It’s a pretty competitive day of racing for a Tuesday and that’s thanks largely to the first of three days of the Warrnambool carnival. Taree has eight races of their own but it’s not until the last that we have found something with a bit of confidence.
Warrnambool races on a Soft 6 with the rail being in the true position
Taree races on a Heavy 10 with the rail out 3 metres the entire course
Nothing like a maiden hurdle to kick things off on the three-day carnival at the ‘Bool. I reckon we have found one here in EPSOM HILL that we can have a nice crack at. Out of the Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig stable which is currently on fire, Epsom Hill finished second to Self Sense over the jumps at Pakenham on April 15. Although beaten 10 lengths, he did loom up to win on the turn. That form has been franked with Self Sense winning a $250k feature at Caulfield just six days later.
DORMELLO MO is our pick to turn the tables on a few of his rivals here in the feature of the day at the ‘Bool. He is adaptable across all types of surfaces and put in a great run against Monarch Chimes at Pakenham on April 15, with that galloper being second fav in this market behind Zed Em. Dormello Mo gets a little more weight relief against Monarch Chimes here and is two kilos better off against Zed Em for their clash in the Von Doussa where he finished third.
Expect TRADESMAN (Best Bet) to bounce back strongly in this race. The former WA galloper was a little flat second-up at Morphettville last start but there is a pattern in his form to suggest he does that. With the soft track here, the appoint of John Allen and a handy barrier (5), the son of Trade Fair is our pick to notch up career win number eight.
We think SNIPONET is worth a go here. This gelding is ultra consistent and is due for a win after placing in five straight races. Sniponet was runner-up when resuming here on April 7 and was unlucky as he scouted wide on the final turn while the winner saved all the ground by cutting the corner. Although the locally-trained runner doesn’t have great second-up stats, he loves a wet track and the increase in distance should suit him. The form out of his last start is also quite strong with stablemate Kendalman, which ran fifth, producing a cracker to finish second in the TAB Highway behind She Knows at Hawkesbury last Saturday.