RACE 1 MM PERTH STARTS MONDAY MAIDEN 1:20 PM (1016)
Tricky short-course maiden for the three-year-olds to kick off and we simply had to select Peters Investments filly IMAGINARY on top. Is racing first up (91 days) without a barrier trial, which is unusual for Team Williams, however, she showed enough during her initial spring racing preparation to suggest she should have these covered. So far this summer, pretty much all the cerise and white clad three-year-olds have stepped up a level (or two) on their spring form, and if IMAGINARY improves along similar lines she should simply be a class above. FLIRT’S OFFENCE is a filly that we don’t mind and she was most unlucky when resuming against reasonable opposition at Ascot, getting squeezed out when looking a winning chance 150 metres from home. Barrier means she’s likely to be getting back and running on, but that run should bring her conditioning forward and all the form around her first-up outing stacks up well. First starter ROCK’N ROLL ROSIE hasn’t done a lot wrong at the trials and she wasn’t fully tested at her only hit-out this prep when runner-up in a slowly run 1000-metre heat here last Monday. Would have preferred to see her have a stronger lead-in, as that was little more than a track gallop, but she has obvious ability and rates higher than most, while NATURAL JUSTICE was a big run in a good form race on debut at Belmont last June and he was tested in a recent barrier trial. Jumped well on that occasion, something he wasn’t doing last prep, and we’re expecting him to be doing his best work late.
Suggested Bet: (3) IMAGINARY to win.