MISTEED - This Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly is set to resume from a spell in the two-year-old handicap and gee ,she caught my attention at the trials. She was never off the bridle when stoking along behind them in a Rosehill trial on May 7 before recording an impressive win in her latest outing in a Warwick Farm trial. The stable thought enough of her to run her in the Widden Stakes back in early February before her spell and judging by the way she’s come up at the trials, she will take plenty of beating if she handles rain-affected ground.
FIREBIRD FLYER - One horse I know that will relish a heavy track is this Chris Waller-trained mare. It’s been a while since she’s won a race, almost two years to be exact, but she made an encouraging return from a spell over a mile at Warwick Farm three weeks ago. Firebird Flyer didn’t have the clearest of passages in the straight, not sighting daylight until the last 100m and she worked to the line. On Wednesday, Firebird Flyer gets conditions she will relish and at each-way odds is a good gamble.
SUNSHINE STRIDE - Sunshine Stride was lining up at start number two at Bathurst last time when narrowly beaten. She was a little bit off the arm from the wide draw but mustered early, worked to get the front before getting run down by the horse with the softer run. She should have all the options here today being a heat, she may get gifted the top and be hard to run down on the big track. Her main danger looks to be to her outside, so if driver Robbie Morris can keep her there she will go a long way towards victory.
ROLLIN WITH HOLLY - It has been a long first season for Rollin With Holly but she is still racing well. The horse drawn inside her is on debut and has trialed only fairly, she has good gate speed and should be able to cross and hold the top. In these heats there is rarely pressure applied by a favoured runner and if so they usually let them stroll on by. Nobody drives better at Menangle than Luke McCarthy and he should roll to the top with the filly and prove hard to run down.
LETS GO TO BRAZIL - Lets Go To Brazil was a winner on debut at Penrith back in early April. Came here for an APG heat and galloped out, missed the start and was good to finish where he did. He was then well in the market at Newcastle in one of these heats and wasn’t going to win after sitting last in a slowly run race, then was checked and fell in a bad incident on the home turn. He has since trialed brilliantly around here in 1.54 and looks to have a stack of potential. The draw is concerning but once again we have Luke McCarthy steering and there is none better around his home track.