THE BROWN ONE - With eight of her nine career wins coming on soft and heavy ground punters don’t need me to tell them that the Damien Lane-trained The Brown One is a genuine wet-tracker with the soft and heavy track record revealing a 33 percent winning strike rate from 24 starts on rain-affected going. The Brown One will be having her third run back from a break when the now eight-year-old mare lines up in the Ladies Day Sunday August 26 – Book Now Benchmark 60 Handicap (1100m) finishing in the placings on both occasions at Taree and Gosford last start. With 3kg claiming apprentice Chris Williams taking the ride, The Brown One looks well in with 57.5kg and with conditions to suit looks genuine value at $8.50 in early betting markets.
FINAL FRONTIER - Whilst not an out and out wet-tracker, the Paul Perry-trained Final Frontier is unlikely to be disadvantaged by the conditions when the three-year-old son of Nicconi lines up in the Membership At Wyong Only $55 CG&E Class 2 Handicap (1350m). A class two winner at the track and distance two runs back on a soft (5) racing surface, Final Frontier was always wide after launching from barrier 11 at Warwick Farm eventually finishing just over four-lengths from the winner Kurnel Jaxon last start. Jumping from barrier two on Thursday, Tim Clark should be able to position Final Frontier right behind the leaders with the run of the race and will just need a touch of luck finding clear running approaching the home turn. If the luck comes Final Frontier is the horse to beat.
HARRY NEW SHOES - Formerly trained by Darren Weir, Harry New Shoes looks to have found his mark in country NSW racing if his emphatic maiden win at Wellington resuming from a spell last start is any guide. After finishing runner-up at Echuca and Ballarat in two of his four runs for Weir and starting favourite on both occasions, Harry New Shoes was switched to the Wellington stable of Jim McMillan with the change of scenery producing instant results with the four-year-old son of Pentire. Resuming over 1400m, Harry New Shoes was ridden confidently by Daniel Pitomac, taking off at the 600m to lead clearly and racing away in the straight to win by close to six-lengths. Harry New Shoes recorded superior speed ratings to the two class two winners on the day over the same journey which suggest the gelding is set for back-to-back wins in the Great Northern Hotel Class 1 Handicap (1400m).
I AM YOU ARE - The Cody Morgan-trained I Am You Are has developed into a short course specialist and looks well placed in the S And S Earthmoving Benchmark 65 Handicap (900m). Three wins and five seconds from 14 starts is the career record of I Am You Are, however the figures look substantially better when we consider races at distances less than 1100m with the record reading three wins and three placings from eight starts and is a winner at his only 900m start winning a Scone class one on March 18 before a class two victory at Scone two runs back. Although well beaten at Tamworth last time out, it was in a strong benchmark 70 handicap on Cup Day won by In Good Time who is unbeaten in six starts and went on to win the Denise’s Joy Stakes at Scone at her next outing. The 3kg claiming apprentice Wendy Peel takes the ride on I Am You Are reducing his impost to 58kg which looks a winnable weight. Reckon I Am You Are will be winning launching from an ideal gate.
BOAZ - A horse with an interesting history, Boaz is lightly raced five-year-old by one of the great sires Redoute’s Choice. He has a younger half-brother by Snitzel, Golden Dash which has won twice from four starts in Hong Kong as well as a pair of half-sisters Santa Rocks (by Fastnet Rock) and Fujiwhara (by Foxwedge) both useful performers. Befitting his family, Boaz had a good start in life beginning in David Vandyke’s stables in Sydney before moving to Mark Newnham who won a Wyong maiden with him. He lost form not long after and he was moved to Gordon Strang who gave him one start in Victoria before the horse went amiss. After a long break Boaz finds himself with Barry Phillips at Kingaroy for whom he has had two starts placing at Burrandowan and Nanango. In a moderate class two at Dalby over 1000m and with Hannah Phillips claiming 3kg, Boaz gets in with 54.5kg and if he can run up to his better southern form can give this a shake at a good each-way price.