RACE 2 DENNING BOXING AND FITNESS GYM MAIDEN 1:35 PM (1690M)
Very open mile maiden and we found this event particularly difficult to rate. In the end, we decided to place LEXDEN EXPRESS on top with the five-year-old likely to be ready to produce a peak performance at her third run this preparation. Should have finished closer when resuming at Narrogin first up and her effort was sound at Pinjarra last time, finishing alongside subsequent Ascot winner Nice Go and only two lengths from the second placegetter. Was hard in the market on several occasions when last in work, so she has a reasonable starting price profile, and this just looks the perfect race for her to break through. LEXDEN EXPRESS gets her chance. FLY AWAY PETER caught the eye when running on well at the finish here two starts back before a massive effort in Class 1 company at Pinjarra third up last start, covering plenty of additional ground in running and getting speared off on the turn, before working home remarkably well at the finish. This fellow has sucked us in in the past, so we are a bit wary of his ability to tease, however, that last-start performance has too much merit to ignore against this opposition. We didn’t mind the first-up effort on Durrant-Miller three-year-old OUT OF LINE in a slowly run affair here last start. Drifted back to last and had no chance the way the race was run, but he did manage to carve out the fastest final 600-metre sectional time and this race is nowhere near as competitive as that line up. Don’t be surprised to see OUT OF LINE run a cheeky race second up, while MAYBE ONE MORE is on the quick back-up after looming as the winner in Class 1 company at York last Monday, before appearing to peak on his run late over the 1920 metres. Has shown plenty of promise in the past and he’s finally starting to get some continuity with his racing after an interrupted preparation.
Suggested Bet: (9) LEXDEN EXPRESS each way.