TABLE MOUNTAIN - 1500m around Muswellbrook looks perfect for the Paul Messara-trained Table Mountain chasing his second career win in the Scone Equine Hospital Class 2 Handicap. A Wyong placegetter over 1600m in three first preparation runs, Table Mountain broke through for a his maiden victory at Muswellbrook on March 2 leading all the way over 1280m before finishing a close second at Scone last start over 1600m. The form from the Muswellbrook maiden victory has held up with four subsequent maiden winners coming out of the race and Table Mountain was thwarted by an excellent Greg Ryan ride on the winner Missybeel at Scone. Reckon it’s straight to the front for Table Mountain at Muswellbrook and it looks a case of first out first home.
DREAMY BELLE - The Kris Lees-trained Dreamy Belle has the early speed to overcome barrier 10 and record back to back wins in the JTS Realty Sprint Benchmark 67 Handicap (1000m). Musical Query drawn in barrier eight looks the only other leader in the race so worst-case scenario for Dreamy Belle should be an in running position second outside the leader. A maiden winner at Scone on debut carrying 52kg after the claim for Louise Day, Lees has tended to look for races where Dreamy Belle is down in the weights. fter a Hawkesbury fourth in her remaining first preparation run, Dreamy Belle was less than four-lengths from the winner in a fillies and mares benchmark 73 at Warwick Farm resuming this time in before winning a class two at Port Macquarie last start carrying 54.5kg. Lees has once again found the right race for Dreamy Belle with the three-year-old filly set to carry 54.5kg after Day’s 2kg claim and the daughter of Dream Ahead looks set to maintain her unbeaten record on country tracks.
RESIN - Exceed and Excel filly Resin who races in the Godolphin blue is already a metropolitan winner with a last start maiden victory at Warwick Farm and will be striving to graduate out of maiden company with a win when she lines up in the Pro Ali Class 1 Handicap (1100m). Having her third career start and second-up on the back of a 474-day break between races, Resin was way too good for a subsequent provincial maiden winner in Dinnigan last start. Resin produced race figures that would suggest the filly can progress to at least Saturday metropolitan level running substantially quicker time than the other two 1200m races on the day including the benchmark 81 winner which suggests a provincial class one is there for the taking.
PETITE - Bred to be a stayer being a daughter of Reset out of the Danehill mare Laleta, Petite relished the step up in distance to win a maiden plate at Wyong last start over 2100m and similar to her stablemate Resin, the form from the maiden win has held up with the second horse Love Waves going on to break her maiden status in a benchmark 70 race at Gosford. This augers well for the prospects of Petite who takes on benchmark company in the Insurance House Benchmark 69 Handicap (2100m). It would be no surprise to see Petite competitive in the staying races for the fillies in Queensland in the next couple of months and she gets the chance to boost her rating by winning at Gosford on Thursday.
SCHUBERT - The decision to geld the Godolphin three-year-old Schubert gives the son of Lonhro the chance to reach his potential on the race track. A Josh Parr ride, Schubert returns to racing as a gelding in the Stand Alone April 28 Class 1 Handicap (1300m) on the back of a 191-day break between races. After winning his maiden on the Beaumont circuit at Newcastle resuming last preparation, Schubert was placed in four successive metropolitan races being competitive with the likes of Super Ex and Addictive Story. Schubert looks ready to go first-up after two promising trials at Warwick Farm and the “unkindest cut of all” may well be the making of the gelding as racehorse.