Race 1 - 12:05pm
Ladbrokes Back Yourself Hurdle (3400m)
Diamond Star Halo has proven that she is a serious jumps
horse and she can record another win in Sunday’s Ladbrokes Back Yourself Hurdle.
The High Chaparral mare has had four goes over the jumps for
two wins and as many second placings, and she was last seen finishing a head second
to Riding High at The ‘Bool.
She is rock-hard fit and can return to winning form.
4 Units Diamond Star Halo
Race 2 - 12:45pm
Ladbrokes Australian Hurdle (3900m)
We don’t have to wait long until the start of the feature
races and the Ladbrokes Australian Hurdle comes up at Race 2.
It’s a small but talented field, and I’ll be happy to have
something on another Waterhouse & Bott runner, Runaway.
Once a Melbourne Cup contestant, Runaway is another horse
that has clearly relished a switch in focus to jumps and has recorded two wins
and a close second from his three attempts so far.
He ran into an impressive Gobstoppers at The ‘Bool last time
out, but I think that he has the means to turn the table on that runner here.
4 Units Runaway
Race 3 - 1:25pm
Ladbrokes Australian Steeplechase (3900m)
Even without the superstar Ablaze accepting, this is still set
to be an excellent edition of the Ladbrokes Australian Steeplechase.
We backed Lucques at a big price at The ‘Bool a few weeks
ago and he only just missed, and I don’t see a reason why he won’t be able to
produce something similar here.
A veteran of the Australian jumps scene, Lucques has
returned some big performances in our biggest races, and wound back the clock
when filling the minors behind Ablaze three back, before his commendable effort
in the Brierly Steeplechase last time out.
He’s rock-hard fit and ready to win.
2 Units Lucques
Race 4 - 2:05pm
Samson Handicap (1200m)
Only eight horses have accepted a position in this race and
of those horses, only five have race day experience.
I can’t find an angle that I am particularly confident in
and I am happy to stay out of it.
Race 5 - 2:40pm
Ladbrokes Same Race Multi Handicap (2100m)
Declares War has mixed his form a little this time, but he
should be in peak fitness and strikes a winnable contest on Sunday.
The Matt Cumani-trained gelding has returned the stable some
terrific performances and results throughout his career, and it’s probably fair
to say that he’s kept his best for here at Ladbrokes Park.
Craig Williams is a bonus, he’s drawn well and he might not
be offered a better opportunity to win.
2 Units Declares War
Race 6 - 3:15pm
Ladbrokes Switch Handicap (1300m)
Springrolls will enjoy good improvement from her first-up
hit-out in a far harder race than this one, and I think she’ll take a power of
The Carlton House filly has been a great horse for Pakenham
trainer Tim Hughes throughout her career and found form around some good horses
last time in, capping her prep with a lovely win at Sale.
Craig Williams stays aboard, but she will need luck from out
2 Units Springrolls
Race 7 - 3:45pm
Labrokes Cash In Handicap (1200m)
Galenus doesn’t know how to run a bad race and he finds
himself in another very winnable one at Ladbrokes Park on Sunday.
The Tasmanian, currently in the care of Patrick Payne has
made only four appearances at the race so far, but has won three times and
placed on the other occasion.
He couldn’t have been more impressive when debuting on the mainland
for a dominant win at Cranbourne a couple of weeks ago and he’ll only improve
for that effort.
4 Units Galenus
Race 8 - 4:15pm
Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1400m)
Villa Sarchi has returned some good efforts this time and is
up to winning a race of this quality.
The Robbie Griffiths-trained gelding ran second to Secret
Vega at Pakenham two back before finishing five lengths from Sikorsky at
Flemington last week.
He’s rock-hard fit and I like that he’s on the short back up.
1 Unit E/W Villa Sarchi