RACE 2 SUMMER BRIGHT LAGER HANDICAP 2:00 PM (1008M)
Three sets of the Piper Family colours in this eight-horse field and we’re tipping an orange and red quinella, with stablemates SEEKER and CUANZO set to fight out the finish. We were really impressed with the run of SEEKER two starts back when clocking sizzling sectionals in a high-pressure race at Ascot two starts back, and he followed up that effort with a dominant win down the Straight 1000 at Pinjarra last time. Apprentice Kate Witten is riding in career-best form at present and SEEKER is right in the zone, and looks capable of going back-to-back. At time of print there was no rider named on CUANZO, which can suggest the horse is an unlikely starter, however, if he does start he’s going to be mighty hard to beat. Defeated last week’s South West Summer Sizzler winner Just Act Natural at Ascot two runs back before being caught out in a walk-and-sprint affair at that venue last start. In good form for new trainer Lou Luciani and must be respected. SECRET ASSAULT has competed well all prep and looks well placed in this grade on his home deck. Comes out of a high-rating race at Ascot last start and Tayla Stone’s 3kg claim is a bonus, while eastern-states import AMERICAN STAR competed well during his initial WA campaign and showed good form in a recent Belmont trial.
Tips: 1-4-6-5 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (1) SECRET ASSAULT to win (*amended after final scratchings).