MINI MELD- Mel Eggleston has had a number of horses by the sire Meld and knows they go best when kept fresh. Mini Meld is a six-year-old but one of the better of progeny with three wins and two placings from only nine starts. Whilst 900m is his speciality he has placed twice at his only two tries at this trip here the most recent behind Muddy Rope in this class and he meets that horse 4kg better for half a length. With Luke Dittman to ride on his home track Mini Meld will be well prepared for this, can sit behind the speed and be too strong in the run home.
WACK’EM- Let’s be honest. I was going to tip Boom Boom Epic in this, a filly I really like and I think has a bright future but when Wack’em went up at huge odds I thought I have to be on. I know he is a professional placegetter but this is his track and at his last three starts here over this trip on good tracks he has placed. He has been running competitively over longer but maybe trainer Scott Morrisey has decided a shorter trip may be more suitable. Shannon Doyle knows him as well as anyone and in a class three he can get in the money at good odds.
IT’S CHOUX TIME- A wise old bookmaker once told me never to back claiming apprentices in middle distance races because firstly they haven’t the strength to hold headstrong horses over a distance and secondly they lack the experience to judge pace. With deepest respect to the promising Jackson Murphy that has swung me off Dauphin de France whom I tipped last start to the Chris Waller trained It’s Choux Time. This mare by Jimmy Choux is far from Winx but she broke through at Ipswich last start over 1666m and could have some upside. Glen Colless rode her into a placing here when resuming four starts back and with both Robbie Fradd and Jeff Lloyd engaged in the city he gets the steering duties. Over 1800m, Colless can sit off the speed and she may be too strong over the final stages.
MADISON POINT- If this was 1400m I would tip him with more confidence but we mightn’t get a price. He was caught wide and fought on well when resuming over 1200m here in similar class three weeks ago and will be improved. He showed promise last preparation and is a brother to the good Singapore horse Nandowra who won nine races up to 1800m so his best days are yet to come but this class one on his home track over 1300m second-up may not be beyond him. Shannon Doyle has ridden him at his four previous starts and if he can have him in touch at the top of the straight he can run over the top of them.
JAWHARA- We successfully took on the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Jawhara when a beaten odds-on favourite at Wyong last start (see our story here), however connections have found the right race for the three-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel at Newcastle. A $1.45 chance in early betting before easing to easing to $1.70 at post-time, Jawhara was found wanting at the end of 1350m and was run down near the line by Better Take Cover. Jawhara will appreciate the shorter journey of the Smiktek F&M Maiden Plate (1200m) and gets her chance to win a race and this time the filly is at backable odds.