Kingsguard (Warwick Farm Race 1, No.3)
Gets his chance to go one better at Warwick Farm here. This ex-Kiwi three-year-old had form around the likes of Mackintosh, Raghu and Xtravagant before being transferred to Team Hawkes. He kicked off the new chapter over 1400m at this track and was just nabbed on the line. Strips fitter for that and looks even better suited out to the mile. The early market has him pegged equal favourite with Firebird Flyer, who is no doubt has covered for class.
Clockwork Orange (Sandown Race 1, No.9)
This two-year-old filly in the Hayes stable was smashed in betting on her debut down the Flemington straight to start $5F ahead of eventual winner Weatherly. Her run peaked badly over the final stages though to finish sixth. The inferior inside ground was part to blame but above all else, it all looked to come too soon for her. Tipped straight out, she has tuned up for this with a couple of excellent jumpouts. Wet should be fine for this daughter of More Than Ready and like the 1000m to kick off her preparation.
Echo Queen (Warwick Farm Race 2, No.1)
This filly has been costly to punters in her career, having yet to win her maiden in 10 tries. The Wolf says that’s all about to change at her 11th outing though. In three of her past four she has finished second, incluidng last start when giving away an impossible start. Glyn Schofield is replaced with Kerrin McEvoy who’ll look to have her more forward in settling. She only has six rivals and none of them look particularly talented.
King Way (Sandown Race 5, No.4)
We’ve seen enough of this import in Australia to now know that he’s a wet tracker. Thought he was enormous at Cranbourne last start against the track bias and in a race where they walked. He still ripped home to finish third. Has only won one race to date but it was over 2400m when trained overseas. Have been waiting for him to get out to this trip in Australia. With Craig Williams steering from a good gate, now is the time to chip up.
Deus (Warwick Farm Race 3, No.5)
Don’t let this son of Written Tycoon get under your guard resuming at Warwick Farm. His two run sin his first preparation were horrendous but a lot has changed since then. He has been gelded and the shades go on first time. He was a real eye-catcher at the trials behind Princess Ailani and Tree Of Jesse. Draws barrier 1 for his return and gets the booking for Blake Shinn. Elusive Star is a nice horse but looks skinny at odds-on.
1,2,4,12 / 1,4,7,8 / 5,6,8,9,12 / 1,6,12.