Cranbourne Race 7 No.2 Ability – $2.10
Although he has to take on older horses for the first time without any weight relief, Ability has shown enough to suggest he’s a classy type that can beat a limited lot in this. He did a nice job in his first campaign, winning a maiden easily and running placings behind Stellar Collision and Keen Array – that’s group class 3yo sprinting form. He returns here with two trials under his belt, the first the jock never moved on him one iota and he just cruised down to the line well off the winner, the second he could have won if he’d wanted to but was just pipped on the line. That should have him ready for a first up kill on his way to bigger and better things.
Orange Race 6 No.3 Marvel – $6
After two solid runs back from a break, Marvel looks ready to tackle the mile and he’ll be hard to beat in a race where most of his rivals are either still maidens, or have just won their maiden and are up in grade. His last start in particular was an eyecatching effort, storming home from well back to narrowly miss Cuban Lass who was getting some 3.5kgs off him. He’ll come into barrier 7 after the emergencies come out and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Anthony Cavallo attempt to be more positive on him now that he’s up to this sort of trip again and there doesn’t look to be a whole heap of pace engaged. This just looks a highly suitable race for him at this stage of his career.
Sapphire Coast Race 3 No.4 Unyielding – $2.80
The blinkers will go back on Unyielding here as he attempts to break through for the first time this campaign. Prepared by now group one winning trainer Nick Olive, the son of I Am Invincible may not be blessed with ability, but he does try hard each time he steps on to the track and when you look at some of the horses he’s finished around including the likes of Sonic Swish, Stick With Me, Snitzel’s Goddess and Minnesota, he’s not likely to find one as handy as those amongst his rivals here. This will be his fourth run back now, so he should be at his peak, and this race really does fall away quickly outside of the top two or three hopes.
Sapphire Coast Race 5 No.14 Triple Charged – $11
Open maiden affair, but keen on another Nick Olive trained runner to make an impact, this time three year old filly Triple Charged. After an initial campaign that saw her place just the once in four starts, thought her run first up behind Fiery Redhead was ok considering it’s pretty apparent she isn’t fond of the wet. She’ll be better for that, this race doesn’t have the same depth, and she now draws barrier one – think they’ll take advantage of that and try and plant her right on the speed. As long as there’s no rain around she can shed her maiden status.