PENSKE The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Penske has made his mark in provincial company and will be chasing a third win at his sixth career outing when the son of Sebring contests the City Of Wollongong RSL Sub-Branch Gallipoli Cup Benchmark 72 Handicap (1600m). A Hawkesbury maiden winner on debut in three runs in his first preparation, Penske returned to racing chasing home Cedarwood in a benchmark 70 handicap at Newcastle on March 22 before recording the best speed ratings of the day winning a class one handicap at Wyong last start. Penske has the potential to be a city winner however there is another provincial win in him on Saturday.
ROK’N’UNDATHESTARS - Rok’n’undathestars is a five-year-old but didn’t start racing until a month ago. Trained by Ben Currie he hasn’t let the grass grow under is feet with a dominant Maiden win first-up over 1200m followed by a narrow defeat in a class 1 at Beaudesert last start over 1100m. The step up to 1300m should suit and with Rebecca Williams to ride from gate one Rok’n’undathestars should be hard to beat.
GOLD MONARCH - I tipped him two starts back at long odds and he put in a shocker. Gold Monarch’s other five career runs have been solid and I have always felt that being a very big horse out of a Zabeel mare he would be suited over a longer distance. He has gone well previously when ridden by Ron Goltz and despite the wide gate gets his chance over 1650m. If he can relax in the run and not overrace Gold Monarch will be hard to hold off.
ANYMORE - Anymore hasn’t won since the Gatton Cup last year but placed over this trip here two starts back in stronger company and has benefited from three runs back since a let-up. The small field suits, Baylee Nothdurft knows him well having ridden him at his past three starts, the 1.5kg claim helps and this is the weakest field he has met in a long time. From gate two, Anymore should be able to set the tempo and be too good in the run home.
VEGANZA - Veganza is a Maiden taking on winners but has upside and is bred for the trip. She is by Lope De Vega out of a Zabeel mare and whilst the dam Brazeeliana has been a moderate producer the better of the progeny could stay. Veganza has now had four starts and has shown steady improvement at each of them going down narrowly at her most recent start of 1600m at the Sunshine Coast where she looked the winner everywhere but on the line. The step up to 1800m at her home track is ideal and whilst she takes on stronger company Scott Galloway stays on and should have her on the speed throughout. Against her own age group she has a good each-way chance.