Elusive Star (Warwick Farm Race 2, No.2)
This looks the right race for Elusive Star to record that elusive first victory. He chased hard at the track last start as a beaten favourite but couldn’t reel in the winner over 1200m. Strips fitter second-up and will relish the 1400m. The three-year-old Star Witness gelding gets the services of the in-form Hugh Bowman again and only needs to jump with them from the good draw to go one better today.
Brugal Reward (Sandown Race 1, No.1)
This Reward For Effort filly with the Darren Weir polish broke her maiden time out at Pakenham and sticks at 1000m for the fourth time in her career. She gets in well with the 2kg claim from apprentice Jake Bayliss and only needs to get a soft lead to take plenty of catching again. The fitness edge and the stable could prove the difference here.
Critical Risk (Sandown Race 5, No.6)
The Matt Cumani stable is starting to find its feet in Australia and this four-year-old Pivotal gelding is testament to it with victory in his last start at Cranbourne. He comes into this off a freshen up and sticks to the mile, which will suit his go back and run on pattern. Slight step up in grade but winning form is good form with The Gauch calling the shots again.
Our Beatnik (Warwick Farm Race 5, No.5)
The track at Warwick Farm is currently a Soft 6 but an upgrade on race day brings Our Beatnik right into contention. By all accounts he struggled on the soft surface at Warwick Farm last start but it’s impossible to ignore his victory against the impressive Torpenhow at Scone two starts back. Jockey Brenton Avdulla will most likely go back from the draw and unleash down the outside when it matters most.
Centro Superior (Warwick Farm Race 7, No.12)
This locally-trained four-year-old gelding from the Gregory Hickman yard hasn’t been far off in his last two starts and the appointment of Hugh Bowman could bring out the best in him. He looks well placed stepping up to 1300m and doesn’t mind the sting out of the turf. Knockout hope at each-way odds on his home track.