Warwick Farm Race 3 No.5 Hieroglyphics – $2.30
She ticks a lot of boxes here does Hieroglyphics – firstly she’s a fantastic fresh mare, winning 2 from 3 first up along with a placing which was on debut. Secondly she trialled beautifully the other day behind the speedy Aroused, sitting quietly to the line under a stranglehold. She also looks to have done a little more growing and maturing, as she was quite a small filly, and think this campaign we will see the best of her. This race suits her to a tea – it’s a small field with plenty of speed and she’ll be able to lob along at the tail and get one shot at them in the straight, even if she has to come around the lot of them she’s the one that’s going to be strongest on the line. Hutchings just needs to play it smart, make sure she’s in touch when he wants to go for her and not let the bird fly the coop before that!
Doomben Race 4 No.10 I’m So Epic – $10
Earlier in her two year old season, I’m So Epic just didn’t seem to have it all together either physically or mentally as a racehorse. Judging by what we saw at her Gold Coast trial a few weeks back, that may have changed significantly. Her first three race starts, all in quality juvenile Saturday company, produced three acceptable efforts, but nonetheless she never was a threat to the winner in any of them. She had a break and next time we see her is at said Gold Coast trial meeting – she dropped to the back like we witnessed at her race starts, but she powered home under no pressure whatsoever between runners and almost got to the winner Scalped with one of her rivals here in Vulpini behind her and under harder riding. It was the trial of a filly set to win shortly and although there’s a couple here that have displayed some ability, I’m So Epic looks set to produce her best and that will be enough to go close at nice odds.
Ballarat Race 3 No.9 High Specs – $3.20
If you’ve witnessed either of High Specs’ two starts you’ll have easily noticed that she’s a filly looking for more ground, having been outsprinted, but running on well on both occasions. The other thing that you may not have noticed, is that she has definitely done some growing between her first and second starts and is furnishing into a lovely type. Second up here they now get her to the 1400m, and although she could easily handle a mile at this stage of her prep, they may have struck the right race to allow her to win over the slightly shorter trip. A few of these will want to push forward now that they step up in distance and there could be a bit of pace on early – that will alow High Specs to drop back from the wide gate and give her a chance to finish over the top. Got little doubt she’s going to be the best galloper in the race eventually, it’s just a matter of whether she can get some favours at what is less than what her optimum trip will eventually be.
Ballarat Race 6 No.4 Tenacitus – $3.80
He’s teased punters before Tenacitus, but you have to be impressed with the way he’s hit the line at his two runs back this time in and the wide open spaces at Ballarat should give him every chance to follow up those pleasing efforts with a win. The imported son of Santa Anita Handicap winner Rock Hard Ten, was tried as a stayer earlier in his career, but think they may have the right idea now – keep him around a mile, maybe slightly further, and hope he gets into races where he can be ridden quietly with some speed on up front. Reckon he’ll get that here, so Brad Rawiller will look to drop him back to near the tail from that wide barrier and finish all over them – he won’t have to produce much more than what he’s done this campaign so far to win.
Warwick Farm Race 1 No.7 Gracious Grey – $21
We led you in last week with first starter Rock And Swing getting the job done in impressive fashion, and hoping to do it again here with Gracious Grey. A daughter of Redoute’s Choice, as her name suggests, the striking grey filly is out of former talented stakeswinning mare Warpath, who was just hitting the heights of her career before suffering a fractured knee and being retired. This girl is trained by Ron Quinton, one of the best mentors of fillies in Sydney, and did a lovely job in her trial when runner up in decent time behind Let’s Celebrate without being asked to do much and probably could have won if allowed. She seems like a filly that’s going to be even better with a bit of experience at perhaps a mile, and she’ll most likely get back here from the wide gate. Don’t let that deter you, she definitely has a motor there and if she gets things to pan out for her, she has the ability to win this first time out.