RACE 2 BOOK FOR MELB CUP DAY AT BUNBURY MAIDEN 2:05 PM (1208M)
Probably the most intriguing race on the card, this three-year-old maiden in chock full of promising types and our initial ratings had us trying to squeeze eight into our first four selections. It was a toss up between CAPE LADY and RAGAZZO D’ORO for our on-top pick, and in the end we went for the horse with the superior barrier position in CAPE LADY. Another Simon A. Miller-prepared youngster, the daughter of Charge Forward impressed when dropping gears in the straight and cruising to a five-length trial win on October 10, and she appears likely to land in a prominent position from a handy barrier here. CAPE LADY to take some catching. RAGAZZO D’ORO sizzled in his recent Lark Hill trial and David Harrison has him primed for a first-up tilt, however, the wide barrier no doubt hinders his winning chances. Will probably end up worse than midfield from that draw, but look out for him charging home late. And we also found it hard to separate the two Peters Investments debutantes — TRULY RARE and MADRID CENTRO — but we backed in the judgement of The Wizard (William Pike), who has opted to pilot Nicconi filly TRULY RARE ahead of $420,000 yearling purchase MADRID CENTRO. Both cerise and white-clad youngsters have shown up at the trials and are expected to figure prominently.
Suggested Bet: (13) CAPE LADY each way.