Spring racing sparks up this weekend with Group 1 racing in Sydney and Melbourne, supported by some massive fields packed with horses planning big things later in the carnival.
The Brisbane Summer Carnival continues this Saturday at Doomben where it is Brisbane Handicap Day.
Here are my five plays across the meeting.
Bet One – Win – Race Two Number 13 Smug Satisfaction
The money has come for her in early betting which is pleasing. Ran over 1400m at the Gold Coast last Wednesday where she was backed as if unbeatable and that is how it panned out. She went forward, led and absolutely bolted in under Mick Cahill. Toughest test to date, but I’ll be surprised if she doesn’t measure up. Happy to be in her corner.
Bet Two – Each Way – Race Three Number 12 Sofie’s Gold Class
Like her alot here. This mare was two months between runs when racing at this track/distance two weeks ago where she had to make a sustained run from the back and for the most part looked the winner but the hard fit Mishani Vaidra had the soft trip and finished too good. Now she has the run under the belt, I’m keen on her against these. Hopefully last start brings her on.
Bet Three – Win – Race Five Number 4 Trusty Lad
I think with the upside and potential, he should be a clear fav. Very unlucky first up over the 1350m here behind Plumaro before being given three weeks off and racing over the mile where he did plenty wrong but was very good late behind Ceol Na Mara. 2000m, upside…he looks the one to beat, clearly. Just hoping he can put it all together. Anything over $4 is more than acceptable.
Bet Four – Win – Race Seven Number 4 Prioritise
He should just about be winning this bloke. This horse was once known as a non winner but Steve Tregea has really turned his form around, winning four on the bounce before being freshened up and running in the Recognition a fortnight ago where he was good from the back behind stablemate Niccanova. 3/3 at the mile, good second up record, has upside, keen.
Bet Five – Win – Race Nine Number 3 Awesome Pluck
Contender or pretender time for Awesome Pluck. I thought his effort last time over 1350m here was enormous, doing a power of work from the wide gate to land on speed and he gave a good kick in the straight but Cadogan proved too good. If he can get a more economical run, he’ll be winning.On at $5 with deductions, so here’s hoping.