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 took a fair while to separate our top two selections but we eventually settled on first starter SALORSCI to roll the likely favourite BOUNCE DOWN. We kept going back to the Jeff Noske-prepared youngsters compelling recent Belmont trial win, when covering additional ground in running and lengthening stride impressively in the straight to overhaul the tearaway leader and score by a neck. This fellow is going to get a nice run from the inside alley and that trial victory certainly suggests he has a bit of class about him. SALORSCI to win on debut. BOUNCE DOWN displayed plenty of potential during her initial racing preparation and showed she had come back in good nick with a smart trial performance at Lark Hill recently. Possesses some impressive formlines through the likes of Samovare and Where’s Wally, however, we just felt the outside alley may be this filly’s undoing first up. Still going to have plenty of admirers though. CRICKET INDA HOUSE was well fancied at his Bunbury debut last March and the effort to finish fourth was encouraging. Hasn’t been sighted since, however, the stable did produce Bali King Prawn to win first up without a trial at Pinjarra on Sunday, so don’t be surprised to see him run a race from the good gate, while first-upper MARAUDER competed well in a recent Belmont trial and should enjoy the run of the race from his low draw.

Tips: 5-7-2-4
Suggested Bet: (5) SALORSCI to win.


The Bruce Watkins stable is enjoying a successful summer with the likes of Miss Sondrio and Makaties Keeper racking up the wins, and we’re anticipating another victory for the astute local horseman with four-year-old debutante DIABLERIE. Was returning from a lengthy absence when scoring an eye-catching Bunbury trial win recently, accounting for subsequent provincial winners Streets Of London and Marjesden, and this looks a perfect assignment for the son of New Approach to kick off his racing career. This race is there for the taking and DIABLERIE should be getting the job done. A PATCH ON KNEE appears to be the only possible danger and does have experience and race-fitness on his side. Has competed well in similar assignments to this at his past two outings, recording top four finishes on both occasions, and if DIABLERIE encounters trouble in running A PATCH ON KNEE is capable of making him pay. REGAL BEAU appears next best after leading and competing well enough in his recent Bunbury trial. Not entirely convinced by that performance, but this race lacks depth and he should be able to find the front easily enough from the inside alley, while BEKOLETTA wasn’t beaten too far down the Straight 1000 first up at Pinjarra last start and could slide into fourth here without surprising.

Tips: 3-1-4-2
Suggested Bet: (3) DIABLERIE to win.


Not a bad short-course clash between three-year-old stablemates LORD DEVOUTLY and GLIMMER GIRL, and we’re leaning towards the former to be too slick first up. We have a bit of time for the headstrong LORD DEVOUTLY, who showed plenty of raw talent during his initial racing preparation, with inexperience and bad manners costing him victory on more than one occasion. However, the son of Discorsi appeared to be a much improved version of himself when dominating rivals in a recent Bunbury trial, settling well and hitting the line hard, with plenty left in the tank. Only needed to learn how to relax in running to become a real weapon and if LORD DEVOUTLY can transfer his trial form to the track then he’ll be winning. Peters Investments filly GLIMMER GIRL is the likely favourite, considering the hypnotic William Pike effect, and she was also rather impressive when winning her recent trial at Belmont. Showed plenty during a spring racing campaign, however, we feel as though she may be a touch vulnerable first up over the 1100 metres. COULEUR BIZARRE has taken a significant step forward this campaign, with a soft maiden win two starts back before having no luck last week when copping some nasty interference in the straight. Was really travelling on that occasion and with even luck in running he’s a top four chance in this, while PEGGIE’S MAREE is drawn to get the run of the race and we’re expecting her to bounce back after a few things went wrong last start.

Tips: 3-6-2-1
Suggested Bet: (3) LORD DEVOUTLY to win.


Pretty open event here with several long-time maidens getting their chance to finally break through. We’ve been tracking the progress of IT’S A CHANCE all preparation and have included him in our top four selections at his past two starts, however, things haven’t gone his way when developing a tendency to get too far out of his ground. This looks the perfect opportunity for new rider, the in-form Shaun McGruddy, to take a more positive approach from a sweet draw and there should be no excuses for him on this occasion. IT’S A CHANCE each way. TOUCH THE CLOUDS competed well when resuming at Narrogin last start and should appreciate stepping up to the seven furlongs second up. Posted some positive results towards the end of her previous preparation and she’s capable of figuring prominently at the finish of this. Race-hardened NOT A WAY TO GO has recorded two top-three finishes over the mile recently and has placed here over the seven furlongs in the past. Fit and in okay form, so shouldn’t be left out of calculations, while we’re thinking NITROBEL may be able to run a cheeky race jumping from the inside alley with only 51.5kg on her back.

Tips: 7-9-2-11
Suggested Bet: (7) IT’S A CHANCE each way.


It took DANEFIN 16 starts to break maiden status but the six-year-old has been transformed from a non-winner to a real weapon over the past six months, with three victories from his past four starts and we’re expecting him to continue on his merry way in this. DANEFIN was well handled by apprentice Kate Witten when scoring a strong win in similar company last start and this doesn’t look any tougher than that assignment. Should enjoy the right run from a good draw and it’s hard to go past DANEFIN. The Chris Gangemi stable has enjoyed a breakout 2016/17 with their horses performing at their best and producing consistent effort, and one example is last-start Pinjarra winner BARZINHO. Has always shown promise and that first-up victory suggests he’s ready to start delivering into his four-year-old season. ACE’S WISH was vying for favouritism when chasing a third straight win last start, but was never out of trouble after a sluggish getaway. Put a line straight through that run and we expect him to bounce back with a competitive showing in this, while EXCUSE ME MAK was another runner to have excuses last start and he has a good record when racing here over this journey.

Tips: 1-6-8-2
Suggested Bet: (1) DANEFIN to win.


We haven’t seem too many maiden victories more impressive than the performance produced by DASH DOT DASH at Pinjarra last start, with the five-year-old debutante jumping straight to the front from barrier 11 and working to the line under a vice-like grip from jockey Troy Turner. It appeared as though the daughter of Bletchley Park was never out of first gear, continuing the impressive form she displayed when winning two lead-up barrier trials. The form out of that Pinjarra event has already been franked with Streets Of London trotting in at Albany last Saturday and after only one start DASH DOT DASH is one of the most exciting horses in training. Will be short but will be winning. Beautifully bred three-year-old MY GRACE returns from a short break and wasn’t disgraced against some of the best fillies in the state last campaign. Worked home nicely in a recent Belmont trial and we’re expecting MY GRACE to be hitting the line hard in this. WANTED DESIRE is a horse we have a bit of time for and she was sharpened up for this with a recent Bunbury trial hit-out. Saluted on debut here last preparation and we’re anticipating a competitive first-up effort, while HABENERA blew the start at Narrogin last start but is more than capable of finishing top four with a clean getaway.

Tips: 2-8-9-4
Suggested Bet: (2) DASH DOT DASH to win.


Good clash to end the day with local four-year-old DUTCH SPY and last-start three-year-old winner SIR SNUGALOT vying for favouritism, and we’re going to stick with a horse we have a big opinion of in DUTCH SPY. Hasn’t been sighted since his massive performance in the $100,000 Regional Championship Final in November when finishing sixth in a blanket finish, a result we doubt any of his rivals here could reproduce. The outside barrier means he will have to stand the front-running SIR SNUGALOT a decent head-start, but we feel as though DUTCH SPY has the class to charge home late and run right over the top of his rivals. SIR SNUGALOT couldn’t have done a lot more than he did when breaking through second up over 1100 metres on New Year’s Day, jumping to the front from barrier nine and leading all the way. Gives himself every chance by being an on-pacer and he’s going to take some catching providing he runs out a strong 1200 metres. MCFRIARS performed a couple of lengths below what we expected first up but we don’t mind this fellow and are happy enough to give him another chance. Drawn better and strips fitter, so don’t be surprised to see him run a cheeky race, while TOMOHAWK has his share of ability and if he brings his best he’s capable of recording a top four finish.

Tips: 2-6-4-9 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (2) DUTCH SPY to win.

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