Race 1 - 12:15pm AEDT
Highway Handicap (1800m)
Cap’s Boy has continued to improve with racing this time and looks a live hope of winning Saturday’s Highway race at a lovely price ($7.50 at publish). The Mark Gee-trained gelding needed the run when he finished fifth at Canberra when resuming but filled the minors at Wagga at his second outing before recording a lovely win over a mile in Class 1 company last time out. This isn’t the strongest Highway race that we have seen in recent weeks and Cap’s Boy can take advantage.
1 Unit E/W Cap’s Boy
Race 2 - 12:50pm AEDT
Catanach's Handicap (2400m)
She’s Ideel has clearly found top gear and is a fitting
occupant of the top line of betting, but she has opened an odds-on favourite
and faces a couple of other good Saturday-grade horses in this, so I’m keen to
take her on.
Dark Pearl has mixed his form a little this time, but he was a lovely winner at this track and distance two back before mustering an eye-catching turn of foot to run on from the tail of the field to finish three lengths behind She’s Ideel at 2000m last time out. He’s clearly suited to the mile and a half and is rock-hard fit for this contest. Nash Rawiller retains the ride and the $6 about him at publish could prove big overs.
2 Units Dark Pearl
Race 3 - 1:25pm AEDT
Radisson Blue Hotel Sydney Handicap (1000m)
Baller hasn’t been seen at the races since late November and
he didn’t look like winning on that occasion, but his best form is up to a race
of this quality and he looks over the odds at around the $10 mark. The High Chaparral
gelding has recorded two first-up wins from four previous attempts and will
have the bonus of Nash Rawiller in the saddle for this race. With even luck, he
can fight out the finish.
1 Unit E/W Baller
Race 4 - 2pm AEDT
Listed Lonhro Plate (1000m)
Golden Gift winner Dame Giselle will resume in the Lonhro Plate and will take a power of beating. The I Am Invincible filly ran second to the smart See You Soon on debut and turned the tables on that horse at her only other appearance. She’s trialled extremely well in the lead-up to this race and with even luck, it’s tough imagining any of these rivals besting her.
5 Units Dame Giselle
Race 5 - 2:35pm AEDT
Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m)
Jungle Edge returned to the races for a dominant win on the heavy
going at Caulfield a fortnight ago and will take a power of beating again in
the Southern Cross Stakes. The Dubawi gelding grows another leg on a rain-affected
surface and went straight to the lead in the Listed WJ Adams (1000m); running
them ragged and beating them all to the line. He’ll only improve off that
effort and can make it two in a row.
4 Units Jungle Edge
Race 6 - 3:10pm AEDT
Heineken 3 Handicap (1600m)
Attorney was excellent during his debut Australian prep and
he can make a winning return in the sixth on Apollo Stakes Day. The Makfi
gelding returned several pleasing efforts during his time in France and found
form around some terrific horses, before arriving in winter for consecutive
wins at Newcastle and Canterbury. This is his toughest task to date in Australia,
but his fresh record is excellent, and he’s had the benefit of a couple of nice
2 Units Attorney
Race 7 - 3:50pm AEDT
Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m)
The field for this year’s Light Fingers Stakes is simply outstanding and if this is any indication, the three-year-old fillies’ series is going to be enormous this autumn.
Libertini is a star and it’s impossible to look past her. The I Am Invincible filly recorded consecutive wins in the Group 2 Silver Shadow and Group 2 Furious when resuming in spring, ending her prep third in the Group 1 Coolmore. She’ll need luck from out wide, but her class will take her a long way towards winning.
I’m also eager to have a small each-way bet on the resuming Missile Mantra ($13/$3.60 at publish). The Smart Missile filly won the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes most notably as a two-year-old and returned several pleasing efforts in spring, including a close-up second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas.
4 Units Libertini
1 Unit E/W Missile Mantra
Race 8 - 4:30pm AEDT
Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m)
This is an excellent edition of the Apollo Stakes and some of the country’s best racehorses have been confirmed for a start.
Alizee was a little flat when she resumed for second in the Group
2 Expressway Stakes a fortnight ago, but she’ll enjoy good improvement for that
effort and should be more effective out to 1400m. The multiple Group 1 winner
was a typically high performer last spring and has options on Saturday from
barrier 1, with Hugh Bowman retaining the ride.
2 Units Alizee
Race 9 - 5:10pm AEDT
Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m)
The Triscay Stakes looks like being the most open contest on
Apollo Stakes Day and at publish, we’re faced with $6.50 the field.
Lashes has returned to the races in excellent form this time
and looks a touch of overs at $15. The Matt Smith-trained mare recorded
consecutive wins in BM78 company when working home to finish two lengths from
the winner in BM88 company last time out. This is a rise in class, but she’ll
enjoy a relief in the weights and is drawn a peach in barrier 4.
1 Unit E/W Lashes
Race 10 - 5:50pm AEDT
Schweppes Handicap (1300m)
Roheryn was enormous first-up from a spell and can continue his winning run of form through the last on Apollo Stakes Day. The Godolphin-trained gelding didn’t show his best form last time in, but mustered an eye-catching turn of foot to put away his rivals in a similar race to this two weeks ago. He can sit in behind the early pace from barrier 12 and with a clear passage, can finish over the top of his rivals again.
2 Units Roheryn