TH E EARLY CROW
THE BANKER The advantage of having a horse like Har tnell (Race 7) running around is that you can load up with a host of chances in the other legs of the quaddie. No real point taking any thing else in this race as Har tnell simply looks too good. He won’t be quite at Winx odds but pretty close to it. Step up in distance, a return to Fleming ton, a good second-up record .. and no Winx to contend with. All points to him winning again.
Much as I like Redkirk Warrior (Race 4) a racehorse, I think he’s way under the odds first-up. Yes he won the Newmarket down the straight course first-up in the autumn but that’ll be a hard act to follow, He’s up against flying Voodoo Lad and a highly promising So Si Bon, who are rock hard fit. And Voodoo Lad meets him 2kg better for that Newmarket per formance. Prepared to go against him first-up but whatever he does tomorrow, he’ll improve on for the rest of the spring.
AT THE TRIALS
The talented Happy Hannah (Race 6) joined the Hayes-Dabernig team in May af ter being formerly prepared by the Snowdens in Sydney. Went to trials at Tatura last month and like the way she held her ground in 1000m heat won by Foyle. From all repor ts she has worked well since and, despite the fact she has yet to win first-up, she is expected
make her presence felt in a tough race. Don’t forget she has finished a cracking third in the G2 Matriarch Stake at Fleming ton.
BEATING THE CLOCK
The Mick Price-trained duo of Lone Eagle and Mighty Boss (Race 2) clash tomorrow but both are legitimate each-way chances in an open race. At Caulfield trackwork on Tuesday, the pair worked together the steeple grass over 1000m and stopped the clock at 1m05.7 1s, the last 400m in a solid 23.8s. The most pleasing par t of the work was their last 200m which was covered in a slick 11.97s. They’ll race well tomorrow.
Hard to go past So Si Bon (Race 4). Was superb coming from well back on the turn to beat all but Voodoo Lad at Caulfield a for tnight ago, reeling off the best last 800m (4 4. 33s), last 600m (33. 5s), 400m (22.16s) and last 200m (11. 25s) of the race. He’ll relish the extra 100m here, still attractively weighted and right at his peak now, If he can repeat his recent sectional splits tomorrow, he’ll go ver y close.
THE STATS SPEAK
Jennifer Lynn (Race 5) could be the knockout horse here. Most unluck y when sixth to Savanna Amour at Caulfield a for tnight ago when she didn’t see clear running until late. Steps up to 1400m where she has won three or four attempts,
her only star t at this course and distance (in Listed grade too) won her only second-up star t. Also a firm track horse, with three of her four wins on good sur faces. Definite each-way contender.