With the Tasmanian racing carnival launching on Friday, co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are pouncing with two smart Sydney gallopers on the meeting in Call Me Royal (Race 1) and Chain Of Fools running in the Tasmanian Guineas.
Punters can expect stronger representation from Victoria as the carnival progresses. There is a threat of rain so keep an eye on the track conditions as it could be changed from a Good 4 on Wednesday.
The false rail will be at the three-metre position for the entire circuit for the twilight meeting scheduled to kick off at 2.41pm and conclude at 6.53pm.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,2 – 3,8 – 1 – 2,5
Wide Play: 1,2,4 – 2,3,8,9 – 1,2,10 – 2,5,6,8
BEST BET: R4 – 1. THE CAPTAIN
Next Best Bet: R7 – 1. MISTER SONGMAN
Best Roughie: R2 – 10. ILFRACOMBE
No2 GEE GEE PENGALA is not an easy race to kick off the twilight card on a high. Went down in a close finish at debut over 1100m at Launceston on December 6. Was a red hot $1.85 favourite that day and strikes light opposition.
No6 CALL ME ROYAL will sport blinkers at debut. Underlined has talent with two placings at warm up trials. Latest ran second over 1045m at Randwick on December 29. Hails from the top Sydney stable and big danger.
No3 GEE GEE RUNAWAY ran a solid second here at debut before finishing fifth over 1000m here on December 30. Has the race experience under his belt and is ideally drawn to do little work from gate three.
No7 GEE GEES DOUBLEYOU won a 900m trial at this track in good style on December 19. Is from the same stable as Gee Gee Pengala and Gee Gee Runaway so gives the yard a strong hand in this race. Nice alley in two.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 GEE GEES DOUBLEYOU
No2 CASCADE CITY made an imposing debut when fighting hard to finish a close second over 1100m here on December 15. The trial form was first class here and will be fitter for the outing. Respect. In this field.
No11 MISS SMITH found the winner Somerset far too strong but ran well to claim second over 1200m maiden here on December 31. The three-year-old filly has been hotly fancied at her past two starts but let down the favourite backers.
No10 ILFRACOMBE (BEST ROUGHIE) ran a solid fifth on the synthetic at Devonport at debut on December 26. May appreciate the grass here as she had won and was placed twice at her three trials on the turf. The blinkers go on for the first time.
No8 LEVISSI ran a steady fourth in a 1400m maiden here on December 15. That was her seventh start but it was a fair effort and this is not a strong race. With the 2kg claim she will carry only 54.5kg and has gate two.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 LEVISSI
No2 UBER ED has a critical gear change with the blinkers being removed. Last start ran a good second over 1200m here back in May. Won over 1100m here in good style in April and expect a bold showing fresh today.
No9 POMPON had to dig very deep to post a narrow win over 1220m at Launceston on November 29. That was only second start and has a good record with a second over 1100m here at debut on November 7. One of the dangers.
No1 SIDESTREET LAD will sport a tongue tie at his first start back from a spell. Showed he was tuned up for a forward assault with a smart win in a 900m trial here on January 3. Gets top jockey David Pires to ride here.
No7 GEE GEE CATS has been freshened up with a 12-week break and has the smart record fresh of a win at two starts. Latest ran 11th over 1200m at Launceston on October 18. Was well backed from $8.50 into $5.50.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 GEE GEE CATS
No1 THE CAPTAIN (BEST BET) was super-imposing when striding away to an easy win over 1150m on the synthetic at Devonport on December 26. The five-year-old was strongly backed into $3.50 and gave his supporters no doubt winning by 2.25 lengths. Gets the 2kg claim of the apprentice to down his weight to a comfortable 59kg here. Has netted three wins and a second at past four starts in Tasmania.
No4 JACQUES was a big drifter in the betting out to $26 but upstaged the more fancied runners to win last start.
No5 WINSTON WOLFE has an excellent record fresh and has Tasmania’s top rider David Pires to steer.
No2 GALEOCERDO was chasing a fourth straight win last start as a $2 favourite but finished third. Can redeem.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 GALEOCERDO
No1 GEE GEE LANETT looms with strong chances in this event on her last-start third over 1400m at Launceston on December 20. The 1.5kg claim of the apprentice downs her weight to 59kg and has been most reliable to date.
No7 IL REGALO was a tenacious winner over 1200m at Launceston three starts ago. Latest effort was dropped right out to last and did not fire finishing sixth over 1400m at Launceston on December 20. She has been freshened up.
No4 JO ANCONI liked her role as pacemaker and gave nothing a shot when cruising to a 2.5 length win at Longford over 1400m on January 1. She only rises a half-kilo to 58.5kg today but her draw is awkward in gate 10.
No2 CATALYST FIRE ran a solid second in a 900m trial here on January 3. Her second-up record is superior to when she is fresh but she looks forward on exposed form and loves this track and distance, so would keep safe.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 CATALYST FIRE
No8 EARL DA VINCI was a heavily backed $2.40 favourite when finishing a narrow second over 1600m here on December 31. That day he carried 59kg and plummets to 54kg with top rider David Pires to guide in this Cup.
No2 EASTENDER ran a cracking second in the Sheffield Cup (1650m) on the synthetic track at Devonport on December 26. He won well over 2320m at Launceston at his penultimate start and rates highly today.
No9 WYUNA was strongly backed into a $2.40 favourite and got the chocolates with a narrow win over 2100m here on December 31. He drops 3kg today to 54kg but David Pires has jumped ship to ride Earl da Vinci. Bears thought.
No2 HUGO was first-up when finishing eighth over 1650m at Launceston in a listed race on December 20. He has a far superior second-up record of two wins and three placings at seven starts. Down 5kg to the limit on 54kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 HUGO
No1 MISTER SONGMAN (NEXT BEST BET) has been in blistering form and is chasing a hat-trick today with two imposing wins at Launceston. Has a career record of four wins and a third at five starts. Latest he was plunged into a $2.10 favourite before romping to a 2 length win over 1400m at Launceston on December 20. He looks very well suited under the weight conditions here.
No10 CHAIN OF FOOLS is from the leading Sydney yard of Waterhouse and Bott and has top Sydney jockey down to ride. Was a well beaten second over 1900m at Canterbury last start on December 20.
No9 PATEENA ARENA has won three times and finished in the money five times at seven starts.
No2 PENNSTOCK has won three times and finished third twice at six starts. Must respect on that form.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 PENNSTOCK
No5 CENTURY ARROW form has ben outstanding with two wins and two second at past four starts since resuming from a spell. Was plunged into a $1.35 favourite when scored an easy 1.25 length win over 1650m on the synthetic at Devonport on December 26.
No2 LIVERMORE was given a soft outing when running third in a 900m trial here on January 3. Has a good fresh record of a win and two placings at six starts, but will need to cross from barrier 10. Makes each-way appeal.
No8 COL’S HERO has not finished further back than fifth at past five starts. Last start ran a strong third over 1200m here on December 31. Has a superior alley today in gate three and will carry the same weight on 57kg.
No11 MANILENYA may pay to forgive last start when running seventh over 1400m here on December 31. Prior form was first class and gets ace Tasmanian jockey David Pires to ride at her third start back from a spell.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 MANILENYA
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