We’ve just the four meetings set to take place on Monday including a provincial polytrack meeting at Sunshine Coast.
The opener at Sunshine Coast has attracted a field of six with Hattusa likely to head the market following two wins already this spell.
The most recent of those came in an eight runner 1200m event on a soft 5 track at Ipswich and while she has finished outside the first three on both subsequent starts she gets an easier opportunity on here polytrack debut here.
However the twice raced Cool ‘N’ Ready is taken to get the better of her main rival here having followed up a promising fifth in a 1000m event on the turf course here with a Rockhampton success upped to 1200m earlier this month.
This step up in trip looks likely to suit and with further improvement expected the gelding looks up to doubling his career tally with Noel Callow up.
At Scone the second race looks a competitive maiden race with the market headed by All Stretched who delivered a solid second when runner-up in a 1300m contest on a soft 7 track here earlier this month.
Stamina to prove over this distance and while the Al Maher filly sets the standard on form the draw could have been kinder and with that in mind preference is for the experienced Party Stop.
Aaron Bullock’s mount has placed twice from three starts at this distance and while he finished a well beaten third at Wyong last week that came in a stronger looking race than this.
Had previously recorded a second place finish on a soft 5 track at Goford and returning to country level is taken to get off the mark at the ninth time of asking.
Dupride Star has been in good form so far this spell building on three placed efforts when triumphing by half-a-length in a 1000m Class One event on a soft 7 track at Albury just under two weeks ago.
Versatile tactically she raced from off the pace that day and she has raced on the speed in the past she may need to be ridden with restraint from a wide draw in this contest. That situation isn’t ideal with regards her chances in the fifth race at Corowa and as such she looks opposable with Medal the pick dropping down in grade.
Mitchell Beer’s trainee has drawn the rail here and has been set some stiff tasks since breaking his maiden on a good 4 track in a 1590m contest at Wangaratta last December.
Finished last of nine in the 2200m Tasmania Derby at Hobart in February and while you have to go back to a maiden at Te Rapa in September to find the Savabeel geldings last start over 1200m he comes into this on the back of a third place finish in a barrier trial earlier this month and is taken to provide promising claimer Jett Stanley with a win.