Great meeting at Warwick Farm today with a few handy gallopers going around looking to atone for their last start defeats. Our top pick was unlucky last start and can make amends for that here today.
Warwick Farm is racing on a Good 4 with the rail True.
Sticking with the Chris Waller-trained ORCEIN that finished 1.7 lengths behind Nicco Lad at Canterbury last start with the second horse England starting an odds-on favourite at Rosehill last week. Has had the benefit of a trial to sharpen him up and he looks ready to fire in today’s opening event. Big danger.
1st: No6 ORCEIN 2nd: No2 Carif; 3rd: No1 Battle Plane; 4th: No8 Stardome
Sticking with debutant NAI’A to make it successive victories after proving too good for her rivals at Kembla last start. Stormed home to defeat Cool And Neat by a length a fortnight back and has drawn to get the run of the race and be hard to beat once again. Watch for her storming home late. Rates on top.
1st: No2 NAI’A 2nd: No1 Grand Soleil; 3rd: No3 Palmateer; 4th: No5 Mossy Girl
SCRATCHES (NEXT BEST BET) is on the quick back-up and looks hard to go past here today. Chased hard but couldn’t reel in eventual winner Lady Evelyn at Rosehill a week ago but she looks perfectly placed in this grade and will be very competitive in it. Has been backed into favouritism its past couple of starts so may pay to follow the money again. Serious hope.
1st: No1 SCRATCHES 2nd: No2 Iron Duke; 3rd: No6 Red Dubawi; 4th: No8 Jagger
FORTIFICATION is a last start winner and can make it successive victories in a race that has plenty of chances. Led and proved too smart for his rivals when defeating Golden Shoulder by 1.8 lengths on this track a fortnight back. Looks ready to take the next step up in grade. Big show expected.
1st: No2 FORTIFICATION 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No1 Tough Larry; 3rd: No6 Mansa Musa; 4th: No3 Sizzling Ace
Look to DEITY to add to her impressive record in this. A member of the in-form James Cummings stable, Deity pushed the highly rated Excellent Design the entire way at Canterbury on September 12 when second-up. Likes to race on the speed so expect Tommy Berry to push forward from the wide gate. Should be ready to win her third race from just six career outings.
1st: No2 DEITY 2nd: No3 Wooshka; 3rd: No5 Horizons; 4th: No6 Moccasin Miss
ALMANZORA (BEST BET) looks ready to bounce back after finishing just out of the placings when starting the hot favourite at Randwick last start. Go on his victory at Randwick two starts back when defeating the likes of Brook Magic and Prince Mayted. Just needs luck in running to be a major player, big show expected.
1st: No5 ALMANZORA 2nd: No4 Stone Cold; 3rd: No7 Siam; 4th: *SCRATCHED* No1 Puppet Master
Tough race to close the program but we are sticking with the topweight *SCRATCHED* METAMORPHIC that’s racing in great form of late and shapes as the one to beat. Finished half a length behind Wagner at Canterbury last start to go with a narrow defeat behind Junglelized also at Canterbury. Was sensationally backed last Wednesday at Rosehill only to be a late scratching due to the track downgrade. Where there’s smoke, there is fire!
1st: *SCRATCHED* No1 METAMORPHIC 2nd: No2 Bravissimo; 3rd: No4 Devil’s Lair; 4th: No5 Smart Ain’t He