There’s nine meetings scheduled for today with metropolitan action set to take place at Devenport Synthetic.
The sixth race at the sole metro meeting scheduled is an 1150m Benchmark 68 contest which is likely to see the Barry Campbell-trained Emily jump as favourite.
The daughter of Wordsmith has made just the five starts to date but it’s notable that she has shown a liking for this venue having debuted with a victory here back in January while her only subsequent start here came when runner-up at this level over track and trip last month.
That effort came first up and with a good draw in two and regular jockey Codi Campbell up she rates a worthy favourite.
However there’s reason to believe that Miss Tuppence can get the better of her rival here having ended her last spell competing at a higher level including when beaten just under two-and-a-half-lengths in the Group 3 Bow Mistress over 1200m at Hobart on her penultimate outing.
Drawn wide at Hobart she again performed well enough in the context of this race when seventh in the Group 3 Vamos Stakes upped to 1400m at Launceston when last in action back in February.
The four-year-old has shown a liking for this venue in the past having won twice from three starts here including in a higher grade over 1009m here last December and coming into this on the back of two trial efforts here, including when winning under today’s rider Chloe Wells at the end of last month she is taken to deliver a victory down markedly in grade.
The third race on the Mt Gambier card is an interesting Benchmark 54 contest set to be held over 1416m.
Lachlan Overall’s mount Enzed Beer is sure to have his supporters dropping in distance following a down the field effort over 1600m at Murray Bridge at the end of last month.
That effort marked a significant drop in grade for the seven-year-old who wasn’t beaten far despite finishing last of four in a Benchmark 68 event over 1300m at Bordertown on his penultimate outing.
However the gelding, who was breaking a three year barren run when winning over 1300m at Murray Bridge in July looks opposable here with preference for Valley Rattler.
The pick has been performing at a higher level in the recent passed and the drop in grade saw him deliver a close up third place finish over 1000m in a Benchmark 56 event on a good 4 track at Murray Bridge earlier in the week.
While the son of Denman has yet to win on soft ground he has acquitted himself well on it in stronger contests this spell including when runner-up over 1100m at Rockhampton first up and Garrett Lynch’s charge is taken to provide jockey Ryan Hurdle with a winner.
The ten declared runners for the Young Veterans, a Benchmark 70 contest over 1000m and due off as race five on a nine race card at Sunshine Coast have amassed over 200 starts between them but it’s the most lightly-raced runner in the field La Amigo who is selected to deliver a victory.
The winner of five of his 11 starts the gelding showed good form last spell winning three of his five starts including when successful in a Benchmark 65 contest over 1200m on a good 4 track at Doomben in April.
Stuart Kendrick’s charge has the services of useful claiming rider Jasmine Cornish for this contest and with a victory in an 850m trial here last month likely to have put him spot on for this La Amigo is selected to deliver a front-running victory having been drawn three off the rail.