The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork -


Stick­ing with three run­ners who all missed the gig on Satur­day the washout, and the best of them is ACQUME (R8 No. 1) in the fi­nal event. It’s tes­ti­mony to how good a thing he was on the week­end un­der set weights that he is now up to top­weight hand­i­cap con­di­tions but should still be too strong. Huge run first-up last prep to get within a length of She Will Reign on wet ground, he gets it wet again here, and isn’t too badly off after the claim. SAINT PA­TRICKS DAY (R4 No. 1) put in a very en­cour­ag­ing first-up run on the soft-5 be­hind Hin­gus Rose at the Sun­shine Coast to con­tinue his strong show­ing on wet tracks. Last time in the heavy he was com­pet­i­tive be­hind Bring It Home Pop and pen­chant for the con­di­tions should get him home de­spite a solid im­post. BEN­FICA PRINCESS (R5 No. 7) was served up at silly odds on Satur­day and we’ll have no such luck as she drops back to a class five to­mor­row. She chased home Zo­fonic Dancer in stronger com­pany last start and with good form around the likes of him and Pri­ori­tise she looks hard to beat. — Greg Splet­ter


We can kick off with a win­ner at Port Lin­coln to­mor­row with AVORA SUN (R1 No. 8) in the 3yo maiden over the 1000m dash. He has been placed at two of his three runs to date, in­clud­ing a good run first-up here be­hind Hus­slin Nymph who made the form­line look good with a strong ef­fort last week­end after be­ing heav­ily backed. Avora Sun has drawn per­fectly on the fence and will take beat­ing sec­ond-up against a very av­er­age field. EQUIDANT (R4 No. 6) has the promis­ing com­bi­na­tion of strong fresh form and a lik­ing for wet tracks which will stand him in good stead in the Bm60. He has been placed five of six when re­sum­ing, and last time he ran on a wet sur­face he scored a very easy win here over this trip. He gets a huge weight pull after the claim for Gary Lo and they will be hard pressed to hold him off. NEVA DOUBT US (R7 No. 6) ran on nicely first-up and can give us a sight with the big drop in weight to­mor­row. He has to drop back from 1350m to 1200m but he did score at his only at­tempt at the trip many moons ago, and after the claim for Kayla Crowther drops a mas­sive 8.5kg on his fresh run. — Greg Splet­ter


It’s hard to be­lieve PLA­TOON (R3 No. 5) is still a maiden with all the black type in his form and with re­cent trial vic­tory un­der his belt he must surely break through to­mor­row. At last run was placed at Group Three level in the Sires Pro­duce in town, and was run­ner-up Perth Stakes at Listed Level back in March. His trial win at Belmont was ef­fort­less and from the per­fect draw he looks pretty much over the line. CRISTAL DANE (R7 No. 11) has a big fin­ish on her and step­ping up to 1300m to­mor­row will take a power of beat­ing. She picked up her maiden here last month in good style, then went to town and rat­tled home from last over 1000m at 0MW level. The ex­tra trip is per­fect for her and down on the limit weight she’ll be clos­ing fast the fi­nal fur­long. SKY AT­LAS (R8 No. 3) saves his best for Northam and al­though his re­cent form has been patchy, he could pull out a good run here at odds. Two runs back in town he ran rip­per, drop­ping back sharply in trip off a freshen-up and stick­ing on well at the end of 1400m. He’s half brother to two stakeswin­ners and al­though no cham­pion him­self, he is un­beaten track and should im­prove. — Greg Splet­ter


GAL­WAY GIRL (Race 4 No. 2) is trained by John O’Shea whose last four run­ners in­clude three win­ners. Gal­way Girl was scratched from a race at Kem­bla Grange Satur­day ow­ing to wide gate. She has come up with the rails draw for this and we note that her only visit to New­cas­tle was her last start three quar­ter length sec­ond in a 1400m maiden. MANGIONE (Race 5 No. 12) is Chris Waller-trained, Denise Mar­tin-owned son of Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Fiorente. Named after the mu­si­cian Chuck, Mangione was sev­enth of de­but at the provin­cials but the run much bet­ter than it first ap­peared. Nice colt who could be a huge im­prover here in the right race. PARIS LIGHTS (Race 1 No. 6) is by Snitzel out of Blue Sap­phire win­ner City Of Song. The $340,000 year­ling was never pres­sured at any stage when sixth in a heat to sub­se­quent su­per im­pres­sive mid­week win­ner Ro­h­eryon. Nice filly who is bred to be good and may well be. — Adam Sherry

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