How good is the Bool?
The final day of the Warrnambool carnival is here in what has been another excellent few days of racing.
Our full 2021 Warrnambool Cup Day Preview can be found below.
Race 1 - 11:15am
Novice Hurdle (3200m)
The Patrick Payne trained Eckhart has been working through his races well so far this prep and finally gets out to a more suitable trip.
Working in his favour is the fact the seven year old gelding has won his only start over 3200m and he likes the cut out of the ground which he should get in this race.
1 Unit Eckhart
Race 2 - 11:45am
2YO Handicap (1200m)
The second race of the day on Warrnambool Cup day is a tricky little race with not a lot of exposed form to rely on.
Under The Dunes is one of only two horses in the race to have won a race but is simply too short for mine.
Happy to watch this race.
Race 3 - 12:15pm
Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m)
Ocular has been a very consistent horse throughout his short racing career having won three times and placed a further five from 13 career starts.
He returned a nice second at Cranbourne first up from a spell in a benchmark 70 where he was beaten by three quarters of a length and drops 4kgs for that effort.
The step up to 1100m will suit and barrier one is also a benefit.
5 Units Ocular
Race 4 - 11:45pm
Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m)
I Am Eloquent has been tasked with the top weight in this race but he brings some solid form in some high quality races.
He resumed with a seventh at Group 3 level at Rosehill two starts back when finishing 3.3 lengths behind Seasons over 1200m and then got to within 0.7 lengths of Thousand Wishes at Caulfield last start over 1400m.
This is far easier assignment for the son of I Am Invincible and the young apprentice will claim three kgs for some weight relief from barrier six.
3 Units I Am Eloquent
Race 5 - 1:15pm
Benchmark 64 Handicap (2000m)
The Maher and Eustace team produce Poppy Joan for the fifth event of the day and the four year old mare has shown some ability during her short racing career to date.
She has filled all three placings from her three starts which includes an impressive win by 1.25 lengths on the heavy track at Terang two back.
John Allen has sat on her in all three starts and retains the ride from barrier 14 and the blinkers go on for the first time!
2 Units Poppy Joan
Race 6 - 1:50pm
Benchmark 70 Handicap (1700m)
I have a bit of an opinion of the Maher and Eustace trained Tooradin who now has three wins from nine starts after his first up win at Pakenham.
The son of Americain will take plenty of improvement out of that first up win and the step up to 1700m looks ideal for this race.
2 Units Tooradin
Race 7 - 2:30pm
Grand Annual Steeplechase (5550m)
Bit Of Lad finished his last campaign with back to back wins at this track by a combined 14 lengths, proving he his talent.
He found one better when resuming two days ago on the first day of the carnival but he would have lost few admirers and the step up in distance should not be a problem for the Grand Annual Steeplechase.
2 Units Bit Of A Lad
Race 8 - 3:15pm
Kia Handicap (1400m)
Fighting Harada has been unbeaten this time in with three impressive wins on the trot to kick start this campaign.
Wins at Pakenham, Sandown and Bendigo so far this prep, he has been given five weeks in between runs heading into this assignment.
Dean Yendall will have plenty of options from barrier five and he clearly looks the one to beat.
3 Units Fighting Harada
Race 9 - 3:55pm
Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m)
“How Good Is The Bool?”
The feature race of the three day carnival at Warrnambool is finally here and another cracking field of staying horses will line up in 2021.
2020 Geelong Cup runner up Le Don De Vie has been steadily progressing so far this prep despite missing the places in both his runs so far.
The step up to a more suitable distance will suit as will the booking of Mark Zahra.
Declares War put together three wins on the trot including the Wangaratta Cup before an ordinary performance in the Albury Gold Cup left punters pondering.
He returned to a semblance of his best form last start behind Mahamedeis at Caulfield last start and he represents good value at the double figure odds.
1 Unit Le Don De Vie
1/2 Unit E/W Declares War
Race 10 - 4:30pm
Benchmark 64 Handicap (1300m)
Mick Price’s talented four year old Over The Sky can finish our day (and carnival) on a good note.
He has managed two wins from his five career starts and both times he has started favourite, he has won.
He has a tricky gate to overcome but with some luck he will be winning.
2 Units Over The Sky