YEPPOON - Settling in the second half of the field isn’t perfect however the Matthew Dunn-trained Yeppoon can give his rivals a start and a beating in the Jacaranda Hotel Class 1 & Maiden Plate (1710m). Racing Queensland allows Racenet to have access to race videos. With Yeppoon’s last start at Beaudesert, you can make up your own mind as to the merits of the run when he never saw daylight over the 1400m – see the replay here. Yeppoon should have gone close to winning. As a winner at the track and distance, the step up to 1710m looks perfect third-up and I reckon Yeppoon will be able to overhaul his rivals in the straight.
SPLINTER - The $13 looks attractive odds for Splinter in the Good Intent Hotel Benchmark 66 Handicap (1410m) ready to peak third-up stepping up to his preferred distance range. Trained at Ballina by Stephen Lee, Splinter showed improvement at his second run back from a break when beaten 2-1/2 lengths when sixth at the Gold Coast last start on an unsuitable heavy track. Four of Splinter’s five career wins have come in the 1350m to 1400m distance range and the gelding is in with a winnable weight after the 2kg claim for apprentice Cejay Graham. Splinter won’t spend a penny in the run launching from the inside gate and represents genuine value.
CASH CRISIS - We were with the Matthew Dale stable in the Guineas Prelude but happy to risk the stable’s $2.50 favourite Clipper in the Magic Albert 2018 Town Plate Prelude (1200m). Clipper is yet to win beyond 1100m and with a wide gate to boot, can run against me. Last start Albury City Handicap winner Cash Crisis represents the value in the race at $9 in early betting markets. A winner of three of his six starts in the 1150m-1200m distance range, Cash Crisis left the Country Championships third-placegetter O’ So Hazy in his wake last start and is drawn to get all the favours in running launching from barrier two and represents genuine value.
OH SO UNFAIR - Our fate at Wagga will be highly dependent on the results from the Matthew Dale Stable as once again one of his runners looks under the odds as favourite for the Kooringal Stud 2018 Murrumbidgee Cup – Heat Of The Wagga Stayers Series (1800m). Fun Tickets is a mare that has been good to us in the past, however she does go to 1800m for the first time with 59kg and must overcome a wide gate and I would be looking for at least $4.50 before considering having something on her. The Mark Gee-trained Oh So Unfair is proven at the trip winning the Tom Patton Cup at the track and distance two runs back before being outclassed in the Albury Gold Cup last start. With early betting markets having Fun Tickets at $2.80 and Oh So Unfair at $13 the latter is the horse to be on.
LUCY ROSE - The Joe Cleary-trained Lucy Rose brings winning form to the Train 365 Cup Day Showcase Sprint (1000m) and although a three-year-old filly taking on open company sprinters will take a power of beating. Lucy Rose is putting together and excellent record with five wins from eight starts and it is possible to find a valid reason for each of the three defeats – two have come first-up in a preparation with the other loss coming at her first and only 1200m start. Displaying her customary early speed, Lucy Rose was too good for a benchmark 65 field at Canberra resuming last start over 1000m and as the winner of the Wellington Boot over 1100m the extra 100m on Friday won’t be an issue. Unbeaten in two second-up runs and with Mathew Cahill back on board, Lucy Rose is expected to show her rivals a clean pair of heels.