For a Monday it is a decent quality day of racing in Australia with a total of 3 meetings on offer across country Victoria and country New South Wales.
We take in the meetings from Wagga, Quirndi and Echuca looking to kick off another week of end to end punting action on a winning note.
Wagga R2 #2 Dreamship 3.70 – shapes as a race in two between Dreamship and Plenary and we have a minor leaning towards trhe 3yo filly Dreamship here who we feel might just prove too strong for the 2yo filly Plenary which is taking on older horses here, Dreamship is a deceivingly well bred type by Dream Ahead out of a Tabkir mare, comes into this race having its 2nd career start on the back of finishing 8th of 9 at Kembla Grange on debut, not disgraced that day only beaten 3.5l and this clearly easier, was only warming up late that day doing its nest work on the line suggesting the step up to 1400m will totally suit here and breeding suggests same, looks a 1400m-1600m pedigree, go on trial 2nd prior to debut when beaten 0.3l by Alassio at Randwick, Alassio franked the form coming out to win on debut at Kembla Grangte and that was after winning another Randwick trial prior, the Dream Ahead filly should get the 1400m stronger at this stage of it’s career and the 3.70 on offer is minor overs, we have it rated a 3.30 top elect.
Wagga R4 #6 Didnt Even Kiss Me 9.00 / 3.00 & #10 Newrons 5.50 / 2.15 – shapes as a good value vs confidence race in two where we can back both Didnt Even Kiss Me and Newrons for a result across the race, Didnt Even Kiss Me is dropping in class from 3 runs verse much tougher last preparation including down the track efforts in the G2 Angus Armanasco and the Listed Canberra Guineas, high merit trial winner prior to the start of last preparation over Churchill’s Speech with a big margin back to 3rd, came into that off a career mark of 8-3-5 $64k, back in the right company now and looks the top elect, interesting that the 3yo filly is fresh into this with no trial, suggests kept fresh ready to fire, Newrons was off the scene for 18 months before reappearing with a strong trial 2nd to Hoodless at Wagga before coming out to win 1st up Corowa over Arosa and Kwenda taking on the 900m sprint trip, was strong through the line and would have to think there is more to come yet from this lightly tried 5yo gelding by Al Maher, back in support of Didnt Even Kiss Me for a result across the race.
Quirindi R1 #12 She’s Sharp As 26.00 / 6.50 – playing the value angle here, fairly open race with form references coming from everywhere, this one has a decent speed pedigree by Ready As out of a Northern Regent mare, comes into this race 2nd up from a spell on the back of finishing down the track at Tamworth last time out, prefer to go on 2nd career start 2nd up last preparation when 1.5l 2nd at Gunnedah, probably should have tested the winner that day, good visual hidden merit in that performance, has plenty of early speed, if it finds the front without too much pressure early may prove hard to run down in deep stretch at the big odds of 26.00 / 6.50 each way.
Echuca R3 #10 Hi Suppose 8.00 / 2.70 – very well bred type by High Chaparral out of the Danehill mare Suppose who herself is out of the high class Storm Cat mare Sophisticat who won the Coronation Cup along with a Cheveley Park 2nd also a G1 level, comes into this race 3rd up from a spell looking for this trip now, flat last start and prepared to forgive that run, was very good 1st up from a spell 1.9l 3rd on this track over 1100m on soft going, likely to improve significantly on that effort now 3rd up stretching out to 1400m, also looked above average at Werribee 4 starts ago flashing big closing pars when 2nd over 1100m in a strong form race splitting Rose Ahead and Octuplets, very good value at 8.00 / 2.70 as a solid each way top elect, we have it rated clear on top as a 3.20 chance.
Echuca R5 #1 Tradies Tea Break 4.60 – deceivingly well bred lightly raced improver by Skilled out of an Octagonal mare, put the writing on the wall with a very good trial 2nd to Aerovictory prior to debut back on 3 April, form franked through the beaten brigade Our Foxwedge in 3rd since winning, franked that trial form itself also coming out to win at Werribee last start, scored by 1.5l and was widening the margin on the line, clearly superior putting big gaps back through the field that day and once again the form has been franked to a good degree, rises to 62.5kg here which is a big impost but the overall depth in this race is not great, goes around as a 4.60 chance, we have it rated marginally shorter as a 3.70 top elect.
Quirindi R5 #3 General Harmony 8.00 / 2.80 – comes into this race having only its 4th career start on the back of winning a trial at Scone by 3.1l, that trial suggested has come on since spelling and every chance of hitting a new career peak 1st up here, was very good breaking its maiden tag having its 2nd career start at Narromine 2 starts ago, produced very good closing pars that day and Cosmic Reign who chased it home with similar closing pars from off the pace to finish 2nd came out and franked the form breaking its maiden 2 starts later at Armidale, form franked also through horses finishing further back, goes around as a 8.00 / 2.80 top rated each way chance here, we have it rated as a 4.00 top elect, good overs, warrants decent each way support.
Echuca R7 #5 Harvard 4.20 & #10 Marketplacer 9.50 / 3.20 – shapes as a race of 3 major seen chances and the betting market has it mostly right here, the top elect is the lightly tried Shocking 4yo gelding Harvard who comes into this race having its 10th career start, won by a space at Geelong last time out widening the margin the further they went over the 1700m trip, has been given 2 hurdle trials since with the latest a high merit effort over Refectory, sure to come on again and looks the clear top elect, also worth backing another of the NZ bred horses in the race in the form of Marketplacer, the 3yo Savabeel gelding came of age last start flashing big closing pars from off the pace to run down Pufnstuf close home in a head bobbing go, form references read strong out of the race and gets in well weighted from a good draw, will be closing hard in deep stretch and may prove hard to hold out, decent value on offer as the 2nd elect at 9.50 / 3.20, back in support of top elect Harvard for a result across the race.
Quirindi R6 #8 Stan 21.00 / 5.80 & #11 Happy 51.00 / 13.00 – big value betting affair to be had here, we can back two at very big odds for a result across the race, Stan is 2nd up from a spell after failing last time out when 1st up, very good trial win prior with a big margin to 3rd holding sway over Little Red Shoes, also go on very good 2nd to Also A Star over this trip at Narromine 5 starts ago, Happy is 3rd up into this race looking for this trip, total forgive run last time out when 2nd yup, doing best work late 1st up start prior over 1200m at Gosford in a stronger race, very good breaking its maiden tag 4 starts ago by 3.3l over 1257m at Taree over Hammoon Bridge, form stacks up nicely, both Stan and Happy are worth nibbling at each way at the big double figure odds on offer to cause a blow out result.
Wagga R6 #4 Poet’s Dash 26.00 / 6.50 – deceivingly well bred lightly raced improver by Poet’s Voice out of the Catbird mare Slipper Dreaming, failed 1st up from a spell last time out, total forgive run, stretches out to 1600m 2nd up and looking for this trip, comes through a very strong maiden win at Orange 5 starts ago, relatively bunched finish first 6 across the line that day but subsequent form out of the race is very strong, tried over too far 3 and 4 starts ago end of last preparation, goes around as a 26.00 / 6.50 solid each way chance, back each way for a winning result.
Quirindi R7 #2 Renown 4.20 – lightly raced improver in a rich vein of form winning its last 2 on end over similar trips to this in impressive fashion, broke maiden 2 starts ago by a widening 3l margin when coming from well off the pace, franked that form making it 2 on end winning on heavy going at Muswellbrook last time out, minor query that its last start win on heavy may have taken a bit out of it but has been given a 17 day break leading into this start, overall this race lacks good depth so its not the hardest affair to win, goes around as a 4.20 chance, we have it top rated as a 3.50 elect, every hope of making it three on end here and continuing it’s picket fence run of form.