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.


Competitive two-year-old maiden to kick off Bunbury’s season finale and we were impressed with the debut performance of KILKENNY JOE at Pinjarra on April 13. Was forced to cover additional ground in running after being unable to slot in from barrier 11, but he kept coming in the straight and with an inside alley probably wins. The John Cuniffe-trained youngster has the benefit of barrier one and with race experience on his side KILKENNY JOE looks the one to beat in this. We were taken with the trial win of BUSTER’S SHADOW at Lark Hill on April 18 when ridden from behind and running on over the top of his rivals. Has drawn the outside alley so we expect him to settle near the rear before storming home late. VARIATION has impressed at the trials and was never out of first gear at the trials here on April 15. He looks set to have plenty of admirers, while another first-starter NUN TOO SAVVY has performed well at the trials and is out of former top-line racemare All Friared Up.

Tips: 1-5-7-9
Suggested Bet: (1) KILKENNY JOE each way.


Tricky three-year-old maiden here with not a heap of exposed form, however, we’re thinking that you’ll get a good run for your money from the Adam Durrant-trained SHADABLAZE on an each-way basis. The daughter of Dane Shadow has raced twice over the 930 metres at Narrogin since returning from a break, closing late last start and giving the impression the step up in distance here suits. Talented stable apprentice Clint Johnston-Porter goes on from a good gate and SHADABLAZE ticks plenty of boxes. The locally-trained SALTY has a bit of ability and was big in defeat down the straight 1000 at Pinjarra last start, coming from well back to finish second. Awkward barrier draw hinders his winning chances somewhat but we still expect him to be finishing off powerfully late. RHINO BUSTER did a good job when resuming over this distance at Pinjarra on April 13, making up good ground after settling worse than midfield in running. He has to rate among the main winning chances, while ZOSIMUS had no luck from an awkward barrier on debut but should enjoy a softer run from the inside alley in this.

Tips: 9-3-2-5
Suggested Bet: (9) SHADABLAZE each way.


A fairly even lot to contest the mile maiden and we’ve been spruiking the chances of STANTON ABBEY at her past three starts and we’re going to stick fat with the Jason Miller-trained four-year-old. Did plenty of work early to roll forward and race on-pace from barrier 12 last start and she stuck on well when challenged in the straight. Should be able to enjoy a soft run from the good draw in this and we fell this is the right race for STANTON ABBEY to break through. We didn’t mid the first-up performance of MANNA STEEL when running on from last on the turn and in-form jockey Glenn Smith has opted to ride him over BE SEEIN’ YA, who will have admirers in this. MANNA STEEL will appreciate stepping up to the mile and we’re expecting him to run a cheeky race. Former Victorian SEDIMENTARY looked in need of the run when making his WA debut at Pinjarra on April 3, looming and peaking late, and he will do doubt strip fitter for this assignment, while MIDNIGHT BANQUET is the likely pacemaker and will give his rivals something to catch.

Tips: 1-2-7-4
Suggested Bet: (1) STANTON ABBEY each way.


This is a fairly open short-course maiden and you could make a case for over a half-dozen runners. After a bit of head-scratching we settled on OUR BUDDY BOY after his encouraging second placing in a similar assignment to this here last Thursday, when enjoying a soft lead and kicking on well in the straight. Has an awkward barrier draw to contend with on this occasion but OUR BUDDY BOY only has to hold form to be a winning chance in this. SCHOOLS OUT put in a nice debut performance at Narrogin on April 17, making up good ground after being beaten for speed in the early stages. Should enjoy a nice, soft run from barrier one and Randy Tan’s 2kg claim helps. BRITTELLA was placed behind the sharp Gigidy Gigidy Goo when racing first up over this trip at Northam last campaign and we’re expecting her to run well again first up again in this, while RUBY’S FLYER was okay when resuming at Pinjarra and is likely to settle closer in running from the better barrier draw.

Tips: 1-11-5-7
Suggested Bet: (1) OUR BUDDY BOY each way.


Talented Albany galloper CHASING CHAOS looks really well placed by the Steve Wolfe stable and appears to have this race at his mercy. The flashy four-year-old returned to some of his best form with good wins here and Mt Barker, before a competitive effort against strong opposition at Ascot last start. Has performed well over the 1400 metres previously and stable apprentice Tayla Stone’s 3kg claim sees him well in at the weights. CHASING CHAOS is one of the best of the day. Fellow Great Southerner NATURALISTE appears the main danger and did chase home our on-top pick here on Bunbury Stakes Day, before leading and winning at Albany and Narrogin at his past two starts. THREESUN is a mare we have a bit of time, however, this is her first start in 70 days and the 1400 metres is about as far as she wants to go, while we’re expecting an improved showing from LADY BY CHANCE third up at her home track.

Tips: 1-3-4-7
Suggested Bet: (1) CHASING CHAOS to win.


We underestimated the talents of the sparingly-raced GIGIDY GIGIDY GOO here on April 14 when spanking his rivals to score one of the better wins seen at Bunbury this season. The Ben Pearce-trained six-year-old again has the services of in-form apprentice Randy Tan and should enjoy a similar inside run from the low barrier draw. GIGIDY GIGIDY GOO only has to hold form to win again. HOPETOUN is a serious danger, however, and showed she had returned from a spell in good nick when a fast-finishing fourth first up at Pinjarra on April 13. Finished alongside Westeros on that occasion and that galloper won at Pinjarra on Monday, so the formlines are strong, and HOPETOUN has strong claims in this. MEGAFACTORY was a bit unlucky second up at Ascot last start and has returned to racing in 2016 in good order, while BOY BYRNES competed well in this grade here on April 14 and is the best of the rest.

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


Hard to pin-point the winner of this open middle-distance Class 3 Handicap and we opted to go with the class runner in BIG RED COSTA, who is soldiering on after a WA Derby campaign that saw him compete in black-type races at his past four starts. Should race on pace and we know he’ll get the trip, and is he’s come through the Derby unscathed BIG RED COSTA should be too good back in this company. We placed MY MAGIC MISS on top in a similar assignment to this here on April 14 and she didn’t let us down, scoring a grinding win after enjoying the run of the race in transit. She is a developing staying type who will run out the 10 furlongs well, while we have queries on whether our third and fourth picks MAKATIES KEEPER and BORN BLUE will stay, with both last-start winners are racing beyond the mile for the first time.

Tips: 1-4-3-2
Suggested Bet: (1) BIG RED COSTA each way.


The final race of season 2015/16 is a tough one and makes for an interesting last leg of the Quaddie, with a host of winning chances. Trainer David Harrison has enjoyed a solid Bunbury season and he holds the key to this with two winning hopes, and we were impressed with the fighting maiden victory scored by DISCO RIFFIC down the straight 1000 at Pinjarra on April 13. Fought off Salty and Sovereign Hall on that occasion, with the latter going on to win at Pinjarra on ANZAC Day, and DISCO RIFFIC should roll forward and give you a run for your money. Stablemate DOSHRIKE is the main threat, having not done a lot wrong in two starts since resuming from a spell. Outer barrier does hinder his chances but he still has to rate highly, while RORY’S RACER made a winning debut at Narrogin last Sunday week and showed enough there to suggest he has a bit of ability. We’ve thrown in PLAY FOR LOVE for fourth after a smart trial effort at Belmont on April 11, just ahead of the honest FAST SPRING.

Tips: 4-3-2-8
Suggested Bet: (4) DISCO RIFFIC each way.

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