There are four meetings on turf to wet punters appetites this Monday with action from Donald, Moruya, Warren and Mt Isa to get stuck into.
Take Bannerton to upset favourite
Aspen Colorado looks likely to jump at cramped odds in a big field in the sixth race at Donald, a Benchmark 58 contest set to be held over 1620m. Beaten by a narrow margin over 1425m at Geelong when racing first up last month the four-year-old has solid placed form at a higher level from earlier in the year including when third over 1800m at Sandown-Hillside three starts back.
A wide draw in barrier 11 is a negative here however and Lindsey Smith’s charge may struggle to overcome that obstacle.
In contrast Bannerton has been drawn four off the rail on his second start back from an absence. Regular pilot Harry Coffey was in the saddle when finishing two lengths second in a Restricted 58 contest over 1600m at Sandown-Hillside when racing first up a month ago.
The Glass Harmonium gelding showed solid form at this level last spell including when winning a six runner event over 2100m on a good 3 track at Nhill in December while he ended that spell with a fair fourth in a 2000m Benchmark 64 event here at the end of January. Looks up to springing a minor surprise with victory in what looks a competitive affair.
Kadena to score in Donald finale
In the final race on the Donald card My Artemis has drawn the inside and was an impressive winner on synthetics at Ballarat on her penultimate start. The form of that race could be working out better however and while she gets a drop in class following a down the field effort in a Benchmark 64 event at Bendigo last time out she may find a few too good on this occasion.
Kadena boasts a good record over this distance winning two of her three starts to date including in this grade on a soft 5 track at Warracknabeal a week ago. Had previously finished in mid-divisionw hen sixth over 1200m at Hamilton and with trainer LIndsey Smith engaging a four kilogram claimer in Maddi Price for this contest Kadena is taken to record a third win in nine career starts.
Alpine can break maiden
They’re on the turn from a very early stage in the 1020m races at Moruya and with that in mind Lethal Lady, the only previous winner in the third race on the card, the Mossy Cafe Handicap may struggle to justify what looks likely to be odds-on favouritism under top weight having drawn barrier ten.
Lethal Lady delivered a winning effort over 1000m at Canberra and finished third over the same track and trip three weeks later. Ended her first spell with a solid fifth place finish in the Group 2 John McGrath Auto Black Opal over 1200m at the same venue in March and sets the standard down in grade racing first up.
The barrier draw has been far kinder to Alpine Lady, a Press Statement filly who performed well when chasing home an older rival in finishing runner-up over 1000m on a soft 7 track at Wagga on debut. Drawn wide on that occasion she showed plenty of ability racing from off the pace.
Expected to have improved for that effort and returning from a short break is taken to deliver a winning effort with Jessica Taylor taking over in the saddle for handler Joe Cleary.