Classy Get That Jibe looks a great bet in the last at Hastings. This being his only third unlisted race of his career. with the other two resulting in a win and a narrow defeat. All his other races have been at black type level and he looks great value at $4.60 ff.
Other chances at Hastings are Miss Appleton and Dolcetto, both horses I backed on the first day. Miss Appleton is likely to run this field ragged with her light weight. It should be remembered that she ran a cracking race at WFA at the Manawatu Cup meeting against Kawi & Co and is classier than people realise. Dolcetto is very progressive.
In the first race Sparkling Thyme is a real value runner at $31ff. She will appreciate the better ground and her rider Craig Grylls is unbeaten on her.
Preferment looks a great chance to win the Hill Stakes at Randwick on Saturday and at quite reasonable odds just so long as Hartnell, the expected odds on favourite remains in the field. Preferment is second up, a condition in which he has won twice previously in. On his resuming run in the Chelmsford Stakes Preferment finished fourth in heavy going which is ground he has never won in before. The extra distance will suit him down to the ground and as long as there is reasonable footing then he is a big show but and it is a very big but, watch out for the weather.
Palantino ticks so many boxes in the Makybe Diva Stakes that $6 is such an excellent price he is certainly worth a bet. He has a great record at the course and distance and will be the one for Blackheart Bart to beat.
Other big chances in Aussie today are Omei Sword and McIntosh at Rosehill while Excellent looks set to win first up at Flemington.
I don’t really fancy anything in particular here but race 2 seems interesting for a maiden/ Excalibur, Narvick, and Toobrak Tower are worth considering as they all raced in a higher grade last time but the Logan/Gibbs pair of Jake the Muss and Toorak Tower are worth considering.
In the last Reine De Tout must be the one to beat. She is a recent trial winner and usually runs against decent company plus the distance will suit her, something that you can’t really say about some of her rivals.
The Lisa Latta team will be the one to follow at Awapuni tomorrow as most of them will be right at home in the heavy 11 going. Many of them are on a 7-day back-up so will also have fitness on their side. The best chances from the stable appear to be Master Platinum, Platinum Command, and Rod’s Lincoln.
Two horses not from the Latta stable which are really good chances are Max (race 2) and Wazuku (race 8). Max is from the inform stable of Raymond Conner’s whose team are on fire at the moment and Max is his only runner on the day. Wazuku, on a 7-day back-up and with a 50% winning record has to be competitive. as those two factors mentioned are a lethal combination. Ollie’s Note and El Dique are leading chances in race 6 and I would be inclined to back both.
In race one Technician must surely be the one to be but he will likely go off at odds on.
The Busttin/Young trained galloper Tavago cannot be under rated despite racing first up at Moonee Valley today. in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes where the winner gets an automatic start in the Cox Plate. Tavago has won at the distance previously and has also won first up. Many of the runners in this race will be using this as preparation for the staying races.
Kevin Myers loos well-placed to take out the Great Northern double with Mahanaadi and Crash Bandicoot. Both horses look as though they have been set for their particular assignments and the distance will not worry either I wouldn’t think. Mahanaadi was scratched from the Grand National Hurdles last month where his stable-mates quinelled the race and must have been kept for this race. Crash Bandicoot is very consistent and no doubt you would expect another honest race from him.
Habitude is really going to appreciate the better ground at Riccarton today and at $15 is at nice odds to upset the more favoured candidates. She finished third last time out at Ashburton where she was held up for a run and never got much of a go. She has a change of rider today and that may well do the trick.
Yattwi is selected to win the 2.40 at Ascot in England tonight. Yattwi’s last two runs were in listed comp[any and his only other starts have resulted in 2 wins and a second.. He earlier won in this grade at Newmarket in May and at 10/1 is at nice odds. On Blucher 5/1, Firmament 6/1, and Squats 9/1 have all been well backed as has Yattwi. This race is an opportunity to pick up a nice priced winner and Yattwi may just provide it.
It is likely that Admiral Rous will finally get the going he needs to perform at his best tomorrow when he takes his place in race 8 there. Admiral Rous started twice at the National meeting last month finishing out of the money each time but he did go all that badly. He always comes to hand quickly and has a bit of untapped potential. He has class on his day and I think tomorrow will be his day. Colchester in race 7 at Riccarton looks the other big chance there.
The reappearance of Son of Maher and First Serve will create a lot of interest but both will be at short odds. At Wanganui I like Whitney in the Wanganui Guineas and Hundyamouth in the last race.
At Ellerslie Zoralli in race 2 and Secret Spirit both look big chances while Mahanadi is one I like in the Great Northern Hurdles.