RACE 8 MJB INDUSTRIES HANDICAP 5:35 PM (1216M)
We are big fans of hulking local four-year-old DUTCH SPY and felt he could run a cheeky race in the $100,000 Regional Championships Final, with the Paul Roberts-trained rig producing a massive effort to finish sixth, beaten only a 3/4-length on the line and finishing alongside recent Bunbury winner Border Scot. Regular rider Glenn Smith has been reunited with the son of So Secret and we’re expecting him to take care of business dropping back sharply in grade to this Class 1 Handicap. DUTCH SPY for the win. MCFRIARS is the only possible danger, with the four-year-old racing first up after a quiet trial at Belmont recently. Did win on debut here around the time last year and we’re expecting MCFRIARS to be running on strongly at the finish of this. DU PLESSIS trialled brilliantly at Belmont before a game first-up effort at Ascot when finishing a short-neck second behind the progressive Ace’s Wish. Looks the likely pace maker and will take some catching, while FAIR NAKITA ran into a pretty smart one in Miss Sondrio here last start and, if she can land outside the leader again without burning too much fuel, then she’s capable of figuring prominently at the finish.
Tips: 5-9-12-6 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (5) MCFRIARS each way (*amended after final scratchings).