Viaductress (Canterbury Race 4, No.1)
This Sharkbite filly has gone to a new level this campaign which saw her run down late at Kembla first-up behind Dixie Chick before winning well at Warwick Farm, beating the in form Butterboom. Her effort to finish third last start was perhaps the best of the lot though. Tsaritsa bolted in but she’s a stakes class filly in waiting. And Viaductress was posted throughout. From barrier 1 here and with the 3kg claim, she gets her chance to punch up and control this race from the start. That gives her a huge edge over the main danger Sound Works.
Serena’s Pride (Canterbury Race 3, No.9)
This Fastnet Rock filly was run down in the last few strides at Canterbury first-up and although Gai is renowned for having her horses fit and ready, she looked half a run short over the final 100m. That’ll have her screwed down for this assignment. She’ll lead them up again and this time, should be able to hold on. The rail is out 8m at Canterbury here and she drops back to her own sex.
El Novio (Canterbury Race 6, No.2)
Has his hoof firmly on the till third-up. Was an eye-catcher fresh before being unable to hold off Shoepeg over this same track and trip last start. Drawn barrier 1, he should be able to position closer in this and the Waller/Hutchings combination is flying at present. Don’t be surprised to see him sneak up to Queensland for the Derby if he wins as expected here.
Tap That (Sandown Race 6, No.4)
Japanese import that can kick-start his Aussie career here. Found a couple too sharp at Sandown a month ago but wasn’t far off Turnitaround who has subsequently won two on the trot. Out to the mile suits now and should be able to get into a midfield spot with cover. Banking on him simply being better than BM84 grade.
Lake Jackson (Sandown Race 2, No.12)
This Sebring three-year-old was beaten 7L by Bengal Cat last start with subsequent winners Unbreakable and Tarquin filling the places. He ran home as well as anything though and this is a steep drop in grade from a Saturday at Caulfield. Also drops 4kg from the run. There are no stars in this field and if he gets the tempo to suit, expect him to hammer the line at big odds.
1,3 / 2,3,5 / 2 / 1,3,4,6,11.