Polemic (Canterbury, Race 2)
Polemic is a colt still with plenty of upside. We’ve seen this son of Street Cry at the races twice now and he’s looked like a horse desperate for the mile. He gets that at Canterbury and the winkers on to sharpen him up too. He found the line well first-up at Hawkesbury from a horror draw. Won’t have that problem here from barrier 2 in a small field. His dam Disputes ran sixth to Atlantic Jewel and Mosheen in a Thousand Guineas. Has the bloodlines and the form to get the job done in this.
Double Down: Was a victim of the wide gate first-up. He’s not a one trick pony. Can settle closer and want him to.
Super Maxi (Canterbury, Race 6)
This is an underrated three-year-old. He has jumped out of the ground this preparation, first-up winning at Geelong before backing that up with a victory at Canterbury (over this same trip). We’ve seen him once since then and he was equally impressive in running second to Upscale. He was pestered in front and despite losing by 2L there was daylight back to third. Can win again here.
Double Down: Has plenty of gate speed so shouldn’t have too much trouble crossing to lead. Want him up front.
Terindah (Warrnambool, Race 4)
Smart colt this. Stepped out as a two-year-old on debut at Caulfield but had no luck at all from the wide gate. He did well to hold onto fourth. Was then tipped out for a year before resuming with a smashing win at Kilmore. He didn’t beat much and jumped $1.35, however, it was the win of a youngster ready to roll through the grades. Last start was a heavy track so that won’t stop him at the ‘Bool. Wins again.
Double Down: Has plenty of natural speed so want to see him use it again. Should settle first three.
Jose Wales (Warrnambool, Race 6)
He’s unbeaten in two starts on heavy ground which bodes well for his chances at the ‘Bool, where he is also undefeated in two runs. Has been right around the mark lately, including most recently at Murtoa when third behind handy duo Angry Gee and Danuki. There are big quieries about the desire of Fabulonh’s ticker so leave The Wolf right out of the $2.60 for him. Take the $6 for Jose.
Double Down: Can settle anywhere but ideally on a heavy track, you don’t want to be too far away.
Ciarlet (Canterbury, Race 7)
Nothing like a bolter to see us home in the last race on the card. This is a very deep fillies and mares race and the majority of these will progress to black-type races over the carnival. That sees Zoustar’s little sister Ciarlet open as near double figure odds. Some of the gloss came off her reputation at the end of last preparation but that was due to wet tracks. She’s a different beast on dry surfaces and like the booking of Avdulla.
Double Down: Nassak was the likely leader but has been scratched. Daysee Doom now leads. One out, one back please Brenton. Or even outside the leader.
3,5 / 1,2,4 / 5,6 / 1,2,4,7.
2,3 / 2,4 / 2,4 / 1,12,13.