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.


We tracked the progress of nicely bred filly COSMIC BALLET during her two-year-old season and thought that she showed significant potential, and were also impressed with her first public appearance as a three-year-old, when scoring a soft Lark Hill trial win recently. COSMIC BALLET is capable of racing on-pace, so she has the natural gifts to overcome an awkward barrier draw, and she looks the way to go here. AMALIEMOO put in a shocker when a heavily supported favourite last start, however, her debut showing here over this distance beforehand was encouraging and that race has proven to be quite a reasonable form reference too. We’re expecting sharp improvement from AMALIEMOO. HEZA SHORE THING showed promise as a two-year-old and was kept safe in betting at both starts when last in work. Recent trial effort was okay and he does hail from the in-form Lindsey Smith stable, while MISS SLATER was kept safe in betting on debut recently and we wouldn’t be surprised to see her improve sharply with the blinkers added second up.

Tips: 4-5-1-9
Suggested Bet: (4) COSMIC BALLET each way.


We’re going to go a little wide here and lock in three-year-old filly SHEZA POSE on top, on an each-way basis. We didn’t mind her first-up effort here two starts back and she caught the eye when running on from well back over 1400m at Northam last start. SHEZA POSE appears ready for a peak performance stepping up to the mile at her third run this prep. CORRENTE has finished runner up at three of her past four outings and must rate among the main winning chances. Drops back to the mile after competing over 2200m at Northam last start and we’d be surprised if she doesn’t post a top-three finish. TOP AGENT did a good job to box on for third in a similar assignment to this here last start, having to cover a bit of extra ground in the three-wide line in running. Has put in two solid performances in succession and he is among the contenders, while MAYBE ONE MORE is the interesting runner stepping out over a mile having not started in 144 days, Has his share of ability and his best form is capable of winning this.

Tips: 10-6-5-1
Suggested Bet: (10) SHEZA POSE each way.


Really tricky race this one, as our initial assessment had us trying to squeeze eight runners into our top four. Eventually we settled on MUSICAL ART on top, after recording three placings from as many starts last campaign, and he looked nice and sharp when winning a recent Lark Hill trial. 34 days between that trial and this first-up assignment isn’t ideal, but he’s drawn to get a nice run in transit, and if he’s happy and healthy he should give you a run for your money first up. MUSICAL ART each way. OUTER DETENTION has put in two solid efforts here recently and the form out of his last start third stacks up well through Wednesday winner Menin Road. Awkward draw hinders, but he only has to hold form to measure up against these. MR UNDERCOVER looked like breaking through when looming large here last start, but he couldn’t hold off the winner’s sharp finish and had to settle for another second placing. Beat the third horse home comfortably, so the effort was full of merit, and we’d be surprised if he doesn’t register a top-four finish in this, while we didn’t mind the performance of YUKON GOLD at his Northam debut and his trial win beforehand was impressive.

Tips: 1-8-7-9
Suggested Bet: (1) MUSICAL ART each way.


We’re looking forward to the return of promising type TONKATUFF, who emerged as a galloper with plenty of talent during the late autumn/early winter of his three-year-old season, culminating in a competitive last start Belmont Guineas effort (finishing a long head behind the third placegetter). Wasn’t knocked around in a recent Belmont trial and, while the 1200m is probably not he preferred trip, we do expect him to sprint well fresh. TONKATUFF has a bit of class about him and we’re happy to lock him in on top. GENERAL HUSSON is having his first start for the Durrant/Miller stable and has shown plenty of promise in six starts to date. His form stacks up well against this opposition and he should enjoy a lovely run in transit jumping from the inside barrier. DIA DE LA RAZA showed glimpses of potential as a two-year-old and the flashy chestnut looked sharp in a recent Lark Hill trial, clocking one of the faster heat times of the session, while NIAYCHI should be ready for a peak performance at his third run this prep and he is a must for your exotics.

Tips: 1-7-9-2
Suggested Bet: (1) TONKATUFF each way.


Plenty of speed engaged in this 1000m scamper and we’re pretty keen on the chances of sharp three-year-old INVINCIBLE MODE. Competed well against good opposition when last in work and he showed he was ready to fire first up in this with an impressive trial win at Lark Hill on Monday, showing good gate speed and clocking fast time. INVINCIBLE MODE gets our nod. We have a bit of time for STORMY PLANET and liked what we saw in a recent trial outing here, when not knocked around behind subsequent Mt Barker winner Might Blonde. Showed plenty when last in work and STORMY PLANET is the main danger. Stablemate PUCK SHAPESHIFTER did a good job to place first up here recently when working forward to race on top of the speed after jumping from gate 12. Rarely runs a bad race and he is a must for your exotics, while ARLYAH produced an eye-catching fourth in the same race as PUCK SHAPESHIFTER and we expect her to be running on well again at the finish.

Tips: 4-8-1-11
Suggested Bet: (4) INVINCIBLE MODE to win.


The Team Giadresco-prepared ALL SETTLED is becoming one of the more frustrating horses to follow for punters, having been beaten when well fancied at each of his past five starts, but we’re going to give him one more go here. Should have finished closer in a solid Class 3 last start, but ran into some interference over the final 100m, and he does get reunited with the aggressive Jarrad Noske, who won on the four-year-old here on Australia Day. This doesn’t appear to be as strong as what he’s competed against recently and ALL SETTLED rates highest. ROTH DA TOFF is an interesting horse with plenty of ability, but he has proven to be a touch unreliable over the journey. He’s much better than what he showed at Northam last start and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him bounce back to form fourth up in this. NOT AGAIN KEN drops back in grade after a brave effort in the same race as ALL SETTLED last start. The improving grey is an obvious contender again in this, while DAGORLAD is a four-year-old with some talent and we liked the way he got the job done at Northam last start.

Tips: 1-4-2-3
Suggested Bet: (1) ALL SETTLED each way.


We liked the way FORMULA hit the line when resuming for a new stable here last start, running on from ninth on the turn and doing her best work late over the 1420m. We also quite liked the way she trialled at Lark Hill beforehand, so there is no doubt the Blackfriars mare is in good form this preparation, and the booking of Jarrad Noske is a positive. FORMULA will appreciate stepping up to the mile second up and she looks a solid each-way play. BOOM BOOM BANG is on the quick back up after a closing second behind the in-form Makaties Keeper on Wednesday. This fellow is relishing racing in the South West at present and he is a major player again. SAINT STEPHEN was scratched from Wednesday’s meeting and saved for this event, and the improving four-year-old finally got some luck in running when saluting third up here last start. Showed some tenacity on that occasion when charging home from back in the field and he is a must for your exotics, while beautifully bred mare ELITE ROCK got the job done at her second WA start last time and the way she hit the line on that occasion suggests she shouldn’t be taken lightly in this.

Tips: 3-1-2-5
Suggested Bet: (3) FORMULA each way.


Team Giadresco have a big squad engaged at this meeting and FRIAR’S GIFT could very well be the pick of them. The Blackfriars four-year-old showed plenty when winning two of his five starts during his first racing campaign, and we liked what we saw when dominating a recent barrier trial. FRIAR’S GIFT likes to roll forward so the awkward barrier draw shouldn’t be an issue, jockey Jason Whiting is riding in vintage form of late and this fellow is one of our best plays of the day. DETANGO had plenty of admirers when resuming at Ascot recently and she probably should have won when not getting a crack at them at any stage in the straight. We don’t mind this mare and we expect her to attract strong support again, despite stepping up into Class 3 company. VENUS EBONY will find this assignment more to her liking than the Jungle Mist Classic last start, when competing against some of the best fillies and mares in training. Her previous win here over this distance was sharp and she shouldn’t be left out of calculations, while STAR LIGHTNING had no luck in a much tougher assignment here on Wednesday and we wouldn’t be surprised to see her run a race at each-way odds on the quick back up.

Tips: 2-7-5-3
Suggested Bet: (2) FRIAR’S GIFT each way.

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