Race 1 – 2:00PM JAMES SQUIRE HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
3. Storm The Ramparts promised a bit in his first campaign then shook off the maiden first-up for the Pride stable with a soft Gosford win at this trip. Sure to get a nice run just off them here and it wouldn’t surprise to see him back it up. Dangers: 1. Le Parrain was too speedy despite a big betting drift on debut then game in defeat in Listed company behind Mumbai Muse, where he was reeled in over the last 150m. Back to the short course and if he gets any favours will be hard to beat. 4. Mafia has been gelded and returns with a couple of strong trial efforts to his name. Any support would be significant and he’s one to be wary of. 7. Northumbria is ex-Godolphin and scored a dominant maiden win first-up for the Litt stable at Goulburn. Steps up here, but hard to leave out. How to play it: Storm The Ramparts to win; Trifecta 3/1,4,7/1,4,7.
Race 2 – 2:35PM 2024 INGLIS CLASSIC CATALOGUE OUT NOW HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
7. Heads You Lose made a handy start to his career with a narrow but strong debut win at Kembla on a heavy track. Finds James McDonald to ride here and the mile should suit. While he’s giving away experience he’s found a winnable race and could repeat. Dangers: 2. Buillt has been a bit hit-and-miss to date. His last win was over this course in October and he comes back from a fair fifth at 1800m last week. Has every chance from a soft draw to put himself in the finish. 5. Flic En Flac had good support first-up at Goulburn and held on for third after leading over 1300m. Fitter for that and shapes as an improver, particularly if she gets control. 1. Offspring has been thereabouts all prep with two wins coming at Canberra. Latest under 62kg. Sits seven benchmark ratings points clear of his opposition, so has to be respected. How to play it: Heads You Lose to win.
Race 3 – 3:10PM RANVET HANDICAP (2400 METRES)
2. Father’s Day has found his form of late and backed up a daring all-the-way win at Kensington with a fighting second up in class at Rosehill over this trip. He’ll lead and if he’s allowed any control in front then it’ll be catch-me-if-you-can from the 600m. The one to beat. Dangers: 1. Auspicious Cloud is fitter for two runs back over unsuitable trips and showed some improvement into the latest in an 1800m Midway second-up. Was competitive in the Listed features at this trip in the winter and is worth thought. 3. First Light suggested a win could be close with his Rosehill placing two starts back, then backed up within a week, sat on speed and wasn’t effective last time. Up in distance to a trip he’s won at overseas. Could be worth another chance. 7. Loving Cilla was in the market and ran on without threatening in the same race as Father’s Day at Rosehill. Better for the run at the trip and could be more effective this time. How to play it: Father’s Day to win; Trifecta 2/1,3,7/1,3,7.
Race 4 – 3:45PM GHAIYYATH FIRST YEARLINGS HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
4. Chilly Charlie might have been a bit unlucky at Newcastle at his second start. Was shut out of a run in the straight so did well to pick himself up and claim third. Plenty of favours here with a soft gate and extra 100m and should be a big chance. Dangers: 1. Rockola sets up well to go close here on the back of a sound third at Kensington three weeks ago where the winner had control in front. Runner-up has since won. Form around him is good and this looks a race up for grabs. Go well. 6. Joey D’Or bumped into what looks a smart one when runner-up to The Hawkesbury at Kembla last time out on a heavy track. Will be handy in the run and no reason he shouldn’t be competitive. 5. Duke Of Lancaster was a drifter in betting at his debut at Kembla and loomed up before levelling out in third there at 1300m. Fitter for it and with McDonald riding there’s sure to be interest. Keep in mind. How to play it: Chilly Charlie to win; Trifecta 4/1,5,6/1,5,6.