THE LEG UP

Meeting Preview - Sunday 19 November 2017


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RACE 1 AQUA ICE MAIDEN 1:55 PM (1450M)

The Albany racing season kicks off with a clash between promising three-year-old fillies EVERYTHING'S SWEET and MARGAYS, and we're fairly confident the Pearce Bros-prepared EVERYTHING'S SWEET can crack it for a win. Has been knocking on the door all prep, with three second placings from her past five starts, and she comes off an encouraging effort behind Love Always at Bunbury last time, with that youngster an acceptor in this weekend's WA Champion Fillies Stakes at Ascot. EVERYTHING'S SWEET is drawn to land somewhere in the first six/seven, ahead of MARGAYS, and Lucy Warwick is starting to ride with renewed confidence in recent times. This looks the right race for EVERYTHING'S SWEET. MARGAYS really caught the eye at her Mt Barker debut, jumping out of the ground late and failing to catch stablemate Cleo's Afterparty by a head. We were really taken with the way she chased, after being last on the turn, and the step up in distance should also be a positive. LACIE LOCKET comes out of the same race as MARGAYS and did a big job to finish as close as she did considering her extreme waywardness, and she probably should've won really. A bubble cheeker has been added to her gear to help keep her straight and a low draw also means she's likely to land in the right spot behind the leaders' heels, while BENTLEY'S BROTHER worked through the line well enough at his Mt Barker debut and gives the impression he'll appreciate stepping up to 1450 metres.

Tips: 10-11-5-6
Suggested Bet: (10) EVERYTHING'S SWEET win & place (1 x 3 units)

10. EVERYTHING'S SWEET
11. MARGAYS
5. LACIE LOCKET
6. BENTLEY'S BROTHER

RACE 2 HYBLA TAVERN MAIDEN 2:35 PM (1100M)

Tough short-course maiden to get a handle on and we ended up going for likely leader LUKE'S LOGIC, who led them up on debut at Collie and was only run down late by Backtobeverley, who shaded him in experience and race-fitness. Trainer Roy Rogers has quickly added the blinkers for this second-up assignment and booked the region's leading rider Mitchell Pateman, so that is a real sign of intent to us. LUKE'S LOGIC may also appreciate being back on turf after competing on the Collie sand, and we anticipate this four-year-old will go straight to the front and prove very hard to run down late. We didn't mind the Ascot debut of VISION UP and weren't surprised to see him improve into the placings at big odds at Bunbury last time, coming off the back of an extreme tempo and going down 1-1/2 lengths on the line. High draw does make things trickier for VISION UP, but that effort was too strong to ignore and with even luck in running she really should be fighting out the finish. WATTO'S REVENGE is another member of the visiting Pearce Bros squad and has shown enough in trials to warrant consideration on debut. Drawn to enjoy a sweet trail on the leaders' heels and polished young hoop Aaron Mitchell should afford this three-year-old every opportunity, while SCANDALILY was a $3.60 chance at her Mt Barker debut and under-performed, however, that strong starting-price profile suggests she's worth including in your exotic bets.

Tips: 1-11-9-8
Suggested Bet: (1) LUKE'S LOGIC win & place (1 x 3 units)
* Amended after Final Scratchings

1. LUKE'S LOGIC
11. WATTO'S REVENGE
9. SCANDALILY
8. HORAAN

RACE 3 MMM FARM - FRESH BARN LAID EGGS HANDICAP 3:15 PM (1100M)

Quite a competitive 'Open Sprint' we have here and we opted for talented south west mare DISTANT MEMORY to return to winning form. The Tom Widdeson-trained seven-year-old, who was beaten a long head behind Cosmic Storm and Meteoroid in the listed Jungle Mist Classic around this time last year, wasn't far away in a strong Graduation 62+ event second up at Bunbury, before enduring a tough run at Ascot last start and understandably folding up late. DISTANT MEMORY was gassed after racing wide, without cover, on top of a genuine tempo last time, however, she certainly won't be encountering similar pressure here and won't know herself with only 52.5kg on her back. Really should get the right run in transit and DISTANT MEMORY looks placed to win. HEY BRO has enjoyed good Esperance and Kalgoorlie campaigns since joining the Rod Brown camp, and this fellow looked in really good nick when stretching out well in a recent Esperance barrier trial. Gives himself every chance by beginning well and racing on speed, and HEY BRO looks ready to rip at his first outing in 56 days. More than handy local mare BINDAREE LADY recorded the eighth win of her career first up at Mt Barker, leading and upsetting the odds-on Marchand. Keeps showing up and performing season after season in the Great Southern, and BINDAREE LADY has to be considered among the top three winning chances here, while we're expecting sharp improvement from BIG CAROLINE after a flat run at Ascot and she should appreciate sliding down to the 54kg limit.

Tips: 6-1-3-5
Suggested Bet: (6) DISTANT MEMORY win & place (1 x 3 units)

6. DISTANT MEMORY
1. HEY BRO
3. BINDAREE LADY
5. BIG CAROLINE

RACE 4 GOD HAS SPOKEN@RIVERCRESTPARK.COM.AU HANDICAP 3:50 PM (1100M)

Fairly open first leg of the late Quaddie and without a heap of confidence we settled with SECRET BRIDGE on top. The sparingly-raced six-year-old has raced well when visiting Albany in the past, and she'll strip much fitter after being in front at the 200-metre mark and fading first up at Ascot. SECRET BRIDGE was forced to do a bit of additional work in running on that occasion, which left her vulnerable late, but the strong hit out should provide her with the right platform to launch second up in this company. With a positive ride SECRET BRIDGE should be able to land in the slot behind an expected fast tempo and this looks a good option for her. Speedy mare ELLENS CHOICE was fairly brave when resuming in a competitive Class 5 event at Mt Barker and that effort should bring her forward here. Rises in the weights coming back to Class 2, but she should be able to drop in behind fast stablemates MONEY TRAINER and RECAPITULATE, and have every chance to work her way into the finish. Three-year-old CLEO'S AFTERPARTY was well supported ($4.60 to $3.60) first up at Mt Barker and didn't let his followers down, scrambling home to record his maiden victory after an aggressive ride from Peter Hall. This is a much different equation for the son of Magic Albert, especially with the predicted fast tempo and significant early pressure, however, CLEO'S AFTERPARTY should naturally improve with the raceday experience and warrants inclusion in all your exotic bets, while we're thinking PARISIENNE LADY might be able to run a cheeky race fresh at a price.

Tips: 3-1-6-9
Suggested Bet: (3) SECRET BRIDGE each way.

3. SECRET BRIDGE
1. ELLENS CHOICE
6. CLEO'S AFTERPARTY
9. PARISIENNE LADY

RACE 5 TRADIES DAY DECEMBER 22ND HANDICAP 4:25 PM (1500M)

Things don't get an easier in the second leg of the late Quaddie and the work raffle does spring to mind when assessing this race. We decided on the race-fit and in-form JESTER ROCK, who should enjoy the change of pace back in the Great Southern after a series of competitive performances in metro Graduation 62+ events. Has had excuses at each of his past four outings, so his form should read better than it does, and the Steve Wolfe-trained seven-year-old looks really well placed on the eight-day back up. In a race dominated by WA Guineas bound youngster Roganella, JESTER ROCK was only a half-length away from the third-placed Battle Torque at Ascot last Saturday and that form certainly stacks up against this opposition. This is his race. HASHTAG is a mare whose never quite realised her potential, however, her recent form is certainly strong enough to be rated among the main winning chances in this. Closed late in a fast 1400-metre event at Northam last start, so HASHTAG should have the right platform for this assignment, and the Pearce Bros are one of the hottest yards in the State. PRINCE FRIAR showed he was in for a profitable campaign with a good second placing behind Niccatrice first up at Mt Barker and he looks set to enjoy the same soft run in transit from another inside draw. Is always a chance in these events and PRINCE FRIAR is a must for your exotic bets, while MR PAGO probably wins with clear galloping room first up at Mt Barker, and is capable of rolling forward from his high draw and finishing top four.

Tips: 7-8-10-5
Suggested Bet: (7) JESTER ROCK win & place (1 x 2 units)

7. JESTER ROCK
8. HASHTAG
10. PRINCE FRIAR
5. MR PAGO

RACE 6 TABTOUCH-REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:THE ROAD TO ASCOT 5:00 PM (1230M)

This in a wide-open heat of the Regional Championship Series and Quaddie players will be tearing their hair out by now. PERAZZI came out on top in our assessment after a fairly dominant first-up victory at Mt Barker and the fact that he maps in exactly the same position in running here. Mitchell Pateman should have him parked behind the leading division in the first five/six and, with a clean getaway, he won't be burning excess fuel at any stage. While PERAZZI did get all the favours in running last start, he travelled sweetly throughout and when the gap appeared in the straight he unleashed an impressive turn-of-foot. PERAZZI is the horse to beat. Track specialist CAPTIVATED POINT looked a bona fide city horse when racing through the grades last prep, however, he has under performed in two outings this campaign. Should appreciate being back on his home desk and the 22 days between runs should've allowed trained Steve Wolfe to get some freshness back in his legs. CAPTIVATED POINT goes good and we're expecting him to bounce back. NATURALISTE is a real competitor and he should've finished must closer first up at Mt Barker, after running into traffic issues in the straight. NATURALISTE is another who does his best racing here and he did finish a quality fourth behind My Greek Boy over the Albany 1230 metres in this year's feature Fitzpatrick Plate, while KRONSTADT was massive first up at Mt Barker but is fairly unpredictable. Hard being too bullish about his chances but if he turns up he's a serious winning chance.

Tips: 3-5-2-12
Suggested Bet: (3) PERAZZI win & place (1 x 2 units)

3. PERAZZI
5. CAPTIVATED POINT
2. NATURALISTE
12. KRONSTADT

RACE 7 TABTOUCH HANDICAP 5:35 PM (1450M)

We're really throwing darts at this stage of what is a very tough season opening program and if Roy Rogers has MESSIAH back on track, we can see him getting the cash in the last. Hasn't been seen since the winter when being tested in town, and we still can't get his July 15 performance out of our minds, when a desperately unlucky fourth behind smart customer Friaresque in Ratings 66+ company. Not a lot went right for MESSIAH following that result, but we're taking a line through his best form when assessing his chances, and with even luck in running, we can see him running a big race fresh. LORD KRONOS ran well when resuming in a similar race to this at Mt Barker, settling on speed and placing second behind Gauged. Drawn to land in a suitable on-pace position again and the increased distance should also enhance his chances. LORD KRONOS is the map horse. MASS EFFECT is the best horse in the race, in our view, and should've finished in the placings when resuming in this grade at Mt Barker last start. Ran into significant traffic issues in the straight on that occasion with the luck simply not coming his way, and the high draw here means he's going to need a few favours, with Shaun McGruddy likely to ride him conservatively with 60kg. Still, MASS EFFECT warrants respect, while stablemate KOSTYAZILCH doesn't win too often but rarely runs a bad race and he was actually a bit stiff at Bunbury last start. Looks well placed back on his home track and is a lock for your exotic bets.

Tips: 6-9-1-3
Suggested Bet: (6) MESSIAH each way.

6. MESSIAH
9. LORD KRONOS
1. MASS EFFECT
3. KOSTYAZILCH

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