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
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.
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