BELL SERENADE - The Provincial Championship Final April 14 At ATC Maiden Handicap (1200m) looks the perfect race for the Mitch Newman-trained Bell Serenade to break through. After five indifferent runs in his first preparation Bell Serenade had a change of trainer with the three-year-old son of Your Song hitting his straps in recent starts and finishing runner-up in three of his last four outings including a half-length second at Kembla last start. Bell Serenade looks set to get all the favours in running launching from barrier two and won’t get a better chance to win a maiden.
BETTER TAKE COVER - A $1.40 chance and only three starters would generally mean a line through the race however the favourite looks beatable in the John Books Memorial NSW Former Members Of Parliament Maiden Handicap (1350m). The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Jawhara has come up short in the markets based on a runner-up finish at Wyong resuming last start but how strong a form recommendation was the race? The winner Mighty Marmalade goes okay however Jawhara was beaten 2-1/2 lengths and was only marginally in front of Denials who will be the outsider in the opening race. After a nice trial Better Take Cover from the Gwenda Markwell stable did enough on debut finishing a length third in a Kembla maiden doing her best work late over 1200m. With the benefit of race experience and the step up to 1350m, Better Take Cover will test the $1.40 chance to the limit.
WALLANGARRA - Keen to see how the UK import Wallangarra goes first-up in the Wyong Farmers Market April 7 Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m). Trained by Kris Lees and a maiden before coming to Australia, Wallangarra showed plenty of promise winning three races on the trot last preparation commencing with a Port Macquarie class one win over before stepping up to class two provincial company at Newcastle prior to completing the hat-trick at Hawkesbury. Wallangarra looks up to city staying races over the winter months and may well prove too classy for his rivals first-up.
JUST GORGEOUS - With placings in three of her four runs this time in, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Just Gorgeous looks ready for a confidence boosting win in the WRC 2018/2019 Sponsor Opportunities Available Class 1 & Maiden Plate (2100m). A three-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock out of the Stravinsky mare Satinka, Just Gorgeous didn’t shirk her task when less than a length from Momentum To Win at Hawkesbury last start and there was a significant margin to the third placegetter. Tim Clark gets the opportunity to control the race on Just Gorgeous from barrier two with the filly primed to record her first career win.
CAMILLO - The David Kelly-trained Camillo is another on-pacer likely to get all the favours in running when he tackles the Clarence Valley Septics Class 3 Handicap – Rising Star (1410m) third-up. After having genuine excuses in a Highway Handicap resuming at Rosehill on February 24, Camillo bounced back to finish third at Grafton last start over 1206m and arguably was just a run short on the back of a 24-day break between races necessitated from a couple of issues from the metropolitan run first-up. Despite a wide barrier draw, Camillo should have little difficulty crossing the field and taking up the running and it is worth noting the four-year-old’s only run over the trip resulted in a three-length class one victory at Grafton last preparation when he led from start to finish.