Race 4 - UBET ADELAIDE CUP 13TH MARCH 2017 HANDICAP (2020m) 2:28pm
OPTIMIZE just had an off day last time and can bounce back in an easier race. Three of his four wins have come at this track, and with little pace in the race, he can lead or sit outside Barge And Charge before kicking clear in the straight.
Race 7 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE BIRTHDAY CUP (2020m) 4:24pm
European-import GOLDSTREAM scored his first Australian win under the guidance of Darren Weir last start, and he looks harder to beat this time. He did it tough last time when being forced to work to the lead, but from barrier 3 on Saturday, he should enjoy a soft run behind the leaders. At his peak now and should be too good for them.
Race 8 - GEORGE ZERVOS HANDICAP (1600m) 5:03pm
I’m surprised the Lindsay Park camp haven’t stepped BARJEEL up to beyond 1600m yet but who am I to second guess them. I love the way he ran through the line beating Vantaggio last start, and that galloper has since franked the form with a 2.3-length win at Sandown.
Rosehill (Ric Chapman)
Race 3 - 2:00PM $100,000 JAMES RUSE HANDICAP (1500 METRES)
Is this the race where all the stars align for STRAWBERRY BOY? Melding if you like to a perfect storm. Because I cannot for the life of me see how they can beat him. He will go to the lead from barrier rise, control the tempo at his leisure, then his well-known grit and determination will kick in down the running. My only possible doubt is Antonio Guiseppe. How good has he come back? His trial says he is a Group horse….but how this race will pan out points toward a Strawberry Boy victory for mine.
Race 4 - 2:35PM $60,000 TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
This is a strong field and many will aim up in coming weeks for places in their respective Country Champs Qualifiers. But while all of them have speed and talent, I suspect ZAKYNTHOS REGRETS has the most of both elements. This is a sharp racehorse going places. Can sit right on the speed and accelerate away. Faces hardest task here but looks up to it.
Race 5 - 3:10PM $250,000 TAB SILVER SLIPPER STAKES (1100 METRES)
What a race. Three of the top five in the Gr 1 Golden Slipper betting line up here. But gee I like the filly SHE WILL REIGN. I know both colts, Veranillo and Khan have enormous wraps, and wraps from people who know what's what, but the filly is an absolute flying machine and there is no substitute for pure, sustained speed in juvenile racing. I think she jumps, leads and wins easily making her a $3.80 fav for the Slipper.