Eight races will be run and won at Pinjarra this Saturday where it is Magic Millions Day. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.
Race 1. (15:58) Tabtouch Better Your Bet Maiden 1500m
2 Prized Nemesis (Bet Now: $4.40) is knocking on the door to win one of these I feel. This will be his third run in as many weeks. Raced over 1400m at Ascot last Saturday where he got back along the rail and was held up badly while the eventual winner True Image was clear with momentum and proved too good but this bloke, when eventually clear, worked to the line really well. Should get clear air from the gate this time and 1500m is okay in a thin race.
4 Savuno (Bet Now: $11.00) is second up for the Pearce stable after resuming over 1400m at Bunbury where he got into a good spot in the run and loomed large to win but had to settle for second to Bombardment. Not sure that’s something a horse would on the CV, running second to that bludger, but he’s got upside and is in the right stable so has to be respected.
1 Scintillating (Bet Now: $9.50) has had 18 attempts to break the maiden tag and has placed on six occasions without getting the job done. Ran in a 1400m maiden at Ascot last Wednesday where he had three wide cover all the way and tried hard but didn’t have the turn of foot when third to Pearls From Heaven. He’ll get the right run from the draw and likely will have a head start on the two mentioned above.
Race 2. (16:38) Peel Flower House Handicap (64+) 1000m
Tricky race down the straight but on top is 2 Night Voyage (Bet Now: $5.00). Martin Allan trains this consistent galloper, who ran over 1000m last Saturday at Ascot and closed off quite well late in the piece. He rarely runs a bad race and I like he’s on the quick turnaround. Gets the claim for Kate Witten and draws a decent part of the track, so happy to be with him.
1 Dam Ready (Bet Now: $6.50) is a Mark Bairstow trained gelding who has done a ripping job this time in. Ran over 1000m at Ascot a fortnight ago and worked home strongly from off the pace to run a narrow second to the in form Shackleton. Brilliant winner at this track/distance the start prior, draws the right part of the track and the claim for McNaught is a big tick.
4 Khan (Bet Now: $20.00) is a Chris Gangemi trained four year old who is first up. Formerly with Team Snowden and had his first prep in WA for Gangemi last time in where he ran well but couldn’t break through for a win. Resumes without a trial, but the stable usually get them ready first up and he does draw to track the key players, so if he’s fit enough, he’ll get the right run to be dangerous.
Race 3. (17:18) Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1MW) 1200m
Third up from a long spell, the Jim Taylor trained 9 Carocapo (Bet Now: $2.70) should just about be ready to show his best. Ran over 1200m at Ascot last time where he ran along in front, gave a really good kick but just felt the pinch late when third to Princess Zelda. Now third up, hopefully he will be stronger at the end. Gate one is a big tick for him against some key rivals who have drawn wide.
3 Little Fish (Bet Now: $18.00) is such an interesting runner. Above average galloper for Peter Fernie who is first up after an outstanding first prep, which saw him win his first five races at Kalgoorlie before going to Belmont where he was far from disgraced. Resumes without a trial but first up at metro level tells me he’s ready. Horrible barrier draw but has a bit of quality.
5 Kaapinder (Bet Now: $31.00) is a horse I have been on in a couple of runs this prep and while he hasn’t won, he hasn’t been far away of late, the latest being a fortnight ago at Ascot when midfield behind Shackleton. Has run well at Pinjarra in the past and if he can get a drag up, he could well be dangerous. Just a shame about the wide barrier, but should be strong late.
Race 4. (17:55) Pinjarra Pearl Classic (64+) 1400m
Provided there is no second up syndrome off a long break, 2 Mikimoto (Bet Now: $1.70) should be far too good for this bunch. Potential Group l class mare for Adam Durrant who is second up off a years break, resuming with an encouraging fourth from off the pace behind Alpha Sky. She’s better than these. Just hope she’s bounced off the resumption.
3 Princess Zelda (Bet Now: $6.00) is probably the second best of the bunch but would need to produce a clear career PB to be beating Mikimoto. She did a good job to win a fortnight ago at Ascot in saying that, sitting wide with cover before presenting wider on the turn and letting down with a powerful finale to get the job done. Harder here, but she’s a mare in form.
4 Resistance (Bet Now: $6.50) is a Fred Kersley trained mare who is three weeks between runs since racing over 1200m at Ascot where she got back to near last in the run and closed off strongly late in the piece behind Alpha Sky. 1400m on the big track looks an ideal recipe. Hopefully can find cover and clear air. Like Royal Missile, hasn’t got the brilliance of Mikimoto, but should run well all the same.
Race 5. (18:30) Ducimus @ Rivercrest Park Handicap (70+) 1200m
I think now he’s got a win on the board, confident that 3 Forceful (Bet Now: $3.60) can go on with it. Team Williams trains this gelding, who had no luck in the first two runs for the prep, combined with a poor racing pattern, but it all fell into place for him at Ascot last time and Pike got him home narrowly. Good gate, Pike remains on and the horse should be confident after last start.
8 Beat The Devil (Bet Now: $3.40) is a Simon Miller trained gelding who was well supported when racing in the event mentioned above won by Forceful. Beat The Devil was given every chance in the run by Kennedy but he just gave the drag up to Forceful and that horse just proved too good. Would need things to fall into place to win, but he’s in a purple patch at the moment.
5 Seeker (Bet Now: $18.00) is on the seven day back up for the Lou Luciani stable after racing over 1000m last Saturday at Ascot where he was run off his legs it seemed and never really appeared to travel in the run but the effort was sound late when balanced up, running fourth to Snow Lord. Up to 1200m should suit and if he can get three wide into the race, he’ll take some beating.
Race 6. (19:05) Magic Millions 2YO Classic 1200m
3 Miss West Coast (Bet Now: $3.10) should win this. Looks a well above average filly for the Trevor Andrews stable who is 2/2 this time in, both coming at Ascot where she has been on/near the speed each run and her class coming to the fore late when proving too good. The weights scale is well and truly in her favour and from all reports, her work during the week was first class.
1 Jericho Missile (Bet Now: $3.10) is a son of Smart Missile resuming for the David Harrison stable. This bloke debuted on December 1 at Ascot where he was under pressure before the turn but he found plenty when challenged and proved too good for Specialism, who at the time was probably the best youngster in WA. Tipped out and he looked to trial really well to my eye at Lark Hill. Pike on a big tick.
4 Mia Dolce (Bet Now: $10.00) is a son of Smart Missile resuming for the David Harrison stable. This bloke debuted on December 1 at Ascot where he was under pressure before the turn but he found plenty when challenged and proved too good for Specialism, who at the time was probably the best youngster in WA. Tipped out and he looked to trial really well to my eye at Lark Hill. Pike on a big tick.
Race 7. (19:42) Magic Millions 3YO Trophy 1200m
Going with 13 Sophie’s Song, (Bet Now: $26.00) who resumes for Simon Miller. She began her career in the Winter with a four run prep, winning one race but showed good ability each time she stepped out, seemingly relatively new to the caper with improvement to come. Been given a good break and for mine looked to trial up really well at Lark Hill in strong time. Gate one a big tick.
6 Smart Fox (Bet Now: $8.50) is two weeks between runs for Adam Durrant after racing over 1000m at Ascot where he was out of his comfort zone for the most part given the hot speed set by Fire And Rain, but I loved the fact this gelding didn’t spit the dummy out. He kept chasing and was taking ground off the winner late. 1200m should be fine off that run and he’s a knockout chance.
12 Snowchino (Bet Now: $35.00) is definitely one to be respected. David Harrison trains this filly, who ran last Saturday at Ascot where she was first up and was off the bit a fair way out but stuck on alright in defeat when fourth to Cryptic Love. Market said she’d need the run and that’s how it seemed, so second up on the quick turnaround, she’s shown enough ability to be in the mix.
Race 8. (20:22) Tabtouch Better Your Club Handicap (76+) 1600m
4 Come Play With Me (Bet Now: $5.00) is a quality animal for the Adam Durrant stable that makes his Eastern state debut. He resumed over 1500m at Ascot a fortnight ago, a trip short of his best, but he worked home quite well I thought when a close up fourth to My Greek Boy. I reckon whatever he does here, he will improve on, but make no mistake he’s above average.
Have to respect and include 1 Fontainebleau (Bet Now: $6.00). She’s done a ripping job this time in, highlighted by a win the Starstruck Classic when too good for the above average Celebrity Dream. Ran over 1500m a fortnight back at Ascot where she had to chase a fairly hot speed and got there but was out of petrol tickets late when third to My Greek Boy. Pace won’t be as hot this time around and Glenn Smith is back on.
5 Pinzu (Bet Now: $31.00) comes through the My Greek Boy race also. He just got a mile out of his ground and was never in sight of those in front, but he made ground very late and wasn’t bad. Like him up to the mile and if he can a tad closer in the run, as we saw first up, he can let down strongly. His best is certainly good enough to beat these and the set up is there.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Four Number 2 Mikimoto
NEXT BEST: Race Five Number 3 Forceful
LONG SHOT: Race Seven Number 13 Sophie’s Song
Quaddie Tips (Races Five Through To Eight):
Leg One: 3
Leg Two: 3
Leg Three: 1, 6, 12, 13
Leg Four: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
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