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 an interesting maiden for the babies to kick things off with only one of the 10 having been to the races before. After sifting through the trial tapes we’re fairly confident flashy chestnut PRIZE CATCH is the one to beat. Looked in good nick when leading and winning a Lark Hill March 21 trial, hitting the line under a good hold after lengthening stride impressively when asked to quicken. The Lindsey Smith stable is on fire in recent times and PRIZE CATCH can continue the positive results here. CRICKET INDA HOUSE scored a soft win at the Lark Hill March 21 trials and WA’s leading jockey William Pike has been booked to ride. Liked the way he covered the ground there and he appears to be the biggest danger to PRIZE CATCH. Another of the Vaughn Sigley runners HALLDORA was doing some strong work at the finish of her Lark Hill March 21 trial, while SPIRITED SNITZEL will race forward from her inner alley and will give her rivals something to chase.

Tips: 5-3-10-6 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (5) PRIZE CATCH to win.


Locally trained COULEUR BIZARRE has been racing in ultra-consistent form this preparation, but just can’t quite seem to crack it for the win. Went under in a three-way photo at Ascot on March 23 and she did charge home late after getting out of her ground in a similar assignment to this two starts back. Should enjoy a soft run from the inner alley and COULEUR BIZARRE gets her chance to break through here. CHAMPAGNE CHARGER has been a frustrating filly to follow but she simply didn’t stay the 2200 metres here on Bunbury Cup Day. Better placed back over a mile and don’t be surprised to see her figure prominently. BORN BLUE is a horse we have a bit of time for but he is racing beyond seven furlongs for the first time in this. Likely to be ridden cold from the outside gate and be saved for one run at them, while BOUND FOR GLORY ticks a few boxes and should be afforded every chance from the inside barrier.

Tips: 5-10-1-2
Suggested Bet: (5) COULEUR BIZARRE each way.


Small but select Class 5 sprint here and originally we had RUBY CAN RUN on top before having a closer inspection of the recent Lark Hill trial performance by PROFIT STREET. Finished only just over a length behind high-quality sprinter Dawn Approach on that occasion and was never really asked for an effort by William Pike. There has always been a bit of a buzz around about PROFIT STREET and we think he can get the job done first up. RUBY CAN RUN is a talent and will more than likely start favourite. Meets SPIRITUAL EYES 3.5kg better at the weights and is the main danger to PROFIT STREET. Speedy mare SPIRITUAL EYES returned to her best form with 52.5kg on her back on Bunbury Stakes Day and she will make her presence felt again. while FRINGED trialled well recently and has performed first-up in the past.

Tips: 2-3-4-1 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (2) PROFIT STREET to win.


As far as trial wins go you won’t see many better than that of the Lindsey Smith-prepared son of Lonhro RAGNAR’S SAGA. Came from last down the middle of the straight to canter in by four lengths at Lark Hill on March 21 and broke 57 seconds also, which is always a good indicator over the 950 metres. One of the best trials we have seen for some time and, despite the wide gate, RAGNAR’S SAGA looks a special on debut. JUENDIS is a professional youngster who competed well to place at each of his three starts when last in work. Looked in good order when winning a Belmont March 14 trial and he will have admirers. SALTY carved out a sharp closing sectional time when finishing third here on Bunbury Cup Day and that effort was too good to ignore, while ICE MAKER scored a fairly soft win at the Bunbury March 22 trials and is capable of figuring on debut.

Tips: 7-1-4-9 (*amended after final scratchings)
Suggested Bet: (7) RAGNAR’S SAGA to win.


We have been tracking the progress of NIAYCHI and this fellow continues to race well despite not enjoying a heap of luck in running. Produced a nice effort for fourth in a competitive maiden here on Bunbury Cup Day and we feel as though the return to six furlongs suits him better. While not super confident we’re locking in NIAYCHI on top in an open affair. STANTON ABBEY got a long way out of his ground when resuming here on Bunbury Stakes Day but should be able to race closer from a better draw. Looks a likely improver second up. Unraced three-year-olds CHOCOLATE HOLIC and BLACK SMUGGLER have been competing against each other in recent Lark Hill trials and both look capable of running big races on debut in this.

Tips: 6-1-10-8
Suggested Bet: (6) NIAYCHI each way.


The raps are pretty decent on the Darren McAuliffe-trained filly BY DECREE and we are looking forward to seeing her back in action. Some may say that she only won an Albany maiden last December, however, the performance was massive to get the job done on that occasion and she did knock off a smart customer in the form of King Louie. BY DECREE looked good in a recent Lark Hill trial, against top notch opposition, and we’re confident she can get the job done here. TANJIER goes good and couldn’t have gone much better when resuming here on Bunbury Cup Day, running home in a sharp 33.52 seconds over an unsuitable 1000 metres. Six furlongs here is still a bit short but he still has the class to figure. YOUNG GEORGE is a three-year-old with plenty of natural ability and he did win at Belmont on debut last May, while DURASUN rarely runs a bad race and has performed well first up in the past.

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


The Michael Lane-trained SPIN DA WHEELS returns to his home circuit after two outings in Ratings 72+ company at Ascot. Competed well on both occasions and we liked the way he closed late to finish fourth last start against the likes of Regal Commander and Pounamu, in a race that was dominated by the on-pace runners. Jordan Turner’s 1.5kg claim helps and SPIN DA WHEELS looks a nice each-way option. TOPPA DAWOZZA is as honest as the day is long and hails from the in-form Gary Crispin yard. Sharpened up for this with a Belmont March 14 trial win and he may surprise fresh, while ANOTHER VISION is racing in career-best form and looks well in at the weights with Fiona Bell’s 3kg claim. GALAXY SON is a talent and we’re expecting him to drift back and be running on well late.

Tips: 3-5-4-1
Suggested Bet: (3) SPIN DA WHEELS each way.


A tricky middle-distance Class 3 Handicap to finish off the day and we’re going to play safe and go with the in-form MUDLODE, who has run his heart out in similar events to this at his past three starts. Was forced to race well back from a wide alley on Bunbury Cup Day before charging home for second, however, he should be able to be ridden closer from his inner barrier here. MUDLODE is racing well and we can’t see him missing a place. BON SIGNORE is back to his best form and placed behind MUDLODE in a similar assignment to this last start on March 6. Will jump from the inside alley and should enjoy a cozy run in transit, while PRESELECTION capitalised to win well after getting all the favours in this grade on Bunbury Cup Day. Awkward barrier changes things a bit here but the way he hit the line last start suggests he can’t be taken lightly. OH SO SMOOTH rounds out our top four after a dominant maiden victory on Mt Barker Cup Day last Sunday week.

Tips: 7-5-8-11
Suggested Bet: (7) MUDLODE each way.

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