Bathurst - Race 1 5:08pm

No. 9 Major Envy

The opening event on a feature night of racing at the heart of the Western Districts should see a comfortable victory afforded to this runner.

Trained by the legend Steve Turnbull, this filly had been tested in vastly stronger company at her last few starts, most recently finishing down the track in a heat of the NSW Oaks at Menangle. Prior to that, this daughter of Art Major was placed in the Riverina Oaks at Wagga behind Our Ultimate Ebony, beating home star filly Lux Aeterna in the process.

Although drawn awkwardly in barrier nine, this runner will benefit from having the services of leading driver Amanda Turnbull, and provided she sees even luck in running; she will be winning.

Bathurst - Race 2 5:48pm

No. 10 Twentyeightblack

A newcomer to the powerful Nathan Turnbull barn, this gelding looks set to be a brilliant value bet on the card.

Having his first start for the new stable last outing, this gelding was beaten a touch over 12m in fast time over this course and distance behind the talented Ideal Timing. This came off the back of a strong trial victory prior, once again over this track and distance.

Drawn barrier ten, leading reinsman Nathan Turnbull will have plenty of options at the start, likely heading to the fence to trail Western Bill and likely leader The Vixen on my map. From there, this ten-year-old is a fantastic each-way betting proposition.

Bathurst - Race 4 6:50pm

No. 7 Buddy Brilliance

Although perhaps the most underwhelming performer in last week’s Regional Championships heats, those willing to forgive that performance will have him the clear standout in the consolation of the aforementioned race series.

This Lester Hewitt pacer had been tracking along beautifully in the lead up to last start, winning four on the bounce prior to fading out after doing a power of work in his heat seven days ago. The stewards report revealed a slight abnormality in the follow up to that race, and a veterinary clearance has been provided thereafter; which may explain part of his somewhat underwhelming run last start.

Drawn out in barrier seven, gun driver John O’Shea will likely allow this gelding to find his feet early before headed forward; and provided he can settle handy without having to empty his fuel tank, this gelding will prove hardest to toss.

Bathurst - Race 5 7:20pm

No. 1 Fashion Icon

This $100,000 final of the Regional Championships for the Western Districts has assembled a fascinating line up of runners, with this Amanda Turnbull trained and driven gelding the clear standout.

Dropping back in class considerably into his heat seven days ago, this gelding held off all challengers to win by the bearest of possible margins after doing an unbelievable amount of work in the run. To add even more merit to his performance, this son of Betting Line clocked a mile rate over two full seconds faster than the other heat on the night!

As both the best credentialed and most progressive runner in this field, it is likely to assume Turnbull will attempt to make full use of the inside barrier and lead throughout this event, and although his gate speed is a touch questionable; this runners class should prevail in the end. He is our best bet of the week.