RACE 3 TREVOR HOGAN MAIDEN 1:55 PM (1016M)
Time to get the dart board out for this race with strong trial and race form making this one of the toughest races to line up for the day. We have settled on three year old PIC’S PRIDE though who resumes for Stephen Miller after a nice trial win at Lark Hill on December 29. At his only race start the Blackfriars filly finished three-lengths off Bombs Away at Belmont and with the 2kgs claim of Randy Tan should be right in the finish here, at a handy each way price. JUST ACT NATURAL will likely start a short favourite and is our second pick. The Paul Roberts-trained three year old has had two career starts for two seconds and last time in finished behind Rhi’s Rocket, who has gone to Ascot since and tasted success plus finish third behind boom horse Vega Magic. We may end looking stupid if he brains them but more than a month between runs concerns us as does the likely price. BREGENZ has finished second at his two previous runs and we’ll put the Gavin Slater trained three year old in for third while FOXY ROYALE comes out of the same trial as our on top selection and she goes in for fourth.
Tips: 3-2-10-1 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: With the scratching of (9) PIC’S PRIDE, (3) JUST ACT NATURAL looks a standout each-way play (*amended after final scratchings).