SEE ME OUT - A recent Warwick Farm trial suggests the John Steinmetz- trained See Me Out is primed for a first-up win in the Taree Cup Weekend On August 17-19 Class 1 Handicap (1007m). Racing on the speed, See Me Out finished a close second in the 807m trial when ridden by Alena Skerritt who has the race day ride and her 1.5kg claim gives See Me Out a significant 4kg pull in the weights over the race morning favourite La Pont from the Kris Lees stable. Although she won a Canberra maiden later in the preparation, See Me Out’s first-up run last time in was arguably her best run in the preparation finishing second to Shudabeen in a Wyong maiden. The Canberra win came in soft ground and See Me Out has a runner-up finish on a soft (7) track at Orange on her resume so it’s reasonable to assume she will handle the heavy (8) surface on Monday. If See Me Out can replicate the Wyong run on Monday she will test the favourite to the limit.
SECOND STEP - See Me Out’s stablemate Second Step stands out as the day’s best bet in the Saxbys Flavoured Soft Drinks Benchmark 69 Handicap Heat Of The Rising Star (1007m). Like See Me Out, Second Step looked ready to go fresh finishing a close second in a Warwick Farm trial and will have Alena Skerritt in the saddle. A Wyong maiden winner in two first preparation runs before an easy Bathurst win first-up last preparation, Second Step contested successive metropolitan Saturday races before spelling and although finished out of the placings was only two lengths from the winner on each occasion. The heavy track looks the only query for Second Step. However, it is worth noting she did win a Warwick Farm trial in heavy going leading into her first-up win last preparation. Second Step simply looks better than her rivals.
MR SNOWMAN - The Adam Wadick-trained Mr Snowman gets his chance to return to the winner’s list in the Cleanaway Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000m) at his second run back from a spell. A Jay Ford ride, Mr Snowman has just two wins on his 14-start resume however both victories have come second-up in a preparation and indeed the son of Natural Destiny is unbeaten at the same stage of a campaign. Mr Snowman looked a run short resuming at Nowra on April 1 looking the winner at the 100m before wilting over the latter stages to finish a half-length fifth in a benchmark 60 handicap won by Sweet Surprise. With the first-up run under his belt, Mr Snowman looks set to maintain his unbeaten second record.
GIVEM HELL - When Toby Edmonds crosses the NSW Border from his Gold Coast base punters should take notice and that’s the case with Givem Hell who brings winning form to the Joel Street Plumbing Class 2 Handicap (1015m). A three-year-old daughter of Commands, Givem Hell has hit her straps in recent starts winning a maiden at the Gold Coast on January 27 before placing on a heavy (10) track at the Sunshine Coast next start. Givem Hell appreciated a return to a dry surface winning a class one handicap at Grafton last start and is drawn to get all the favours in running launching from barrier four on Thursday. It’s hard to find a reason to suggest Givem Hell won’t be winning again.
SUPER TONIC - An unbeaten Coffs Harbour record is on the line when Super Tonic takes her place in the Elmac Electrical Benchmark 65 Handicap (1215m). Trained at Coffs Harbour by Brett Bellamy, Super Sonic has a penchant for her home track with each of her three career wins coming at the North Coast circuit. Although Super Sonic hasn’t been in the money away from Coffs Harbour there has been nothing wrong with her form. Four runs back Super Tonic was unlucky not to win at Port Macquarie and was close-up in two of her three subsequent runs at Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast with a Coffs Harbour win in the middle of the four runs. Back at home from an ideal barrier draw, Super Tonic looks set to maintain her unbeaten record at Coffs Harbour.