WELLINGTON — SHAYNE O’CASS
Wee Lassie is winless after 21 starts and has only the five placings but this looks like a good opportunity. The form around her is superior. Christo is a son of Duporth making his debut as a 4YO for the astute Cameron Crockett stable. He showed enough in his trials to be right in the finish, if not win. Audio Bay hasn’t placed in seven starts but was fourth at her two runs this preparation. Can place.
Bet strategy: Wee Lassie win, quinella 2,12.
Garry White’s two horses from his Hawkesbury base both might win. Cool One is a daughter of Dane Shadow out of a Zabeel mare, which is where she gets her stamina. Just ran out of puff late at Kembla. She is the one to beat. Lucy’s Legacy has the fine record of eight starts for a win, three seconds and a third. Fleur de Force is a last-start winner.
Bet strategy: Cool One win, exacta 10 to beat 7, quinella 7,10.
Toulon Brook is a first starter from the Kody Nestor stable who arrives off a booming 5-lengths trial win at Dubbo. Monitor the market but looks like he has the talent. Highly Influential is a Mack Griffith-Gooree gelding who sent out the right signals at the first run for the new management. Bucko sticks! Blue-bloods Empathy and Merlene’s grandson Horn are both right in contention.
Bet strategy: Toulon Brook win.
Greg Ryan’s army of fans will be with Polyxena here. The Canberra-trained mare has excellent form winning one and being second home at the only other two starts. Barrier 4 and Ryan are two boosts to her prospects. Invincible Thunder is another of the Kody Nestor team. She should be in the first three in running. The Rouseabout has a big weight and a very wide barrier which may make life tough.
Bet strategy: Polyxena win, exacta 2 to beat 3.
Gayna Williams-trained George Two ran second to last Sunday’s Gilgandra Cup placegetter Living Choice at Dubbo then 12 days later came out and posted an easy 1.8-lengths win at Bathurst. Ashley Morgan will be up top again today. The Warlord is a major obstacle. The Cameron Crockett-trained gelding has been in great form. Unresolved is a place chance at odds. Ditto for Douro.
Bet strategy: George Two win, quinella 1,3.
Paris In May is the second of the Garry White visitors. This grandson of the six-times G1 winning filly Slight Chance broke his maiden at Orange in November by 2.2-lengths in 57.92sec for the 1000m. Went home and won a trial at Hawkesbury. Drawn to win. Bare Foot Babe likes the venue, with a win and a second. Greg Ryan a key booking. California Fox and Raheen Lady are next best.
Bet strategy: Paris In May win.
Clint Lundholm and Greg Ryan unite here with Sprezzatura who has run some good races in his 15 starts. He has placed eight times and acquitted himself well in a Dubbo heat of the Country Championships Qualifiers. Regal Cannon is an obvious danger having won his last start at Orange. He has been “beaten favourite” five times, three when odds-on. Westlink will be charging late.
Bet strategy: Sprezzatura each-way.