VALREE - It’s reasonable to assume there is still plenty of scope for improvement in the Rod Northam-trained Valree having her seventh career start and second run this preparation in the J.T. Fossey Class 1 handicap (1400m). A four-year-old daughter of Ad Valorem, Valree was unable to record a win in her first five career starts but at the same time didn’t finish worse than three lengths from the winner in each of them with a close second before spelling to recent Metropolitan winner Chilly Cha Cha at Muswellbrook confirming the mare was capable of working through the grades.Valree returned to racing at Scone on March 8 with a strong maiden win and does looks suited stepping up in distance. With a confidence boosting maiden win under her belt, I am expecting Valree to go right on with the job.
I AM YOU ARE - I thought the Cody Morgan-trained I Am You Are stood out as the best of the day at Tamworth when a second pick at $2.30 in early betting behind Tiara Star in the Goodwin Kenny Class 2 Handicap (1000m), but we are facing prohibitive odds after the early favourite was taken out at scratching time. There are no prizes tipping $1.35 winners but at the same time betting can fluctuate considerably on the country races with markets in the 130-140 percent common on race morning and often substantially better odds on the shorties available as the day progresses. There was a good example at Coffs Harbour on Sunday, a long odds favourite in early betting and looking a good thing, Central Witness went to the post a $2.60 chance and raced away to win by a big space. A last start Scone winner over 900m and the advantage of the inside barrier over 1000m, I Am You Are looks close to a good thing and hopefully the bookies will be more generous as the day’s betting progresses.
BLAZING BEAU - The Jarrod Austin-trained Blazing Beau will be having his second race start in the Doyles On The Beach CG&E Maiden Handicap (1200m) after finishing his race off nicely when second to Bel’s Boy on debut over 1000m. A three-year-old son of California Dane out of the Jetball mare Eyenar, Blazing Beau took on all ages on debut and whilst Blazing Beau officially takes on the older horses again on Monday there are only three acceptors older than three and that trio have had 37 starts between them without winning so we are essentially looking at a three-year-old maiden. With the benefit of race experience, an additional 200m to travel, a good gate and Christian Reith in the saddle, Blazing Beau gets the chance to go one better.
MULU MAGIC - he recent city and provincial form of the Matthew Smith-trained Mulu Magic stands out as the key form factor in the Goulburn Produce Class 1 Handicap (1400m). A Blake Shinn ride, Mulu Magic finished third in a fillies and mares class two handicap at Newcastle on February 17 before a 1-1/2 length fourth at Canterbury last time in a benchmark 70 race won by All But Gone. Mulu Magic has to carry an additional 4kg on Monday but the weight increase is more than offset by the drop in grade back to a class one and the mare should be winning at nice odds.
CAN SHE KISS - To say Can She Kiss is a Goulburn track specialist would be somewhat of an under-statement with each of her four career wins coming at the Southern Tablelands venue. Trained on the track by Keith Dryden and Scott Collings, She Can Kiss will be chasing her fourth win from five starts when the daughter of Oratorio takes her place in the Anns Wedding & Function Decorating Benchmark 65 Handicap (1400m). Can She Kiss won three successive races at Goulburn before a forget run at Canberra last start when mare never saw daylight for the length of the straight. Matthew Cahill who was the successful rider in two of the recent wins returns to the saddle and Can She Kiss can bounce on Monday.