JUST KEEP GIVING - Granted she doesn’t win out of turn with five wins from her 38 career starts however the Glen Thompson-trained Just Keep Giving does look well placed in the CSR Bradford Benchmark 63 Handicap (2100m). A winner at the track and distance on January 28, Just Keep Giving has contested a couple of solid form races at her latest two runs chasing home Furore over the Wyong 2100m two runs back before finishing fourth at Kembla last start in the race won by Temprado. It is possible to put up a strong argument to suggest Furore should have gone close to winning the Rosehill Guineas when third on protest whilst Temprado is prominent in early betting for Saturday’s Group III Packer Plate with the form from the Kembla race holding up through the third placegetter Hoof Hustler who won at Kensington on Wednesday. Corey Brown was the successful jockey on Just Keep Giving in her last win and he returns as the rider on Thursday.Launching from barrier one Just Keep Giving won’t spend a penny in transit and if the breaks come approaching the home turn the mare will be winning.
THE DRAKE - Last start performance is a key driver in betting markets and the prominence of the form factor is evident in the Christmas In July Saturday 14th – Sponsorship Available Class 1 Handicap (1200m). The Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Montrachet is the early $2.80 favourite with John Sargent’s three-year-old The Drake at $14. Fair enough, Montrachet was the last winner of a Rosehill maiden when resuming from a spell with the third horse subsequently winning to frank the form whilst The Drake was beaten by more than seven-lengths at Gosford resuming last time out. The horses are probably at their right price if punters only consider the last run, however let’s go back one run for each and we find Montrachet and The Drake clashing in a Gosford maiden on December 12 with The Drake winning on his merit.
MILITARY ACADEMY - The one favourite I am keen to support is the Garry White-trained Military Academy who will be second-up in the TAB Stand Alone Saturday April 28 Maiden Handicap (1100m). Trained on the track and a Corey Brown ride, Military Academy was run down late when second to Extreme Measure at Hawkesbury resuming last start and although no match for the winner over the latter stages did defeat the third horse by close to three-lengths. In a race that is devoid of genuine early speed, Military Academy looks the leader and will take plenty of running down with the first-up run under his belt.
SPOOKY WOOKY - With the likes of Lovani and Social Element likely to contest early supremacy in the Polytrack Hawkesbury Stayers Prelude Benchmark 70 Handicap (2000m) there is a high probability the race could be set up for a backmarker which makes the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes look exceptional value at the $9.50 available in early betting markets. Bred to be a stayer being a son of High Chaparral out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Sunday’s Choice, Spooky Wooky showed plenty of promise in his first preparation winning two from four including a benchmark 65 win over the Hawkesbury 2000m.
INVINCIBLE TAMMY - After placings in five of her six starts to date, I Am Invincible filly, Invincible Tammy gets her chance to win a maiden when she lines up in the Maclean Motel F&M Maiden Handicap (1106m). The decision by connections to take advantage of the 3kg claim for apprentice Leah Kilner looks a winning move with Invincible Tammy to carry 55.5kg when taking on her own sex after placings at Grafton and Ballina at her first two starts this preparation against the boys in open maidens. Drawn to get the ideal run in transit from barrier four Invincible Tammy’s time has come.