Popular race-by-race meeting preview The Leg Up (by Thoroheads) provides in-depth summaries, tips, suggested bets and suggested quaddies.

Popular race-by-race meeting preview The Leg Up (by Thoroheads) provides in-depth summaries, tips, suggested bets and suggested quaddies.

RACE 1

A tricky maiden to start here. CONE BAY made a nice impression as a two-year-old and returns here for the in-form Warwick Bradshaw yard. Won a trial at Lark Hill by six lengths on December 14 and is perfectly drawn in barrier one. Jockey Kyra Yuill should be able to lead or box seat and we’ll put the three-year-old son of Saxon on top. ROSEWOOD HILL is also making her first start this campaign and at her only run as a two-year-old was narrowly beaten by the nice type See Me Sizzle. Jarrad Noske takes the ride as one of three Daniel Pearce-trained runners and she goes in for second. WHAT A DROP made a nice debut here on December 2 coming from the rear of the field to run fifth behind Castle Queen. We’ll put him in for third just in front of SISTER BENNIE who resumes from a seventh month spell. The Demerit filly looked to have plenty of talent as a two-year-old and if she can reproduce that first up she will be right in the finish. This is a really open maiden and we wouldn’t be surprised to see strong runs from SALTY and VAN ISLAND.

Tips: 1-8-6-7
Suggested Bet: (1) CONE BAY will be super-short, therefore (8) ROSEWOOD HILL each way looks to be the value here.

RACE 2

This is another tricky race. SHARREADA get the services of the state’s best jock William Pike and we will put her on top. Drops back in journey after finishing fifth behind Dark Love here on December 2 when fancied in betting on that occasion. She was ridden on speed and it didn’t appear to suit. We expect to her to go back from her wide gate here and come home strong. SECRET ENSIGN is coming off two seconds in similar company and should run another bold race. Meets SHARREADA 3kg worse off for beating her home by 1.5 lengths when they last clashed but should be on speed and be right in the finish. Simon Miller saddles up first starter METAL GLOW and we will put him in for third on trust. Trialled well behind Great Shot who has gone on to win since and Miller has a knack with first starters. BITTERSWEET BILLY is the most intriguing runner in the field. At his only raced start finished eighth behind the impressive Profit Street back in June. Has trialled three times since including a nice win at Lark Hill on December 14 and we’ll put the Robin Elliott-runner in for fourth.

Tips: 11-1-4-3 (*numbers amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: Pike factor leads us into (11) SHARREADA each way.

RACE 3

DANEFIN looks ready to win here. The Lou Luciani-trained five-year-old has finally drawn a nice barrier and should be able to capitilise with a strong performance. Last start ran a fast finishing third behind the impressive Card Knight, and at his two previous runs flashed home behind Dark Love and Klondike Kenny. William Pike goes on and there will be no excuses here. STANDUP’N’DELIVER comes through similar form lines as DANEFIN and we’ll put him in for second. Went to Albany last start and narrowly missed breaking his maiden status (after racing wide throughout) and should figure prominently again. CALL NINE ONE ONE goes in for third. Resuming here after a six-month spell, the Chris Gangemi-runner showed some talent when finishing third behind Fathnoxious at Northam on June 25. That was in 56-68 grade and this looks easier. HUSSON MAID is our fourth selection for trainer Adam Durrant. The 1410-metre journey might be a fraction too short but expect to see her flashing home late with just 54kg on her back.

Tips: 1-2-5-12
Suggested Bet: We have been waiting for nice draw for (1) DANEFIN. Back him to win.

RACE 4

We step things up to the 2219-metre journey here and this looks a pretty even affair. SAXAPAK has caught our eye this campaign and looks ready for a big performance. Drops back in grade after finishing fifth behind Polonize here on December 20 and prior to that was far from disgraced at Ascot running behind Shinta Mani and Savanarola in 60+ grade. Should be rock hard fit and we’ll put him on top from AIN’T BAD. The Colin Webster-trained five-year-old had no luck last time when forced to race wide at Ascot behind Battle King. Expect him to go back from his wide gate and flash home late. KENNY’S SILVER will race on speed and goes in for third with Aaron Mitchell’s 1.5kg claim, while THE CAT RATCHER goes in for fourth from a nice inside draw.

Tips: 10-4-2-3
Suggested Bet: Happy to play (10) SAXAPAK each way here in a pretty moderate field.

RACE 5

We have four runners here who are hard to separate in the first leg of the Quaddie. We’ll put SONNEN on top though who looks weighted to win. Gets in with just 51.5kg after the claim to Randy Tan and is coming off an impressive first-up effort at Pinjarra on December 2 behind Frangipani Monster. Drops 6.5kg from that run and should get a nice run from the draw. PRENTICE finally bounced back to the winners circle last start and jockey Jarrad Noske has stuck with him here. Drops 3.5kg on his last win over Diva Rose and will be up to his ears in this. BOLTING goes in for third. Last start was in stronger company at Ascot, when after racing on speed wilted to finish seventh. If Kyra Yuill can get across from a middle draw and find the front he could produce a big run. WARBROOK goes in for fourth for trainer Alan Matthews. Flashed home at Ascot behind Flying Image last start and this looks weaker. The step up in journey to 1690 metres should also suit.

Tips: 7-3-5-4
Suggested Bet: You should get a nice win price about (7) SONNEN.

RACE 6

Our best bet of the day comes up here with SIXPENCE SPENT and we think you will get a nice each way price. Couldn’t have been more impressive on debut when winning with ease here on December 6. Went straight to the front and blitzed is rivals by two lengths under a hold and if he reproduces that will take a stack of beating. We think this guy could measure up in town and if that’s the case should be right in the finish here. The obvious danger is the Grant Willaims-runner PARIS DREAM. Broke her maiden status back in August with a four-length win and wasn’t asked for much in a recent trial. William Pike rides and expect her to start favourite. MAKATIES KEEPER has been racing without much of luck of late. Covered a stack of ground here on December 11 when finishing a narrow third behind Juicing Carrots. Drops 2kg on that run with the claim of Kate Witten and should run a big race. She goes in for third just in front of GENEROUS CHOICE who was handy first up finishing behind Festive Excess over 1200 metres. The step up to 1410 metres should suit, as will the claim of Clint Johnson-Porter.

Tips: 2-4-8-1
Suggested Bet: (2) SIXPENCE SPENT is our best of the day. Back each way with confidence.

RACE 7

There are three last start winners going around here and it will be interesting to see if they can keep their form going. We think we have found some value though with CAMACHO our on top selection. The former Eastern States galloper was impressive first up in WA when a fast finishing seventh at Ascot on December 16. Will strip fitter second up and the step up to 1410 metres looks ideal. The Monica Tyson-runner has drawn well and Jason Whiting should be able to give him a cozy run throughout. GREAT SHOT was ultra impressive when winning on debut at Pinjarra on December 13. Has drawn nicely and he looks a nice type. He goes in for second in-front of HERECOMESTHESTORM, who was unlucky last start when running into trouble down the straight behind Frangipani Monster at Pinjarra on December 13. Hasn’t finished outside of the top five in his last five runs and will be right there at the finish. REGAL GOSSIP showed some talent as a three-year-old and resumes here off a 7.5 length trial win. The 1410 metre journey looks too short but we are happy to have her in for fourth.

Tips: 2-3-8-9
Suggested Bet: Looks to be some nice value in (2) CAMACHO as an each way bet.

RACE 8

This looks the easiest race to find the winner with the highly talented TOMMY WHO looking to make it two wins on the trot. Destroyed his rivals when resuming at Bunbury on December 11 by two lengths untouched and should be able to repeat that effort here. William Pike rides again and ‘The Wizard’ will just need an ounce of luck from the wide gate to win this. We expect him to measure up in far tougher races than this and could just blitz them again. GOOD MORNING goes in for second after resuming in nice style at Ascot on December 16. Finished a narrow second on that occasion and has a handy second up record. The locally-trained MISS WALPOLE has been racing in strong form without winning of late. She’s finished no worse than 1.5 lengths from the winner in her last four runs and we’ll put her in for third just in front of BIG CAROLINE. The Team Giadresco-trained four-year-old finished just behind Dendee last start and those form lines are some of the strongest around. Has drawn wide so Jarrad Noske will need to conjure up a bit of magic when they jump.

Tips: 7-1-3-10 (*numbers amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (7) TOMMY WHO will be short but will just be winning.


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