Champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir looks to hold a mortgage on tonight’s Tasmanian Derby (2200m), saddling up Civil Disobedience and Wolfendale.
Civil Disobedience has been in sparkling form on Victorian tracks in the lead up to the Derby and strikes only six in opposition. Wolfendale was impressive at winning the Hobart Guineas (2100m) with stable jockey Dean Yendall on board on January 28. He has built an imposing record of three wins and a second at his five starts and looms as a three-year-old on the rise.
Weir has removed the blinkers from Civil Disobedience in a tactic for the Derby after his last-start third as a heavily backed $2.20 favourite over 2000m at Flemington on January 20.
The Tasmanian Racing Carnival is now into full swing with local mare Life On The Wire looking to hold the flag in the in The Bow Mistress Trophy. The 1200m is restricted to fillies and mares and she goes into the feature as one of the best performed with an unblemished record of four starts for four wins this season.
The rail will be at the True position and the track was rated as a Soft 5 (Wednesday), but that could change with rain forecast.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,3 – 1 – 4 – 1,6
Wide Play: 1,3,9 – 1,2 – 1,2,4 – 1,6,9
BEST BET: R6 – 2. WOLFENDALE
Next Best Bet: R5 – 3. APRIANO
Best Roughie: R7 – 10. JOCASTA
No9 GEE GEES LIBERTY faces a meek bunch in this maiden where there is limited exposed form. The filly is from a top stable and she ran a solid fourth over 1200m maiden at Launceston on December 13. She has been placed at five of her ten starts.
No8 BELLISTIC CHILL was in solid form on the trial track with two good wins before making debut with a fading seventh over an 1100m maiden at Launceston on January 31. Has drawn on the rail to do no work and will strip fitter.
No5 TREECONI is a three-year-old gelding who comes into this race with two placings at his four starts. He has drawn gate six and this is a moderate field of maidens and if he repeats his last effort at Launceston is a danger.
No2 NEGREANU has been transferred to Tasmania after racing for Team Hayes in Victoria. He begins his new quest with a critical gear change with the blinkers coming off for the first time. He was placed second in a 900m trial at Hobart.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 NEGREANU
No2 HIS NIBS strikes moderate opposition in a lowly maiden here. Last start was storming home to finish a strong fourth over a 1200m maiden at Hobart on January 28. David Pires is back on top and would respect here.
No3 SHACKLEY’S HILL was doing good work at the finish to run second over 1200m in a maiden here on January 28. That was his best effort at his fourth start this campaign. There are no superstars in this field and rates well.
No7 RUSTY DEVIL is a former Sydney galloper now racing in Tasmania. Showed no promise at first three trials at Randwick and here when tailing in the field. Was given a month’s break and lifted to rebound with two wins over 1400m in trials here.
No9 NAHLA has been placed four times at ten starts. Latest she ran a good second over 1420m in a maiden at Launceston on January 17. She only missed the major prize in a bob of the heads at $21 and must rate here.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 NAHLA
No3 BEAUFORT LAD having Craig Newitt staying on top is a bonus and ran a great second over 1620m at Launceston last start on January 17. Missed the start that day and swooped home well. Drawn in gate five and is on 57.5kg.
No7 ZATACLA has the blinkers going back on after finishing a strong sixth over 1600m at Launceston on January 31. He copped a severe check inside the final 100m, after dawdling out of the gates. Gets his chance to redeem.
No2 GEEGEES SOPRANO was doing his best work late when finishing a close third over 1400m here on January 28. He was unwanted in the betting easing from $11 to $26, but finished with a wet sail. Would keep safe.
No4 PLAYER ONE was doing the best work at the finish when cruising to a 1.75 length win over 1600m at Launceston on January 31. He was the rank outsider at $81 but upstaged his rivals and drops from 60kg to 54kg today.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 PLAYER ONE
No1 UBER ED will sport blinkers for the first time when resuming. He was given two trials to have him rock solid for this finishing second and third over 900m here on December 7 and January 30. Has an unblemished record fresh.
No3 GEE GEE LANETT had no luck when smothered up in the field finishing last of eight over 1200m at Launceston on January 24. The three-year-old filly’s prior form was ultra-consistent with three seconds and a third at her four starts.
No4 GEEGEE TRENDSETTER is a reliable stablemate to Gee Gee Lanett. Showed she was primed for a first-up assault with a strong 3 length win in a 900m trial here on January 30. Record fresh is excellent and has the speed to cross from eight.
No5 RUBINIC beat home Uber Ed when running second in a 900m trial here on January 30. Won two straight at this track over 1200m and 1100m last campaign and would keep safe drawn in barrier four and on 55kg today.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 RUBINIC
No3 APRIANO (NEXT BEST BET) is looking to stretch winning streak here after conquering Launceston over 1120m and 1200m at past two starts. Apprentice Teagan Voorham keeps the ride and her 3kg claim will reduce her weight to 55.5kg – which is 3kg less than when a bold 2 length winner at Launceston on January 31. The five-year-old is in hot form and loves this distance. He has been placed at three of seven starts here and can break through today.
No2 LOVE MAGIC was given a solid trial over 900m here and goes well fresh with a record of a win and two placings at four starts.
No1 THE CAPTAIN will be on the speed and narrowly missed for his backers last start at Launceston.
No9 BOART won over 1100m here on 53kg last start and races here on 52.5kg so can repeat.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 BOART
No2 WOLFENDALE (BEST BET) gives Victoria’s premier trainer Darren Weir a super strong hand in the Derby with Civil Disobedience. Cut across their heels to pounce home for a half-length win in the Hobart Guineas (2100m) here on January 28. The son of Astronomer Royal was heavily backed from $4.30 into $3.20and gave Dean Yendall a comfortable ride. He has again drawn perfectly in gate four in a small field and is rock solid now for the 2200m.
No1 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE has been in prized form on Victorian tracks with three wins and a third at past five starts.
No4 DOUBLE YOU TEE was the runner up in the Hobart and the Tasmanian Guineas. Strong form.
No7 KUGELBLITZ hails from the astute yard of Busuttin and Young and won over 2030m at Werribee at only second start.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 KLUGELBLITZ
No4 LIFE ON THE WIRE has been racing in blistering fashion with four wins from five starts over the past year. She claimed her second scalp at Sandown over 1400m on December 30. She looks hard to beat against her own sex here.
No2 GEE GEE DOUBLE DEE has been in impeccable form at this track with a hat-trick and chasing a fourth straight win today.
No8 GOGO GRACE was a good winner at Morphettville three starts ago and was doing her best work on the line when running sixth over 1400m at Flemington on January 13.
No10 JOCASTA (BEST ROUGHIE) had no answer to the winner but ran a sound second over 955m at Moonee Valley on January 26.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 GOGO GRACE
No1 BANCA BOY was given a nice warm up for his comeback off a 50-week spell when scoring a strong one length win over 900m in a trial here on January 30. Leading Victorian jockey John Allen rides at his return and looks a strong chance.
No6 GEEGEES CASH COW showed good form to break the ice with a half-length win over 1200m maiden here on January 28. The three-year-old filly goes up a kilo to 56kg, but does not strike super hot opposition.
No7 MANILENYA won her maiden over 1400m here three starts ago. She had no luck at her last start when running 10th over 1600m here on January 12. She does drop back in distance but she has had a month between starts.
No8 WOOHOO may pay to overlook her first-up start when running unplaced over 1200m at Launceston on January 24. She was an impressive winner of The Hotham a race for maidens at Ballarat in October. Watch market.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 MANILENYA