CARRY ON JAKE - Kilner rides track specialist Carry On Jake in the Guyra Cup Day Sunday 15th April 2018 Benchmark 70 Handicap (100m) with the Paddy Cunningham-trained gelding in with a winnable weight after the 3kg claim. Four of Carry On Jake’s five career wins have come at Armidale with the six-year-old suffering his first defeat over the Armidale 1900m last start when unplaced in the Armidale Cup but it is fair to say he should have been closer at the finish after being held-up approaching the home turn. Carry On Jake should be right on the speed in a race where they won’t be breaking any records and gets his chance to return to the winner’s list.
SECOND ISLAND - I know he is short in the market, but if you are looking for an anchor bet for multiples etc, the Gregory McFarlane-trained Second Island is the one in the De Bortoli Wines Class 1 Handicap (1100m) with Jenny Duggan in the saddle. Second Island’s form is superior to his rivals with a four-length maiden win at Wyong on his resume from six starts in addition to three placings. With an on-pace running style, Second Island looks suited on the tight Armidale track with an inside barrier at the 1100m a considerable advantage for a speed horse.
MAKFI LASS - Although well beaten in her two runs this time in, it’s fair to say the Brett Cavanough-trained Makfi Lass hasn’t had things go her way and gets her chance to make amends in the Emirates Class 2 Showcase Plate-Country Only (1300m). Cavanough took on a Highway Handicap at Warwick Farm first-up this preparation with Makfi Lass finishing over four-lengths from the winner Star Boy but should have been closer at the finish after a chequered path in the straight before sitting wide in the without cover in a fillies and mares benchmark 73 at Rosehill last start. A winner over the mile at Scone, Makfi Lass gets to the trip for the first time this campaign and is ready to win.
PRAHAAR - “Tragedy beaten” is a phrase often used when describing a horse that was desperately unlucky in a race and the debut run of Prahaar which lines up in the South Coast Floor Coverings Metro & Provincial Maiden Plate (1300m) was a case in point. Unlucky may not be the best description because Prahaar was the cause of his own demise having his first career start at Randwick on February 2. There is little doubt Prahaar was going to charge away for an impressive win until the filly shifted out abruptly at the 50m and dislodged rider Jason Collett. Subsequently Prahaar missed the kick by two-lengths before a closing third at Canterbury last start after she raced wide without cover from the 600m. Trained by David Pfieffer and a Corey Brown ride, Prahaar is going to be a handy filly when she puts it all together – I am happy to take the punt that it could come as early as Friday.
SOMETHING SHOCKING - After a run of minor placings, Something Shock gets her chance to return to the winner’s list in the Prime7 News Benchmark 55 Handicap (1614m). A Narromine winner on debut before finishing out of the placings on a soft track at Scone, Something Shocking has been in the placings at her four subsequent runs including a Newcastle third two runs back when she was just over two-lengths from a future metropolitan winner in Just Shine before working in the run when placed at Mudgee last time out. The Racenet Barrier Speed Map available here suggests Something Shocking will have little difficulty settling in the first couple in running with Aaron Bullock in a position to control the race drawn outside the only other on-pacer in the race No Effort Needed.