There’s nine meetings to get stuck into this Sunday including metro action from Launceston and provincial meets at Sunshine Coast, Kalgoorlie and Pioneer Park.
The final race on the Sale card looks a highly competitive affair with one of the least experienced runners in the field, Madame Du Gast likely to prove fancied for the Trevor Rogers yard.
The three-year-old debut with a win down the straight at Flemington prior to finishing eighth in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield. Gradually finding her level and showed that a win might not be far away when third over 1200m in a Class One event at Pakenham in February.
Absent since that Pakenham effort and it can pay to look for a race fit winner in this competitive event.
Veteran galloper Rolling Moss has over 70 starts to his name while the eight-year-old’s wins tally is into double figures. Matthew Chadwick’s mount has been in good form at this level in recent starts winning twice this spell including over this trip on a heavy 9 track at Moe on his penultimate start.
Delivered a second place finish having jumped at fancy odds over this course and distance subsequently and with just one rival inside him he looks capable of successfully employing his trademark front-running tactics.
I’m So Cool and Four Letter Word are vying for favouritism ahead of the Kevin Sharkie Plate, a Class 1 2150m event set to jump as the second race on the Launceston card.
Four Letter Word broke his maiden by a narrow margin in a 1600m contest on a good 4 track at this venue back in March. Not at his best in four subsequent starts including when a well beaten seventh over 1400m on a soft 5 track at Hobart earlier this month and with that in mind preference is for his main market rival.
I’m So Cool belatedly broke his maiden over 1620m on a soft 7 track in a maiden event here prior to finishing runner-up at this level in a 1600m contest at Hobart. Holds a number of these on form from that maiden victory.
A wide draw would normally be a concern but with just one pace angle drawn inside him he may prove capable of getting across to the rail to make all while jockey David Pires knows the gelding well having ridden him in all three starts this spell.
The Sawtell Cup is set to take place over 1500m as the sixth race on the card at Coffs Harbour with four-year-old Tara Jasmine expected to start favourite on a track rated a heavy 10.
Ridden by apprentice Anna Roper the Cowboy Blue mare comes into this on the back of a close up third place finish in a 1400m contest at Grafton ten days ago.
Notably however John Shelton’s mare could finish only seventh in a Benchmark 85 event at the start of last month on her only previous start on heavy going while she is yet to tackle this distance.
The selection in this event is Eiger who completed a double when winning on a soft 7 track in a 1400m contest at Inverell in May prior to finish down the field in the 1610m Grafton Cup earlier this month.
Has a solid draw three of the rail and while five-year-old has raced from the front successfully in the past he has generally been ridden from behind the speed this spell, including for both of his victories.
The son of Dream Ahead is at home on wet tracks and is selected to provide trainer Brett Cavanough with a Cup win.