOR. Has been placed at all three trial outings to date, with his most recent Belmont 15/03 effort being a soft 1000m heat win. Blinkers are on, gets the right run forward/mid and has the services of top jock Brad Rawiller. STARLIFT has performed well at each of her four starts thus far and shouldn’t be a maiden for too much longer. Gate one and 52kg means she’ gives this a shake. Have some time for first-upper AL QUEPONE and like the way he stretched out in a Lark Hill 22/03 trial win, while debutante KELLY’S HERO and the William Pike-ridden INAHAPPYDAZE will have admirers also.
Suggested: 4. WAR WARRIOR win.
4. WAR WARRIOR
2. AL QUEPONE
3. KELLY’S HERO
Race 4 – 3:42PM MGM STORAGE MAIDEN (1208 METRES)
If you were on YOUDOYOU first up suggest you follow your money. Was $2.80 to $2.35 on that occasion but was caught three-wide-no-cover the entire and was left a sitting duck for Zangief to sweep past late. Should have a strong platform after that workout and Youdoyou stands out as the horse to beat. SCORPION STORMZ is going to win his share of races. Should be at peak fitness for this third-up assignment but will have to come from near last to win. First-upper IMAGE KEEPER was very stiff on debut at Mt Barker 1/11/20 and looked the goods in a Lark Hill 22/03 trial win. Looks a player with “The Wizard” in the saddle, while VENETIAN JEWEL should impact at her first start for Michael Lane and Youdoyou’s stablemate YOYO’S can challenge also.
Suggested: 9. YOUDOYOU win.
1. SCORPION STORMZ
5. IMAGE KEEPER
8. VENETIAN JEWEL
Race 5 – 4:20PM MGM BULK HANDICAP (1410 METRES)
Wouldn’t be surprised to see any of these eight acceptors win but going to follow the money trail and lock in CONGREVE ROCKET. Was $3.30 to $2.80 at his first-up outing for new trainer Pat Keating at Ascot 17/03, but he bungled the start and was always chasing the race from there. With a clean getaway on this occasion Congreve Rocket can rail in front and take some catching. DOUBLE SPICE is race-fit and in-form, and looks well placed against this line up. Does have to carry the 60kg though. Have struggled to get a read on east-coast import MEDELLIN but others certainly haven’t, supporting the on-pacer strongly before a smart last-start win. May end up breezing outside leader though, while MINI WINNIE has to rate highly after an impressive win in a similar race last Sunday week.
Suggested: 7. CONGREVE ROCKET win.
7. CONGREVE ROCKET
1. DOUBLE SPICE
4. MINI WINNIE
Race 6 – 4:55PM MGM GROUP HANDICAP (1690 METRES)
She can be a hard horse to catch but this looks a good option for FRIAR’S FANTASIA . Like the way she kept coming fourth up at Pinjarra 18/03 and she does return to Bunbury where she has recorded three wins and a placing from four starts. Like good sit-and-sprint hoop Clint Johnston-Porter going on and Friar’s Fantasia should be well positioned from this draw also. CHIEF ARCHER was no match for Mini Winnie last start but does drop in weight and goes best for Troy Turner also. Maps soft from gate one too. Lookout for a bold first-up showing from promising staying type COME RIGHT BACK, while reckon third-upper KAKADU is not far away from letting rip.
Suggested: 6. FRIAR’S FANTASIA each way.
6. FRIAR’S FANTASIA
5. CHIEF ARCHER
1. COME RIGHT BACK
Race 7 – 5:35PM GIACCI FAMILY HANDICAP (1208 METRES)
If they’re making ground on the day then APPLE SCHNAPPS should be really hard to beat in the last. Drifted back to last when resuming against some slick opposition at Ascot 13/03, but was doing some really nice work late and should come forward significantly second up. 1208m suits and Brad Rawiller goes on, so quite keen on Apple Schnapps. ZANGIEF relished a patient steer to record a smart Bunbury 21/03 maiden win. Gets back again from this draw, but should be launching late. MONG KHON didn’t turn up last start and expecting him to rebound with Mitch Pateman back on, while NORTHERN CHILL is coming off a well-supported Narrogin 12/03 win and likely leader MICHELLE MA BELLE strips fitter second up and slides in with only 54.5kg.
Suggested: 4. APPLE SCHNAPPS win.
4. APPLE SCHNAPPS
2. MONG KHON
5. NORTHERN CHILL
10. MICHELLE MA BELLE
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Tuesday 30 March 2021
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