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

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


The Adam Durrant-trained filly PRESS THE PETAL was outclassed in the WA Oaks on April 2, however, she drops back to a much more suitable assignment here and gets her chance to break through at her fourth career start. Really liked the way she hit the line hard for second behind Gauged here on Bunbury Cup Day and with William Pike back on board PRESS THE PETAL should be too good. HAKUNA MATATA covered additional ground at Ascot last start and will appreciate dropping back to maiden company. Can stay a bit and looks the only danger, while WITNESS IN COURT has produced his two best efforts yet when stepping up to a middle-distance at York and Narrogin recently. COURAGEOUS HERO is next best.

Tips: 7-1-3-2
Suggested Bet: (7) PRESS THE PETAL to win.


Maiden wins don’t get a lot more impressive than the one RADIANT GIRL carved out on debut at Pinjarra on April 3, when racing up on top of the speed and sprinting home her last 600 metres in a slashing 33.98 seconds to win by almost five lengths. That was big and RADIANT GIRL only has to hold form to win again here. COUNT TOMOZ OFF has been well-schooled at the trials and stretched out nicely to win his most recent at Lark Hill on April 4. Appears to be a decent size and covers the ground well, and COUNT TOMOZ OFF will have his share of admirers. COOL IMAGE had no luck on a strange day of racing second up at Ascot on March 23 and we’re willing to forgive that disappointing result, while AIRLIE SUN drops in grade and has strong formlines through exciting three-year-old All Gee.

Tips: 2-1-5-8 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (2) COOL IMAGE to win (*amended after final scratchings)


No real standouts in this mile maiden but we’re thinking the Bernie Miller-prepared BORN BLUE is due to break through. The Trade Fair four-year-old has strung together some good efforts in three runs back from a spell and he should be able to settle closer from the better barrier draw here. BORN BLUE shouldn’t have to waste too much petrol in running and jockey Patrick Carbery knows this horse well. KONGSBERG produced a good effort when returning to racing at Pinjarra on April 3, finishing only a three-quarter length behind the second placegetter. Extra distance suits and KONGSBERG has strong claims. FIGHTING SONG has been producing consistent effort in recent weeks, however, will have to use up a bit of fuel early from the wide alley, while ROMAN SKYLAB probably should have won at York last start and has to be in the mix.

Tips: 2-3-8-7
Suggested Bet: (2) BORN BLUE each way.


We have a bit of time for the Adam Durrant-trained STRATOSPHILLY and it will pay to forget she went around at Pinjarra on March 24, when unable to get a crack at them at any stage in the straight. Previous effort here was full of merit and stable apprentice Clint Johnston-Porter has stuck with her ahead of STANTON ABBEY, who will have plenty of admirers. ANGELIC ANGEL steps up in distance after two 1200-metre placings this campaign and she should be afforded every opportunity from the inside alley, while STANTON ABBEY was solid second up here on March 30. She will appreciate the seven furlongs, while CORRESPOND caught the eye when running on at Pinjarra last start and should enjoy a sweet run in transit from the good draw.

Tips: 12-11-2-4
Suggested Bet: (12) STRATOSPHILLY each way.


Despite the wide barrier this looks the right race for the consistent SHREWD GAMBLE. Has really put in at each of his three outings to date and seemed to appreciate the seven furlongs when filling the minor placing at Pinjarra on March 24. Promising apprentice Randy Tan takes 2kg off his back and SHREWD GAMBLE looks a safe each-way play. SPECIAL WORDS comes out of the same Pinjarra race as our on-top pick, finishing less than two lengths from the winner on that occasion. Both runs this time in have been sound and she should be thereabouts again. BALLYFIN HOUSE was well supported on debut at Narrogin on April 1 and received a pass mark for the effort. Looks capable of improvement second-up here, while the beautifully-bred debutante COSMIC JEUNEY is the interesting runner, being out of 2010 WA Oaks winner Impressive Jeuney.

Tips: 3-8-6-11
Suggested Bet: (3) SHREWD GAMBLE each way.


The Michael Lane-trained SPIN DA WHEELS was a good thing beat in a similar assignment to this here on March 30 when running into trouble on the point of the turn, before charging home late to go down by a head. 1.5kg apprentice Jordan Turner retains the ride and we expect SPIN DA WHEELS to settle near the tail and run on over the top of these. DANABLUE is more than capable on his day and did finish second behind Black Heart Bart in the 2015 Bunbury Stakes. Showed a return to form at Pinjarra on April 3 and he looks well placed in this company. OCEAN CRACKER has won a remarkable 12 races and wasn’t too far away when resuming here on March 30. Look out for him to run a cheeky race down on 55.5kg, while the front-running RIGHT HONOURABLE looks much better placed in this grade than metro 78-plus company and he will give them something to chase.

Tips: 3-1-8-2
Suggested Bet: (3) SPIN DA WHEELS to win.


We’re tipping a race-to-race double for the Michael Lane stable with in-form mare KRAKKA VISION searching for a third win from four starts this campaign. Couldn’t have been more impressive with a dominant beat-down of the promising Klondike Kenny at Pinjarra on April 3 and she shouldn’t be too troubled by the step up to seven furlongs here. KRAKKA VISION is smart and will take a power of beating. SUPER HUNTER performed well in special conditions company when resuming here on March 30 and should appreciate dropping back to Class 3. Doesn’t win too often but still has to rate among the main hopes, while staying type BLUSTERY has won twice from three first-up attempts and is capable of running a cheeky race fresh. Albany visitor JESTER ROCK has his share of ability and has a bit in his favour with barrier one and 54.5kg on his back.

Tips: 5-1-2-4
Suggested Bet: (5) KRAKKA VISION to win.


Kiwi-bred mare MY MAGIC MISS is a horse we have a bit of time for and we are looking forward to see how she handles the step up to 10 furlongs at her fourth run back from a spell. Gives the impression she will relish the middle-distance and this is the first time she has drawn a decent gate this campaign, having jumped from 12, 10 and 14 recently. Bred to get a trip and MY MAGIC MISS could provide some each-way value here. GONZO’S GIRL showed some grit when covering ground and hanging on under pressure late to break maiden status here on March 30. Astute stable thought enough of her to have crack in listed company two starts back and GONZO’S GIRL must be kept safe. STRIKING STAR hasn’t done a lot wrong in his past three outings and gets a handy 3kg off his back thanks to Casey Hunter’s claim, while EMPYREUS is a horse with his share of ability. Look out for him to improve sharply after being sent back to trials.

Tips: 6-7-2-1
Suggested Bet: (6) MY MAGIC MISS each way.


The Jody McLaughlin-trained OH SO SMOOTH made an impression when bolting in at Mt Barker on March 20 and she followed up that run with an unlucky third behind subsequent Geraldton Cup winner Preselection in this company here on March 30. Arguably should have won on that occasion when held up at a crucial stage in the straight and OH SO SMOOTH gets her chance to make amends here. HAY MAGIC is a promising type and steps up beyond the mile for the first time today. Should relish the trip being by Blackfriars and we can’t see him missing a place. Newcomer Paul Chandler is doing a great job with FLIGHT OF FANCY and she comes out of the same March 30 race as our on-top pick OH SO SMOOTH, while COME ON BOARD should have finished much closer at Pinjarra last start and is worth including in your First Fours.

Tips: 11-5-2-1
Suggested Bet: (11) OH SO SMOOTH each way.


KLONDIKE KENNY is a three-year-old with a heap of raw ability and gets his chance to return to winning form after recording three placings in as many starts this preparation. Created a big impression with an impressive maiden win here over this distance last November and KLONDIKE KENNY looks a standout in the last of the day, especially from the positive gate and with Jordan Turner’s 1.5kg claim. VITAL LASS couldn’t have done a lot more than she did when saluting first-up from a long break at Narrogin on April 1 and the strength of that win suggests she has to be included among the main fancies. GIGIDY GIGIDY GOO will strip fitter after an even effort first up in Class 3 at Pinjarra on April 3. Will appreciate dropping back to Class 1, while PETITE CHARM has been placed in town in the past and is worth forgiving after plenty went wrong first up at York on March 16.

Tips: 1-10-2-7
Suggested Bet: (1) KLONDIKE KENNY to win.

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