Race 1 – 1:54PM FA’EM RACING HANDICAP (1116 METRES)
Looking forward to seeing what level well-regarded 3YO PANZDOWN can reach this campaign, kicking off in this Bunbury midweek handicap. Has form around some of the best young horses in the state, including a close-up fifth in the listed Fairetha Stakes last November. Worked to the line nicely in a Belmont 29/03 trial and with a clean getaway, apprentice Holly Watson just needs to keep Panzdown out of trouble and the cutaway rail helps with that. RAIN GOD was truckloaded on debut and won really well down the Pinjarra Straight 1000. Good second-up test to see how he measures up. YOUDOYOU has to be a contender on the quick backup, while COMMAND FORCE is next best.
Suggested: 1. PANZDOWN win.
2. RAIN GOD
3. COMMAND FORCE
Race 2 – 2:29PM ASP SECURITY MAIDEN (1705 METRES)
THE VERDICT should take some beating. Has always looks a filly capable of winning races and she put the writing on the wall third up at Pinjarra 25/03, when breezing outside leader and boxing on into second. That race rated well on the day and rising to 1705m, The Verdict looks poised. Have to respect LUCIE MANETTE with William Pike on board and she should get a sweet run from this low draw. GOLD FRIARS was working to the line well enough at Pinjarra 25/03 and thinking he’s about ready to show something third up, while TIBETAN BLACK is better than what she’s shown at her first two outings this prep.
Suggested: 6. THE VERDICT win.
6. THE VERDICT
5. LUCIE MANETTE
2. GOLD FRIARS
7. TIBETAN BLACK
Race 3 – 3:04PM BUNBURY PLUMBING SERVICES MAIDEN (1420 METRES)
Nice third-up option for FAMOUS JURNEY. Thought there was plenty of merit in his efforts when resuming at Ascot 10/03 and he was unsuited by a really slow tempo at his last start two weeks ago. Anticipating bold tactics from Jason Brown and if Famous Jurney can find the rail in front he should prove very hard to catch. SCORPION STORMZ is due to win one soon and the stable means business now with Chris Parnham and blinkers going on. Gets the right run from gate one with the cutaway in place. Beautifully-bred 3YO VANMAN is a big watch on debut, but has appeared a bit dour in trials, while COTCHIN can certainly challenge for another top-four finish.
Suggested: 4. FAMOUS JURNEY win.
4. FAMOUS JURNEY
1. SCORPION STORMZ
Race 4 – 3:39PM FURPHY – REFRESHING ALE MAIDEN (1116 METRES)
Wide-open maiden this and you could make a strong case for well over half of the 10 acceptors. Ended up siding with CONTESSA MEDICI who caught the eye with her encouraging Pinjarra Straight 1000 effort behind the well-fancied Rain God, when resuming for new trainer Lindsey Smith. Maps to stalk the leaders from this low draw and Contessa Medici should prove hard to hold out. First starter ELITE TIME has a lovely pedigree and her recent trial results have been encouraging. Expecting her to impact on debut. Forget YOYO’S went around last start when Jade McNaught was luck to stay on, while the likes of first-uppers ENTICING and PAEROA LAD will have their share of admirers also.
Suggested: 5. CONTESSA MEDICI win.
5. CONTESSA MEDICI
10. ELITE TIME
1. PAEROA LAD
Race 5 – 4:17PM AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1216 METRES)
East-coast import TREVELLO looks set to break through for his first WA win. Was much better suited coming back to 1000m at Pinjarra 25/03 and very nearly claimed Drinkwhatyoulike late after being supported from $4.20 to $3.50. Should get a lovely passage behind the leaders from this draw and the way he hit the line last start suggests he’s the horse to beat. CLASSIC MAGNUS will be fitter after breezing outside leader first up. Better filly with a smother. NOBLE REFLECTION boxed on well in a decent Ascot midweeker first up and has to warrant consideration, while WESTERNIZE has top-four claims again also.
Suggested: 3. TREVELLO win.
6. CLASSIC MAGNUS
1. NOBLE REFLECTION
Race 6 – 4:54PM TABTOUCH – BETTER YOUR BET HANDICAP (1705 METRES)
The cutaway rail in play makes this a lovely setup for THE THUNDERESS. Enjoyed a midfield rails-in-run passage at Ascot 17/03 and made the most of clear galloping room late to cruise to a soft 140m win. First crack at the mile, but has the Lindsey Smith polish and saved up for one run The Thunderess should be steaming past them late. CHIEF ARCHER ran into the city-class Come Right Back last start and the previous Mini Winnie form reads well also. Blinkers go on and Kristy Bennett should give him every chance from this low alley. LYLE’S CHOICE loves racing at Bunbury and should be approaching peak fitness third up. Does have the steadier of 60.5kg though, while get-back run-on type JADAVI can impact, especially if ridden to utilise the cutaway rail.
Suggested: 4. THE THUNDERESS win.
4. THE THUNDERESS
2. CHIEF ARCHER
1. LYLE’S CHOICE
Race 7 – 5:30PM JCW ELECTRICAL HANDICAP (1420 METRES)
Not a bad contest to end the Bunbury 2020/21 season and KAZOKU does look capable of making it two in a row. Like the way she stretched out late to win her maiden at Pinjarra 25/03 and her previous formlines stack up also. If Clint Johnston-Porter can slot in with cover from a mid draw, Kazoku should be really strong late. BAYBIZARRE bolted in a maiden this track/distance last start, bouncing back after suffering cardiac arrhythmia beforehand. If she turns up at the same level as last start she probably just wins again. First-upper TRADEM’ IN is a promising type and has been sharpened up for this with two lead-up trials, while CHIX CHATTER was a noticeable improver last start and maps to get an ideal run in transit from this low draw.
Suggested: 6. KAZOKU win.
2. TRADEM’ IN
1. CHIX CHATTER
**This edition of #TheLegUp by @thoroheadsWA originally published at 7:00am on Tuesday 6 April 2021
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