Dubbo Race 7 No.2 Any Blinkin’ Day
Having performed consistently well for quite some time now, Any Blinkin’ Day looks well placed here to qualify for the Country Championships Final in what looks to be one of the weaker heats we’ve seen thus far. He’s now had almost a month between runs, obviously they are looking to just keep a touch fresh for this as he has been racing over further, but that won’t be an issue as he’s performed well at this trip previously and he does his best racing at the Dubbo circuit. Not only that, the prospect of a wet surface won’t bother him one iota – looks the winner.
Wyong Race 7 No.1 Powerline
Powerline is a little underrated and seemingly often goes around at a price well above what he should be. It happened last prep when he started double figure odds when winning a heat of the Provincial Championship at Gosford, then again first up this prep when he started $8 in a Class 4 at the same track, then again last start when he was $21 in another Provincial Championship heat at Wyong running on strongly for fifth behind Supreme Effort and His Majesty. He comes into this now about as fit as he could be after four runs back and it looks as though the speed will be on here early with the likes of Mosstar, Triple Hero and Hawaiian Rose engaged – think they may sit a touch closer on Powerline than what they did last start but he’s still more comfortable when ridden off the pace. He’ll get his chance to finish over the top of them.
Wyong Race 8, No.16 Dorf Star
Really deep race with the likes of Mesa, Princess Ailani and Our Renaissance all resuming but they’ve all drawn wide. There’s so much speed ingaged in the race which could leave them all vulnerable late to the swoopers. Enter Dorf Command. She beat Sonic Swish early in her career. Was tipped out after a fruitful first campaign and has trialled brilliantly since. Worth a ticket at big odds in a suibale race.
Yarra Valley Race 8 No.7 Berisha
Thought Berisha’s effort second up behind Tom Melbourne at Flemington was outstanding when you consider how hard that race was run, it turned into a survival of the fittest scenario and he did well to run on into third when he still has plenty of improvement left in him. Of course he took the next step last campaign with his win on Oaks day and he looks like he’s only getting better with age. Will get a gun run here down on the limit weight and he looks ready to run into peak form again.
Wyong Race 6 No.2 Quartermaster
This race sets up nicely for Quartermaster to perform at his best – he tends to win when he’s a decent price for starters, he’s always raced well at Wyong, and he definitely prefers track with plenty of give in it. Although he was beaten more than 8 lengths last start, it was a much better race than this, and he’s run, when you consider the winner was 4 lengths in front of the runner-up, wasn’t too bad. I can see him lobbing along out back and stoked up early to get into the race – he’ll be strong at the end and reckon he can cause a small upset.