My Bantry Bay (Flemington Race 4, No.3)
The Wolf loved the Aussie debut of this import, the latest shiny new one wheeled out by Lloyd Williams. Was a veteran of just four starts before being shipped here with his most notable piece of form a second on debut to Bondi Beach. At Caulfield he made a very early move and although gunned down by budding star Raw Impulse his effort to keep going and hold second was admirable. Strips fitter here, gets an extra 2000m and should love Flemington. Follow him, think he’s smart.
Jalan Jalan (Morphettville Race 5, No.14)
This filly is bursting to win another race. Resumed at Caulfield behind Petits Filous and ran third despite being underdone off a long spell. Then split Miss Promiscuity and Newmarket winner The Quarterback. She was three weeks between runs too. She’ll need a clever steer from Michelle Payne given the wide draw but if she can get some cover, expect her to be fighting out the finish at each-way odds.
Imposing Lass (Gold Coast Race 4, No.6)
Has been a revelation this preparation winning both starts over 1400m and then 1500m. Being out of a Zabeel mare and sired by Mafki, she’s got QLD Oaks written all over her so excited to see what she can do over 1800m here. It’s a competitve and capaicity field but her ability to ride the speed and then kick for home gives her a key advantage over her main rivals in fellow Sydneysiders Queen Of Wands and the Godolphin pair.
Sir Bachus (Rosehill Race 5, No.1)
This three-year-old returned in brilliant fashion, accelerating clear of his rivals to record a very soft win. Can only be improved off the run and tackles the same 1200m trip at Rosehill. He broke 11s home for his last 200m so fair to say a repeat performance should see him win again. Have plenty of respect for the unbeaten Roguish and Lucky Fish off the back of two nice trials but Sir Bachus looks destined for better things over the Queensland winter.
1,2,3 / 1,2,10,11 / 1,4,6,11 / 3,10,11,12,17.
4,5,6,14 / 3,6,8,14 / 1,9,10,16,18,19 / 1,5,9,13.
Zestful (Gold Coast Race 5, No.13)
This year’s Silk Stocking is a good field but not many win out of turn! The same can’t be said for the lightly-raced Zestful who has won three of her six. Appeared in the Provincial Championship final at Randwick after winning a qualifier at Gosford and ran fourth behind Danish Twist who has since won again. meanwhile, the third-placed His Majesty has been beaten in a photo finish by High Midnight. She’s dynamite fresh so like the month between runs.
SA Oaks (Morphettville)
Bengal Cat $9? Yes please punters. She is untried at 2000m but the form around her is incredibly strong. Two back she smashed Silent Sedition while last start she had the measure of Unbreakable and Tarquin who both posted wins at Caulfield last week in different races. Abbey Marie is the most lightly-raced filly lining up and has immeasurable upside. Sharp rise in grade here but must be respected. Don’t discount Believe either. She’s so tough.
Hollindale Stakes (Gold Coast)
Leebaz, Strawberry Boy and It’s Somewhat take up the running so we’re assured of a genuine tempo. Hauraki was bogged down on the sticky Randwick track in the rich Queen Elizabeth. His run prior in the Ranvet was a career-best (despite being rolled). He’s a clear top pick if the track comes up Good. The royal blue of Godolphin looks to play a major hand with It’s Somewhat suited byt the sting out. he’s the value. Kool Kompany gets the blinkers and looks the knockout while local hope Sir Moments will be steaming home.