RACE 6 CITY & REGIONAL FUELS HANDICAP 3:45 PM (1675M)
Competitive first leg of the Quaddie and we’ve zeroed in on three runners coming out of the same race, with SONNEN our on-top selection, ahead of AWESOME AS and BARZINHO. The 1800-metre Graduation Handicap they competed in last start was brutally run and it was the $4.60 second favourite SONNEN who helped establish the suicidal tempo, before understandably running out of gas late in the race. Unlikely to encounter the same early pressure as he did last start and that hard hit-out should see him produce a peak performance at his fourth run this prep. SONNEN each way. AWESOME AS sat just behind the hot tempo but was still dragged well out of his comfort zone, so there was no surprise to see him faltering late. This looks a nice option for him to get back on track and he did record successive wins at this venue last month. BARZINHO settled near the rear at Ascot last start but as he didn’t over-exert early was still able to finish off evenly, running into second behind Hakuna Matata. Has been tending to drift back in his races of late, so he may be spotting his main rivals a reasonable head start, but we still expect him to run on into a top-four finish, while BOOM BOOM BANG is going to get the right run from the inside draw and will enjoy racing back at his home track.
Suggested Bet: (4) SONNEN each way.