2022 Brierly Steeplechase Day Preview


Race 1 - 11:20am AEDT

Maiden Hurdle (3200m)

The Patrick Payne trained Portland Jimmy is the odds on favourite in the opening race at the 2022 Warrnambool carnival but I’m keen to take him on.

Periscope is yet to win over the hurdles but his overall record is very consistent.

The grey gelding has been placed in 12 of 31 career races and he represents good each way value in this event.

1 Unit E/W Periscope

Race 2 - 12:00pm AEDT

Maiden Hurdle (3200m)

Zedstar is another consistent performer who put together six straight placings during his last campaign.

He was placed over the hurdles last time out at Pakenham over 3200m and there has been plenty of early support in betting suggesting he is ready to win.

1 Unit E/W Zedstar

Race 3 - 12:40pm AEDT

Maiden Hurdle (3200m)

Again happy to take on the short priced favourite in this event.

Eight year old gelding Historic put together three wins in a row including his only two starts last prep.

Was well beaten first up over 2031m but he is much better than that effort suggests and he has had a nice trial in between runs to get him ready for this.

1/2 Unit Win 2 Units Place Historic

Race 4 - 1:15pm AEDT

Maiden Plate (1200m)

Tom Dabernig and John Allen combine with first starter Metal Rock in the fourth race of the day at Warrnambool.

The three year old son of Fastnet Rock is untrialled leading into his debut run but there has been a fair amount of support in early betting.

1 Unit Metal Rock

Race 5 - 1:45pm AEDT

2YO Gold Strike (1000m)

Over Shady was placed in her first two race starts at Sandown and Bendigo including a narrow defeat in the Vobis Gold Rush.

She stepped up to 1200m last start at Caulfield but was well beaten behind the smart Kings Consort.

I like the fact that she is stepping back to 1000m for this assignment but the drift in betting is a concern.

1/2 Unit E/W Over Shady

Race 6 - 2:20pm AEDT

Brierly Steeplechase (3450m)

Valac is the horse to beat in the feature race of the afternoon.

The 10 year old grey was impressive when winning a benchmark 125 at Pakenham last start and although he only won by a narrow margin, they beat home the third horse by a further 10 lengths.

He’ll take some beating.

3 Units Valac

Race 7 - 2:55pm AEDT

Benchmark 70 Handicap (2350m)

Boyszee is a promising young stayer who is putting together a nice racing resume.

The four year old gelding by Rebel Raider has two wins so far this prep including a 2.5 length win at Geelong last start and he has been unplaced just once in seven career starts to date.

He’s short but I think he wins.

5 Units Boyszee

Race 8 - 3:30pm AEDT

MM National Sale Handicap (1700m)

Heart Of Puissance is the most classy runner in this event but the weight, distance and fact he may need a run or two means I’m happy to take him on.

Adelaide Ace has been consistent throughout his career, placing in 12 of 23 career race starts including a second when resuming at Bendigo first up behind Flash Aah.

2 Units Adelaide Ace

Race 9 - 4:00pm AEDT

Benchmark 70 Handicap (1200m)

2 Units Barcelona Rock won his first three race start here at The Bool by a combined 5.25 lengths and then we didn’t see him at the track for 68 weeks.

He returned at Terang first up after that solid break with a fifth at Terang but he was beaten just 1.5 lengths in a benchmark 78 Handicap.

He represents good each way value in this race.

1 Unit E/W Barcelona Rock

Race 10 - 4:30pm AEDT

Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m)

Little Miss Gutsaa finished in the top two in his last four starts during his last campaign.

The daughter of So You Think has just two wins to her name but she has been placed in seven of 13 overall.

She will again be competitive despite the awkward draw.

1/2 Unit E/W Liss Miss Gutsaa