Race 1 : Lanec Services Handicap (1000m)
Lyuba (1st): slow out and found herself in a tricky spot between horses. Cost herself a length or so coming across heels inside the 200m but still finished over the top. She’s a winner and will be even better at 1200m.
Little Indian (4th): eligible for easier races than this, she was exposed on the outside in midfield and loomed as a chance as she sprinted with the winner. Run probably ended last 50m but look for her in lesser grade.
Infra Dig (6th): probably ridden a bit close and this was her second failure down the straight. Be forgiving either back to Sydney or around a bend.
Race 2: Cafe Adamo Handicap (1600m)
Balf’s Choice (3rd): settled last and made a midrace move three deep behind the slow pace to be up third on the turn. Kept coming in the sprint home. Totally unsuited by the slow speed. Take beating in anything back in SA and he’ll be competitive in Melbourne.
Notes: Electric Tribute led all the way, very well rated, and fell in to beat Galaxy Raider who completely missed the boat. He can atone but is getting costly after two defeats on end as a short priced favourite.
Race 3: Hollywood Nails Handicap (1700m)
Notes: Hell Or Highwater enjoyed a nice run up on the pace and just held off Domino Vitale, who travelled in the one-one, and Loveitt ran on from the back into a distant third.
Race 4: Plenary Group Handicap (1200m)
Divine Mr Artie (1st): not the best out but found a bit of cover in the second half. Had those on his inside covered 400m out and let down with a sharp sprint, racing right away. Gone up a notch this time in and he can string a few together over summer.
Race 5: Vaughan Constructions (2500m)
Notes: The import Goathland enjoyed the run of the race and stole a march on favourite Charlevoix who was set a big task from back in the field. Zenithal finished third in a staying race that lacked depth.
Race 6: Dorevitch Pathology Charity Plate (1200m)
Ridgway (4th): always well back on the outside of the straight. Couldn’t sprint with them from the 400m but kept winding up and there was plenty to like about the way he hit the line. Big, lanky young horse looking for ground.
Notes: What A Shock, Hellbound, Zelamore and Cardenas came down the inside section of the track and were never in contention with those wide out.
Race 7: Western Health Pharmacy Cup (1400m)
Master Of Arts (4th): stayer first-up so was always out the back but he weaved his way through and was as strong to the line as the three just ahead of him on the line. Can take a couple of runs to hit his top so perhaps not next start but he looks in for a good preparation.
Notes: Snoopy controlled the race from outside the leader, though was softened up a little, and just held them at bay. Placegetters Rough Justice and Tashbeeh had their chance.
Race 8: Urban Maintenance Systems Handicap (1600m)
Lord Lumberjack (2nd): imported galloper having first local start. Led them up and travelled okay after being a bit keen early. Looked as though he was going to be swamped at the 300m but fought off those around him with the winner out of his view. Tough first-up run and has a heap of upside.
Notes: the favourite Black Sheep enjoyed a great run to the turn but was put in a pocket just as he went to come out. That said he was disappointing in the last 200m.
Race 9: Western Health Foundation Handicap (1400m)
Doom ‘N’ Boom (7th): near the tail on the fence to the turn. Under some pressure but he did work through the gears and caught the eye sprinting along the fence late. Second-up and should be just about ready to produce at a mile and beyond.
Brown Ben (4th): never really in the race back in the field, brought wide in the straight and had nothing to carry him home. Made up plenty of ground and he should be given another chance.
Notes: the winner Ozi Choice and runner-up Ma Deuce had nice runs just off the pace and were in the right spot the way the race was run. Ma Deuce was only second-up so looks ready to peak.