The Sportsman Weekend

Annavisto to win fresh

Smart mare can score first-up

- WITH TONY THOMAS

RACE 1:

How the race will be run: Track should be just about perfect, around the good 4-soft 5 range. Rail back in true, so watch any pattern early. Tooradin should lead from rails draw. Nerve Not Verve should roll forward and Prince Ziggy may not be far away.

My view: Tricky race, with leading chances Bedford and Tooradin on trial at the trip. I’m going to stick with Mahamedeis. Think the claim is important and he now only has to give Tooradin 3kg. And race may pan pout for him from this draw. If Nerve Not Verve does roll forward, will sit outside Tooradin and leave Mahamedeis in the perfect trailing position. Speed could be genuine if that scenario happens and, in a true staying test, Mahamedeis just might be too strong in the run home. He is a winner thi course and distance and looked in need of this trip when he ran home okay behind Pancho last week. Tooradin is the big threat. He looks the only leader and, if he’s left alone, will dictate terms and make it a sprint home, which will enable to him run the trip out. It took very smart galloper to just run down three weeks ago and third placegette­r that day, Ghodeleine, has since won. Bedford meets Mahamedeis worse at the weights for finishing third to him last start at the Valley. He’s had a month off and may need it wetter but he should handle this trip. The last time Prince Ziggy was in a small field, he won,. He’s not without a chance.

Suggested bet: Mahamedeis to win, 1 and 3 in exacta, quinella.

RACE 2:

How the race will be run: Deep Speed will hold the lead from rails draw but won’t be alone. Enfleurage and Dirty Thoughts will pressure for the front and High Cost won’t be far away.

My view: Think the race sets up nicely for Destinatio­n. He was forced to lead last start and held on too well win Randwick but, with a hot speed engaged here, reckon Ollie will try to get a sit just behind leaders and then let loose in the straight. That’s the pattern he showed when narrowly beaten by Wild Ruler in Listed class last spring. Tne Gauch has only had the eight starts but he’s shown enormous talent. He’s at his best fresh, shown at his last start when he resumed to beat Pintoff and Wilmot Pass here in May, both those horses have been in great form since. The claim helps and he’ll be charging late. Our Wind Spirit clocked second fastest last 200m when beating all but Second Slip here last start and pace in this race will suit his big finish. Deep Speed likes this course and trip and take running down.

Suggested bet: Destinatio­n each way.

RACE 3:

How the race will be run: Turaath and Galgani should cross over to lead. Need New Friends Pinyin will not be far away. Think Annavisto will try to take a sit behind them.

My view: I’m a big fan and think she has the class edge here. She normally sits on speed but having drawn outside here, and with speed inside her, reckon Ben Melham may try to take a sit. And he has options from the draw because he can roll forward too if the pace is not genuine. She is revved up for this after a trial and then a brilliant jumpout win last week. Unbeaten fresh think she can win better races than this. Turaath did at both ends in winning at Flemington last start. Had to cross from wide out fast opening 400m and then raced away in straight to win as she liked. Only downside was that beatt Aidensfiel­d, who beaten in midweek grade on Wednesday. This is harder but well weighted, will be on speed and is improving all the time. Lunakorn goes well fresh too has trialled for this. Will be running on late. Galgani is consistent and has no weight.

Suggested bet: Annavisto to win.

RACE 4:

How the race will be run: General Beau try to hold forward spot from rails draw but Lightsaber and Exceed Expect will be on pace too.

My view: I am also a big Artorius fan and think he’s the forgotten horse a little when it comes to big spring 3yo stars. His Blue Diamond win was exceptiona­l beating Ingratiati­ng and Anamoe and then he one of the best runs outside the placegette­rs in the Golden Slipper. Had a soft trial at Cranbourne and then won a jumpout last week in sizzling fashion. There should be genuine speed here, he get the run of the race and too good for them. General Beau is such a profession­al racehorse and he does have that run under his belt. He can lead or sit from the rails draw and he’s the one they will have to try to peg back. The filly Heresy closed off well behind Gimmie Par here last start and even fitter now. Mr Mozart was brave behind Ingratiati­ng when resuming and also better for the run.

Suggested bet: Artorius to win.

RACE 5:

How the race will be run: Spaceboy only knows one way and should lead from the good draw. Oxley Road will be on pace

Naval Envoy and Kalkarni Royale not far away.

My view: Masked Crusader is resuming, he has 60kg and the outside draw. But he’s impossible to tip against. Class act who won his maiden this course and trip in 2019. He’s a good performer firstup and trialled brilliantl­y Sydney for his return. Plenty of speed on here don’t mind his wide draw as he’ll just swoop on them late and be too good. He’s already booked his spot in The Everest. Crosshaven is a star too and he’s jumped out very well for his return. This is short of nhis best but he has the blinkers off and he’s drawn to get the run the race. Spaceboy is super speedy he will take catching late, although not well weighted at this scale. Have to throw in Poland. Has jumped out well and can’t wait to see what he produces here.

Suggested bet: Masked Crusader to anchor all exotics, including early quaddie.

RACE 6:

How the race will be run: Diamonds Inthe Sky looks the only natural leader. Expecting La Mexicana and Paul’s Regret to be prominent, along with Plaquette.

My view: Probabeel picks herself. She has the 60kg but there is only a 4kg spread in the weights.

resumed this course and distance in the autumn similar grade to win before taking the G1 Futurity. She’s unbeaten this track, draws to stay out of trouble and have a last crack at them in the straight and, from all reports, worked really well here on Tuesday. Should win easily. The value for multiples is Parlophone. race developed into a sprint home and she kept trying hard behind Bella Nipotina here. She is at her top draws to get the run of the race. Instant Celebrity a G1 winner and looked good winning a recent jumpout. Big danger here. La Mexicana has a great record this trip and this course and distance. Fitness edge will carry her a long way.

Suggested bet: Probabeel to anchor all exotics, including quaddie.

RACE 7:

How the race will be run: No Effort and Ziegfeld look the leaders, along with Toryjoy, Mr Money Bags Scottish Dancer won’t be far away.

My view: If he gets a run here, Kinane is the best value runner all day. Loved his effort behind D’Aguilar at Flemington last time when he weaved his way between runners, clocking fastest 400-200 split of the race. He has needed racing to bring him to his top, which he is now. Firmer track will help, drops 4kg and drawn to get a nice run midfield. He is way over the odds. Angel Of Truth was very good at WFA last start and looks well suited here. Drawn perfectly and extra 300m to his advantage. Watch for a big run from English King. Thought he jumped out very well last week and was good enough to finish 5th in an English Derby year. Will be running on strongly. Ziegfeld had a poor recovery rate at Kembla last start but is better than that. May have to do some work to cross over can’t be left out.

Suggested bet: Kinane each way if he runs, Angel Of Truth to win.

RACE 8:

How the race will be run: Streets Of Avalon, Archedemus and Sansom will be on pace, with Behemoth and Red Can Man not far away, along with Aegon.

My view: Keen to be with Aegon here. He’s a class Kiwi performer who won the Hobartvill­e in Sydney in autumn and then had excuses in Randwick Guineas and Doncaster next two starts. Had a trial NZ on a very heavy track reported to have worked well since. Draws

get the run run, this trip firstup ideal and looking forward to seeing what he can do. Tofane is unbeaten at this distance, all at G1 level. She looked great in a recent jumpout and looks primed for a big showing despite never having won first-up previously. Behemoth is a class act and won this race second-up lst spring. Fitter for his first-up effort hard to roll again. Colette goes well fresh and loves the sting out of the ground.

Suggested bet: Aegon eahway.

RACE 9:

How the race will be run: Groundswel­l will try to dictate in front but he have Frosty Rocks, Great Again and Imperial Lad keeping him honest.

My view: Ayrton tips himself. He could be the next superstar. He’s had a couple of jumpouts to ready him for this and the latest was awesome when he sat wide and won the heat in second gear. There will be genuine speed on here ro help him and he looks too good. If there is a knockout, it could come from Regardsmar­ee. He just needed the run firstup and he’s much better out to 1400m. He’s drawn alongside Ayrton can track the favourite the whole way. Groundswel­l will take running down as per usual, while Secret Blaze will welcome the extra 200m.

Suggested bet: Ayrton to win.

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