The Dismount (by Thoroheads) is a comprehensive race-by-race meeting review, answering the big questions and providing key takeaways. Who’s hot, who’s not, the how, the why and the why not is all available in this edition of The Dismount.

The Dismount (by Thoroheads) is a comprehensive race-by-race meeting review, answering the big questions and providing key takeaways. Who’s hot, who’s not, the how, the why and the why not is all available in this edition of The Dismount.

All fixed odds quoted in The Dismount courtesy of TABtouch.

RACE 1 APH CONTRACTORS MAIDEN 12:35 PM (1116M)​​​​ View Result

Winner, Winner …
This two-year-old maiden looked to be a competitive affair on paper and that is how it turned out with the Peter and Matt Giadresco-trained FAIR NAKITA ($2.15 – $2.20) leading all the way to hold out the late challenge of INVINCIBLE MODE ($2.60) to win by a long neck. Unbeaten at trials, the daughter of Trade Fair can be a bit of a handful prior to the start but appears to be the ultimate professional once the gates open. We expect FAIR NAKITA to be able to head to town and win again in the coming weeks.

How’d The Leg Up go?
It is always good to get off to a winning start, regardless of price, with our on-top pick FAIR NAKITA saluting. We narrowed this down to a two-horse race between FAIR NAKITA and INVINCIBLE MODE, and settled on the former mainly due to the Team Giadresco filly jumping from barrier one.

Quick Takeaways
FAIR NAKITA: Sharp filly that looks destined for bigger and better things. Exciting ready-made two-year-old.
INVINCIBLE MODE: Top debut performance. Wobbled under pressure when the winner sprinted at the top of the straight but was coming again on the line. Sign of a decent horse. Follow.
ELLENS CHOICE: Impressive debut and arguably the run of the race. Ran home over two lengths quicker than any other runner and only had the one 400-metre trial beforehand. Another horse to follow.
MASTER MAGICIAN: Send out a $7.50 chance, however, was slow away and was never in contention, finishing 5-3/4 lengths from the winner. Disappointing and may have come to the end of his campaign.
PASSIONNE: Raced uncompetitively and was sent back to trials by Stewards.

RACE 2 JCW ELECTRICAL MAIDEN 1:12 PM (1705M)​​ View Result

Winner, Winner …
Powerhouse owners Bob and Sandra Peters have unearthed another top quality three-year-old in the form of HEART STARTER ($2.60 – $2.20), who made amends for being beaten as a short-priced fancy at his first two starts this campaign with a demolition job in this 1705-metre maiden. The son of Domesday and half-brother to 2014 Perth Cup winner Real Love, relished stepping up to the mile and, after sitting second in running, blew his rivals away in the straight to record a 5-3/4 length victory.

HEART STARTER was trainer Grant Williams’ 10th winner of the Bunbury season and jockey William Pike’s 17th, with both men sitting on top of their respective BTC Premiership Tables.

How’d The Leg Up go?
Two from two for The Leg Up with another shortie saluting in the form of HEART STARTER, although he did open at $2.60 which we feel was quite a good quote considering his obvious ability and lack of depth in the opposition.

Quick Takeaways
HEART STARTER: Super impressive win and another weapon for Peters Inc. to aim at the upcoming autumn three-year-old features. Could head next to a race like the listed $100,000 Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday 5 March, where we would expect him to be among the main fancies.
SIR VATICAN: Easily the best run outside the winner. Did a heap of heavy lifting in the middle stages and finished well clear of the third placegetter. Puit this three-year-old in your Blackbook.
SASSE DE BLISHK: Sent out a $5 second favourite but was never in contention, running on from 10th at the 600 metres to finish fourth. We’re going to give her a pass mark for this run after working home well enough in the straight.
HIGH SUCCESS: Disappointing run from the full brother to Group 1 performer Disposition.
MAYBE ONE MORE: Trainer advised will head for a spell after finishing 10th as a $7 third favourite.

RACE 3 STRATCO BUNBURY MAIDEN 1:52 PM (1116M) View Result

RACE 4 THINKWATER BUNBURY MAIDEN 2:32 PM (1116M) View Result

RACE 5 WEATHERSAFE BUNBURY HANDICAP 3:10 PM (1216M)​ View Result

RACE 6 UNITED CRANE HIRE HANDICAP 3:45 PM (1216M) View Result

RACE 7 CITY AND REGIONAL FUELS HANDICAP 4:20 PM (1420M) View Result

RACE 8 MGIB HANDICAP 5:00 PM (1705M) View Result

RACE 9 BUSSELTON HYUNDAI HANDICAP 5:40 PM (1705M) View Result


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​Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of the Bunbury Turf Club.