WHO IS GAME - Tough old country mare which is massive odds in what shapes as a moderate benchmark 74. She was a dominant winner this track and distance three starts back then dropped back to 1200m and wasn’t beaten far, getting home late when the race was all over in a Port Macquarie Open Sprint and last time out he had no luck, three wide and working forward though the first 800m before striding forward to get in passing the 600m. No sooner had she got there she was under pressure and it was a surprise to see her only beaten 3-1/2 lengths on the line by the talented Higher Ground. She is four weeks between runs? But gets a huge jockey change with Jason Collett going on and from barrier two she should get a smoother run in transit this time in a race where there’s no Higher Grounds. Worth a ticket, she’s over the odds.
TENORINO - The closer at Warwick Farm on Wednesday is an open race and I think this Clare Cunningham-trained galloper is good value. He had his last run eight weeks ago so comes into this on the fresh side and when I look at what he's done early in the campaign, I like what I see. Resumed in early February and his first-up run reads well for this, beaten 1-3/4 lengths by Viceroy, Spending To Win and Star Crossed when fourth over 1100m at Canterbury. He comes out of a stable with one of the best strike-rates in the land, Cunningham’s trained 22 wins from her last 90 runners and I quite like him fresh at 1300m. Most will look and see he’s drawn off the track but don’t be deterred as often do they swoop down the centre late in a meeting at Warwick Farm and there looks good tempo in this which will suit. Big odds.
IT’S CHOUX TIM - Trained by Chris Waller It’s Choux Time is a dour mare that has been racing honestly, is very fit and I think this could be her race. She disappointed last start at Beaudesert over 2450m but that tricky, tight track has brought many undone. With Glen Colless riding, It’s Choux Time ran a solid race here in a Class 2 over 1800m two starts back behind Dauphin De France who since franked that form. With some rain around the soft track and 2200m in 0-62 class suits and she should be hard to hold off if given a positive ride.
DIVINE MESSENGER - Divine Messenger has now had two outings for Tony Gollan since moving from Robert Smerdon’s stable. At her last outing on a heavy track in a Listed race she was well back to the home turn, railed through in the straight and figured in the photo for the minors behind the dominant winner Whypeeo. With additional fitness on her side Divine Messenger looks extremely well placed in this class two against her own sex over 1100m. She has a habit of missing the start but Sean Cormack rode her last start and if he gets her away she should have too much class.
TAVISTOCK ABBEY - Tavistock Abbey failed in the Bendigo Guineas first-up but has benefited from a recent trial at Deagon and should be much better suited in this class five over 1800m. Last spring Tavistock Abbey won the Derby Trial at Flemington beating Main Stage but disappointed at his next start and was spelled. The jury is still out on him as he can put in a bad one but his two wins have been impressive and if right he is a class above these Queensland horses. Jim Byrne stays on him after the trial win and if he is to go on to better things in the Winter carnival he needs to account for this field.