Ladbrokes Park Preview – Wednesday 26th February


Race 1 - 3:25pm AEDT

Long Fine Plate (1300m)

There isn’t a lot of form to divulge ahead of Race 1, but Dune Field didn’t have a whole lot of luck when resuming and is sure to improve from the hit-out. The Shamexpress gelding stamped himself as one to watch last time in and was held up in the final 100m here at Sandown when resuming. He’s drawn to receive a lovely run from barrier 5 and will have the services of Craig Williams.

3 Units Dune Field

Race 2 - 4pm AEDT

Ladbrokes Back Yourself Handicap (1000m)

All but three of the 12 confirmed starters in this two-year-old maiden race are on debut. There’s simply too much that can happen in a race like this for my liking, so I’m happy to stay out of it.

No Bet

Race 3 - 4:40pm AEDT

Clanbrooke Racing Handicap (1000m)

This is a drop in class for the second-up Memphis Rock and he looks capable of a return to winning form. The son of Fastnet Rock has returned several good efforts throughout his career, but returned to the track gelded this campaign and just faded late to finish third down the straight at Flemington. He’ll relish a drop in the weights on Wednesday and will be hard to beat.

2 Units Memphis Rock

Race 4 - 5:20pm AEDT

The Big Screen Company Handicap (2400m)

Reflect The Stars will take winning form into the fourth at Ladbrokes Park on Wednesday and can continue her rise through the grades. The daughter of Starspangledbanner resumed with a good effort to finish second in Class 1 company over a mile at Pakenham before making light work of a BM64 field at the ‘Bool last time out. She’ll only be fitter in this contest and will enjoy getting out to 2400m. John Allen takes the ride and I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again.

2 Units Reflect The Stars

Race 5 - 6pm AEDT

Ladbrokes Handicap (1300m)

Seles has been competitive without winning this time but strikes a very winnable one at Ladbrokes Park this week. The four-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible has been racing in Sydney since resuming and was last seen filling the minors in BM70 company at Canterbury. She’s rock-hard fit and I am looking forward to seeing what she can do on a ‘good’ track, with the added benefit of Craig Williams in the saddle.

1.5 Units E/W Seles

Race 6 - 6:30pm AEDT

Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1300m)

Ammoudi Bay is capable of a big performance under the right conditions and I think that he’ll get them at Ladbrokes Park on Wednesday. The Starcraft gelding recorded a lovely win at Geelong three back and has since returned two fair efforts over 1400m here at Ladbrokes Park, finishing only a few lengths from the winner on both occasions. He is at peak fitness for this contest and is drawn to receive a lovely run from barrier 7. This is one of the more open races on the card and Ammoudi Bay looks ready to strike.

1 Unit E/W Ammoudi Bay

Race 7 - 7pm AEDT

Thoroughbred Club Handicap (1800m)

Shepard hasn’t been seen at the races since September, but he was simply outstanding throughout his debut prep and can make a winning return in the penultimate race at Ladbrokes Park. The Sea The Moon gelding finished a close second at Moe on debut and went on to win each of his three subsequent starts, each a harder race than its predecessor. He’s had a lovely trial in the lead-up to this and will take beating.

2 Units Shepard

Race 8 - 7:30pm AEDT

Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1500m)

All-Star Mile entrant Heart Of Puissance is set to launch his campaign at Ladbrokes Park on Wednesday and should be winning. The Puissance De Lune colt won each of his first two starts when debuting last spring before ending his prep with a third place finish in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas here. He has a class edge over the lion’s share of these rivals and if he’s at all close to his best, will win.

4 Units Heart Of Puissance

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