UPPER GLAMOUR - I always get interested when I see a lightly raced horse with a strong pedigree step up for the first time to what might be a suitable distance and the trainer puts a top rider on board. Upper Glamour is a three-year-old gelding by top sire Medaglia D’Oro which had one run for Ben Currie failing to beat a runner home and was moved on to Ray West. He gave Upper Glamour an outing at Mackay where the horse went out at cricket score odds but wasn’t disgraced finishing midfield and running home soundly over the final part. Lachlan Dodds rode the horse from a wide gate on that occasion and with gate one over a longer trip the trainer has engaged Wanderson D’Avila. Upper Glamour is a half-brother to Storm Signal, a winner of four straight in South Australia before being sold to Hong Kong. His dam Isn’t She Fabulous is a half-sister to the Tatts Tiara and Queensland Guineas winner Pear Tart so there could be some potential yet to be tapped as Upper Glamour matures and I am prepared to have a small play.
UTHRED - I tipped Uthred last start but in hindsight think the 1100m may have been a little short and feel he is better suited in this class three over a 1300m trip. Since joining the Tom Button stable he has had six starts for two wins and despite being ridden by a different jockey on each occasion has yet to run poorly. He was scratched from an earlier race for this, Sonja Wiseman gets the mount and from gate eight can position Uthred with cover just off the speed. The long straight suits and if held up for a final crack at them Uthred should be hard to hold off.
MINTHA - This well-bred daughter of Redoute’s Choice has always shown her share of ability but they have aimed high, apart from her debut run she hadn’t raced outside of black type races up until her last start. She placed at Listed Level at just her second career start and she’s also a Group III placegetter having run second behind Houtzen at Moonee Valley where she charged home from the back over 1200m. They finally dropped her back to a midweek maiden last start to give her some confidence and she did it in style destroying a weak field. With that win under her belt, if she can slot into the three-wide line from the tricky draw she can go right on with it in this grade. She’s the best bet on a tough card. Remember The Name is the main danger and Lady Of Crebilly the value.
JAMINZAH - Jaminzah put the writing on the wall two starts back and the win last start was better than it looks over this same course and distance. He knuckled at the start which never helps before getting back beyond midfield as he always does, he then went so quick improving from the home turn that he copped a decent check at around the 300m and still managed to pick up quickly again and fought on strong for what was a good win. There isn’t a lot of speed in this race but I think it may play into his hands, he’ll be able to stay in touch hopefully around midfield and his turn of foot might be too good for them again. He’s good odds at the early $7.50. There’s not a lot between the rest, Spanner Head could be the value runner.
MAZZURO - While Lucky For All was probably a certainty beaten last start I’m sticking with the quinella out of the race and happy to back them both at the early odds. Mazzuro was sent out at 40/1 but the win was that of a horse going onto much better races. He gradually improved out wide from a mile back, but the best part of the race was at the 200m when he quickened to put a break on them and he ran strong through the line. From the good gate he won’t need to be anywhere near as far back making him super tough to beat again. Mr Monaco was only third-up into that race when he couldn’t match the sprint of the winner at the 200m but did continue to close. Also drawn to do no work and open to good upside with each run, he’s a big danger $11. Play these two on top in a wide trifecta.