Form analyst Trent Orwin previews his best selections for Bunbury on Saturday night.
Race 1 (6:19pm local/9:19pm AEDT) – REMEMBERING ALYSHA JOHNSTON 3YO MS PACE – 2100m
A good field of three-year-olds engaged with Heza Head Honcho making his return as he joins in-form trainer Barry Howlett. Chris Lewis has elected to drive the gelding over stablemate Im The Best who has been racing well.
The key for this gelding is holding Wesley out at the start. That horse has heaps of gate speed but was denied the lead by Handsandwheels at Narrogin; Heza Head Honcho looks as quick as Handsandwheels and I expect he can hold up.
Prior to a spell, he won by 9.9m in 1:56.9 with a final half run in 56.3 seconds at Gloucester Park. He has broken a 55-second last 800m at Bunbury and a repeat performance of his best work should see him the winner.
Wesley is a danger from the lead or close to the speed. He may be in the breeze and get cover on Mighty Mr Sharkey who rises sharply in grade but has ability.
Most of these horses can run a place with the right run but Heza Head Honcho is the one they have to beat.
Race 2 (6:47pm local/9:47pm AEDT) – WESTBRED MARES MS PACE – 2100m
Sea Me Smile is the likely favourite here and we may see this frustrating mare at her best – she has a tendency to get beat, especially when she leads so let’s take her on.
Kissmecougar has the best form in the race and the small field of six mares means she shouldn’t be too far away. Ideally she can settle 1 out 1 back with Honey And Lime or Cheeryrose in the breeze but could land 1 out 2 back.
Ignoring her last-start failure, Kissmecougar was placed twice at Narrogin and Bunbury behind Giuliana Rancic.
Her last win came over course and distance when defeating Undercover Art and Sea Me Smile with the latter leading and Kissmecougar 1 out 2 back.
Race 3 (7:17pm local/10:17pm AEDT) – GARRARDS YOUNG DRIVER CONCESSION CHALLENGE MS PACE – 2100m
Touch Of Success has been racing well and gets another opportunity as he looks to put consecutive runner-up performances behind him.
From barrier seven, driver Michael Blakemore will press forward searching for the lead and if that isn’t on offer he will be content sitting outside of the pacemaker. This will give him an advantage over Soho Chelsea who is better over the shorter-course anyway.
Touch Of Success sprinted home in 55.9 seconds four starts ago at this venue when crushing them by 13.9m.
Soho Chelsea and Bettor As look the main dangers.