With there being a bevvy of races on today – and one meet not having a good amount of standouts, we are going to do something a little different today as opposed to the Punters Guide, and list a few races with runners that tickle our fancy here, and the first cab off the rank is Devonport, where we are going to go with the impressive Blackberry Rose. Main concern here for Blackberry Rose and Craig Newitt is to not let Emsgem get too far ahead as Froggy did last time against this horse when riding Emceeoh. Blackberry Rose does its best when running on from the back of the pack and today’s race, shouldn’t be any different. Blackberry Rose will need to run closer today to get the win as Emsgem will look to bolt to the lead and not give it up. Another danger is Pontypaul who drops in class, but, Emsgem and Blackberry Rose are the top two chances in this one.
Anthony Darmanian is great in Tasmania when it comes to the races after number five. This one is race seven, and he has the best of the day at Devonport in Husson Park, a runner with strong lineage from Husson. Came up against a horse that was in its own element last start in Red Pearl who destroyed the field, today’s field is a bit better of a match up for Husson Park today. Coming in on the back of a first and a second over last two respectively and yet to be lower than second at this track. Maps well for this race and has the best early speed for the short trip – will just need show a bit more fight down the straight here today.
Opening race here at Wyong maps as a two horse duel between Homework, who is likely to lead, and Elaborate who is likely to stalk. The edge here goes to Homework, who has looked better over the longer trip – finishing second over 1500m, against a better field, where Elaborate finished third against a weaker field, with a better jockey last start. Today, Homework has drawn well and will take up the lead again and challenge the rest to catch up – which if the run is similar to last, they won’t be able to. Jay Ford is going for his third ride on Homework today – and the two work well together, will be difficult for any other runner to win if Homework gets the lead.
Interesting little race here with a lot of attention going towards Chad Lever and Highly Desired, however, not enough is going towards Atomic Blast, who ran on gamely last start and gets an upgrade in the saddle to the red hot, Kayla Nisbet. Had every chance in the world last start to win over a shorter distance, but, the shortness of the trip was the issue, as it would have gotten there with an extra half furlong, almost gets that full extension here and will be competitive once again. Nowra has a very long straight, with a 400m line, which really helps Atomic Blast here who is over the odds.
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