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

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


There is a bit of talent in this three-year-old maiden to kick off proceedings and we opted for the Stephen Miller-trained THE DIARY after an encouraging debut showing here on November 10. Drifted a fair way back in running on that occasion before working home well into second, but he should be able to take up a more forward position in this from the low barrier draw. Looks a perfect second-up option for THE DIARY and he’s clearly the one to beat. OUTER DETENTION performed well on debut here on November 1, putting in a similar run to subsequent maiden winner Dutch Spy in that event. Awkward barrier draw hinders his winning chances, but we still expect a forward showing. First starter MENIN ROAD makes appeal on debut after two trial wins and we liked the way he hit the line at his most recent appearance, while CHEBELLEZA was doing her best work at the finish when runner up at Narrogin last start and is ready to step up to six furlongs now.

Tips: 1-2-5-8
Suggested Bet: (1) THE DIARY each way.


Plenty of hopes in this six-furlong all aged maiden, with half the field having winning chances, but we eventually settled on MUSICAL ART after catching the eye in a smart win at the Lark Hill October 31 trials. Showed plenty of promise when placed at each of his three starts when last in work and he is a big chance to give rookie trainer Brock Lewthwaite his first winner. MUSICAL ART each way. Peters Investments filly IMAGINARY is the likely favourite after placing here over this distance on November 1. Blinkers have been added, as has William Pike, and both appear positive adjustments. QUEENIE O’LARA is a filly we have a bit of time for and she did everything right when taken back to trials for sharpening up on November 7. Has ability and we wouldn’t be surprised to see her race forward and prove very hard to catch, while Jason Whiting has stuck with MAJESTIC MAN in preference to other runners and we might follow ‘The Fish’ in lock him in for fourth. His first-up York run on November 6 was full of merit also.

Tips: 14-5-8-3 (*amended after scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (14) IMAGINARY to win (*amended after scratchings)


This appears to be a match race between Peters Investments three-year-olds MAJOR ATTRACTION and PERFECT ROSE, and even though the market is likely to favour the latter, we were quite taken with the debut of MAJOR ATTRACTION here on November 10 and have placed him on top. Drifted back to last in a slowly run, seven-furlong maiden on that occasion, but made up many lengths against the pattern of the race for fourth. The son of More Than Ready will relish stepping up to the mile and is unlikely to be as far back jumping from the low draw. MAJOR ATTRACTION too strong. Stablemate PERFECT ROSE was sent out odds-on at her Northam debut on November 3, but couldn’t quite get over the top of the leader after having every chance in running. William Pike has chosen to ride the Domesday filly and she will no doubt make her presence felt in this. SOUND OF FURY certainly has his share of ability, but has some tricks also, which were clearly evident when throwing away a win at Northam last start. Will get out in front and give his rivals something to chase here, while TOP AGENT made the favourite sweat when runner up in a similar assignment to this at big odds here on November 1. Has to be a top-four chance if he can hold that form.

Tips: 10-12-2-8
Suggested Bet: (10) MAJOR ATTRACTION each way.


We have been strong on the winning chances of GRINDABELLA at her last two Bunbury outings and the developing staying mare hasn’t let us down, recording wins over this distance and stretching her unbeaten sequence at this track to three. Will carry the same weight (57.5kg) as she has at her past two victories and she has been so strong on the line in recent times that it will take a big effort for another runner to out-stay her in this. Track specialist GRINDABELLA to win again. SAXON SAXOFF appears to be the biggest danger, with his best form capable of winning. Appears to be building nicely this preparation and looks ready to produce a peak performance stepping up to his pet distance fourth up this campaign. CRAFTY RED is a stayer with a bit of promise, however, he did let his supporters down with an uncharacteristic poor performance at Northam last start. He’s better than that, and we’re expecting sharp improvement back at his home track, while OORAH is being thrown in the deep end after a York maiden win but does look to have her share of ability. Is a daughter of 2011 Bunbury Cup winner Street Value also, so the distance shouldn’t be an issue.

Tips: 5-4-9-7 (amended after scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (5) SAXON SAXOFF to win (amended after scratchings).


The first of the handicap events is a tough one to get your head around and after some toing and froing we ended up selecting the Team Gaidresco-prepared FAIR NAKITA on top. There has always been a bit of a boom on this filly and we have tracked her progress closely, and jockey Jason Whiting has opted to stick in preference to capable stablemate PUCK SHAPESHIFTER. FAIR NAKITA was sharpened up for this in a trial here on November 11 and we think she has the class to get the job done at her first run in 67 days. SHADABLAZE is an honest mare who wasn’t knocked around in a trial here on November 11. Has some ability and she should enjoy the run of the race from the low barrier draw. FRENCH ESCAPE was heavily backed on debut and dug deep for his supporters to scramble home by a half-head. Has obvious ability and should enjoy a soft run in transit from the good gate, while MY LAINA has really stepped up this campaign and probably has the best formlines in the race, however, the wide barrier hinders her winning chances considerably.

Tips: 8-5-4-9
Suggested Bet: (8) FAIR NAKITA each way.


The Stephen Rowe-prepared DANEHILLS DAUGHTER was an impressive maiden winner here two back and we expected her to go to town and simply win last start, however, she was brought unstuck by an unusually fast tempo and never really looked comfortable around the Ascot track. Looks well placed back at this circuit, however, and the 19-day break looks perfect after a tough last run. DANEHILLS DAUGHTER on top. WESTERN TEMPLE was a well supported favourite here last start and was really made to earn her maiden victory, digging deep to score by a half-length on the line. Is likely to attract strong support again in this event, especially with William Pike back on board, and the son of Perth Cup winner Western Jewel is going to take some beating. GATTLING made the most of a soft lead here last start and strode away from his rivals to break through at his 10th appearance. Winning form is good form and his two best performances have come when racing at this track, while HE’S NOT SURE is a horse with some ability and we liked his effort over the mile at Northam last start.

Tips: 8-1-5-7 (*amended after scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (8) WESTERN TEMPLE to win (*amended after scratchings).


This is an interesting heat of the Regional Championships, with the top-four automatically qualifying for the $100,000 Final at Ascot next Saturday. We’re quite keen on the chances of TUDOR BOLT, who we believe has the best peak form of any horse in the race. Has rated as high as 73 in the past, however, it has slipped down to 67, which is super-low for a horse of his ability. Didn’t get a lot of galloping room when resuming here last month and while the 39 days between runs is a concern, we still feel he has the class to pull through in this event. TUDOR BOLT each way, DUTCH SPY is being set a tough task stepping into this company after his impressive last start maiden win. Gate hurts, but we still expect him to be charging home late. DUSHA ZACHISTKI is a horse with more than his share of talent and he posted some pretty decent results when last in work. Had excuses when resuming at Ascot recently and we’re on the lookout for sharp improvement, while ANISAU is a four-year-old with plenty of upside. Races first up here without a trial, but did salute when kicking off his previous preparation.

Tips: 4-10-8-6
Suggested Bet: (4) TUDOR BOLT each way.


This is a tough race if you are trying to get out late in the day. And after weighing it all up we thought former eastern-stater RUSSIAN RIVER was as good a chance as any after his encouraging second-up effort last start. Chased a hot speed on that occasion and still boxed on well for third, which showed a level of toughness, and he looks ready to turn in a peak effort third up in this. Jockey Shaun McGruddy booted home a value double at Ascot on Wednesday and RUSSIAN RIVER can get up at similarly healthy odds here. ALL SETTLED is as honest as the day is long and Team Giadresco have gone back to senior rider Jason Whiting after using claiming apprentices at his past three outings. Doesn’t know how to run a bad race and has to be in the mix again. FORMULA is stepping out for her new stable and showed she was in good nick in a hot Lark Hill trial recently. Drawn to get a nice run in transit and she should be thereabouts first up, while another former eastern stater in RAJA SEAT had no luck at his WA debut after being kept fairly safe in betting. We’re expecting him to run a race second up, with the interesting runner being former Victorian LET’S TWIST, who competed in Group 3 company in Adelaide at her last start for the Mick Kent stable in May.

Tips: 7-3-9-2
Suggested Bet: (7) RUSSIAN RIVER each way.

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