With the cancellation of Narromine there’s five meetings set to take place on Thursday including provincial action at Kembla Grange, Northam and Townsville.
The third at Kembla Grange, a 1500m maiden handicap is an intriguing affair with Ruinart likely to start favourite having placed on five of her six previous starts.
The most recent of those efforts came when finishing runner-up in a 1300m maiden on a soft 5 track at Newcastle when racing first up.
Ridden with restraint on that occasion jockey Hugh Bowman’s mount has drawn the rail here and while he sets the standard on form preference here is for Wolves, who while winless in 12 starts tackled Group company, including the Blue Diamond on five of her first seven starts.
Anthony Mountey’s charge has shown good form on the forecast good 4 going in the past including when placing twice in maiden races in August last year while the daughter of Wolf Cry has placed twice from three wet track starts this spell with the sole unplaced effort since returning coming over 1200m here last start.
The booking of Kerrin McEvoy takes the eye and the four-year-old is selected to score stepping up in distance.
Special Sort is expected to have his supporters ahead of the fifth race on the Northam card, a 1600m maiden contest.
Adam Durrant’s charge has placed third on both previous starts including when contesting a similar race to this over track and trip on a good 4 track at the start of this month.
Similar conditions are forecast here and he is expected to be in the mix with jockey Clint Johnston-Porter, on board last time out booked to ride.
Anna’s Boy is selected to get the better of his main rival here however having delivered a couple of solid second placed efforts over 1300m at this venue since finishing fourth in an 1100m maiden here when racing first up.
Chris Parnham partnered the Sessions gelding when beaten half-a-length on his most recent start and with the step up in distance expected to suit the four-year-old is taken to get off the mark at the seventh attempt.
Shepherd Of Fire has been competing with credit at around the Benchmark 55 level and he is expected to jump as favourite for the fourth race on the Townsville card, a 1200m Benchmark 55 event set to take place on a soft 5 track.
Brad Pengelly’s mount has finished in the placings on four of his last five starts including when third over 1000m on a good 4 track at Bowen last month.
This looks a tougher event however with the gelding having to concede weight to Supreme Prince who has placed on three of his four starts since completing a double when winning over this trip in this grade at Bowen in June.
The seven-year-old is a consistent performer having finished runner-up at this level on his two most recent starts including when beaten two lengths over 1280m at the same venue two weeks ago.
Jockey Bonnie Thomson knows the son of Supreme Class well having won twice and finished runner-up twice on the pick from eight starts together and having drawn the rail the pair are selected to register a victory in what looks a highly competitive contest.