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.


We have a short-course maiden to kick off the day with a mix of experience and first starters engaged, and we’re leaning towards the Team Giadresco debutante STORMY PLANET following a soft trial win here last Friday. Went to the line pretty much untouched on that occasion, and jockey Jason Whiting would have had the choice between STORMY PLANET and stablemate THAT’S A RODGER. We’re going to follow The Fish’s lead and lock in STORMY PLANET on top. PRETENTIOUS CHANT is racing first up from a spell but looked in good nick when winning well at the Belmont trials on March 29. Wasn’t disgraced in two Ascot starts during his initial racing preparation and PRETENTIOUS CHANT can figure. THAT’S A RODGER wasn’t knocked around in his trial here last Friday but does have to overcome the outside barrier in this, while RED HUE is resuming from a break but showed a bit at the Belmont barrier trials when last in work.

Tips: 9-3-7-1 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (9) STORMY PLANET to win.


Trainer David Harrison has enjoyed a successful Bunbury season and he looks set to add to his tally of winners here with consistent mare DANCE MINDY DANCE. The four-year-old scored a dominant win in a similar assignment to this on Bunbury Cup Day before a few things went wrong when runner up at Pinjarra last start. Well in at the weights after Kate Witten’s 3kg claim and DANCE MINDY DANCE looks the one to beat. RACZYNSKI is the obvious danger having performed well at her two runs back from a break. Back to the 1000 metres after a competitive performance in special conditions grade at Ascot last start and is capable of stretching our top pick’s neck. Local six-year-old HEEZ OUR WALLY has slid a fair way down in the ratings in recent times but does love racing at the venue and is capable of sharp improvement back on his home turf, while YOU WATCHING ME doesn’t win too often but is rarely far away at the finish and can’t be left out of your First Fours.

Tips: 3-1-5-4
Suggested Bet: (3) DANCE MINDY DANCE to win.


We were confident of the each-way chances of STRATOSPHILLY when she stepped out over 1420 metres here last Thursday but she didn’t do herself any favours when beginning slowly and getting a long way back in running. Did finish off the race quite nicely though, finishing only 2-1/4 lengths from the winner, and she should be suited stepping up to the mile journey here. STRATOSPHILLY is still learning the caper but with a clean getaway she should be running on too well at the finish for these. GOMER WIPPLE has recorded three top-four finishes in succession and competed reasonably well when stepping up to this distance at Ascot last start. Should enjoy the run of the race from the inside alley and in-form apprentice Randy Tan’s 2kg claim also helps. Great Southerner BOOMSHINE has enjoyed being stepped up in distance when improving sharply at his past two starts and is a horse that appears suited to Brad Parnham’s aggressive riding style. Look out for him charging home late, while ROLL ON JOHN is the interesting runner having trialled really well here last Friday. Having his first start for the in-form Mark Wright stable (previously trained by Adam Durrant) and is related to 1995 Perth Cup winner Ros Reef.

Tips: 1-2-4-8 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (1) GOMER WIPPLE to win. (*amended after final scratchings)


The Macalister family have been enjoying an amazing run of success in recent times with their white, green armbands and cap colours being carried to multiple feature-race victories at Ascot last start. And they appear to have a mortgage on this race too with the Vaughn Sigley-trained MUSICAL ART one of the standout bets of the day. The son of Excellent Art has been placed at each of his two starts to date and this doesn’t appear to be as strong as the fields he has faced thus far. Drawn to get the gun run and MUSICAL ART only needs to hold form to win this. WAVEHILL SPUR is a 19-start maiden, however, he is never too far away at the finish of his races. Much better suited dropping back to seven furlongs here and lookout for an improved showing. FAIR LUCK got back and ran on over this trip at Pinjarra last start and he appears to be on an upward curve, while first-upper DANCE MASTER ran a couple of nice races when last in work and wasn’t too far away in an April 11 Belmont trial.

Tips: 6-2-7-8
Suggested Bet: (6) MUSICAL ART to win.


Champion trainer Jim Taylor rarely ventures south to Bunbury and in he has travelled here twice this season for a winner and a second from his two starters. With this in mind we are fairly bullish about the chances of the Taylor-trained mare RULE TO WYN, who will be having her second run back from a spell. The tough four-year-old has more than her share of ability, having won five of her 22 starts, and while the 1200 metres is as far as she wants to go, she still appears to have an edge on most of these. RULE TO WYN on top. Consistent four-year-old KAAPANDER ran his usual honest race first up at Pinjarra last start and will improve with that run under his belt. Hasn’t won for a long time but usually takes on tougher assignments than this. The danger. DE ANDES ran out of his skin in both the Pinjarra Classic and Bunbury Stakes recently, however, he hasn’t managed to match those performances when down in grade at his past two outings. Is better placed over the six furlongs here and he shouldn’t miss a place, while SECRET TIMES has a fantastic record when racing over the Bunbury 1200 metres and is capable of figuring with only 52kg on his back.

Tips: 2-1-5-7
Suggested Bet: (2) RULE TO WYN to win.


Local trainer Michael Lane has done a great job getting the former topline three-year-old SPIN DA WHEELS back in business after serious injury. The tough as nails son of Hard Spun should have won here two starts back before making amends with a soft victory in this grade here last Thursday. Apprentice Jordan Turner gets his handicap down to a manageable 59.5kg and SPIN DA WHEELS appears to have a significant class edge on these. Should just win. GENEROUS CHOICE is a horse with his share of ability but the four-year-old has been restricted to only seven starts, so he may have suffered from soundness issues in the past. Gets a nice weight pull on the topweight and if there is an upset than GENEROUS CHOICE appears to one capable. RIVIMAC ran a very cheeky race in a similar assignment to this here last Thursday and meets SPIN DA WHEELS 1.5kg better off for being beaten two lengths. Look out for another good effort from RIVIMAC, while TYCOON TARGET has been around the mark on most occasions this preparation and is a must for your First Fours.

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


Tough race to finish the day and had FRIAR’S GIFT drawn an inner barrier he would probably have been considered one of the better winning chances of the day. As it is he still appears the likely favourite and we’re thinking he can overcome the outside alley and get the job done. Finished a competitive fifth in the listed Breeders’ Classic here over this distance three starts back and his form since has been solid. FRIAR’S GIFT to give Team Giadresco another winner and keep them in contention for the Bunbury Trainer Premiership. We found it difficult to separate the Steve Wolfe-trained stablemates WAR KSAR and IN THE LOOP, however, we opted for the more experienced WAR KSAR slightly ahead of impressive Albany maiden winner IN THE LOOP, whose 25 days between runs isn’t ideal. Another Great Southern visitor VOLKSOAN gets the nod for fourth, and she should enjoy stepping up in distance after a strong Albany maiden victory over 1230 metres last start.

Tips: 1-4-2-8
Suggested Bet: (1) FRIAR’S GIFT each way.

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